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  • Apr 17-23, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 999

News

  • Is Birmingham Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?
  • Is Birmingham Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?

    According to the Birmingham News, Beale Street impressario John Elkington is in talks with comedian Jeff Foxworthy about opening a club in a planned downtown Birmingham entertainment district that Elkington is developing ...
  • Chick-Fil-A to Demolish Cumberland Presbyterian Building on Union?
  • Chick-Fil-A to Demolish Cumberland Presbyterian Building on Union?

    According to Memphis Heritage, Chick-Fil-A has applied to the city's construction codes department to demolish the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church book store at Union and Rembert.

    Last month, Chick-Fil-A announced plans to develop the property, but Memphis Heritage hoped to meet with the company to discuss the possibility of saving the Gothic Revival building ...

  • "Ask Vance" Hits the Internets!
  • "Ask Vance" Hits the Internets!

    "I thought I'd share two postcards today, just to show you how confusing it can be for historians when they are trying to find an accurate image of a long-lost Memphis establishment. Or maybe it's only confusing for me.

    "In the 1940s and 1950s, the intersection of Summer and White Station was a major gateway to our city, so owners opened quite a variety of attractions there that were designed to appeal to motorists -- well, and Memphians, too ..."

  • Save the Earth This Weekend
  • Save the Earth This Weekend

    You've switched to energy efficient bulbs. You bring your own reusable canvas bags to the grocery store. And the next car on your shopping list is definitely a hybrid. What more can you do? Find out at multiple Earth Day celebrations this weekend.

    Begin tonight at the Green Shoe Gala at Shelby Farms Park at 6 p.m. The annual green-themed park fund-raiser features plenty of schmoozing, boozing, a full organic dinner, and a silent auction. ...

  • John Malloy: Crazy for "Lear"
  • John Malloy: Crazy for "Lear"

    Want to see a crazy geriatric running naked through a terrible storm, howling like a scalded wolf?

    Sorry to those who might be expecting a YouTube link or something, but this an act you'll have to catch live.

    Okay, John Malloy, the 75-year-old actor currently interpreting Shakespeare's King Lear in a staged reading at Rhodes College, probably won't strip to the buff. But you've got to believe this grizzled stage and screen vet when he promises to leave everything on stage....

  • Eli Manning Marries Ole Miss Sweetheart
  • Eli Manning Marries Ole Miss Sweetheart

    From the New York Daily News: Giants quarterback Eli Manning wed his college sweetheart Abby McGrew during a beachfront ceremony at sunset Saturday.

    About 60 loved ones flew to Mexico to join Manning and his bride for the intimate ceremony at the One&Only Palmilla, a swank resort ...

  • Priscilla Presley is No Longer Dancing With the Stars
  • Priscilla Presley is No Longer Dancing With the Stars

    First, there was the Memphis Tigers' heart-breaking defeat in the finals of the NCAA tournament, now THIS. How much anguish can we bedraggled Memphians be expected to take?

    From Huffington Post: Despite committing to the cause and calming her nerves each week with yoga and candles, Priscilla Presley became the latest celebrity casualty Tuesday on Dancing With the Stars ...

  • Memphians Premiere New Film at Nashville Film Festival
  • Memphians Premiere New Film at Nashville Film Festival

    Memphian Brett Hanover's feature film Bunnyland will premiere April 21st at the Nashville Film Festival.

    Described as a story of "rocks, rabbits, and the last Indian on the Trail of Tears," Bunnyland is set in a former miniature golf course in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This particular golf course used real bunnies as obstacles for each hole ...

  • Councilman Bill Boyd Has a Prayer
  • Councilman Bill Boyd Has a Prayer

    Bill Boyd, a newly elected member of the Memphis City Council, gave the following prayer Tuesday while acting as "chaplain of the day."

    Part speech and part prayer, it was a slightly revised version of a controversial prayer that has circulated on the Internet for several years.

    Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you today to seek your direction and guidance and ask your forgiveness. ....

  • Memphis School Board President Tomeka Hart Responds to City Council
  • Memphis School Board President Tomeka Hart Responds to City Council

    In an email to council education chair Janis Fullilove yesterday, Memphis City School Board president Tomeka Hart asked for clarification of the two bodies' working relationship.

