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  • Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1027

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  • White Power Summit Planned for Olive Branch
  • The Daily Buzz
  • White Power Summit Planned for Olive Branch

    David Duke, the Neo-Nazi, Klansman, and one time presidential candidate, is joining forces for a confence with other White Power groups in Olive Branch, Mississippi November 7-9. The conference is currently scheduled to be held at the Whispering Woods Conference and Retreat Center, located at the intersection of Hacks Cross and Goodman Roads ...
  • Divine Mafa Moves On
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Divine Mafa Moves On

    South Main's Divine Rags plans to move to a new location in Saddle Creek early next week. They'll be taking over the former Sharper Image space.

    Owner Divine Mafa plans to keep renting the South Main space (COGIC owns the building), but may open a lounge there instead.

  • More Layoffs at the Commercial Appeal
  • The Daily Buzz
  • More Layoffs at the Commercial Appeal

    The Flyer obtained the following memo to Commercial Appeal employees from Reggie Sudduth, president of the local chapter of the Newspaper Guild.

    Dear staff of The Commercial Appeal:

    We met with management Monday afternoon. Here's what we know. The company proposes cutting a total of 27 jobs. Please note that this is not a final number. We're trying to find ways to reduce it ...

  • Amnesty International Convention Plans Giant MLK Salute in Tom Lee Park
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Amnesty International Convention Plans Giant MLK Salute in Tom Lee Park

    Amnesty International will hold its Southern Regional Conference in Memphis Oct. 31-Nov. 2, and plans a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Tom Lee Park. The MLK salute will consist of a giant human mosaic depicting King, which will be photographed from an airplane. Amnesty International hopes to get 2,000 participants to help create the artwork ...
  • Fullilove Formally Charged
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Fullilove Formally Charged

    From the D.A.'s office: Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Friday that the D.A.'s Office approved charging Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove-Chalmers for allegedly submitting false information to receive a duplicate Tennessee driver license ...
  • Fulmer to Step Down as U-T Coach
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Fulmer to Step Down as U-T Coach

    According to The Tennessean of Nashville and other news sources, University of Tennessee football coach Phil Fulmer has succumbed to nonstop criticism and will resign his position in a press conference Monday afternoon.
  • A Japanese Garden in Downtown Memphis?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • A Japanese Garden in Downtown Memphis?

    Most Memphians know about the lovely Japanese Garden in Audubon Park, and the arched red bridge there may be one of the most photographed attractions in Memphis (especially popular with yearbook photographers). Those of us of a certain age may remember the older Japanese Garden in Overton Park, a lavish construction that was destroyed because of anti-Japanese sentiment ...

    Vance Lauderdale writes about yet another Japanese garden in Memphis at his blog.

  • Addressing MPD
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Addressing MPD

    The City Council's public safety and homeland security committee voted today to send a police residency resolution to the full council.

    The resolution would allow police officers to live within 20 miles of the Shelby County line.

  • Smuggling Pot is Very Glamorous
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Smuggling Pot is Very Glamorous

    From the Memphis Police Department: On Tuesday, October 29, 2008 at approximately 12:30 pm, MPD Officer Chris Collins initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Interstate 40 near Airline Road. Officer Collins was assisted by Sgt. Chuck Mayes with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

    Stephen Grear, 63, was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle ...

  • Get Your Ghoul On This Weekend
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Get Your Ghoul On This Weekend

    Several years ago, a Flyer reporter (who shall remain nameless) got all dressed up for a Halloween party, and when that party got canceled, she and a friend sat at home and sulked about being all dressed up with nowhere to go. At one point, they got so bored that they walked outside and posed, in costume, on Madison Avenue for the passing cars. That was the highlight of the evening. Lame, yes. But it's a true story.

    Don't let that happen to you. With all the parties, haunted houses, and spooky weekend events going on this weekend, there’s really no excuse. Kick off the night by taking the little ones trick-or-treating on Mud Island. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the island will feature a haunted river walk, hayrides, and a kid's costume contest....

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Politics

  • After Big Early-Vote Totals, is Election Day Turnout Down?
  • Politics Feature
  • After Big Early-Vote Totals, is Election Day Turnout Down?

    We all know by now that record crowds early-voted in Memphis and Shelby County -- 254,359 or 39.1% of total registered voters. Two on-site reports that have reached the Flyer -- one from a Republican candidate, another from a Democratic activist -- indicate that Election Day voting is down, however....
  • Not Running for Anything, Gore and Corker Had Their Say Last Week
  • Politics Feature
  • Not Running for Anything, Gore and Corker Had Their Say Last Week

    Some things went on this past week that ostensibly had nothing - or very little - to do with the famous "change" election of 2008 but, in fact, were integral to some of the issues of this campaign year. Two things in particular that stick in my mind: Al Gore's appearance at the Convention Center receiving one of the National Civil Rights Museum's 2008 Freedom Awards; and Bob Corker's appearance at the University of Memphis Technology Center reviewing the great bailout controversy....

    Read the rest of Jackson Baker's take.

  • As the Nation Goes One Way, Tennessee Goes the Other
  • Politics Feature
  • As the Nation Goes One Way, Tennessee Goes the Other

    To put in some context the disconnect between those of us earthlings who live in these parts and the rest of the political species, a single email slug-line from a Republican publicist up yonder in Nashville, Bill Hobbs, said part of it: "HISTORY!" Meaning that the GOP now controls both houses of the legislature. (UPDATED)
  • Where's Joe the Dips**t?
  • Politics Feature
  • Where's Joe the Dips**t?

