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  • Mar 13-19, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 994

News

  • Herenton Proposes Closing Five Branch Libraries
  • Herenton Proposes Closing Five Branch Libraries

    In an executive session with the City Council today, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton proposed closing five libraries and four community centers as of July 1, 2008.

    The closures -- including the downtown Cossitt branch, as well as the Highland, Levi, Gaston Park, and Poplar-White Station libraries -- would result in a $1.5 million to $2 million savings to the city ...

  • Council May Re-establish Animal Shelter Board
  • Council May Re-establish Animal Shelter Board

    Since its formation in November, the Memphis Animal Coalition (MAC) has been pushing for numerous changes at the city animal shelter -- expanded hours, a new director, a lower euthanasia rate, and the re-establishment of an animal shelter advisory board to oversee policies at the shelter.

    The city charter allows for such a board, but the last one was disbanded in 1991 ...

  • Judy Freeman
  • Judy Freeman

    Judy Freeman worked for our sister publication, Memphis magazine, for many years. She passed away last weekend, saddening the hearts of many of us in this office. Here's her obituary, written with the help of her dear friend Tim Sampson.

    JUDY FREEMAN, of Memphis, 64, died on Sunday, March 9 from complications of cancer ...

  • Have a High-Brow Weekend in Memphis
  • Have a High-Brow Weekend in Memphis

    Tired of hearing the same old bands in the same old bars? Looking for a sophisticated way to spend the weekend? Calendar editor Bianca Phillips has a few suggestions for high-brow weekend fun:

    Local artist Tim Kinard produces nude human sculptures in often-precarious positions ...

  • Three 6 Mafia to Conduct Strip Club Tours
  • Three 6 Mafia to Conduct Strip Club Tours

    In what may be the best music-marketing PR ploy ever, Memphis' Oscar-winning rappers Three 6 Mafia will lead music writers from around the country on strip club tours! Pure genius!

    Already, national gossip and music sites are plugging the stunt ...

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Politics

  • When Kooks Endorse: McCain and Obama and Their Controversial Supporters
  • When Kooks Endorse: McCain and Obama and Their Controversial Supporters

    Whatever their true private beliefs, presidential candidates in America are constantly required to provide proofs of faith, often through their connections with various religious figures.

    Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness — except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.

    In recent weeks, both Barack Obama and John McCain have suffered exactly this kind of indignity, under very different circumstances.

  • One Down: The County Commission says "Elect the Sheriff"
  • One Down: The County Commission says "Elect the Sheriff"

    In morning deliberations on proposed changes in the county charter regarding five currently elected Shelby County officials, members of the County Commission reached agreement on one office, that of Sheriff. By super-majority vote (requiring 9 votes of 13 for passage), the commission agreed to put on the August ballot a provision to elect the sheriff, limit any given sheriff to three four-year terms, and to establish in the county charter a definition of duties consistent with those previously assumed to be his under state law.
  • So it's a Three-Way (Sort Of) in the 9th:  Cohen, Tinker, and ... Jake Ford!
  • So it's a Three-Way (Sort Of) in the 9th: Cohen, Tinker, and ... Jake Ford!

    Hold everything! As of Monday, what seemed to be an established pas de deux involving incumbent Steve Cohen and challenger Nikki Tinker took on a third member, who seems likely to turn what had been a tidy ballet into a free-for-all. That would be Jake Ford, who pulled a Democratic primary petition on Monday, evidently rethought matters, and returned on Tuesday to fetch -- and ultimately file -- a petition to run again as an independent.

Opinion

  • Obama's Speech. Read It.
  • Obama's Speech. Read It.

    If you live in the United States, you should read this, or better yet, watch it. If you live in Memphis, you should read it and watch it.

    Barack Obama's speech on race in America today was quite simply the most important speech on the subject since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis, 40 years ago next month ...

  • Bianca Knows Best: A New Flyer Advice Column
  • Bianca Knows Best: A New Flyer Advice Column

    I've always fancied myself a bit of a know-it-all -- especially when it comes to telling others what's in their best interest. Friends come whining to me for advice about their pathetic love lives, their hopeless roommate situations, their financial woes, whatever. I open my big mouth about how to solve these problems, and when they stick to my advice, the situation improves. Never fails ...
  • Letter from the Editor

    What kind of horror-movie hell transpired on Lester Street last week?

