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  • Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1009

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  • Council Mulls Charter Changes

    During its executive session today, the City Council discussed putting two charter changes on the November 4th ballot. The first would give the council approval over mayoral appointments to deputy director positions. The second would give the council approval of all contracts over $100,000 or spanning more than 24 months. Both were presented by longtime council member Barbara Swearengen Ware.

  • Three 6 Mafia's Latest: "Keepin' It Real" or Exploitation?

    Straight out the streets of Memphis, Tennessee, the robbery capital of the U.S.," Three 6 Mafia proclaim at the outset of their new album, Last 2 Walk, and not because they're about to say anything insightful or interesting about this predicament. They just want to exploit the problem of Memphis crime to give the reckless sensationalism they sell an undercurrent of authenticity
  • Beale's Old Guard Speaks Out

    Some of Beale Street's most experienced and heavily invested owners aired out some gripes along with a little dirty laundry Wednesday for the benefit of Memphis City Council members.

    "Unfortunately, the way the climate is now, we are losing all our local support," said Mike Glenn, manager of the New Daisy Theater ...

  • "The Producers" Not So Shocking

    Times certainly do change. When Mel Brooks' smash, multiple Tony award-winning musical adaptation of his satirical 1968 film, The Producers opened on Broadway in 2001 it was gobbled up whole by critics who, in euphoric spasms, described it as nourishing comic manna from old-school showbusiness heaven. The slobbering reception, if a bit sycophantic, had to at least be sweet vindication for Brooks, a master parodist who won a best screenplay Oscar for the original film only after watching it stink up the box office ...
  • Homosexual Loses Love in the Frontcourt.

    From the AP, sort of:

    Minnesota Timberwolves fans went to bed wondering how O.J. Mayo would fit in with their guard-heavy team.

    Memphis Grizzlies backers hit the hay hoping that Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Homosexual in the frontcourt

  • Doctor's Orders

    Dreamers come to the Church Health Center to learn how to start their own health-care ministry.

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Politics

  • Herenton Defends "Damaged" Lee, Slams Feds and Media, and Hints He May Run Again

    In a free-wheeling press conference Thursday that began with an impassioned defense of "unfairly damaged" former MLGW head Joseph Lee, newly released from the threat of federal prosecution, Mayor Willie Herenton covered the waterfront of his grievances - against the media (both black and white), against alleged conspirators in the business community, and against a system of justice that he considers "plantation"-based. He also hinted that his current term may not be his last one, after all.
  • Campaign '08: Is a Dead Heat Even Possible?

    Charlie Cook, the well-known political seer for National Journal, was in town this week,confirming something we had begun to suspect, that -- political trends or no political trends -- the presidential contest between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain is going to be a real barn-burner, too close for anybody to hazard a definitive prediction on at this stage.
  • Bob Corker and the McCain Effect:

    "It's not an urban myth. It's just a fact." That's how Bob Corker describes the volcanic temper of U.S. Senate colleague John McCain -- a fact of life that Corker says he had to deal with "very early on" in his own Senate career. So far Tennessee’s junior senator has held on to his own mild-mannered ways, but an appearance in Memphis this week revealed some other traits and beliefs Corker has come to share with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best

    Dear Bianca,

    I recently broke up with my boyfriend of two years. He'd been living in Europe for the past year of our relationship because he took a temporary job making double the salary he made in the states. A few months into the job, he was hired full-time, and he decided to stay put ...

  • Gorgeous George

    George Carlin's untimely death leaves the world a darker and duller place.
  • The Memphis Week That Was

    It's the economy.

    The grimmest economic picture in at least 30 years underlies school funding, property taxes, suburban flight, Grizzlies attendance, aerotropolis, stable neighborhoods, and the tenuous position of Memphis as a major-league city ...

  • Gay Marriage: It's None of Your Business

    Let's assume there are two lesbians living in Santa Monica, California. We don't know them. We've never seen them. For all practical purposes, they don't exist for us.

    Now let's assume that they decide to get married, and they tie the knot in California. We still don't know them ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    My morning commute, all nine minutes of it, takes me west on Peabody through Midtown, under high-arching trees ...

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  • Grizzlies Work Out Chris Douglas-Roberts

    Chris Douglas-Roberts worked out okay for the Grizzlies today: He shot well from mid-range and three-point range and showed some of his trademark crafty shot-making in live drills. But he was clearly a lesser athlete than workout competitors Sonny Weems and Jamont Gordan ...
  • The Grizzlies Draft: Sorting It Out

    Most player introduction press conferences feature the men of the hour in business attire. Darrell Arthur looked the part in a conservative gray suit. Occasionally, we've seen players dress down, as in the T-shirt-and-jeans approach of Darko Milicic or second-round pick Will Soloman. But O.J. Mayo set a new sartorial standard with a fashion-forward look ...

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