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  • May 15-21, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1003

News

  • Don't Do BBQ? Here Are Some Alternatives
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Don't Do BBQ? Here Are Some Alternatives

    Swarms of Memphian are packing Tom Lee Park this weekend for the annual meat fest (otherwise known as the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest). It's not a pretty sight if you’re not a fan of crowds or general drunken debauchery. Here are a few more options.

    Get your barbecue fix without fighting the crowds at the Animal Protection Association's Memphis in May Barbecue Party. Held in a location far, far away from downtown...

  • Live From Memphis: On Shaky Ground
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Live From Memphis: On Shaky Ground

    In May 2002, the Flyer published a story about a fledgling local arts organization, Live From Memphis, that had recently emerged with a website (LiveFromMemphis.com) and a plan to help promote and unify the city's diverse "creative" scene through a series of projects. While the organization has had many successes in the six years since that article was written, Live From Memphis has lately fallen on hard times ...
  • Prosecution Rests; Defense Calls Ford's Wife
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Prosecution Rests; Defense Calls Ford's Wife

    Edmund Ford's wife of 29 years took the witness stand Friday in the former city councilman’s bribery trial in federal court.

    Myrna Ford was soft-spoken and smiled pleasantly at jurors, her husband on the other side of the courtroom, and their three children in the spectators' section during an hour of mostly gentle questioning.

    She told defense attorney Michael Scholl and jurors that she and her husband have a close marriage and are "one" for business purposes in the strenuous life of running a sometimes struggling funeral home....

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  • Edmund Ford Takes the Witness Stand
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Edmund Ford Takes the Witness Stand

    Edmund Ford boldly took the witness stand Monday and said several times that he never took bribes from lobbyist Joe Cooper for his influence on the Memphis City Council.

    Ford was questioned for about an hour by his attorney, Michael Scholl, and was in the middle of being cross-examined by prosecutor Larry Laurenzi when the trial took a lunch break ...

  • Ford Jurors See Tapes of Cooper's Payoffs
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Ford Jurors See Tapes of Cooper's Payoffs

    "Go get him. Be yourself. Stay relaxed. Business as usual."

    With those words from his FBI handler, lobbyist Joe Cooper, with $2,000 in $100 bills in his back pocket, set off to make a bribery payment to City Councilman Edmund Ford.

    Jurors in Ford's bribery trial in federal court watched tapes Wednesday of payments Cooper made to Ford in 2006 to gain support for a billboard zoning case. Cooper, who was working undercover for the FBI at the time, was on the witness stand all morning...

  • The Memphis Week That Was
  • The Daily Buzz
  • The Memphis Week That Was

    "Proper predication" explained -- sort of. Predication is a big word for how federal prosecutors decide whom to go after in political corruption cases. It came up in former state senator Roscoe Dixon's trial two years ago. It came up again this week in Edmund Ford's trial when defense attorney Michael Scholl, who also represented Edmund's brother John, was questioning FBI agent Daniel Netemeyer.

    It’s Police Procedure 101 that crooks are useful in order to catch crooks. But it's also common knowledge that crooks lie...

  • Joe Cooper's Longest Day
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Joe Cooper's Longest Day

    It was lobbyist and government witness Joe Cooper who was "on trial" Wednesday and not bribery defendant Edmund Ford. And by mid-afternoon he was reduced to tears - and the defense attorney had not even begun his cross-examination.

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Politics

  • The Gadfly Returns, to Tee Off on 'Ex-Golfer' Bush
  • Politics Feature
  • The Gadfly Returns, to Tee Off on 'Ex-Golfer' Bush

    A dedicated golfer himself, Marty Aussenberg scoffs at the president's claim to be showing “solidarity” with Iraq War casualties and their families by giving up golf -- an assertion that "shows (as if we needed additional evidence) his utter disconnection from reality."

Opinion

  • The "HNIC" Controversy
  • Editorial
  • The "HNIC" Controversy

    Thanks primarily to a rather sensationalistic story on WREG Channel 3 Wednesday night, John Branston's City Beat column from this week's Flyer seems to be generating some controversy.

    In the column, Branston references the movie Lean On Me, about a controversial high school principal named Joe Clark, who patrolled the halls with a baseball bat and who called himself the "HNIC" ...

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    Several months after moving into my house, I attended a party in my neighborhood. As the evening wore on and everyone got pretty wasted, one of my neighbors (who I'd just met that night, mind you) confessed to me that he was a registered sex offender.

    I checked the state online sex offender registry and sure enough, there he was ...

  • The Deciders: The Memphis Schools Superintendent Decision, Take Two
  • Viewpoint
  • The Deciders: The Memphis Schools Superintendent Decision, Take Two

    Let's try this another way.

    Let's call the superintendent of the Memphis City Schools the decider.

    Except the superintendent isn't really the decider. There are several deciders -- the nine elected members of the school board, some elected from districts and some elected at-large. Five of them, in fact, are running for reelection this year ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Maybe Mother Earth is trying to tell us something. Our planet is shaking, blowing, flooding, burning, and erupting at a prodigious rate lately ...

Music

Film/TV

Books

Food & Drink

  • Memphis Barbecue Network Forms
  • Food & Wine
  • Memphis Barbecue Network Forms

    In late August 2007, Memphis In May sent out a letter explaining that in order to focus its resources on recruiting teams from around the world for its World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the organization would no longer be sanctioning the 40 or so smaller barbecue contests across the country.

    The announcement caused some concern among volunteers who had worked as barbecue contest representatives, and shortly after receiving the news, they formed the Memphis Barbecue Network. ...

Real Estate

Sports

  • The NBA Lottery: Whither the Griz?
  • Sports Feature
  • The NBA Lottery: Whither the Griz?

    The day has arrived: The Grizzlies' annual assignation with that unreliable Demon Lover, the NBA Draft Lottery. The Grizzlies are holding two official watch parties for the lottery, which will be televised at 7 p.m. on ESPN. One is at the Flying Saucer downtown, the other is at that popular beer hall's Cordova location.

    I'll be at the downtown Saucer ...

  • What the Grizzlies Should Do ...
  • Sports Feature
  • What the Grizzlies Should Do ...

    I promised not to act too forlorn about a "bad" lottery result and I won't. So the Griz fell one slot to fifth. Time to stop whining about "bad luck" and get busy building a good team. My initial take on how the draft will play out ...

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