• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 14-20, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 990

News

  • Lunati Gets 18-Month Sentence

    Ralph Lunati, whose Platinum Plus and Tunica Cabaret were busted for live sex shows, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday.

    U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays accepted a plea agreement reached earlier by attorneys for Lunati and federal prosecutors. Under the agreement, Lunati, 62, could have gone to trial if Mays had rejected the proposed 18-month sentence. The maximum sentence under federal guidelines was five years....

  • Judge D'Army Bailey on "Democracy Now!"

    Last week, Amy Goodman of liberal radio show "Democracy Now!", interviewed D'Army Bailey, co-founder of the National Civil Rights Museum, in front of the room where Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in 1968.

    Bailey discussed the history of the Lorraine Motel -- how he and others worked to turn King's assassination site into a national museum focusing on the civil rights movement ...

  • Herenton Chimes In On School Violence

    Airports with professional screeners and multiple walk-through metal detectors struggle to get hundreds of people through them before their flights leave. Now Memphis schools may be asked to get thousands of students through them before the tardy bell rings.

    Holding the third press conference in Memphis on school violence in less than 24 hours, Mayor Willie Herenton ...

  • Are Bloggers Journalists? Is Thaddeus Matthews?

    Shortly after 18-year-old Dexter Cox was arrested in the homicide case of Memphis Police Lieutenant Edward Vidulich, blogger Thaddeus Matthews released Cox's leaked police statement on his website.

    Matthews is refusing to release the name of the person who leaked the documents, and Memphis Police director Larry Godwin has launched an investigation ...

  • "Pizza Guy" John Stambaugh's Killer Convicted

    Louie Holloway, age 26, was convicted on February 13 after a jury trial before United States District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. on charges involving the September 8, 2002, attempted robbery and shotgun murder of Pizza Hut deliveryman John Stambaugh in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

    Stambaugh was memorialized by dozens of stencil-art portraits in Cooper-Young, many of which still remain ...

  • No Valentine for Kathryn Bowers

    Kathryn Bowers, a diminutive political "heavy hitter" who defied Tennessee Waltz prosecutors for more than two years before pleading guilty to bribery, was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison.

    U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen said "the very serious and very damaging nature of the offenses" weighed on his decision....

  • Baby Blues

    Proposed state law would bar gay couples or unmarried, straight couples from adopting children.

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Music

Politics

  • A C-Span Moment

    In which state Republican officials are allowed to speak for themselves at the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • Why Won't Barack Obama Apologize For Nutbag Memphis Flyers?

    That's the actual headline of a post today on Wonkette.com, the famed Washington, D.C., political blog. But it turns out they're not really talking talking about us. They're talking about those nasty anti-semitic fliers (or flyers, if you prefer) distributed by a nutbag minister from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and aimed at Congressman Steve Cohen.

    Wonkette goes on to riff ...

  • "With Friends Like These...": Cohen's Advantage Over Tinker

    In his lifetime of political prominence, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen has been lucky in his network of friends. Cohen has also been fortunate, from time to time, in the nature of his enemies. Two such are the Revs. LaSimba Gray and George Brooks, who may be more problematic for Nikki Tinker than for the congressman she opposes.

Sports

  • Tigers Stun UAB With Last Minute Heroics, 79-78

    The Memphis Tigers overcame a seven-point deficit with 1:22 left in the game to stifle UAB's upset attempt at sold-out Bartow Arena in Birmingham Saturday night.

    Antonio Anderson and Chris Douglas-Roberts scored nine points, and the Tigers held UAB to one foul shot in the final minute. Douglas-Roberts' three-point play with 6.5 seconds left gave the Tigers a one-point lead. UAB made what would have been the game-winning shot as time expired, but officials ruled it was too late ...

  • Highlight Dunks and Gasol Trade Disses

    "They hi-jacked him. That should be a crime. You don't give away Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown and a rookie. I don't care what's out there, you can get more than that. You gave away a $100 bill and you got back two nickels and a dime." -- Wizards' guard Gilbert Arenas

    Chris Herrington offers a selection of 10 highlight-reel dunks and a collection of quotes trashing the recent Griz trade of Pau Gasol in Beyond the Arc, the Flyer's GrizBlog.

  • Memphis vs. Tennessee: Game of the Century?

    This Saturday night at FedExForum, Memphis will host the closest thing to a Final Four the city has ever seen. The top two college basketball teams in the country will share a floor for 40 minutes, and with more than a state's bragging rights on the line. Memphis vs. Tennessee. The Game of the Year, and perhaps more.
  • FROM MY SEAT: Game of the Century?

    This Saturday night at FedExForum, Memphis will host the closest thing to a Final Four the city has ever seen. The top two college basketball teams in the country will share a floor for 40 minutes, and with more than a state's bragging rights on the line. Memphis vs. Tennessee. The Game of the Year, and perhaps more.

Theater

Film/TV

  • "Persepolis" Opens a Door to a New World

    And lo, in the dreary moviegoing days of February, a little child shall lead us out of the darkness and into the light. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's vibrant, funny animated-film adaptation of Satrapi's graphic novels, is an autobiographical coming-of-age story rooted in a part of the world most Americans don't know anything about ...

Opinion

Food & Drink

  • (Chicken 'n') Waffles in Memphis... (With My Feet Ten Feet Off of Beale)

    Chicken and waffles. Say it. Okay, so it doesn't flow from the tongue as trippingly as other dynamic duos like Batman and Robin or chocolate and peanut butter. But the two unlikely items have lots of fans and share a history featuring a cast of characters as diverse as Thomas Jefferson, Gladys Knight, and two Southern ladies named Alcenia.

    Jefferson, it turns out, brought the waffle iron back from France, and documented cases of chicken and waffles in America appear shortly after ...

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