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  • May 22-28, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1004

News

  • Edmund Ford Not Guilty on All Six Counts
  • Edmund Ford Not Guilty on All Six Counts

    A federal court jury declared former city councilman Edmund Ford not guilty on all six bribery counts Wednesday afternoon.

    Ford removed his glasses and wept into a handerkerchief as the sixth "not guilty" verdict was read ...

  • Local Expert on Memphis Schools Superintendent Search
  • Local Expert on Memphis Schools Superintendent Search

    As a former superintendent and an academic expert on school leadership, Tom Glass has seen quite a few superintendent searches but never anything quite like the current one in Memphis.

    Glass, retired Professor of Leadership at the University of Memphis, sat in on all four finalist interviews at the city school board auditorium in May ...

  • Ask Vance: Legless Key-Tag Makers, Giant Heads, and More Weirdness
  • Ask Vance: Legless Key-Tag Makers, Giant Heads, and More Weirdness

    In the April issue of Memphis magazine, I told the interesting story of John George Morris, who opened a restaurant on Poplar called "The Old Master Says" and even planned on topping the building with a 14-foot replica of his own head. Oh, just read the column; don't make me repeat the whole story here.

    Anyway, I had expressed some doubt that the plaster head was ever installed atop the restaurant (since none of my friends can recall such a sight) ...

  • City Pays Extra for MLGW Vehicles
  • City Pays Extra for MLGW Vehicles

    Faced with approving a more than $1.1 million contract for MLGW vehicles yesterday, the City Council balked and asked about the next highest bidder.

    The contract for trucks, vans, and sedans was split ...

  • What to Do This Weekend
  • What to Do This Weekend

    It's been real. It's been fun, but thank God Memphis in May is almost over.

    Recover from your month-long hangover with a relaxing picnic in Tom Lee Park during the annual Sunset Symphony ...

  • Rock On

    Snowden School in Midtown sweeps competition at Atlanta music festival.

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Politics

  • Advice For Obama From Harold Ford Jr.
  • Advice For Obama From Harold Ford Jr.

    The night Barack Obama is expected to accept the Democratic nomination will be Aug. 28, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King had a dream, and Barack Obama is part of its fulfillment.

    We live in a more just and open country than we did 45 years ago, a country where an African-American may be elected president. That doesn't mean the country is perfectly just ...

  • Alexander Counters Block on Appointment of Bishop Graves to TVA Board
  • Alexander Counters Block on Appointment of Bishop Graves to TVA Board

    Vexed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's continuing disinclination to allow Senate confirmation of President Bush's re-appointment of Bishop William Graves of Memphis to the Tennessee Valley Authority's nine-member board, Republican caucus chairman Lamar Alexander has countered with his own hold on a nominee favored by Reid.
  • Frist Backs Marsha in 7th
  • Frist Backs Marsha in 7th

    Former senator Bill Frist endorses congressman Marsha Blackburn for reelection. What will be the effect on her race with Tom Leatherwood? And on the 2010 governor's race? We (and others) ponder the question.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I recently went on a date with a woman I met online. Through e-mail conversations and photos, she seemed intelligent and attractive.

    The date started out fine, but toward the end, she asked me if I was looking to be in a serious relationship or just dating around. I told her I would be keeping my options open, and she freaked out. She cried and became very obsessive ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    There are some people in Memphis who think John Branston and I are SOBs. And racists, too ...

Music

  • Modern Memphis Songs
  • Modern Memphis Songs

    Earlier this year, the Smithsonian Rock N Soul Museum posted a list on its website of 899 recorded songs that mention the city of Memphis, citing it as the most mentioned city in pop songs. Whether that's true or not, the idea of "Memphis" songs typically means stuff like Chuck Berry's "Memphis" or Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis," records by nationally known outsiders that put the city right there in the title.

    But what about songs from and about the city ...?

Film/TV

  • "Prince Caspian": A Return to Narnia
  • "Prince Caspian": A Return to Narnia

    Much is always made about the religious themes at work in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. The Sunday-school-simple Christian allegory and the familiarity of the plot made the 2005 film adaptation of his novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe feel a little rote. Being Shrek and Shrek 2 director Andrew Adamson's first live-action feature, and coming so soon on the heels of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, made it suffer in comparison to that genre standard-bearer. But Prince Caspian is another matter ...
  • Indiana Jones Rides Again
  • Indiana Jones Rides Again

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull starts perfectly. A group of teens are crowded in a jalopy tearing across the Nevada desert, Elvis' "Hound Dog" blasting on their radio. The car veers onto a highway and starts teasing with a convoy of army vehicles traveling there. The sequence climaxes with a minor battle of speed between the hot rod and the lead army car.

    Then the scene just ends as the convoy turns off the road toward a military base. The kids are never seen again, and nothing plot-worthy ever comes of their appearance.

    What a way to start a movie ...

Books

Art

  • "Snap Judgments" at The Brooks: New African Photography
  • "Snap Judgments" at The Brooks: New African Photography

    There's nothing cursory or stereotypical about the Brooks Museum's current exhibition "Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography." Internationally respected curator Okwui Enwezor presents a poignant collection of more than 200 artworks (photographs, videos, and multimedia) by 35 African artists who record their continent with pathos tempered by beauty and courage ...

Food & Drink

Real Estate

  • Memphis Hot Properties: The Main Attraction
  • Memphis Hot Properties: The Main Attraction

    Ever toured "Film Row" in Memphis? It's an unassuming stretch of South Second Street where Hollywood film companies had distribution centers and where the Memphis censors' screening room was located. One of these warehouse buildings from the 1930s has been turned into a residence ...

Sports

  • Marc Gasol, Come On Down!
  • Marc Gasol, Come On Down!

    Chris Wallace said on "The Chris Vernon Show" last week that there was about a 50-50 chance of the Grizzlies bringing Marc Gasol over for next season. According to a team source, those odds haven't changed and aren't likely to anytime soon.

    Gasol's status is unlikely to change until after the draft ...

  • FROM MY SEAT:  A Better Ballpark
  • FROM MY SEAT: A Better Ballpark

    Considering that attendance of Redbird games at AutoZone Park has dropped six straight seasons, the time seems right for a few fan-friendly adjustments. Here are seven tweaks from sports scribe Frank Murtaugh that might help.

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