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  • Jul 24-30, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1013

News

  • Ask Vance: The Beginning of Roller Derby
  • Ask Vance: The Beginning of Roller Derby

    When Roller Derby came to Memphis in 2006 — organized into teams with such catchy names as the Legion of Zoom and the PrissKilla Prezleys — lots of fans thought it was a reincarnation of the matches they watched on television back in the 1960s.

    But it turns out the sport is actually much older than that, and the Lauderdale Library has recently acquired a souvenir program for a 1939 event with the long-winded title of Leo A. Seltzer’s Trans-Continental ROLLER DERBY or Coast-to-Coast Roller Skating Race.

  • Talking Trash
  • Talking Trash

    According to figures from trade publication Waste News, Memphis recycles 26 percent of its total waste. That figure puts the city almost smack-dab in the middle of the country's 30 largest cities.

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

    From kid-friendly theater to vicious boxing matches, there's a little somethin' for everyone in Memphis to do this weekend.

    Parents of tweens likely know all the words to the songs of Disney's High School Musical, so you might as well sit through it one more time. The Circuit Playhouse presents the stage adaptation of the popular Disney's movie ...

  • No Media for Rove's Dinner Speech, Says Tennessee GOP
  • No Media for Rove's Dinner Speech, Says Tennessee GOP

    Reported without comment: The Tennessee Republican Party has opted to bar news media access to Saturday's annual "Statesmen's Dinner" in Nashville. The featured speaker this year is former White House adviser Karl Rove, whose appearance will be a "closed ticketed event," said the party's communications director, Bill Hobbs, who explained, "We just decided to do it that way.'
  • Flunking ADA Compliance, with Few Exceptions
  • Flunking ADA Compliance, with Few Exceptions

    Randy Alexander got on a MATA bus to ride downtown to Court Square Friday morning. The handicap ramp lowered the way it is supposed to in order to accommodate his wheelchair. But when Alexander got to Court Square to get out, the ramp got stuck for several minutes.

    Little wonder that Alexander and the Memphis Center for Independent Living, in conjunction with Paralyzed Veterans of America, gave MATA a grade of C+ on their Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Report Card...

  • How to Talk to a Tranny
  • How to Talk to a Tranny

    Before transgender inmate Duanna Johnson was beaten by a former Memphis Police officer inside the Shelby County Correction Center, she claims her aggressor referred to her as "he/she" and "faggot" before plunging his fist into her face ...

  • Main Street Recommendation Due Mid-August
  • Main Street Recommendation Due Mid-August

    Even if vehicular traffic doesn't return to the Main Street Mall, Center City Commission president Jeff Sanford says the controversial idea might result in improvements to the mall.

    "We determined that the metal infrastructure hasn't been painted in 15 years ... and the trolleys are 15 years old," Sanford says.

    The Center City Commission (CCC) held a meeting earlier this week to solicit public input for its controversial idea of returning vehicular traffic to the north end of Main Street.

  • Talking with Kriner Cash
  • Talking with Kriner Cash

    Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash says he comes from a "different cut of tree."

    "I always believe in turning negative into positives," he says. If that’s the case, he will have plenty to choose from.

    The Flyer recently sat down with Cash to see what he’s thinking, other than 'What did I get myself into?'

  • Brian Teigland, Veteran TV Weathercaster, Dies Unexpectedly
  • Brian Teigland, Veteran TV Weathercaster, Dies Unexpectedly

    Brian Teigland, a veteran meteorologist/weather reporter for 24/30 Eyewitness News, died unexpectedly Friday morning of natural, but as yet undetermined, causes. Teigland, a popular figure both with viewers and with his colleagues in the media, had worked for WPTY-TV and its sister station WLMT-TV since December 1994, In a previous stint on Memphis television, he had been the main weather reporter for WREG-TV, News Channel 3.

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Politics

  • A C Wharton: It's a 'Post-Racial World' After Obama
  • A C Wharton: It's a 'Post-Racial World' After Obama

    ”With Barack Obama, we have entered upon a post-racial world and a post-racial politics,” Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton said Wednesday, expressly agreeing with a conclusion of that kind offered by 9th District U.S. Representative Steve Cohen during the congressman’s recent televised debate with Democratic primary opponents Nikki Tinker and Joe Towns.
  • Cohen's Apology-for-Slavery Resolution Passes House
  • Cohen's Apology-for-Slavery Resolution Passes House

    H. Res. 194, the congressional resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of blacks in America, was passed by acclamation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, giving the sponsor, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen, a major boost as he began the penultimate week of his Democratic primary campaign for reelection.

