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  • Oct 23-29, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1026

News

  • Gourding Barack Obama
  • Gourding Barack Obama

    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said, "Yes, we can." A locally launched website is saying, "Yes, we carve."

    YesWeCarve.com, a website started, in part, by Memphian Josh Horton and his wife Bethany, mixes politics and pumpkins.

    "My wife and I were sitting in bed a few weeks ago and she said, 'I think I'm going to carve a pumpkin with Barack Obama's face on it,'" he says.

  • Christian Science Monitor on Life Support
  • Christian Science Monitor on Life Support

    Soon, the only way you'll be able to read The Christian Science Monitor is on your monitor. From BusinessWeek.com:

    The Christian Science Monitor, which turns 100 years old this year, is announcing on Tuesday, Oct. 28, that it will cease daily publication next April. The newspaper will shift to a weekly print format while increasing its emphasis on its Web site, says its editor, John Yemma ...

  • Celebrate Health Food and Native American Culture This Weekend
  • Celebrate Health Food and Native American Culture This Weekend

    The giant fruit that once adorned the old Wild Oats Marketplace is gone for good, and the East Memphis health food store is finally transitioning into a Whole Foods. Celebrate the store’s grand re-opening tonight at the Whole Foods Pumpkin-Palooza, an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, a performance by New Ballet Ensemble, and plenty of grilled bratwurst (which isn’t exactly health food, but hey, it’s a party).
  • In Search of Memphis' Great Pyramid
  • In Search of Memphis' Great Pyramid

    In a city whose name conjures young Elvis but evokes ancient Egypt, an expedition set out with a road map and some trail mix to find the world's sixth-largest pyramid, said to have been all but abandoned by the civilization that built it. Legend or fact?

    With only bottled water and a rental car's coolness to ward against temperatures in the oppressive low 70s, the team soon despaired. It found houses and churches and rib joints, but no polyhedral structures of note ...

    New York Times columnist Dan Barry goes in search of Memphis' great pyramid. Read all about it here.

  • Strap-On Luggage?
  • Strap-On Luggage?

    Don't ask us why, but VanityFair.com's Julian Sancton was perusing the Birmingham, Alabama, airport's annual report when he saw the accompanying illustration. (Click "read more" and you can, um, "enlarge" it.)

    Then go to his blog and read the comments.

  • Once Upon a Time At City Hall
  • Once Upon a Time At City Hall

    This is my favorite quote from yesterday's joint City Council/County Commission meeting about the future of the Pyramid:

    "Give us the building. Let us sign a deal with Bass Pro and live happily ever after."

  • Isaac Hayes Gives Scientology the Shaft in His Will
  • Isaac Hayes Gives Scientology the Shaft in His Will

    From FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman: The last will and testament of the late superstar Isaac Hayes’s is being probated right now. And guess what? Hayes left nothing to the Church of Scientology.

    This news must sting something awful, as numerous well-known Scientologists attended not one but maybe four different funerals and memorial services for Hayes in August after he died ...

    Read the rest of the snark here.

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Politics

  • In Arkansas, Bill Clinton Goes to Bat for Obama -- Sort Of

    video by jb

    JONESBORO, ARKANSAS -- Bill Clinton, as most close observers know, is left-handed. It seems appropriate, then, that on his weekend barnstorming tour in Arkansas for Barack Obama, the fellow Democrat who defeated his wife Hillary in a bitter and grueling primary season, the former president offered support that was...well, left-handed.

  • GADFLY:  On Palin's Wardrobe Malfunction
  • GADFLY: On Palin's Wardrobe Malfunction

    The recent revelation that the Republicans spent $150,000 putting fancy threads on their pit bull, and yes, lipstick too has turned into a political nightmare. Marty Aussenberg launches an investigation into the bare facts underneath all that expensive flamboyance.
  • Mega-Consultant Morris Views Palin With Pride and Obama With Alarm
  • Mega-Consultant Morris Views Palin With Pride and Obama With Alarm

    Dick Morris, one of the most influential behind-the-scenes players in American political history, addressed members of the Lipscomb & Pitts-sponsored "Breakfast Club" group at the Botanic Gardens on Friday and treated them to what was a highly idiosyncratic -- one might say "neo-conservative" -- view of history. One highlight: the "head-fake" that made Sarah Palin a candidate for the vice presidency.
  • The Politics of Rehab: On Getting Back in the Game
  • The Politics of Rehab: On Getting Back in the Game

    One of the redeeming things about politics - the flip side of a rather tarnished coin, as it were - is the astonishing degree to which rehabilitations are conferred on former miscreants of one sort or another. Cases were at hand in weekend rallies in Jonesboro and Memphis.

