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  • Oct 16-22, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1025

News

  • Bigger Isn't Always Better
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Bigger Isn't Always Better

    What a strange time for banks to be bragging about how big they are.

    Within the last week, Regions Bank proudly announced in a press release that it is the largest bank in Tennessee, with 300 branches, 15.5 percent of the market, and $16 billion in deposit. A few days later, First Tennessee Bank, countered that boast with one of its own: It is the largest bank in Memphis with 36 percent of the market, compared to 15 percent for Regions.

    Do the banks know something that customers don't?...

  • Practice Nonviolence and Fashion Sense This Weekend
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Practice Nonviolence and Fashion Sense This Weekend

    During these scary economic, war-crazed times, take a deep breath and think, "What Would Gandhi Do?" He'd probably head over to Christian Brothers University for the annual Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking. This year’s event features lectures by Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, hip-hop activist Lennox Yearwood, and more ....
  • Memphis Art Park?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphis Art Park?

    When it comes to promoting its brand, Memphis has been criticized for being something of a one-note town.

    But Memphian John Kirkscey has an idea to change that. "Memphis is the arts Mecca of the South," Kirkscey says. "We need to start celebrating our present culture, not just our past."

  • Bianca Knows Best … And Helps a Bad Influence
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Bianca Knows Best … And Helps a Bad Influence

    Dear Bianca,

    I think my friend might be an alcoholic. He always seems depressed or down when he's sober. But he cheers up when he starts sipping his whiskey cocktails each night.

    Some particularly hard times fell on him recently, and the drinking got worse. ...

  • Playhouse's "Menagerie" Proves Timely
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Playhouse's "Menagerie" Proves Timely

    There are lines in The Glass Menagerie -- now at Playhouse on the Square -- that sound like they might have been written yesterday as a deliberate anti-venom for the disorder reigning throughout America's politics and economy. The frequently produced play sounds brand-new, especially in its earliest moments when Tom Wingfield — a dramatic doppelganger for playwright, Tennessee Williams — summons up visions from a time when "the huge middle class of America was matriculating in a school for the blind."

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Politics

  • Rep. Kernell, Waiting Out His Son's Fate, Soldiers On for Reelection
  • Politics Feature
  • Rep. Kernell, Waiting Out His Son's Fate, Soldiers On for Reelection

    To all outward appearances, Saturday night's event at Raffe's was just like all the other small-ticket fundraisers held for state Rep. Mike Kernell over the years. But in the background of his reelection effort in 2008 is the recent indictment of the Memphis legislator's son David for allegedly hacking Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email account.
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  • Frist Looks Ripe for Governor's Race in Two Years
  • Politics Feature
  • Frist Looks Ripe for Governor's Race in Two Years

    Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist, in Memphis for a Thursday night fundraiser on behalf of state Senate candidate Dolores Gresham, left few of his listeners doubting that he was in earnest about running for governor in 2010. For the record, though, the former Senate Majority Leader held to his mantra that he won't decide until "after the first of the year."
  • Debate Number Three: It's all in the Vantage Point
  • Politics Feature
  • Debate Number Three: It's all in the Vantage Point

    Who'd 'a thunk that the final of three presidential debates would feature a dialogue concerning a character named "Joe the Plumber" -- as if the climactic encounter between rival contenders for the leadership of the Free World in 2008 would come off like some long-lost episode from The Sopranos?

Opinion

  • Pretty Ones and Ugly Ones
  • Viewpoint
  • Pretty Ones and Ugly Ones

    It was one of my father's sayings about stock market declines: "When they raid the whorehouse, they take the pretty ones with the ugly ones." They all look suspect to me now, but in the case of AIG (American International Group), that's one particularly ugly whore ...

    More Rant.

  • Letter from the Editor

    Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign/ Sitting there by the left turn line/ Flag on the wheelchair flapping in the breeze/ One leg missing, both hands free.

Music

  • MGMT Spins Big
  • Music Features
  • MGMT Spins Big

    In two strange years, MGMT have gone from campus lark to psych-pop superstars and ragtag fashion icons. Now these merry pranksters have to figure out how to keep the career they didn't even know they wanted, without losing their minds ...

Film/TV

  • Film Review: <i>W.</i>
  • Film Features
  • Film Review: W.

    W., Oliver Stone's controversial biopic of George W. Bush, didn't pre-screen for local critics, but Chris Herrington caught up with it on opening weekend. Read a full review after the jump.

Books

  • In Brief
  • Book Features
  • In Brief

    New novellas from Steve Stern and Cary Holladay, plus a Robert Johnson bio by Tom Graves.

Theater

Fashion

Food & Drink

  • Dejavu Open for Business
  • Food & Wine
  • Dejavu Open for Business

    At the Flyer, we are a mix of vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores, so we've been checking regularly on the progress of Dejavu, a new downtown restaurant offering healthy and affordable food for all types of eaters. "Call me if they're open," urged a co-worker as we headed out to find the restaurant, tucked behind D. Canale Beverages on Florida Street.

    Apparently, plenty of other customers have been anticipating the latest culinary partnership between vegetarian chef Bastet Ivery and Creole chef Gary Williams, formerly of Java, Juice and Jazz...

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Sports

  • Live-Blogging the Griz
  • Sports Feature
  • Live-Blogging the Griz

    I'm live at FedExForum for the preseason game between the Grizzlies and Rockets. Tiger Hero Joey Dorsey is laying bricks in shootaround while Marc Gasol is working on his jump hook.

    As is apparent, Im still having keyboard issues, so this will be an apostrophe and quotation-mark free night. I will have a new computer before the next game, so this problem will not carry over into the regular season.

    As always, I'll pop in here as seems warranted and will respond to any comments that show up ... Chris Herrington live blogs the Griz here.

  • Grizzlies Fall to Rockets
  • Sports Feature
  • Grizzlies Fall to Rockets

    After an unusually troubling preseason loss to the Wizards last week, tonight the Grizzlies came up on the bad side of an unusually spirited and entertaining preseason contest with the Houston Rockets. Returning Tiger Hero Joey Dorsey got some love, 1980s-era Phillies outfielder Von Hayes got an unintentional shout-out, and we learned a little bit more about this year’s Grizzlies squad.

    Chris Herrington has a full report at Beyond the Arc.

  • FROM MY SEAT: For the Kiddies' Sake, Pitching National Baseball Day (Again)
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: For the Kiddies' Sake, Pitching National Baseball Day (Again)

    At least on weekends until 1983, kids might have a chance to cheer the sight or sound of DiMaggio, Koufax, Gibson, or Rose playing baseball on its biggest stage for the kind of acclaim that turns human beings into super heroes. But no more. For fully a quarter century now, World Series games have begun long after the sun has set on the east coast. Games end well after midnight far too frequently, with responsible parents having tucked their children into bed.

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