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  • Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1014

News

  • Charter Commission Update
  • Charter Commission Update

    Last week, the Charter Commission held their third-to-last meeting and, though they didn't vote on anything, power -- and who should have it -- seemed to be the question of the day.

  • Guitar Center Reissues Elvis Presley's "Covered" Guitar
  • Guitar Center Reissues Elvis Presley's "Covered" Guitar

    Most people think of Elvis Presley as more of a singer than a guitarist, but many fans remember his stage appearances with a Martin D-28 acoustic, sporting a distinctive tooled-leather cover with his name inscribed in it. He purchased the guitar in 1955 and used it throughout his career. The original is now on display at Graceland ...
  • Ask Vance: West Memphis Edition
  • Ask Vance: West Memphis Edition

    Vance Lauderdale has delved into the Lauderdale Library archives and pulled out a collection of 75-year-old photos of West Memphis that show long-lost businesses, horses and buggies on Broadway, and the town’s curious obsession with ... bananas. Yes, we said bananas.

  • Lisa Marie is Expecting Twins
  • Lisa Marie is Expecting Twins

    According to US Weekly magazine and other entertainment sources, Lisa Marie Presley is pregnant with twins:

    It's official: Lisa Marie Presley is expecting twins! A week after Us Weekly broke the news, her mom Priscilla has confirmed it to Entertainment Tonight ...

  • Find Out What's in Store for the August 7th Election
  • Find Out What's in Store for the August 7th Election

    Eeny, meanie, miney, moe: The candidates on the August 7th election ballot come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. As Jackson Baker notes in the Flyer’s election preview, several of the contests are as sizzling as the summer heat, and a number of races could have unforeseen outcomes....
  • Older Students Spell Trouble For MCS
  • Older Students Spell Trouble For MCS

    Memphis City Schools deputy superintendent of academic operations Irving Hamer calls 9,000 elementary students a "ticking bomb."

    They are students who, during K-5, have already been held back by at least one grade.

  • Pyramid Scheme
  • Pyramid Scheme

    A Baptist church is offering $12 million for the aging arena. Should we take it?

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Politics

  • GADFLY: "Barack, Call Me!"
  • GADFLY: "Barack, Call Me!"

    So what is the real (i.e., subliminal) message in John McCain's new ad, flashing trollops like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton on the screen alongside the image of Barack Obama? And why did he pick two flashy, sexually-charged, blonde white women to throw in our face as emblematic of what he wants us to believe is Obama's empty suit syndrome? The Gadfly thinks he knows.
  • Homebuilders' Group Calls for Rep. Blackburn's Defeat
  • Homebuilders' Group Calls for Rep. Blackburn's Defeat

    With a week to go before the end of voting in the August 7th Republican primary in the7th Congressional District, Tom Leatherwood's insurgent campaign against GOP incumbent Marsha Blackburn got a new boost from a traditionally Republican voting bloc. The 15 past presidents of the Memphis Area Association of Home Builders have called for Blackburn's defeat in an open letter protesting her vote against the bipartisan Housing Stimulus Act.
  • Marsha Blackburn Preaches to Her Choir

    Republicans in congress are holding a "guerilla congress" this week, which consists of various Republicans speaking Republican talking points on energy to their fellow Republicans, since the Democrats left for summer recess last Friday.

    In this clip, 7th District Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn regales her colleagues (and a few tourists) with her rhetoric. Enjoy.

  • Cohen Supporters Blast Tinker Ad as "Racial Politics"
  • Cohen Supporters Blast Tinker Ad as "Racial Politics"

    A group of African-American ministers and community leaders in the 9th District held a press conference Saturday to condemn an attack ad by candidate Nikki Tinker which employed images of the Ku Klux Klan and racially volatile accusations against incumbent congressman Steve Cohen.

Opinion

  • Would McCain Rather Win an Election Than Catch bin Laden?
  • Would McCain Rather Win an Election Than Catch bin Laden?

    The presidential race is starting to turn nasty -- at least on one side. John McCain said last week that opponent Barack Obama was willing to "lose a war in order to win a campaign." McCain also ran an ad falsely claiming that Obama canceled a meeting with wounded vets in Germany because "cameras weren't allowed ..."
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Disses Cheaters
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Disses Cheaters

    Dear Bianca,

    I dated my boyfriend for two years before we moved from Memphis to a small town in Idaho so I could attend a two-year grad school program and he could attend undergrad. When I completed school, I took a job back home. But he wanted to stay behind and finish his degree.

    We kept a long-distance relationship going, but one day, a friend of his called me to tell me my boyfriend been cheating on me ...

Music

Film/TV

Theater

Food & Drink

  • Ghost River Brewing Makes Its Debut
  • Ghost River Brewing Makes Its Debut

    Chuck Skypeck, co-founder of Boscos and its master brewer with 18 years in the business, feels strongly that locally made beer should be available in area bars and restaurants. He says he finds it hard to believe that Memphis, a city of more than half a million people, has only two breweries -- the small-batch operation inside Boscos' Overton Square restaurant and Boscos' main brewery on South Main.

    That's why Skypeck started Ghost River Brewing, a subsidiary of Boscos Brewing Company....

Real Estate

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT: A Cheer for China
  • FROM MY SEAT: A Cheer for China

    Recalling ten days he spent in China in 1994 as part of a group previewing a Memphis "Wonders" exhibit, Frank Murtaugh concludes: "[A] gap [is] being closed, a bridge being slowly built between east and west. And over the next two weeks, as, couch-bound, I watch runners, swimmers, and gymnasts compete for the world's attention, China will, indeed, feel quite close to home."

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