Opinion

  • Editorial: Palin By Comparison
  • Editorial: Palin By Comparison

    If John McCain wins the presidential election, Sarah Palin will be next in line for the presidency. Given the Old Sailor's age and medical history, a vote for McCain is thus a probable vote for the Mother of All Hockey Moms.

    And hard as it is to fathom, Palin actually might be worse than George W. Bush, who still has at least (at some deeply subliminal level) enough functioning genetic code to know when it's time to call in the adults ...

    More.

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Fights Religious Fanaticism
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Fights Religious Fanaticism

    Dear Bianca,

    Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the little witches and goblins and, of course, the candy. So naturally, I plan on taking my toddler on her first trick-or-treating excursion. She already has a cute little pumpkin costume.

    Unfortunately, my mother-in-law is a crazy religious fanatic ...

  • GOP in Ruins?
  • GOP in Ruins?

    It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Bush and now John McCain have constructed a mean, grumpy, exclusive, narrow-minded, and altogether retrograde Republican Party. It has the sharp scent of the old Barry Goldwater GOP — the angry one of 1964 and not the one perfumed by nostalgia — that is home, by design or mere dumb luck, to those who think that Obama is "The Madrassian Candidate." Karl Rove, take a bow ...

    Read the rest of Richard Cohen's Viewpoint.

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Sports

  • Grizzlies Media Roundtable
  • Grizzlies Media Roundtable

    The Grizzlies fan site Three Shades of Blue recently hosted a roundtable discussion about the coming season with a quartet of local media personalities: the Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins, Sports 56's Eli Savoie, Fox Sports 730's Chris Vernon, and the Flyer's own Chris Herrington.

    The discussion is up on the Three Shades of Blue site as a podcast. You can listen to it here.

  • Tigers Headed Back to Final Four?
  • Tigers Headed Back to Final Four?

    Moments before a banner commemorating the University of Memphis' appearance in the 2008 Final Four was raised to the rafters of Fed Ex Forum last Friday night, the 14,000 blue-clad fans who had gathered for Midnight Madness were treated to a spine-tingling highlight video of the Tigers' march through the tournament bracket ...

    Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis visits Memphis and ponders the Tigers' future prospects. More here.

  • Who Will Win the NBA Title?
  • Who Will Win the NBA Title?

    The NBA regular-season opens tonight, which means it’s time to go on the record about how I see this season playing out:

    Western Conference

    1. New Orleans Hornets: With Chris Paul dominating the ball, they don't need playmakers, which is why James Posey's combo of tough defense and reliable three-point shooting will garner him big minutes ...

    Read the rest of Chris Herrington's NBA picks at Beyond the Arc, the Flyer's GrizBlog.

  • The Marc Iavaroni Interview
  • The Marc Iavaroni Interview

    The Grizzlies open their regular season Wednesday night in Houston. To get a handle on where the young Grizzlies stand heading into the season, Chris Herrington talked to head coach Marc Iavaroni about who is likely to get minutes and how the parts fit. Read the wide-ranging interview with Iavaroni at Beyond the Arc, the Flyer's Grizzlies blog.
  • FROM MY SEAT:   Same State, Different World --On 'Bama, the Vols...and the  U of M
  • FROM MY SEAT: Same State, Different World --On 'Bama, the Vols...and the U of M

    Among interstate rivalries in college football, the only series remotely close to Tennessee-Alabama are Michigan-Ohio State and Texas-Oklahoma. The only program with more bowl appearances than Tennessee's 47 is, you guessed it, Alabama with 55. In the now 76-year history of the greatest conference in the sport, the programs with the most wins in the SEC (each with more than 300) are, yep, Alabama and Tennessee.
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