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  • Apr 10-16, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 998

News

  • Northwest and Delta to Merge; Will be Named Delta Airlines
  • Northwest and Delta to Merge; Will be Named Delta Airlines

    There will be no more Northwest Airlines. In a message to frequent-flyer cardholders today, Northwest spokesperson Bob Soukup wrote:

    As a valued Northwest Airlines customer and WorldPerks member, I wanted you to be among the first to hear that we have announced a merger with Delta Air Lines. Subject to regulatory review, our two airlines are joining forces to create America's premier global airline which, upon closing of the merger, will be called Delta Air Lines ...

  • Home Again
  • Home Again

    On the eve of his new film's Memphis debut, director Ira Sachs talks about "Married Life," working with established stars, and growing up in Memphis.
  • Mayor Calls for Property Tax Increase
  • Mayor Calls for Property Tax Increase

    The Memphis mayor called for a 58-cent property tax increase today, citing declining home values and negative consumer spending.

    "Conservative consumer spending means less money in sales tax," Mayor Willie Herenton told the City Council during his fiscal year 2009 budget presentation. "Decreasing home values means less money collected in property taxes."...

  • The Best Obituary Ever Written
  • The Best Obituary Ever Written

    Ida's marriage to Karl was a three ring circus, engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering. Ida met and married Albert Sills in 1960. Ida said "I never knew what real happiness was until I got remarried, then it was too late". Ida Mae and Albert settled down in Fox Meadows area of Memphis. Albert wanted a son, Ida wanted a dog. Ida quoted "with my way we just ruin the carpet". But on March 6, 1966 a son was happily born named Lee ...
  • Michael Hooks Jr. Gets 30 Days in Jail
  • Michael Hooks Jr. Gets 30 Days in Jail

    Michael Hooks Jr. was sentenced to 30 days in prison and four months home confinement Wednesday for a minor crime committed in 2001 that helped set in motion the federal government's Operation Tennessee Waltz two years later.

    Hooks, a former member of the Memphis City Schools Board of Education, told U.S. District Judge Daniel Breen, "I have no one to blame but myself ...

  • Herenton Offers Council "Will," "Courage," and 58-Cent Tax Hike
  • Herenton Offers Council "Will," "Courage," and 58-Cent Tax Hike

    The Memphis City Council, with nine new members and all decked out in University of Memphis jerseys, got a reality jolt Tuesday when Mayor Willie Herenton asked them to approve a 58-cent property tax increase. "I stand before you with the will and the political courage to make the hard decisions," he said.
  • Memphis' Million-Dollar Missed Free Throws
  • Memphis' Million-Dollar Missed Free Throws

    Each of those missed free throws late in Monday night's national-championship basketball game between Memphis and Kansas turned out to be rather expensive for some Memphians. According to the advertising director at Ashley Furniture Homestore, Tiger fans would have received more than $1 million in refunds for furniture purchased over a pair of promotional weekends last winter ...
  • Pending Bill Would Make Cockfighting a Felony in Tennessee
  • Pending Bill Would Make Cockfighting a Felony in Tennessee

    Tennessee is one of only 13 states with misdemeanor penalties for cockfighting, but a bill pending in both the state Senate and House of Representatives would elevate the crime to felony status.

    Popular in rural parts of the state, including small towns in West Tennessee, cockfights pit roosters against one another, often fighting to the death ...

  • Weekend Round-Up
  • Weekend Round-Up

    It looks like the rain is expected to, finally, let up over the weekend. And though temps are expected to drop into the 50s, that's no excuse to stay in your boring old house. Not when there's so much going on. Get out and do something. Here are some ideas:

    Quell your hot flashes with the silly, campy Menopause the Musical at the Orpheum Friday through Sunday night. The show, which has been described as 'The Rocky Horror Show for women"...

  • Memphis School Board Skips Council Meeting
  • Memphis School Board Skips Council Meeting

    The Memphis City Council's education committee was expected to talk about alternative schools, discipline and graduation rates, and the Memphis City Schools budget today with representatives of the school system. Unfortunately, the discussion was tabled when it turned out that school board member Kenneth Whalum Jr. was the only representative of the district at the meeting ...
  • Northwest/Delta Merger Could Be Announced Tuesday
  • Northwest/Delta Merger Could Be Announced Tuesday

    From The Wall Street Journal online today: "Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. may unveil their long-delayed merger announcement as early as Tuesday, said people familiar with the matter, in the latest move by airlines to grapple with high fuel prices and a softening economy.

