• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1022



  • The "Zac Attack"

    Earlier this year, former Memphis bicycle mechanic Zac Holford set out on an 80-day, 4,200-mile coast-to-coast bike ride to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But no worries. He says riding his bike in Memphis prepared him for dealing with motorists from all over the country.

    "I never really felt scared on any of the roads because I was used to Memphis drivers," he says.

  • John Ford Gets 14 More Years in Prison

    Former state Senator John Ford of Memphis, already serving 5 ½ years in a federal prison in Louisiana for a bribery conviction related to the Tennessee Waltz scandal, picked up another 14 years Monday in Nashville from U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell.
  • Drink Beer and Watch the Debate This Weekend

    They say alcohol and politics shouldn't mix, and while that's probably a good rule of thumb, it's no excuse to miss MPACT Memphis' Debate Watch Party at the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall at 6:30 p.m. tonight. At least we now know that both candidates will be debating.

    Or you could forget America altogether and head to the Memphis Botanic Gardens for days two and three of their Japanese Festival. ...

  • Want Some Sarah Palin Glasses?

    Wanna resemble a barracuda in lipstick? Or maybe just Tina Fey? Midtown's Eclectic Eye says it's the only shop in town that carries vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's rimless Kazuo Kawasaki eyeglasses ...
  • “Ask Vance” Calendar Now Available

    The rumors are true. Vance Lauderdale, Memphis magazine's award-winning history and trivia expert, has produced a handsome wall calendar featuring some of the most compelling images that have been featured in the magazine's "Ask Vance" column over the years.

    Remember Sivad, the WHBQties ...

  • Fayette County Animal Rescue Will Remain Open

    After months of fighting with neighbors and Fayette County Commissioners over zoning issues, Fayette County's only no-kill animal shelter will be rezoned allowing them to remain open.

    In May, Fayette County's zoning board of appeals accused ...

  • Report: McCain Will Suspend Campaign; Wants Debate Postponed

    From Fox News comes this two-paragraph blockbuster: "John McCain asked the Presidential Debate Commission on Wednesday to postpone Friday's scheduled debate with Barack Obama so that he can work on the financial crisis bailout plan now on Capitol Hill.

    "The Arizona Republican senator said he will suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to help with bailout negotiations. He urged Obama to do the same."

    More to come on this, soon, no doubt.

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  • Free Rock Tonight: Tanlines, Service, Nub at Deli

    Three local rock bands -- The Secret Service, The River City Tanlines, and Clanky's Nub -- will give a free concert at Young Avenue Deli tonight that will be filmed for use in an unnamed travel-oriented television series.

    The concert will be in a battle-of-the-bands format, according to a press release about the show:

    The contest begins at 9pm, with each band performing a 20 min set. The audience and a few "celebrity" judges will determine the top-two bands to move on to the second round. Those bands will perform another 20 minute set, and the overall winner will once again be determined by applause/judges. The winning band will perform one final set to close the evening.

  • Meeting David Byrne at B.B.'s

    I'll start by saying that David Byrne's performance at the Orpheum last night was amazing -- though I didn't expect anything less.

    Byrne's group -- 11 people total, including the dancers -- came out dressed in white from head to toe.

  • GonerFest: Take 5

    A blow-by-blow guide to the city's wildest rock festival.
  • Music Tonight: Black Keys/Reatard at Daisy; Gonerfest Begins

    Rock fans have a tough choice tonight: At the New Daisy Theatre, on Beale, Ohio blues-rock duo The Black Keys, whose commanding meld of hill-country blues and rough-edged indie rock has garnered a deserving cult following, will headline a show that also featured the homecoming of local rising star Jay Reatard. It will be compelling to see Reatard play a local concert before a large crowd where many — most, really — aren’t there to see him and probably aren’t familiar with his work. Doors open at 8 p.m. at the Daisy. Admission is $25.

    Meanwhile, in Midtown, the semi-annual Gonerfest kicks off with an early party at Goner’s Cooper-Young headquarters and a full slate of bands later at the Hi-Tone Café.


  • It's On: McCain To Debate

    After "postponing" his campaign to help solve the financial crisis and leaving tonight's debate in Oxford at loose ends, John McCain announced this morning he will attend the debate after all.

    From his statement: "The McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon. Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners."

