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  • Dec 11-17, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1033

News

  • Wolf River Harbor: What's That Smell?
  • Wolf River Harbor: What's That Smell?

    The strange, smelly substance that darkened the Wolf River Harbor recently was apparently not an oil slick.

    The unpleasant change in the harbor north of downtown was noticed by kayaker Elmore Holmes and others who use the waterway and the Mississippi River for recreation.

    "Whatever happened happened a while before I noticed it," Holmes said. "Basically, the water is just black at the north end of the harbor."...

  • Learn to Entertain ... Or Be Entertained This Weekend
  • Learn to Entertain ... Or Be Entertained This Weekend

    Throwing a holiday party? We can't all be Martha Stewarts, but you can get pretty close with the free tips provided at Whole Foods' Giving and Entertaining Workshop Saturday morning. The in-store event features inexpensive gift ideas, an edible gift demo, entertaining tips, and free samples ...

    For more weekend ideas, click that li'l Read More thing below.

  • Facing Financial Peril, Lambuth University Looking for Way out of Crunch
  • Facing Financial Peril, Lambuth University Looking for Way out of Crunch

    The economic crunch hasn't just snarled up media careers, financial institutions, and the future of the American automobile industry. It has put in jeopardy academic institutions as well. Responding on Friday to a rumor that Lambuth University of Jackson, Tennessee, was planning to close its doors, Alicia Miller, an information officer for the school, said, in effect, that reports of Lambuth's death had been greatly exaggerated but confirmed that "some changes" would be made to deal with growing financial pressures ...
  • Vance Has Pure Gas
  • Vance Has Pure Gas

    I have recently talked about a couple of old Pure Oil Stations in Memphis. One was on Madison; the other on South Front Street. Both were built in the 1930s in the company's distinctive "English Cottage" style. You should also know, if you had been paying attention, that the Lauderdale Library recently purchased the photo archives of all the Pure Oil Stations erected in Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s.

    So what I want to know is: Where was this station? ... Visit Vance Lauderdale's Blog for more on this mysterious gas station.

  • Pauly Shore at Comedy, TN This Weekend
  • Pauly Shore at Comedy, TN This Weekend

    Comedian Pauly Shore has been in and out of the public eye throughout the past couple decades, first "wiezing" his way into our lives in the late ’80s as a quirky, wild MTV VJ, hosting Totally Pauly and a slew of spring break parties. He made a handful of popular (and a couple not-so-popular) movies in the ’90s and then left the scene until the release of his 2003 star-studded comeback movie, the "mockumentary" Pauly Shore is Dead.

    Shore will be performing his stand-up act at Comedy, TN December 12th and 13th, two shows each night, at 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.

    Read the Flyer's interview with Shore after the jump....

  • From Analog to Digital
  • From Analog to Digital

    In a recent study, the FCC found that up to 5 percent of Tennesseans are not ready for the digital TV transition February 17th.

    In fact, about 5 percent of Americans nationwide aren't ready, so the FCC is sending representatives around the country to talk about the switch.

  • Calling All Hotties
  • Calling All Hotties

    Just a reminder ... We're currently soliciting nominations for our annual Hotties issue, beginning now and running until mid- to late-January.

    Nominating someone -- or yourself, if you prefer -- is easy.

  • Zone Defense
  • Zone Defense

    Residents learn about neighborhood planning and how to protect their property.

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Politics

  • "O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!" Cohen Has a Ball at White House
  • "O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!" Cohen Has a Ball at White House

    The Royal Canadian Mounties, renowned for always getting their man, have nothing on 9th District congressman Steve Cohen, who persevered at the annual White House Christmas Party Monday night until he located an ornamental ball on a ceremonial Christmas tree that had been prepared by one of Cohen's constituents, Memphis artist Carol DeForest. In the process, Cohen and an Oregon congresswoman engaged in a similar search seemed to have run afoul of a White House usher ...
  • Kelsey Files Amendment to Kill Income Tax "Once and for All"
  • Kelsey Files Amendment to Kill Income Tax "Once and for All"

    If Brian Kelsey has his way, residual questions about the constitutionality of a Tennessee income tax (or of a local payroll tax) will be put to rest, as he puts is, “once and for all.”

    Backed by 38 of his House Republican colleagues, the GOP state representative from Germantown has filed a clarifying amendment to the state constitution which he will seek action on in the coming legislative session.

  • Corker Proposes Amendment to Auto Bailout Plan
  • Corker Proposes Amendment to Auto Bailout Plan

    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, a skeptic from the beginning of the debate regarding bailout programs for Detroit's Big Three auto manufacturers, proposed on Thursday an amendment to a provisional $14 billion rescue plan that the White House and Senate Democrats had agreed on. Corker's formula, which would require reduction in the companies' debt load and in their worker benefits, has attracted support from other Republicans and could derail the provisional bailout plan.

