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  • Aug 14-20, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1016

News

  • Council, MCS Meet on School Funding
  • Council, MCS Meet on School Funding

    The proposed funding compromise between the city and the school system is, quite literally, passing the buck.

    The seats at Bridges were filled with City Council members, Memphis City Schools board representatives, parents, and teachers Thursday night ...

  • Charter Commission (Briefly) Considers MCS Funding
  • Charter Commission (Briefly) Considers MCS Funding

    With a Memphis City Schools budget presentation to the City Council scheduled for this evening, school board and charter commission member Sharon Webb proposed -- and then withdrew -- a charter change that would have required the city to fund the school district.

  • Get Out This Weekend: To Midtown and Beyond
  • Get Out This Weekend: To Midtown and Beyond

    If you're Jailhouse Rocked-out by this point in Elvis Week, here are a few other suggestions for the weekend.

    Midtowners shouldn't miss the opening reception for "This Is Midtown," a collection of photographs from the city's edgy, artsy sector by Tommy Wilson. The show opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the newly reopened Edge Coffee House on North Watkins....

  • Vance Lauderdale Discovers the "Clarksdale Giant"
  • Vance Lauderdale Discovers the "Clarksdale Giant"

    Roaming through the fourth floor of the Lauderdale Library last night, I came across several bound volumes of a now-defunct magazine called Night & Day. As I flipped through the yellowing pages of the July 1953 issue, my one good eye was caught by a story about a fellow named Max Palmer, who became known as the Clarksdale Giant, among other monikers ...
  • Mrs. Fields Files for Chapter 11
  • Mrs. Fields Files for Chapter 11

    As they say, that's the way the cookie crumbles.

    Mrs. Fields, the cookie company started by Debbi Fields Rose more than 30 years ago, announced Friday it plans to file for Chapter 11 protection.

  • Literacy Council's "Taste of Cooper-Young" Tickets On Sale
  • Literacy Council's "Taste of Cooper-Young" Tickets On Sale

    Tickets are currently on sale for "Taste of Cooper-Young," a popular fund-raising progressive dinner to benefit the Memphis Literacy Council. The event is Thursday, August 21st. Last year's event sold out.

    "The issue for us is getting the word out -- not only who we are but about the problem in Memphis. One in three people in Memphis are functionally illiterate," explains Debra Hall of the Literacy Council. "It’s really a call to let the community know that we have a problem, because we can’t solve it if they don’t know about it."...

  • Committee Approves Funding Compromise
  • Committee Approves Funding Compromise

    In the ongoing tussle over more than $57 million in city funding, the City Council's budget committee this morning approved a compromise.

    "The ball will be in MCS' court to fund it," said council attorney Allan Wade.

  • The New School Year's Begun: Where Are the Students?
  • The New School Year's Begun: Where Are the Students?

    City and county public schools opened this week, and students aren't the only ones who could use an orientation.

    Kriner Cash, his staff, and members of the Memphis City Council and school board should climb on a yellow bus and check out three new high schools their predecessors left them — and taxpayers — at a cost of nearly $100 million....

  • Calling All Photographers: Images Needed for "Memphis 8.16.08"
  • Calling All Photographers: Images Needed for "Memphis 8.16.08"

    On Saturday, August 16th, between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is asking this city's citizens of all ages, creeds, and colors to pick up their cameras and start shooting. The goal of "Day in the Life of Memphis" is to capture images of Memphis 2008.

    "Day in the Life of Memphis" is the first time the museum has made such a large call for entries...

  • Best of Memphis: Last Day To Vote
  • Best of Memphis: Last Day To Vote

    Voting in the 2008 Best of Memphis Readers' Poll ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

    To have your voice heard on everything from the best tapas place and favorite tattoo parlor to Memphis' "best" failure of 2008 and the best athlete, go here.

  • Shad Death at Shelby Farms
  • Shad Death at Shelby Farms

    A number of fish have bought the farm. Shelby Farms, that is.

    Shelby Farms' Patriot Lake is experiencing a mass kill of gizzard shad, similar to an incident in March.

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Politics

  • Commission Rules in Judges' Favor: No Retired Officers as Bailiffs
  • Commission Rules in Judges' Favor: No Retired Officers as Bailiffs

    What looked to be a substantial portion of the local judiciary poured into the upstairs meeting room of the Shelby County Commission on Wednesday. Their mission was to bear witness against a proposal to substitute retired law enforcement officers for a few of the bailiff positions now held by uniformed active sheriff’s deputies.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Wuss
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Wuss

    Dear Bianca,

    Last week, a friend asked me to babysit her 12-year-old daughter for two weeks while she goes on vacation. This task involves waking up early to take her to school, driving her to soccer practice after school, and even attending a couple of soccer matches on the weekend ...

  • On Dumbasses
  • On Dumbasses

    I've been reading recently about "low-information voters." These are people who, for the most part, don't read newspapers, political websites, or opinion magazines to learn candidates' voting records or political positions. They don't pay much attention to politics at all, which in theory makes them susceptible ...

Music

  • Isaac Hayes Memorial Set for Monday
  • Isaac Hayes Memorial Set for Monday

    The family of Isaac Hayes has announced that a memorial service will be held for the late soul icon Monday at Hope Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope Presbyterian is located at 8500 Walnut Grove Road in Cordova.

Film/TV

  • Film Review: <i>Tropic Thunder</i>
  • Film Review: Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller's war-movie farce Tropic Thunder — co-starring Tom Cruise as a foul-mouthed studio executive and Robert Downey Jr. as a black man (sort of) — opened this week.

    Does it deliver big laughs? Does it have much on the brain? Check out Chris Herrington's review after the jump to find out.

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

  • The Edge Coffeehouse Reopens
  • The Edge Coffeehouse Reopens

    In August 1997, the Edge, the popular Midtown coffeehouse owned by Frank James, moved to 1913 Poplar, in a space now occupied by the Hi-Tone.

    Almost a year later, customers who stood in front of the Edge's locked doors found a Post-It note. "I'll be back" is all that James had written.

    James and the Edge (not to mention its popular signature drink the "Avalanche) are indeed back ...

Real Estate

Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT:  From Phelps to Phelps
  • FROM MY SEAT: From Phelps to Phelps

    Michael Phelps's record-setting haul of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics -- eight last week and now 14 for his Olympic career -- is enough to make the most casual sports fan pause. And, on the subject of Phelps, the Memphis Redbirds' Josh (29 home runs and 93 RBIs through Sunday) has enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the franchise's 11-year history.

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