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  • Small Earthquake Rattles Missouri Near St. Louis
  • Small Earthquake Rattles Missouri Near St. Louis

    From STLtoday.com: The U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.7 magnitude quake rumbled this morning. Its epicenter was near Valley Park, Missouri.

    The quake came at 6:25 a.m., centered two miles southeast of Valley Park, according to Jessica Sigala, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center based in Colorado ...

  • Five Finalists Named for Memphis School Superintendent
  • Five Finalists Named for Memphis School Superintendent

    There are no Memphians -- and no mayors -- among the five finalists for the job of Memphis City Schools superintendent.

    Members of the school board got the five names Tuesday from consultant Gary Ray. They include three men and two women, all with doctorates in education and all currently working in public school systems as administrators ...

  • Hi-Octane Vintage in Cooper-Young
  • Hi-Octane Vintage in Cooper-Young

    For some couples, moving in together means an adjustment. For Nikki Douglas and David Barnette, it created a business opportunity.

    "We realized we had two storage units, a house and an attic full of stuff," Douglas says. "We said, we've got to do something with it ..."

  • Flyer, Memphis Magazine Snag Nine Green Eyeshade Awards
  • Flyer, Memphis Magazine Snag Nine Green Eyeshade Awards

    The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the finalists for the 58th annual Green Eyeshade Awards.

    This regional journalism competition recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia...

  • "Spunk" Closes Sunday at Hattiloo
  • "Spunk" Closes Sunday at Hattiloo

    Bringing the Hattiloo Theatre's auspicious second season to a strong close is Spunk, a lyrical adaptation of three Zora Neal Hurston short stories.

    Hurston was a controversial figure during the Harlem Renaissance, and some reasons for the controversy are apparent in Spunk...

  • "It Was A Near Run Thing"
  • "It Was A Near Run Thing"

    The following remarks were given by Frederick W. Smith at University of Memphis graduation on May 3, 2008 at FedEx Forum. Smith, the founder and chairman of Memphis-based FedEx Corporation, received an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

    "Let me thank my wife and mother who are in the audience. And let me thank the members of the FedEx team. It is really their efforts and their achievements that resulted in this recognition today...

  • Not Going to MusicFest? Don't Despair. There's Plenty to Do.
  • Not Going to MusicFest? Don't Despair. There's Plenty to Do.

    Maybe you've decided you can't afford to shell out the dough for a Beale Street Music Fest ticket this year. Or maybe you don't like the crowds or you just hate Fergie. That's okay, 100,000 hardy souls will cover for you.

    Besides, theres still plenty going on this weekend. (And hey, by skipping Music Fest, you won't have to worry about washing mud out of your hair ...

  • Emily Jones Shrader -- 1975-2008
  • Emily Jones Shrader -- 1975-2008

    My daughter died Friday.

    Those are the hardest four words I have uttered in my whole life.

    Emily Jones Shrader was 32 years old and died at 7:40 Friday morning seven weeks after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

    Emily was a remarkable person. She was vivacious, exhuberant and charismatic ...

  • Don't Cut $93 Million from Memphis Schools, Herenton Says
  • Don't Cut $93 Million from Memphis Schools, Herenton Says

    Mayor Willie Herenton, who will make his case for running the Memphis City Schools next Tuesday, asked the Memphis City Council this week to drop the idea of withholding $93 million in city funding from the schools.

    Herenton made the request in a brief letter to council members Wednesday. "To abruptly withhold $93 million from the Memphis City Schools would not be in the best interest of our children ...

  • Huey's CEO Thomas Boggs Dies
  • Huey's CEO Thomas Boggs Dies

    Thomas Boggs, the man who took a midtown bar named Huey's and turned it into a Memphis institution with seven locations, passed away at his home Sunday night. He was 63.

    Boggs was a pillar of the Memphis restaurant community, having served as president of the Memphis Restaurant Association ...

  • Herenton Gives His Schools Speech
  • Herenton Gives His Schools Speech

    Calling his speech a "momentous event," Mayor Willie Herenton told City Council members Tuesday that the city schools administration is bloated and there are too many underused schools, but it would not be a good idea to cut $93 million out of the MCS budget at this time.

    Herenton said numerous times in his 50-minute speech and 25 minutes of questions that "I am not a candidate for superintendent." But he also said the school system is "a man's job" and needs a tough leader ...

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Politics

  • Memphis' Holder to Become Chief Justice of State Supreme Court
  • Memphis' Holder to Become Chief Justice of State Supreme Court

    State Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder of Memphis will become Chief Justice of the Court, the first woman to hold the position. Holder's elevation comes via a vote by her colleagues on the Court in tandem with the retirement this week of Justice William M. Barker of Chattanooga, who had been serving as Chief Justice.