    The deal could value Northwest at roughly $3 billion, these people said, though terms were still being negotiated. That would be well below Northwest's market value of more than $4.6 billion as of Feb. 1, reflecting the industry's worsening prospects in recent weeks ...

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Politics

  • Who Is This Man, and Why Is He, er, Steve Cohen Smiling?
  • Who Is This Man, and Why Is He, er, Steve Cohen Smiling?

    In a surprise (but unanimous) decision, the Shelby County Election Commission on Thursday approved the petition of State Representative Joe Towns, Jr., as a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 9th congressional district. Towns provides a potentially serious alternative to incumbent Steve Cohen's main challenger, corporate lawyer Nikki Tinker.

Opinion

  • Is Memphis Stuck in 1968?
  • Is Memphis Stuck in 1968?

    At a University of Memphis forum last week commemorating the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, a young man in the audience asked the panelists if Memphis was forever stuck in 1968.

    The question was bundled with several others and didn't get answered very well, which was too bad because it was a good question, maybe the best of the day ...

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I can't stop thinking about my ex. Though we broke up almost a year ago, she's on my mind all the time. We had a long-term relationship, lived together, and I even helped raise her two kids (which are not biologically mine).

    Now, I live across town and share a place with a roommate ...

  • Charley Reese: John McCain's Not Up to the Job of President
  • Charley Reese: John McCain's Not Up to the Job of President

    Republicans waited too late to nominate Senator John McCain. When he ran in 2000, he was bright and alert, but they chose George W. Bush, the pseudo good old boy and country-wrecker. Now they want to hand the presidency to McCain, soon to be 72 years old. He's not up to it ...
  • Letter from the Editor

    I've become something of a YouTube addict. My son's band, MGMT, plays around the world these days ...

Music

Film/TV

  • "Leatherheads" Is Almost Saved by Clooney
  • "Leatherheads" Is Almost Saved by Clooney

    George Clooney's considerable charisma and talent prevent his new comedy, Leatherheads, from being an unequivocal waste of time, but not by much.

    The year is 1925 -- you can tell by the film's phony old-timey photo montages. Clooney plays Jimmy "Dodge" Connolly, aging captain of the struggling Duluth Bulldogs pro football team. In a desperate bid to keep his team (and the pro sport) alive ...

Art

Theater

  • "Well" is Well Worth Theater-goers' Time at Theatre Memphis
  • "Well" is Well Worth Theater-goers' Time at Theatre Memphis

    This is a plug for a play. The play is called Well, and it is being performed at Theatre Memphis on the Next Stage through April 20th.

    My colleague, Chris Davis, will review it. He is a pro and an actor. I'm not trying to intrude on his turf. This is just a plug from a fan of an exceptional play that I think will speak to a lot of Memphians in a lot of ways ...

Food & Drink

Real Estate

  • A Memphis Grande Dame For Sale
  • A Memphis Grande Dame For Sale

    Hernando DeSoto stopped here in 1541, looking to cross the river. Don Manuel Gayoso, the Spanish military commander of West Florida, built a fort here in 1795. But it wasn't until after World War I that Memphis embraced all things romantically European, and the city was graced with houses in the Tudor, Italian, and Spanish Revival styles.

    George Mahan Jr. was one of the major architects of these Romantic revivals built between 1914 and 1938. In 1922, Esther Cook Norfleet built this house on Goodwyn Street, using Mahan's plans ...

Sports

  • Hey, Remember the Grizzlies? It's Draft Time ...
  • Hey, Remember the Grizzlies? It's Draft Time ...

    Well, now that college basketball season is over and we have a pretty good feel for the range of possibility for the Grizzlies lottery pick this summer, now seems like a good time for an early read on the draft.

    The Grizzlies are currently slotted 5th in the league's inverted standings (winning -- or losing, as the case may be -- a tiebreaker with Knicks), but are only two games behind (or ahead of ) the fast-fading Clippers ...

  • FROM MY SEAT: 2008 Redbirds -- First Impressions
  • FROM MY SEAT: 2008 Redbirds -- First Impressions

    No position in recent Cardinal history has been as rich as centerfield, with three All-Stars -- Willie McGee, Ray Lankford, and Jim Edmonds -- manning the spot for most of the last quarter-century. The next decade appears to be in decent hands with Redbird centerfielder Colby Rasmus.

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