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  • Nov 13-19, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1029

News

  • Bike Lanes in Memphis?
  • Bike Lanes in Memphis?

    BikeMemphis is reporting that Shady Grove is now partially striped and signed for bike lanes:

    "I have ridden the new lanes from Yates to Wolf River Blvd. twice -- I think the lanes are properly designed. Coming form someone who is mostly anti-bike lane, that is a huge compliment!"

  • Johnson & Johnson Scared the Crap Out of Their Customers
  • Johnson & Johnson Scared the Crap Out of Their Customers

    Johnson & Johnson has manufactured first-aid and medical supplies for more than a century. Are their bandages, tape, and cotton swabs really that much better than anyone else's? Hmmm, probably not. So in the 1940s, the company embarked on one of the most astonishing advertising campaigns I've ever seen ...
  • Back for More!
  • Back for More!

    The Memphis Tigers try for an encore to the most successful season in the program's history.

We Recommend

  • Ride Time
  • Ride Time

    It's time again for the Outdoors Inc. Annual Cyclocross Championship, and this is no ordinary bicycle race.

Politics

  • Conrad Takes the Oath as 13th Council Member
  • Conrad Takes the Oath as 13th Council Member

    Businessman Kemp Conrad was sworn in as the newest member of the Memphis city council in a ceremony Monday in the Hall of Mayors. Conrad, winner of a special election earlier this month, replaces former councilman Scott McCormick, who left to become president of the Plough Foundation.
  • "Democratic Solidarity Event" Scores Big for Ballot Repair, Inner-City Project
  • "Democratic Solidarity Event" Scores Big for Ballot Repair, Inner-City Project

    All's well that ends ... well, further ahead than you were before you got behind. Thanks to the organizing efforts of Brad Watkins (left), enough money was raised at a "Democratic Solidarity Event" Tuesday night both to compensate Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy (right) for correcting an error in the party's sample election ballot and to put some real money into an inner-city outreach project.
  • EDITORIAL: It's Up to Bass Pro
  • EDITORIAL: It's Up to Bass Pro

    After a county commission vote on Monday enabling an agreement with Bass Pro on Pyramid use, it's now up to the giant outdoors-oriented chain to put up or shut up. It critics have accused the chain of dilatory tactics in negotiations with other cities and with floating sham proposals for the sake of brand advertising. There is an easy way to counter that contention now that official resistance on the part of local government is no more.
  • How the GOP in Tennessee Bucked the National Democratic Tide
  • How the GOP in Tennessee Bucked the National Democratic Tide

    This is an official portrait, but the puzzled expression on the face of longtime Democratic Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh looks appropriately up-to-date. The Republicans just took control of the state House for the first time since Reconstruction. (They already had the Senate.) How'd this happen?

    Jackson Baker explains....

  • A C's In It!
  • A C's In It!

    A fund-raiser next week will formalize Wharton's long-anticipated bid for city mayor; PLUS: GOP Takes Over Legislature. How'd That Happen?

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Deals With PTSD
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Deals With PTSD

    Dear Bianca, I just started dating an Army guy. He returned home from Iraq a few months ago, and he seems to really have his life together -- except he occasionally freaks out about his Iraq experiences.

    He's told me that he had to kill a few civilians, and it's really messed with his head. He stayed at my house a few nights ago ...

  • Object Lesson for Memphis
  • Object Lesson for Memphis

    From the Atlantic: BlackBerry-wielding type-A personalities out to shake up the system are a common sight in Washington. Until recently, their habitat consisted almost exclusively of the halls of Congress and the K Street corridor -- the think tanks, lobby shops, and congressional staffs most of us talk about when we talk about the capital. Rarely would you find them in the "other" Washington, the one most Americans would prefer to forget: the perennially dysfunctional city of 580,000 people ...
  • The Charter Amendments Mean Change
  • The Charter Amendments Mean Change

    Last Wednesday afternoon, City Council and Charter Commission chair Myron Lowery was "grinning like a Cheshire cat."

    Barack Obama had won the presidency the night before and every single one of the Charter Commission's referenda had been approved by more than 70 percent of local voters ...

Music

  • King Khan Correction
  • King Khan Correction

    In this week's print edition of the Flyer, we reported that King Khan & the Shrines would be playing the Hi-Tone Cafe Wednesday, November 19th. Khan, a Montreal-bred, Berlin-based, Goner Records-connected rocker will be at the Hi-Tone Cafe, but not with his 12-piece psychedelic/soul band the Shrines. Instead, he'll be joined by frequent collaborator Mark "BBQ Show" Sultan for a skuzzier, leaner brand of garage-rock. King Khan & BBQ Show will play the Hi-Tone Wednesday, November 19th, with openers Hollow Stars and Tyler Keith & the Apostles. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. You can sample the sounds of King Khan & BBQ Show here.

Film/TV

Books

Theater

Fashion

Food & Drink

  • Wine Drinkers Beware?
  • Wine Drinkers Beware?

    Wine consumption in the United States has been steadily increasing year after year, so much so that we are poised to overtake the French as consuming the most wine per capita. It will be quite interesting (possibly frightening?) to see how that trend is affected by the current state of the U.S. economy ...

    Read the rest of Michael Hughes' wine column.

Real Estate

Sports

  • Tigers Take First Win Against Fairfield, 90-63
  • Tigers Take First Win Against Fairfield, 90-63

    The 13th-ranked Memphis Tigers fell behind unranked Fairfield by nine points early, but soon mastered the Stags' zone and cruised to a 90-63 victory at FedExForum in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament Saturday night.

    Freshman guard Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 19 points and Shawn Taggart had a double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds, leading five Tigers in double figures.

    Box score here.

  • A Rainy Night at FedExForum
  • A Rainy Night at FedExForum

    A dreary, rainy night depressed what was already going to be a small crowd for the Grizzlies' Wednesday night game against the New York Knicks. But, inside the building, the Knicks were the ones making it rain, and depressing the fans who were in attendance
  • Rivals.com Goes Behind the Scenes with the Memphis Tigers
  • Rivals.com Goes Behind the Scenes with the Memphis Tigers

    Need a booster for your early-season fix of Tiger basketball? Check out the ongoing video series, "Full Court Press," at rivals.com.

    During this 10-episode series, Rivals.com goes behind the scenes of the Memphis Tigers basketball team as they prepare for the 2008-09 season ...

  • Grizzlies Host Milwaukee Bucks Tonight
  • Grizzlies Host Milwaukee Bucks Tonight

    After a dreadful return home Wednesday night against the New York Knicks, the Grizzlies look to rebound tonight against another middle-of-the-pack Eastern Conference team, the 4-5 Milwaukee Bucks. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at FedExForum. Chris Herrington has a game preview at Beyond the Arc.
  • Tigers Top UMass, 80-58
  • Tigers Top UMass, 80-58

    Despite hitting only 2 of 19 three-point attempts, the 13th-ranked Memphis Tigers beat UMass Monday night at FedExForum, 80-58.

    The Tigers were led in scoring by freshman guard Tyreke Evans ...

  • FROM MY SEAT: The '08-'09 Tigers Are Off and Running!
  • FROM MY SEAT: The '08-'09 Tigers Are Off and Running!

    The Memphis Tigers raised the lid on the 2008-09 basketball season Saturday night with a 90-63 victory over Fairfield (a team expected to contend in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) at FedExForum. As with any opening night, the game was packaged with first impressions. Some of these are worth noting -- and pocketing -- for the four months ahead.

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