Opinion

  • Rescuing Bob Corker
  • Rescuing Bob Corker

    In a curious way, we are grateful for a constituent service performed for us here in Tennessee by a senator from another state. That would be Carl Levin, the veteran Democrat from Michigan, home state of the Big Three automakers, who, on a Sunday talk show, did what he could to absolve Tennessee senator Bob Corker of excessive partisanship and, worse, of a contemptuous attitude toward a vital sector of the American workforce.
  • It's Going to be a Long, Hard Blog
  • It's Going to be a Long, Hard Blog

    This is going to be a great depression. Not with a capital "G" like the 30s, because the tech economy is real and this depression will be blogged. I heard a TV economist say in regard to the recession that "it will be longer and deeper than initially imagined." That's what I told my wife on our wedding night, and I was lying, too ...
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Broke Christmas Shopper
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Broke Christmas Shopper

    Dear Bianca,

    My boyfriend's mom apparently thinks I'm made of money. When I asked her what I should buy for her husband (my boyfriend's dad) for Christmas, she suggested a $100 tool that he'd been wanting.

    In this crazy economy, I can't afford to spend that much on any one person, not even my own parents ...

  • Ice, Ice, Baby!
  • Ice, Ice, Baby!

    What are you doing at work goofing off on the Internets? Don't you know that the worst storm in the history of storms is HEADED OUR WAY TONIGHT!!! Get to the grocery stores, people. We'll likely be housebound for DAYS, shivering and hungry, trapped by a massive coating of deadly ice.

    Or not ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    Now that's corruption, my friends! I'm speaking, of course, about the indictment this week of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich ...

Music

  • Shangri-La, Fa-la-la-la-la
  • Shangri-La, Fa-la-la-la-la

    Midtown institution Shangri-La Records throws down at the Hi-Tone Café this weekend for its annual Christmas party. Headlining the show on Saturday, December 13th, will be Mouserocket, the local indie-rock group that pairs ace individual record-makers Alicja Trout (River City Tanlines) and Robby Grant (Vending Machine) ...

    More on local music this week.

  • Lucky Numbers
  • Lucky Numbers

    John Paul Keith has a new attitude, and his One Four Fives have an album full of rootsy American pop.
  • "Chinese Democracy" Tanks
  • "Chinese Democracy" Tanks

    I have a theory that when J.D. Salinger dies, we'll find out that he's been writing books throughout the decades of his seclusion. What works might a talented, creative mind make once the harsh light of celebrity and expectation is deflected? Postmortem, the writer will be published again, and we'll all say: Holy crap, Salinger's been holding out on us.

    For about 14 years, I've been similarly fascinated by and anxious for the Axl Rose/Guns N' Roses follow-up, Chinese Democracy ... Read the rest.

Film/TV

Books

  • A New Version of the New Testament, and Other Holiday Books
  • A New Version of the New Testament, and Other Holiday Books

    The good news this Christmas is the Good Book itself but as you've never seen it before: an edition of the New Testament that looks a lot like a glossy magazine "illuminated" using photojournalistic images of today's pressing issues: poverty, homelessness, war, and global warming. But look in these pages for do-gooders the Dalai Lama, Muhammad Ali, and Princess Diana too, plus printwork by Andy Warhol ...

    Read Leonard Gill's roundup of new books for the holiday season.

Theater

Fashion

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • The Main Event: Rose vs. Mayo Tonight
  • The Main Event: Rose vs. Mayo Tonight

    The Grizzlies look for their first three-game winning streak since April of 2007 tonight when they host the Chicago Bulls at FedExForum. But the real story is the return of former University of Memphis star Derrick Rose in his first visit to Memphis as a pro, and his match-up with Grizzlies rookie O.J. Mayo.

    Rose and Mayo are locked in a tight battle for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. Tonight will be the last time this season they'll face each other. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at FedEx Forum. Chris Herrington has a preview of the match-up at Beyond the Arc, and will provide live coverage from the Forum during and after the game.

  • Griz Beat Bulls -- Mayo/Rose Disappoints; Game Doesn't
  • Griz Beat Bulls -- Mayo/Rose Disappoints; Game Doesn't

    The Grizzlies played one of their best games of the year tonight, beating the Bulls to notch the franchise's first three-game winning streak since April 2007 and move the team to 6-5 on the home floor for the season. And they picked a good night to give such a spirited, winning performance: In front of a season-high announced crowd of 17,132 and with owner Michael Heisley sitting courtside. Chris Herrington has a full report (preceded by a blow-by-blow live game blog) at Beyond the Arc.
  • FROM MY SEAT: Grizzlies' Antoine Walker Takes a Golden Stroll
  • FROM MY SEAT: Grizzlies' Antoine Walker Takes a Golden Stroll

    After 24 games, the Memphis Grizzlies have apparently agreed to a buyout of Antoine Walker's contract. While terms have yet to be announced, the NBA's version of divorce papers will allow the 32-year-old veteran to become a free agent and negotiate with any of the other 29 NBA teams that might consider him valuable ...

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