Music

  • Chris Herrington's SXSW Diary -- Day 2: Amy LaVere, MGMT, Lord T., and More
  • Chris Herrington's SXSW Diary -- Day 2: Amy LaVere, MGMT, Lord T., and More

    SXSW Diary: Thursday When Amy LaVere strode onto the stage at Antone's in Austin last night, clad in a low cut, ankle-length white dress and black heels, a guy behind me gasped, "Wow!" Two thirds of the way through her set, an opening slot on the Americana Music Association's SXSW showcase (which was headlined by Marcia Ball, James McMurtry, and Joe Ely), a woman behind me gave her an enthusiastic "Go on, girl!"
  • Chris Herrington's SXSW Diary: Day One
  • Chris Herrington's SXSW Diary: Day One

    Wednesday

    Due to various complications getting out of Memphis, Flyer photographer Justin Burks and I were pretty late rolling into Austin Wednesday night for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. By the time we got checked in to our hotel, registered and credentialed for the festival, and found sustenance in the form of enchiladas and guacamole, it was almost midnight.

    There are more Memphis-connected acts playing this year's festival ...

Film/TV

Books

Theater

  • Civil War Ghosts: Bad Acting Wrecks a Philosophical Spook Story.
  • Civil War Ghosts: Bad Acting Wrecks a Philosophical Spook Story.

    In 2006, Playwrights Forum scored an Ostrander Award for best original script with Pound, Sean O'Leary's sparklingly complex play about Ezra Pound, the fascist American poet and spiritual father of modernist verse.

    The shoestring production was a thrilling example of everything that's good and right with this small but tenacious theater group dedicated to staging new works by emerging writers ...

Fashion

Food & Drink

  • CA's Fredric Koeppel Puts Down Fork
  • CA's Fredric Koeppel Puts Down Fork

    On Friday, March 7th, Fredric Koeppel announced that, after 20 years, he would no longer be reviewing restaurants for The Commercial Appeal.

    "Twenty years is a long time to review restaurants in one city that also happens to be my hometown," Koeppel says. "I really loved doing it, but The Commercial Appeal is restructuring some sections and I won't be part of the Playbook team anymore."...

Sports

  • Memphis Gets Number One Seed; How Far Can They Go?
  • Memphis Gets Number One Seed; How Far Can They Go?

    The Memphis Tigers gained the number one seed in the South Regional of the NCAA tournament. They will take on Texas-Arlington (21-11), winners of the Southland Conference tournament. The Mavericks finished 7-9 in the conference but won their very first NCAA bid on the strength of their conference tourney win.

    Memphis' will play its first two games in Little Rock ...

  • C-USA Semifinals: Memphis 69, Southern Miss 53
  • C-USA Semifinals: Memphis 69, Southern Miss 53

    The U of M Tigers beat Southern Miss Friday afternoon, 69-53, and advanced to a fourth consecutive C-USA title game, but only after surviving a game that saw 40 fouls, 31 turnovers, and neither team shoot better than 42 percent.
  • Conference USA Championship: Memphis 77, Tulsa 51
  • Conference USA Championship: Memphis 77, Tulsa 51

    In what could well be the homecourt sendoff for the team's three biggest stars, the second-ranked Tigers won the 2008 C-USA championship, beating Tulsa, 77-51, at FedExForum in downtown Memphis. The title is the third consecutive for the U of M, an unmatched streak in the program's long, proud history.
  • The NCAA South Regional: Four Angles to Follow
  • The NCAA South Regional: Four Angles to Follow

    You really couldn't ask for a juicier regional, not if you're a Memphis Tiger fan. For the U of M to reach its first Final Four in 23 years, the Tigers will have to emerge from a 16-team bracket quadrant riddled with upset possibilities and potential drama. Here are four angles to consider ...
  • C-USA Quarterfinals: Memphis 75, Tulane 56
  • C-USA Quarterfinals: Memphis 75, Tulane 56

    The tune-up is underway. Taking the floor for the first time since John Calipari, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Joey Dorsey swept Conference USA's Coach, Player, and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, the second-ranked Memphis Tigers whipped the Tulane Green Wave, 75-56, in the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament at FedExForum.
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