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  • Mar 20-26, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 995

News

  • Justin Timberlake Donates $200,000 to Memphis Music Organizations
  • Justin Timberlake Donates $200,000 to Memphis Music Organizations

    Memphis native and music star Justin Timberlake has made two separate donations of $100,000 to the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and to the Memphis Music Foundation. Timberlake, in Memphis for filming on the independent movie, The Open Road, presented a check to Rock 'n' Soul Museum executive director, John Doyle, and museum Board Chairman, Joel Hobson, and to Dean Deyo, president of the Memphis Music Foundation on Thursday ...
  • Anti-War Protesters Arrested in Corker's Office
  • Anti-War Protesters Arrested in Corker's Office

    Seven people were arrested yesterday for refusing to leave U.S. Senator Bob Corker's Memphis office inside the Peabody Place complex. The seven were part of a nonviolent "die-in" protest to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War ...
  • Herenton's Bombshell Rocked Nearly Everyone
  • Herenton's Bombshell Rocked Nearly Everyone

    Willie Herenton's forthcoming July 31st resignation came as a surprise to local business leaders, school board consultants, and even close associates at City Hall.

    On Thursday morning, developer Henry Turley was meeting with Jack Belz, Scott Ledbetter, Robert Lipscomb, Tom Marshall, Tony Bologna, and representatives of St. Jude Children's Hospital and Ducks Unlimited about Bass Pro and The Pyramid. Turley said he had no idea Herenton was planning a surprise announcement ...

  • ArtsMemphis Web Finalists
  • ArtsMemphis Web Finalists

    What do Wild Bill's, Ballet Memphis, and the West Clinic have in common?

    They are all featured in films from ArtsMemphis' "Our Vibe: Our City On Film" contest. Posted at www.artsmemphis.org, the contest's 12 semi-finalist films each showcase a particular aspect of the Memphis arts scene ...

  • Mayor Herenton as Emily Litella? He Won't Resign Without the Superintendent's Job in Hand.
  • Mayor Herenton as Emily Litella? He Won't Resign Without the Superintendent's Job in Hand.

    So now we learn (from Amos Maki of The Commercial Appeal) that Mayor Herenton won't resign, after all, if he doesn't get the school superintendent's job. It reminds us of Emily Litella, the old Saturday Night Live character, played by the late Gilda Radner. "Emily" would go on in high dudgeon about something or other, then realize she was off track or had the subject wrong or was speaking prematurely, and finish by saying, "Never mind!"

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Politics

  • Wilder Announces Retirement as State Senator
  • Wilder Announces Retirement as State Senator

    It's now official. Announcing he would not seek reelection this year, state Senator John Wilder (D-Somervile/Mason) has confirmed the pending retirement which was considered imminent as of last week. Speaking on the Senate floor in Nashville on Thursday, the former longtime lieutenant governor characteristically pronounced his fellow senators "good" and asked them to "be statesmen" ...
  • The Wharton Hypothesis
  • The Wharton Hypothesis

    Starting with last year's mayor's race there has been beaucoup speculation in political and even lay circles about the prospect of some kind of mayoral handoff from Willie Herenton to his friend and counterpart, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton. Most speculators on the point were looking down the line, to 2009 or 2010, when Herenton would be at -- or just past -- mid-term and Wharton would be finishing up his business and his agenda in the county. But why not now?
  • Marsha Has a Primary Opponent -- County Register Leatherwood
  • Marsha Has a Primary Opponent -- County Register Leatherwood

    With next week's filing deadline beckoning, 7th District Republican congressman Marsha Blackburn faces primary opposition from a GOP office-holder, Shelby County register Tom Leatherwood, who reckons that his day job, which isn’t up for election again until 2010, will serve as a satisfactory "parachute," is ready to take Blackburn on this year.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca, I teach safe sex practices to youth in Memphis. I'm very proud of this, and I feel like I'm doing good work. But I have a little conflict -- I do not have safe sex with my boyfriend. We don't use condoms at all. But we are in a committed, monogamous relationship so I don't fear catching anything. We're gay men, so pregnancy isn't an issue either.

    But I feel like a hypocrite ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Five years ago, we watched the United States start a war from the comfort of our living rooms ...

Music

Film/TV

  • "The Band's Visit" Bores, But Not Disappointingly
  • "The Band's Visit" Bores, But Not Disappointingly

    The Band's Visit begins with a silent-movie title card: "Once -- not long ago -- a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. Not everyone remembers this; it wasn't very important." Seldom has an opening shot summarized a film better.

    Writer/director Eran Kolirin's new comedy is demure, modest, and simple. It's also boring as hell, but if you don't mind some quiet time in the theater to think for yourself while the film's poetry leavens, it can hardly be called a disappointment ...

Art

Food & Drink

  • Cafe Eclectic Opens in Midtown
  • Cafe Eclectic Opens in Midtown

    Catherine Boulden never really cared for espresso until she got hooked on the brew in Paris. In Memphis, however, she had trouble finding that perfect little shot in a two-and-a-half-ounce porcelain demitasse — until now. Boulden and business partner/chef Mary O'Brien opened Cafe Eclectic in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood three weeks ago ...

Sports

  • NCAA Tournament: This Date in Tiger History
  • NCAA Tournament: This Date in Tiger History

    With the Memphis Tigers opening their Final Four campaign tonight in Little Rock, a look a the history books brings mixed signals when it comes to "dancing" on March 21st. The U of M has played no fewer than four tournament games on this date, winning two and losing a pair ...
  • Good Friday in Little Rock
  • Good Friday in Little Rock

    It's just a short ride to Little Rock from Memphis, but, on Good Friday, it was long enough to wonder that if the number 1 seed University of Memphis Tigers were to lose to number 16 seed University of Texas-Arlington -- an upset of such magnitude that it’s never happened before in NCAA tournament history -- would Tiger coach John Calipari be crucified?

    And, on the other hand, if Calipari were to win the national championship two-and-a-half weeks from now, would he be the write-in winner in the next Memphis mayoral election?...

  • For Memphis, It's Two Down, Final Four to Go
  • For Memphis, It's Two Down, Final Four to Go

    Haven't we been here before? A John Calipari-coached Memphis Tiger basketball team has found its way to that hallowed section of your office bracket we know as the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. Already with more than 30 wins and a top-five national ranking, winners of Conference USA's regular-season and tournament championships, star power that borders on excess.

    But it's not enough. Not this year ...

  • NCAA 1st Round: Four Angles
  • NCAA 1st Round: Four Angles

    Having handled Texas-Arlington, 87-63, the second-ranked Memphis Tigers (now 34-1) advance to the NCAA tournament's second round, where they'll face Mississippi State Sunday afternoon in Little Rock. Here are four angles to consider as you digest Friday night’s win ...
  • FROM MY SEAT: The Quintessential Quintet
  • FROM MY SEAT: The Quintessential Quintet

    As valuable as coach John Calipari's bench has been all season -- and certainly will when the Tigers face Michigan State on Friday -- this team has been built around a prototypical starting five.
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