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  • Nov 6-12, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1028

News

  • Marijuana Legalization Talk Tonight at Rhodes
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Marijuana Legalization Talk Tonight at Rhodes

    Terry Nelson worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years, serving in the U.S. Border Patrol, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. During his career, he participated in the seizure of more than 230,000 pounds of cocaine. Nelson retired from law enforcement in 2005 and soon after joined Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) because he believes the ongoing "War on Drugs" simply isn't working. Nelson will give a presentation tonight at 8 p.m. in the Orgill Room of Clough Hall at Rhodes College.

    A Q&A with Nelson follows after the jump...

  • Johnny Cash's America
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Johnny Cash's America

    Johnny Cash's America is a two-disc CD/DVD combo that packages the titular television documentary with its unusually purposeful soundtrack disc.

    Broadcast as part of the A&E network's Biography series in October and created by local writer/filmmaker Robert Gordon

  • Save the Earth and Eat Local This Weekend
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Save the Earth and Eat Local This Weekend

    Too much alcohol may increase your chance of developing high blood pressure, which could in turn, lead to kidney disease. But unless you're slamming back the wine at tonight's Sip Around the World Wine Tasting, your kidneys should be fine. And you’ll be raising funds to help other people's kidneys at the same time since the shindig benefits the National Kidney Foundation. The party starts at 7 p.m. ...
  • How Digger O'Dell Planted Himself
  • The Daily Buzz
  • How Digger O'Dell Planted Himself

    Most Memphians no doubt associate the name Digger O'Dell with the fine plant nursery out on Highway 64. But in the early 1960s, another Digger O'Dell showed up in Memphis, and he made his livelihood by planting something quite different in the ground.

    Himself.

    Read the rest of the story and more weirdness at Vance Lauderdale's blog.

  • Local Home on HGTV
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Local Home on HGTV

    It's amazing what you can do with a little concrete.

    Local concrete artist Bernhard Meck's Midtown home will be featured on an episode of HGTV's "Look What I Did!" tomorrow night.

  • Schools Get Graded
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Schools Get Graded

    The state's overall graduation rate for 2008 is up to 82.2 percent, but in Memphis City Schools, the graduation rate is still hovering in the mid-60s.

    The Tennessee Department of Education released its 2008 state report card data this morning.

  • Vance Lauderdale is an Athletic Supporter
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Vance Lauderdale is an Athletic Supporter

    "The planes of his face are hard and clean-hewn as are those on a freshly minted coin. It is the face of a Roman emperor -- harsh and imperious ... his body was that of a master gladiator, the neck falling sheerly into massive shoulders ..."

    No, that is not a description of ME, but thank you for thinking so ...

  • Transgender Beating Victim Found Dead in North Memphis
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Transgender Beating Victim Found Dead in North Memphis

    Memphis police identified the body of transgender woman Duanna Johnson lying in the street near Hollywood and Staten Avenue early this morning.

    Police believe Johnson was shot some time before midnight on Sunday. No suspects are in custody at this time ...

  • Home Economics
  • Cover Feature
  • Home Economics

    How the national mortgage crisis is eating away at home values, property taxes, and neighborhoods and what local government is planning to do about it.
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Cover Feature
  • The Perfect Storm

    Property reappraisals for 2009 could bring choppy financial weather for homeowners and local government.

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Politics

  • Cohen, Blackburn, Alexander Win Big
  • Politics Feature
  • Cohen, Blackburn, Alexander Win Big

    Given all the dramatics of the presidential race and tightly contested races elsewhere, the easy victory of three incumbents might well have escaped proper notice. 9th District congressman Steve Cohen won big, so did 7th District congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and so did U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. A fourth incumbent, 8th District congressman John Tanner, was unopposed.
  • How a McCain Detour Cost Democrats the Tennessee Legislature
  • Politics Feature
  • How a McCain Detour Cost Democrats the Tennessee Legislature

    Like everybody else - including ultimate Democratic presidential winner Barack Obama, who did not deign to visit Tennessee himself - GOP standard-bearer John McCain had conceded the Volunteer State to the McCain-Palin ticket, but McCain was deeply concerned about Virginia (which he ultimately lost, if narrowly) and scheduled an impromptu election-eve visit to southwest Virginia. The nearest airport available was in Tennessee, and that's where he set down - in Blountville, Tennessee. That's where the airport is, you see, not in Bristol, Virginia, just on the other side of the state line. (UPDATED)
  • It's Official: A C Schedules First Fundraiser for City Mayor's Race
  • Politics Feature
  • It's Official: A C Schedules First Fundraiser for City Mayor's Race

    Not that it's any longer a big bad secret that Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton intends to run for mayor of Memphis. Not that it ever was. But selected folks around Memphis and Shelby County have now been invited to a $500-a-head fundraiser next week, Wednesday, November 19, at The Racquet Club, with proceeds explicitly designated to Wharton's race for city mayor.
  • GADFLY: The GOP Blame Game Begins
  • Politics Feature
  • GADFLY: The GOP Blame Game Begins

    The pixels had barely faded from the TV and computer screens from the reports of Obama's victory Tuesday night before the Republicans started blaming everyone but their own candidate for his abysmal defeat. Actually, Republican operatives and conservative media pundits had already set the table for this finger-pointing fest days (if not weeks) before the election, with the wholesale abandonment of the Republican ship by such previously reliable "rats" as Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, Christopher Buckley, and David Brooks.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Stops a Rogue Chef
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Stops a Rogue Chef

    Dear Bianca,

    Help! My roommate is trying to start a restaurant out of my tiny apartment kitchen!

    He was operating a small do-it-yourself food delivery service out of a friend's house, but she kicked him out ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    The best bumper sticker I've seen in recent days read: "I Voted for the Irish Guy — Brock O'Bama."

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Sports

  • TIgers Top SMU, 31-26
  • Sports Feature
  • TIgers Top SMU, 31-26

    Memphis running backs Curtis Steele (123 yards) and Brandon Ross (111 yards) contributed to a potent ground game (306 yards rushing), as the U of M dominated time of possession and beat SMU in Dallas Saturday, 31-26.

    Tiger quarterback Brent Toney was just effective enough ...

  • O.J. Mayo Blows Up
  • Sports Feature
  • O.J. Mayo Blows Up

    The Memphis Grizzlies finished up what had to be the best 1-3 road trip in franchise history last night, falling to the Phoenix Suns 107-102. For the very young team, it was a week of competitive, spirited basketball notable for the dramatic emergence of rookie guard O.J. Mayo.
  • FROM MY SEAT: Tiger Basketball 2008-09 -- Back for More
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: Tiger Basketball 2008-09 -- Back for More

    As I've pondered angles for John Calipari's ninth season in Memphis -- one where he will officially become the most decorated and successful coach in the program's history -- the losses of Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Joey Dorsey (a trio that played fully 40 percent of the team's minutes a year ago and scored virtually half the points) continue to whisper in my brainstorming ear....

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