    Read the full statement at the Washington Post.

    More coverage, including on-site reporting from the debate, to come.

  • Win, Lose, or Draw? How McCain-Obama #1 Went

    John McCain, the old warrior, came to Mississippi to punch out an opponent. Barack Obama, the former law professor, came to take part in a conversation that he presumed would favorably showcase his elegance and expertise. That was the story of the first presidential debate right there, and it should have been prefigured by the way in which the previous week had gone.
  • NY Times Commends Cohen Bill to Safeguard Free Speech

    9th District congressman Steve Cohen, who won considerable attention several weeks ago for his sponsorship of a House resolution apologizing for slavery, is in the eye of the nation again -- this time for his successful sponsorship of legislation to protect American writers against punitive libel suits abroad.
  • They Wish: Partisans for McCain and Obama Play the Spin Game

    OXFORD, MS -- The spinners started doing their business well in advance of Friday night's long-awaited - and almost canceled - first presidential debate. There was South Carolina senator Lindsay Graham holding forth in the "Spin Alley" section of the media tent confiding that he had told fellow Republican John McCain, "I said he could say something critical about Obama. Just don't overdo it." That was either disingenuous or revealing -- or perhaps both.
  • Bailout Bill Fails in House, 228-205

    The U.S. House of Representatives has defeated a bi-partisan bill enabling the federal government to buy up $700 billion worth of suspect Wall Street securities in a bid to stabilize the economy. Voting no were 133 Republicans and 95 Democrats. The failure of the measure generated a record plunge in prices on Wall Street and a crisis atmosphere in financial institutions, where credit was frozen. More details as they are learned.


  • Grizzlies Open Camp

    The Memphis Grizzlies get the 2008-2009 season started this afternoon with their annual media day session. Training camp gets going officially tomorrow.

    To get ready for the season, Chris Herrington continues his look at the team's roster on the Flyer's Grizzlies blog, Beyond the Arc. Check back throughout the week for more player analysis and notes from media day and practices.

  • The Griz Guards: Lowry vs. Conley

    In the first installment of this pre-training-camp look at the Grizzlies roster, I compared the statistical record from Mike Conley’s rookie season to that off the best current point guards in the league ...
  • Grizzlies Media Day Notebook

    Rudy Gay cracked jokes, took command, and challenged his teammates. Twenty-one feet worth of international big men of mystery made the scene. And the consensus was that O.J. Mayo is a man not to be trifled with. Chris Herrington opens his notebook from Grizzlies media day at Beyond the Arc, the Flyer's Grizzlies blog.



  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Pushes for Bipartisanship

    Dear Bianca,

    I'm a diehard pro-choice, anti-gun, gay rights-supporting, liberal Democrat. So is pretty much everyone in my life. My parents have voted Democrat in every election. Their parents were Democrats. All my friends are liberals. Even my boyfriend supports the Democratic ticket.

    But I recently discovered ...

  • From Eisenhower to Mussolini

    My father and his friends believed in low taxes and small government and balanced budgets. They went to church and worked hard and tried to raise their kids so they wouldn't screw up too badly when they grew up. Some of their best friends were Democrats, and it was okay. They liked being "in business," but the prime motivator of their lives was not greed ...

    Read the rest of Bruce VanWyngarden's editor's column.

  • The Political Party in The Grove

    Jerry Lee Lewis didn't get his nickname, "The Killer," because he killed somebody. Mississippi's piano-rocker acquired his dangerous-sounding moniker because he frequently used the term as a generic nickname for friends and acquaintances. The Killer's verbal tic bounced back, establishing an appropriate brand name for rock's iconic wild man.

    I mention this in prelude to a story about something weird that happened in Mississippi ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Ike and my father were Republicans when being one didn't mean you had to pander to the fundamentalist Christian right ...

Food & Wine

  • Dawn of a New Day: Easy-Way Stores Open on Sunday

    Weekend food shoppers, rejoice! Now you can jumpstart your work week with plenty of fresh produce because four Easy-Way stores are open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

    As Easy-Way regulars know, the markets have never been opened for business on Sundays. In fact, the chain's website cites "no Sunday hours" as a bonus for employees.

    "I guess we'll have to update our site," says Easy-Way manager Steven Carter, laughing. ...

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