Opinion

  • It's Election Time: Ready To Do a 360?
  • It's Election Time: Ready To Do a 360?

    With elections coming up on August 7th, it's time for voters to make some decisions. This time around, not only do we have to choose those whom we think will make the best public servants, we must also vote on a couple of complicated ordinances with the sexy names of 360 and 361. ...
  • Tim Sampson is Ranting Again
  • Tim Sampson is Ranting Again

    Well! It has come to my attention that some people disagree with what I write on this page and that even the two people I know who claim to like me wish I would stop writing about politics and the upcoming election. They don't care what I think and they find it tiresome. Imagine such a thing.

    So I'm going to just keep doing it ...

  • "Dirk Diggler," Larry Godwin, and the First Amendment
  • "Dirk Diggler," Larry Godwin, and the First Amendment

    If someone was persistently and publicly saying things about me or my friends or family that were malicious and untrue then I would want to know who they were, and I would want them to stop, and I would do something to try to make that happen.

    I assume that's how most people feel when they are subjected to personal attacks, but apparently I am mistaken ...

  • In Search of "Good Americans" in the Justice Department
  • In Search of "Good Americans" in the Justice Department

    "What is it about George W. Bush that makes you want to serve him?"

    "Why are you a Republican?"

    "Aside from the President, give us an example of someone currently or recently in public service who you admire."

    These are some of the questions Monica Goodling, a key appointee in the Bush administration, asked ...

  • Memphis Has the Highest Tax Rates in Tennessee
  • Memphis Has the Highest Tax Rates in Tennessee

    "The highest effective property tax is found in Shelby County, reflecting the impact of an extremely high property tax rate in Memphis," the report's executive summary said. "Memphis has the highest combined county and city nominal tax rate in the state ...
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Prevents Cancer
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Prevents Cancer

    Dear Bianca,

    A family member recently contracted cancer, and she blames harmful chemicals in her food.

    Whether or not the chemicals are really the cause of her cancer, it made me think about the way I eat and more importantly, the way I feed my kids. The problem is organic produce is so expensive ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    With elections coming up on August 7th, it's time for voters to make some decisions ...

Music

  • Two Way Radio, Barbaras Top Pops
  • Two Way Radio, Barbaras Top Pops

    Two Way Radio and The Barbaras were the big winners Friday night at the Memphis Pops Festival at the Hi-Tone Café.

    Fronted by charming keyboardist/vocalist Kate Crowder, the whimsical Two Way Radio took home the audience award, garnering $3000 in studio time at Ardent Studios, despite some sound-mix problems that harmed their set and kept them from matching the quality of their recorded work.

  • Memphis Pops Festival This Weekend
  • Memphis Pops Festival This Weekend

    So you want to know more about the artists playing the Memphis Pops Fest on July 25 & 26 but you don't even have time to wade through this week's music feature about Roy Head? Well everybody's got time to read a 3-word review, don't they? Here's a list of three word reviews summing up everything you need to know about all of the bands competing and playing, as well as a information about some of the festival's more interesting sideshows.

Film/TV

Food & Drink

  • Meet "Produce Man"
  • Meet "Produce Man"

    His name is Tim Keith, but his customers know him as "The Produce Man." Keith sells the produce from area farms at various stops around town.

    "I've been doing this with my dad since I was little," Keith says. "When I was old enough to go out on my own, I would load the trailer and make stops at the beauty shops on Summer and Poplar"...

Real Estate

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT: The Tabloid Saga of Brett Favre
  • FROM MY SEAT: The Tabloid Saga of Brett Favre

    It will be sad for football fans, sadder for Green Bay Packer fans, and saddest of all for Brett Favre if he ends up wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneer helmet, or a New York Jet helmet, even for a single season. This would be Namath in a Rams uniform, Unitas as a Charger. Favre in anything other than that iconic Packer helmet would be Joe Louis as a casino greeter in Vegas.

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