    "While I had hoped that we could work together to develop an annual agenda ... the MCS staff has received requests to report to the committee on a bi-monthly basis. ...

  • Memphis Police Department Unveils Real Time Crime Center
  • Memphis Police Department Unveils Real Time Crime Center

    Boasting a massive wall of 42 large-screen monitors, the Memphis Police Department's new Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) is a couch potato’s dream come true.

    But RTCC officers won't be watching the game or Project Runway. They'll be monitoring multiple cameras placed in crime hotspots around the city ...

  • Rob Lowe Redux:  It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…
  • Rob Lowe Redux: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today…

    Well, it'll be twenty years ago in July, actually, that actor Rob Lowe, then as now a heart-throb and a member of what was being called the Hollywood "Brat Pack," was engaging in the same kind of naughty, naughty behavior that his nanny has now so publicly called him out on. On behalf of our sister publication, Memphis Magazine, the Flyer's Jackson Baker was on hand at the Atlanta Democratic Convention in 1988 to observe the first intimations of the earliest known Rob Lowe Sex Scandal.

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Politics

  • Doing Pennsylvania with Bill and Hill
  • Doing Pennsylvania with Bill and Hill

    Jackson Baker reports on the Clintons' climactic (and ultimately victorious) efforts as Pennsylvania Democrats got ready to vote for a president. Plus: a little inside news about that temperamental John McCain....
  • The Tennessee Ninth District: Cohen to Tinker to Towns
  • The Tennessee Ninth District: Cohen to Tinker to Towns

    In a surprise (but unanimous) decision, the Shelby County Election Commission last Thursday approved the petition of state representative Joe Towns Jr. as a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

    It should be remembered, however, that Towns' name was on the 9th District primary ballot in 2006, but his minimal to nonexistent campaigning earned him an insignificant vote total ...

  • The Sound of Change: Obama's Black Loyalists
  • The Sound of Change: Obama's Black Loyalists

    "I honestly don't know how people are going to react if Obama doesn't get the nomination," said Darnell Drewery, and everybody nearby was aware that, by "people," he meant those in the'hood. The larger one that transcends the geography of Pittsburgh. African Americans as a national group, he meant.

Opinion

  • The Memphis Index of Food, Finance, Fuel, and Fun
  • The Memphis Index of Food, Finance, Fuel, and Fun

    This is the week that individuals have to finish their income taxes and city government presents its budget for next year.

    So how are we doing, individually and collectively?

    According to the Memphis Flyer's first-ever Memphis Index of food, finance, fuel, and fun, not too bad, not too good ...

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I have been dating this guy for a little over a year now and I am totally in love with him. I thought things were going okay, but the other day, he called me to say he wants to call it quits ...

  • Pennsylvanians Aren't Bitter; They're P-ssed Off
  • Pennsylvanians Aren't Bitter; They're P-ssed Off

    I lived for many years in Pennsylvania, the battleground state currently being fought over by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There was a saying when I lived there (later expropriated by James Carville) that Pennsylvania consisted of Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in between.

    There is some truth to that. Pennsylvania has the largest rural population in America ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    I lived for many years in Pennsylvania, the battleground state currently being fought over by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ...

Music

Film/TV

  • Girls Rock! Documentary Doesn't.
  • Girls Rock! Documentary Doesn't.

    More than 50 years since rock-and-roll first started to break down social barriers, that ostensibly revolutionary form still has considerable boundaries for more than half the population. Don't think rock-and-roll is too much a boys' game? Spend some time listening to rock radio and think about how many female voices you hear ...

Theater

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Tyreke Evans Commits to University of Memphis
  • Tyreke Evans Commits to University of Memphis

    The Memphis Tigers, who are reloading for next year, just got a big bullet. Coveted high school guard Tyreke Evans chose the U of M over his hometown Villanova Wildcats today.

    From SI.com: Goodbye, Derrick Rose. Hello, Tyreke Evans ...

  • From My Seat: Talking the Talk
  • From My Seat: Talking the Talk

    Considering you're reading this column, its safe to presume you have, at minimum, a lukewarm interest in sports. More specifically, you're sparked -- to a degree -- by the discussion of sports. Which has to mean you're familiar with a lexicon built on sound-bites, cliches, and overused maxims delivered with the aim of elucidation ...

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