    In its continuing quest to insult the intelligence of every American with an I.Q. over 63, the McCain website now features a nightmarish collection of "Your-Name-the-Your-Occupation" videos. Not to be missed.

    Check it out.

  • Karl Rove Says: It's Obama in a Landslide
  • Politics Feature
  • Karl Rove Says: It's Obama in a Landslide

    From Rove.com: The final Rove & Co. electoral map of the 2008 election cycle points to a 338-200 Barack Obama electoral vote victory over John McCain tomorrow, the largest electoral margin since 1996. All remaining toss-up states have been allocated to the candidate leading in them, with Florida ...
  • What's Your Electoral College Prediction?
  • Politics Feature
  • What's Your Electoral College Prediction?

    With less than 48 hours to go, it's time for your predictions, fearless Flyer readers. What do you think will be the final Electoral College vote split? Whoever picks closest to the final total wins a bunch of Memphis Flyer schwag.

    Just to get you started, here's what I see in Swami's crystal ball: Obama 364; McCain 174. -- Bruce VanWyngarden

  • Could Obama Win Tennessee???
  • Politics Feature
  • Could Obama Win Tennessee???

    According to those wacky socialist-communist infidels at DailyKos.com, John McCain will swing by Blountville, Tennessee, today for a campaign rally, indicating that the GOP is having last-second doubts about carrying the Volunteer State due to massive early voting in Shelby and Davidson counties.

    Read the Kos report here.

  • A "Change Election"
  • Politics Feature
  • A "Change Election"

    It had been a feel-good Democratic rally in Whitehaven last Sunday — replete with rah-rahs and collective self-congratulations and nifty munchables and a laundry list of party politicians pleased to be there — when it came city councilman Myron Lowery's time to speak ...

    Read Jackson Baker's take on next week's elections -- national, state, and local -- in Politics.

  • It's Obama!
  • Politics Feature
  • It's Obama!

    The major networks are calling the presidential election for Illinois senator Barack Obama, the first African American to win the office. Jubilant crowds across the nation celebrated the historic moment, which brought eight years of the Republican rule of George W. Bush to an end ...

Opinion

  • A Message to Young People
  • Viewpoint
  • A Message to Young People

    In Florida, a while back, Senator John McCain said, "I'm sorry to tell you, my friends, but there will be other wars."

    Who's supposed to fight in these wars? Not our current military, which is stretched to the limit. Not me or my generation; we're still busy fighting over the Vietnam War ...

    Read the rest of Randy Haspel's Rant.

  • The Memphis Economy: A 50 Percent Off Sale
  • Viewpoint
  • The Memphis Economy: A 50 Percent Off Sale

    A bank bailout. A once-stellar Memphis mutual-fund family takes an alarming plunge. More layoffs and less news at the daily paper. And an analysis of the upcoming 2009 property reappraisal that suggests homeowners could get the worst of both worlds.

    No need to wait for those post-holiday markdowns, shoppers. Memphis companies are already selling at 50 percent off ... More of John Branston's commentary here.

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps With a Momma's Boy
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps With a Momma's Boy

    Dear Bianca, My live-in boyfriend has a very unusual relationship with his mom. He calls her every day, and while I thought that was kind of cute at first, it creeps me out now. Things really got weird when he started inviting his mom to spend the night at our house ...
  • Watch Uranus This Week!
  • Viewpoint
  • Watch Uranus This Week!

    It's been a difficult week around here. Due to a glitch in the classifieds department, Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology and The New York Times crossword puzzle were left out of last week's Flyer. I received many e-mails about this horrific screwup. Angry voicemails were left on my phone ... Read the rest of Bruce VanWyngarden's editor's note.
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  • Letter from the Editor

    Virgo: The planet Uranus came into play for you last week. I repeat: Uranus is in play.

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Sports

  • Rating the Tigers' Chances for 2009
  • Sports Feature
  • Rating the Tigers' Chances for 2009

    From SportingNews.com: One miraculous shot stuck a dagger in Memphis' dream season last year. The Tigers looked destined for an NCAA championship before Kansas' Mario Chalmers busted a 3-pointer to send the national title game to overtime.

    To spare Memphis fans, that's as much detail as is needed ...

  • Grizzlies Win, 90-79, Over Warriors
  • Sports Feature
  • Grizzlies Win, 90-79, Over Warriors

    The Grizzlies moved to 2-2 last night with a convincing 90-79 win over the Golden State Warriors, while Marc Gasol had a breakout game.

    1. We Like This New Gasol: Midway through the second quarter, with Marc Gasol on his way to a 22 point, 9 rebound first half, a fan behind me exclaimed, "I like this new Gasol!" The royal we concurs ... Read the rest of Chris Herrington's game blog at Beyond the Arc.

  • Griz Win Home Opener. No, Really.
  • Sports Feature
  • Griz Win Home Opener. No, Really.

    For the first time in their eight years in Memphis, the Grizzlies won their home-opener, beating the Orlando Magic 86-84, topping off an exciting, intense game with a Rudy Gay buzzer-beater to take the win. For a full report on a massive night at FedExForum, check out Chris Herrington's Grizzlies blog, Beyond the Arc.

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