Opinion

  • Scott Ritter Says Controversial Things About Clinton, Bush, Fox News, the Surge, etc.
  • Scott Ritter Says Controversial Things About Clinton, Bush, Fox News, the Surge, etc.

    Scott Ritter, a 10-year veteran of Marine Corps intelligence and the chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion, was in Memphis this week to deliver a lecture at Christian Brothers University. Ritter, an expert on the Middle East who described Saddam Hussein as a "defanged tiger," and advised against the U.S. attacking Iraq, sat down with the Flyer's Chris Davis to discuss Iraq, Iran, Fox news, the Surge, and other subjects ...
  • Hillary, Obama, Sex, Beer, and Strippers
  • Hillary, Obama, Sex, Beer, and Strippers

    I was out of town last week on my annual trout-fishing trek to the deep woods of Pennsylvania. (You know, the place where Obama saw his shadow, and now we have six more weeks of Hillary.) I was off the grid -- no Internet, no cell phone -- just my gun and my religion and a four-weight fly-rod. And beer ...
  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I've been chatting with a guy online for several months now. He seems smart, funny, and judging by the picture he sent me, pretty darn hot. We like the same music, the same movies, and we're both huge Trekkies (dorky, I know, but what do you expect from someone whose seeking love in a chat room?) ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    I know prostitution is a problem, but this seems like selective law enforcement ...

Music

  • Beale Street Music Fest: The Bands, The Music, The Line-up
  • Beale Street Music Fest: The Bands, The Music, The Line-up

    The Beale Street Music Fest will divide acts among four stages -- with an added "blues shack" this year -- in Tom Lee Park, a 33-acre site that sits at the base of historic Beale Street and stretches along the majestic Mississippi River.

    Friday night's lineup features a diverse trio of heavyweight headliners that may force eclectic music fans into a tough decision

  • Jay Reatard Grows Up
  • Jay Reatard Grows Up

    Since his 2007 appearance at Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival, garage-punk savant Jay Reatard (real surname: Lindsey) has become the Memphis musician with the biggest national footprint in terms of press, hype, and relentless touring.

    The first album he released under the Jay Reatard moniker, Blood Visions, came out in late 2006 on In the Red records. It was a slow grower, but, eventually, word spread ...

Film/TV

  • Robert Downey Jr. Gives "Iron Man" Unexpected Heart
  • Robert Downey Jr. Gives "Iron Man" Unexpected Heart

    Iron Man is the latest chapter in Marvel Comics -- now also Marvel Studios' -- apparent attempt to give every character in its sprawling universe a big-screen vehicle.

    Conceptually, it would seem to be an iffy proposition. With the exception of hip-hop fans, for whom Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark has long been a cultural touchstone, the Iron Man character is not as familiar to general audiences as other Marvel page-to-screen subjects ...

Theater

Food & Drink

  • A Memphis Sushi Contest
  • A Memphis Sushi Contest

    Memphis' Sekisui restaurant is looking for a few good rolls.

    Sekisui is holding a contest for sushi-lovers to submit their own ideas for a sushi roll. All you have to do is invent a roll, give it a name, and then submit it ...

Real Estate

  • Memphis "Hot Properties"
  • Memphis "Hot Properties"

    It certainly does not look like a bungalow from the street. Symmetrically placed windows with shutters are set on each side of a recessed entry with single-light French doors. Used brick on the front and engaged columns on the corner complete the facade that is trying so hard to be a Greek Revival cottage in the French Quarter. A wonderful old iron fence on the left side of the yard adds to the New Orleans flavor ...

Sports

  • Iavaroni: Does He Stay or Does He Go?
  • Iavaroni: Does He Stay or Does He Go?

    Outside of playoff games themselves, coaching changes -- actual and anticipated -- are dominating NBA news, but things are strangely silent on the Grizzlies' front.

    Over the past week or so, everyone I've talked to about this -- both within the organization and tangentially connected -- has echoed a similar take: If Marc Iavaroni was going to be gone, then it would have happened by now ...

  • FROM MY SEAT:  Tolling for Eight Belles
  • FROM MY SEAT: Tolling for Eight Belles

    The most sickening sight in sports is that of a thoroughbred racehorse lying injured on the track. The collapse and death of Eight Belles at Churchill Downs -- merely seconds after the filly finished second to Big Brown in Saturday's Kentucky Derby -- will again challenge us to distinguish between what we define as sport and what animal-rights activists consider abuse.

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