• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 3-9, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 997

News

  • Memphis Magazine Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King

    Memphis magazine's April issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The issue includes perspectives on the events of spring 1968 and the aftermath in Memphis as only those who lived it can provide. Award-winning writer Hampton Sides, who grew up in Memphis and served as "Mayor for a Day" with Henry Loeb as a youth, contributed a stirring essay on the legacy of April 4, 1968.

    Ten local civil rights pioneers, including Rev. James Lawson, whose invitation brought King to Memphis the last time ...

  • Memphis Week That Was: The Best Panel You Never Heard

    In the midst of the Memphis 1968/1985 Flashback Lollapalooza, the best panel you never heard gave Memphis a roadmap for its most important decision of 2008.

    The panel was called "Education as a 21st Century Civil Rights Issue," but it could have been called "What Do We Do Next Week?" when we return to our regularly scheduled programming and the messy business of picking the next superintendent of the Memphis City Schools and their 115,000 students....

  • Celebrate MLK's Legacy This Weekend

    On the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, there's much more going on than the usual candlelight vigil. Some events, like the downtown march, happened earlier today. But it's not too late to catch plenty of weekend events honoring the late civil rights leader.
  • Fighting the War on Terror in Memphis

    A man walking through Tom Lee Park pauses to snap a photo of the iconic Hernando DeSoto Bridge. Another man shoots pictures of numerous downtown buildings.

    Many would assume the men are tourists taking in the city's sights, but law enforcement officials say they could be terrorists staking out possible targets.

    The scenarios were described at an anti-terrorism town hall meeting last week hosted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office ...

  • Memphis Needs More Single Men ... Or Fewer Women

    Well, Memphis single gals, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is: It's not you. The bad news is: It's not you.

    According to a nifty chart from urbanologist Richard Florida, the Memphis metropolitan area has a surplus of single women ...

  • A "Night Out" in Cooper-Young

    After years of talking about it, members of the Cooper-Young Business Association and merchants in the Cooper-Young Historic District are kicking off a monthly neighborhood "Night Out" this Thursday, April 3rd...

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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton's First Stop in Memphis is Mason Temple

    New York Senator Hillary Clinton may be involved in a bruising, take-no-prisoners battle with Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, but on Friday morning, speaking at Mason Temple, site of Dr. Martin Luther King's final "I've been to the mountaintop" address, she was all sweetness and light.
  • McCain First Candidate to Arrive in Memphis for MLK Observances

    When his JetBlue chartered flight set down at Wilson Air on Thursday afternoon, Republican John McCain became the first presidential candidate to arrive in Memphis for observances Friday commemorating the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King. Democrat Hillary Clinton was scheduled to be arriving almost simultaneously, but no word yet about a drop-in from Barack Obama....

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I am an only child, and my parents have always doted on me -- too much. I feel smothered. I am almost 28, and my mother still calls me all the time to say that she misses me. I feel like this is unhealthy for both of us, but I also feel like she needs me as a friend ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    People in media often talk about slow news days. Here in Memphis, we don't have that problem ...

Music

Film/TV

  • Soldier Boys

    Stop-Loss may be the first Iraq war movie for the soldiers, rather than about them.
  • "Stop-Loss" is a War Movie for the Soldiers

    It's been a decade since filmmaker Kimberly Peirce debuted with Boys Don't Cry. That film, about a young woman in the rural Midwest posing as a man (Hilary Swank, who won an Oscar for her portrayal), would mark Peirce as an unlikely choice to helm (and co-write) a project like Stop-Loss, about a trio of macho soldiers from Texas who have come home from a tour in Iraq ...

Books

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Final Four Times Three: Which Memphis Team is Best?

    As the Memphis Tigers prepare to face UCLA Saturday night at the Final Four in San Antonio, here's a parlor game for Tiger fans to enjoy. Consider the starting lineups for the three Tiger squads to reach the Final Four -- 1973, 1985, and the current edition -- and decide, position-by-position, which team comes out on top ...
  • Missing the Point: the Sad Last Act of Andre Allen

    Andre Allen -- the basketball player -- would not have made a difference for the Memphis Tigers in this weekend's Final Four. There are eight players on John Calipari's roster who stand above Allen in value to this remarkable team, including two other point guards. But Andre Allen -- the suspended basketball player -- may in fact play a bigger role than the young man in uniform ever has.
  • The Betting Odds: Memphis or Kansas?

    Not that any of our Memphis Flyer readers would ever, um, bet on the game tonight, but still it's nice to know how Vegas sees it playing out. Here's how betus.com is calling it:

    There's a reason that Memphis is favored in their game versus the Kansas Jayhawks. Memphis' lone weakness going into this tournament was their terrible percentage from the free-throw line. Well, the Tigers have been stellar on the line since their first game in the tournament. They're shooting close to 80 percent as a team. That's much better than during the regular season when they were shooting in the low 60 percent. Will this new found touch from the free-throw line be enough for the Tigers to cover a -3 spread ...

  • "Cinderella Don't Do Tats": Behind the Media's Misread of Memphis

    This is quite simply one of the most insightful articles on the Tigers (and NCAA basketball and the media) ever written. It's by NBC.com's John Walters. It begins thusly:

    Come clean, America. You did not have the Memphis Tigers winning your office pool and you most certainly did not have them winning your heart. You are wary of their coach, wary of their program and wary of their players.

    Cinderella don't do tats.

    The Memphis Tigers are about to win their first national championship and there's nothing you yourself can do about it. Only Bill Self can, and even he may feel somewhat overwhelmed this evening, in an arena that commemorates a site that is the living symbol of that sensation. Should Memphis prevail, they will become the first non-BCS level school to cut down the nets since UNLV did so in 1990. Chances are that you've already drawn other comparisons between the two schools, and their tight-roping-the-rulebook coaches, in your mind. Unless you attended Memphis or live in Memphis, you're likely not rooting for Memphis. And if that is so, that's not entirely your fault. It's mostly ours ...

  • NCAA Championship: Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT)

    A single free throw made (instead of missed), a desperation three missed (instead of made), and maybe three fewer seconds on the clock. Such were the moments Tiger Nation will imagine for what seemed so clearly to be a national title. The 2008 NCAA championship was a heartbreaking story. And very much a Memphis one.
  • Memphis Trounces UCLA in NCAA Semifinal, 78-63; Will Face Kansas in Final

    The Memphis Tigers are headed to the NCAA basketball tournament's national championship game Monday night, after dispatching the vaunted UCLA Bruins, 78-63.

    The Tigers played a workmanlike game, never trailing after the opening minutes, and keeping the pressure on UCLA throughout the game. Tiger back-court players Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts proved to be unstoppable, scoring 25 and 28 points, respectively ...

  • Final Two! Four Angles on Memphis vs. Kansas

    In San Antonio, the city where another famous Tennessean -- Davy Crockett -- took his last breath 172 years ago, the 2007-08 Tigers took the Mid-South region's breath away, beating the UCLA Bruins, 78-63, to advance to Monday night's national championship game, where they'll face Kansas (36-3 after beating North Carolina in Saturday's other semifinal).

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