• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 19-25, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1008

News

  • The Memphis Olympics: Parallel Bars

    In this week's cover story, Flyer writers discover some unique Memphis Olympic events. Here's Michael Finger's look at the Parallel Bars.

    Parallel Bars: The competition is stiff along one block of Madison Avenue ...

  • Poll: Should We Allow Cars on Main Street?

    The Memphis City Council is considering several options for allowing cars back on Main Street in the central business district. This is a two-part quiz. The first part consists of simply voting yes or no to cars on Main. The second part is your comment supporting your vote.

  • Case Dropped Against Lee and Ford

    With a surprise announcement Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney's office disclosed that it is dropping its case against city councilman Edmund Ford and former MLGW head Joseph Lee. The two faced bribery and extortion charges relating to favors allegedly done Ford by Lee acting in his official capacity. This is the government's second straight failed prosecution, Ford having been acquitted in another bribery case last month.
  • Obama-McCain Set September Debate in Oxford

    From the Biloxi Sun-Herald: Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama will square off at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 26 before a worldwide audience, and as many as 3,000 journalists are expected to converge to tell the story ...
  • The Memphis Olympics: Rings

    Greg Akers takes on another Memphis Olympic event in this excerpt from this week's cover story.

    Over in Beijing this summer, a bunch of fit folks are going to dazzle an international audience with feats of muscular grace. One such event you'll be subjected to is the gymnastics "rings" competition ...

  • Dump the Pump?

    MATA says public transportation is the answer to high gas prices, but can they convince us?
  • Two in Two

    Is Memphis the nation's second-most violent city? Local crime experts agree that the data is skewed.

Real Estate

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Music

  • Fresh for '08

    Rapper/producer Blueprint is not a player. He just rhymes a lot.

Politics

  • "A Bridge Too Far": What We Said at the Time About the Lee, Ford Indictments

    Let's be honest: We all take a certain satisfaction in being able to say, 'Told you so!' This is especially true when an unexpected outcome is not only one you have expected but one that conforms to the outlines of some principle. The Flyer was immediately dubious about the Justice Department's indictment in July 2007 of Joseph Lee and Edmund Ford on bribery and extortion charges and said so editorially in our issue of July 19 last year.
  • Fred Thompson Lambastes Obama ... We Think

    From TalkRadioNews.com: Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) while speaking on a conference call with reporters lambasted Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for being "a typical young liberal who did what was necessary to excel."
  • Speaker Pelosi in Tennessee to Aid Cohen Campaign

    First-term 9th District congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis has long indicated that he intends to call on some heavy guns to support his reelection campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives And one of the heaviest -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - turned up as the guest of honor at one of several Cohen fundraisers held in Nashville on Monday.

Sports

  • The Latest Grizzlies Draft Rumors

    ESPN.com's Chad Ford sent a ripple of alarm through what remains of Grizzlies Nation with his latest mock draft this morning. In the midst of suggesting the Grizzlies might pick Indiana guard Eric Gordon at #5, Ford tossed in this sugar plum:

    Even stronger are rumors that the Grizzlies are talking to a number of teams, including the Knicks, Blazers and Suns, about deals that would send the No. 5 pick to whomever is willing to take Brian Cardinal's awful contract ...

  • Spanish Report: Marc Gasol to the Grizzlies

    A Spanish media outlet is reporting Marc Gasol will sign a three-year deal with the Grizzlies and announce his decision Monday.

    Under league rules, Gasol wouldn't be able to sign a contract with the Grizzlies until after next season's cap is set in July, so don't expect to hear any official comment from the Grizzlies until after the draft ...

  • Grizzlies' Draft Rumor Roundup

    We're a little more than two days away from the draft and rumors are percolating, most of them involving the Grizzlies and Heat in a possible deal for Michael Beasley ...

Theater

Fashion

  • MGMT Rocks Gucci

    Former Memphian Andrew VanWyngarden's band, MGMT, is huge in Europe, with the tune "Time to Pretend" sitting in the top ten in France and England. And now Italy's fashion icon Gucci is rocking MGMT in its summer men's collection.

    Gucci designer Frida Giannini had "Time to Pretend" playing ...

Film/TV

Opinion

  • Ask Vance: Joe's Cabins and Ghost Signs

    I wish I could tell you more about Joe's Cabins, but then I wish for a lot of things these days, and none of my wishes ever comes true. I suppose it's because I didn't go to Sunday School as much as I should have, but after I got to be 27 years old, all the other kids in the classes laughed at me, especially when Mother was still driving me to the church ...
  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    Sometimes when things get hectic around the office, we order pizza. I'm the supervisor, so I often make the pick-up and bring pizzas back to my co-workers. Several weeks ago, I picked up an individual-sized pepperoni pizza for one worker who requested her own personal pie. I also picked up several large pizzas for the rest of us to share ...

  • City Beat: On Schools, Pools, and Pols

    Several years ago, when my children were pre-teens, swimming was the be-all and end-all of summer activities. It was not unusual for them to spend several hours a day at a nearby swimming pool where we had a membership. Then, one year, disaster struck. The pool was closed for construction and major repairs. Our daily routine was shot ...
  • Letter from the Editor

    Change is not a choice; it's our fate, individually and collectively, like it or not ...

Food & Wine

Special Sections

  • Celebrate the First Day of Summer By Staying Inside

    Friday marks the first day of the summer solstice. And hey, it's hot out there. Swimming pools will be filled with screaming, bratty kids this weekend, and folks at outdoor parties will surely reek of B.O. by the end of the night.

    But you don't have to stay at home under the AC to stay cool ...

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