• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 6-12, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 993

News

  • Topless Clubs in Memphis to Face Naked Truth?

    On a recent Thursday night at the Gold Club, a topless, Caucasian woman with long, dark hair and an ample bosom snakes around a brass pole in the center of the stage. Occasionally, when the music's intensity heightens, she jumps into the air and lands in an impressive full split on the floor.

    One man, seated at the end of the stage, inserts a dollar bill into his mouth, and the woman approaches him slowly. She smiles as she pulls his head toward her breasts ...

  • Design Firms Unveil Shelby Farms Plans

    Three finalists in the Shelby Farms Park design competition revealed plans for the 4,500 acre park at a press conference at the Central Library Thursday morning.

    Plans from all three firms -- Tom Leader Studio, Hargreaves Associates, and Field Operations -- were inspired by trends in "green" environmentally-friendly design. Each puts some focus on restoring waterways ...

  • MGMT in London

    Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden's favorite band, MGMT, is touring Europe at the moment. This week they're in England, where they have the top-rated video, "Time to Pretend."

    They're also making a bunch of videoblogs of their journey. In this one, Andrew VanWyngarden (in the hat) and his bandmate Ben Goldwasser open a fruit stand and later try to find a copy of their CD in a record store, with mixed results. Their other vidblogs are on Youtube.com.

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  • The Bottom Line?

    The County Commission's new "sexually oriented business" ordinance could signal the last dance for Memphis strip clubs. Will the City Council intervene?
  • David Kustoff Resigning as United States Attorney

    United States Attorney David Kustoff, who oversaw most of the Tennessee Waltz prosecutions, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective May 16th.

    Kustoff, a Republican who was formerly active in Shelby County politics, became United States attorney for western Tennessee in March, 2006. He was appointed by President George W. Bush.

  • Police Charge Victim's Brother with Six Murders

    Jessie L. Dotson, a convicted murderer who served 14 years in prison, has been charged with the murders of six people at a house on 722 Lester Street, including his younger brother Cecil Dotson.

    "We can all rest a little easier today," Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

    Godwin said police are "confident" Jessie Dotson, 33, is the only killer, although the investigation remains open...

  • The Lessons of Lester Street

    In a city where murder occurs at the rate of about one every other day, the murders of six people, including two children, in a house at 722 Lester set a new standard for brutality.

    Memphis police on Tuesday asked the news media and the community for help in solving one of the worst mass murders in Memphis history.

    "There are people out there who have the information that we don't have," said Lieutenant Joe Scott.

  • Newspaper Guild Plans "Humorous" Protest at Commercial Appeal Wednesday

    From the Memphis Newspaper Guild: The Newspaper Guild leads humorous protest against outsourcing.

    Work at The Commercial Appeal is being shipped overseas. Today, some advertisements for Memphis-area businesses are being laid out by workers in India.

    At least one Commercial Appeal worker has already left because he doesn't see the point of continuing under these circumstances ...

  • Up a Tree

    Zoo cuts four acres of old-growth forest for new exhibit, upsets community members.

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Music

  • Beale Street Music Fest 2008 Lineup Announced

    Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, My Chemical Romance, and the Roots are among the names announced today as part of the lineup for Memphis in May's Beale Street Music Festival, set for Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th at Tom Lee Park.

    For a festival sometimes derided for resuscitating classic-rock dinosaurs or bringing the same acts back year after year, this year's lineup looks like one of the most diverse and novel in years ...

  • Microphone Fiend

    From D.C. punk to television to U.S.O. tours, alt-culture icon Henry Rollins can't stop talking.
  • James Carr Honored with Headstone; Sang "Dark End of the Street"

    While locals argured about Pat Kerr Tigrett's Beale Street brass note last week, Memphis music fans from outside the city helped honor one of our dead music legends with a headstone.

    James Carr sang "Dark End of the Street" for Memphis-based Goldwax Records back in 1967. Many fans and critics consider it the pinnacle of soul music. Carr, who suffered with mental illness, appeared every bit the troubled man whose voice on records pulled the hearts of listeners like an old memory ...

Politics

  • Obama Wins Mississippi Primary Handily

    Illinois senator Barack Obama easily won the Mississippi primary Tuesday with 61 percent of the vote, to 37 percent for opponent Hillary Clinton. It was the second win within a week for Obama, who triumphed in the Wyoming Democratic caucus last weekend. Get vote totals, plus a verbal snapshot of the presidential race as of Tuesday's vote.
  • Mississippi Casts a Vote for President Tuesday

    Tuesday is the Magnolia state's day to rise and shine, as Mississippi Democrats go to the polls and choose between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The Illinois senator, who is heavily favored because of the preponderance of African-American voters among the voters, would regain his momentum on the treadmill with a victory. But the never-say-die Clintons showed up in force over the last few days -- Bill and Hillary and Chelsea, too. So who knows?
  • Two Parties Go Different Directions on Naming Trustee Candidates

    Acting Shelby County Trustee Paul Mattila, a Democrat, said Friday he had “no problem” with the decision Thursday night by the Shelby County Democratic Party’s executive committee to withhold nominating a candidate for the August general election ballot until a wide-open party convention later this month. Meanwhile, the GOP steering committee will name a Republican candidate.

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT: Know Thine Enemy

    Memphis hosts the Conference USA basketball tournament for the fourth year in a row this week, with the hometown Tigers aiming for a third straight championship. While the players in uniform for the Tigers will be familiar, there will be 11 other teams aiming to steal some spotlight from the country's second-ranked team
  • It's C-USA Tourney Time, and the Tigers Are Everybody's Target

    Memphis hosts the Conference USA basketball tournament for the fourth year in a row this week, with the hometown Tigers aiming for a third straight championship. While the players in uniform for the Tigers will be familiar, there will be 11 other teams aiming to steal some spotlight from the country's second-ranked team.

Film/TV

Opinion

  • Letter from the Editor

    "Hey, check out my new hat," my pal Hornyak said. "I thought it was a second when they gave it to me" ...

Books

Food & Wine

  • Just Right

    4 Bears Winery gets personal.
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