• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 1-7, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1036


  • Some Like It Hot

    Are you a hottie? Know someone who is?

    The Flyer is currently soliciting nominations for our annual Hotties issue.

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

  • 20 Questions for Memphis -- Answered!

    To kick off the Flyer's 20th anniversary year, our intrepid staff boldly answers 20 questions about the future -- or at least the near future, namely 2009. You read 'em here first ...

    Actually, you can read 'em here.

  • Death Claims Two Memphis Judges

    The Shelby County Judiciary lost two of its longtime members Friday with the deaths of Circuit Court Judge Rita Stotts and General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Anthony Johnson.

    As reported on the Fox 13 Web site Judge Stotts, a long-term survivor of breast cancer, died at Methodist Hospital. Judge Johnson died at home, apparently of a heart attack.

    More details as they are available.

  • Driving Change

    If the nation's 51 largest metro areas could change rates of education, poverty and driving -- even marginally -- how much of a difference could it make?

    A study by Portland economist Joe Cortright says even a small change could mean $166 billion in economic gain.

  • Coal Sludge Disaster Devastates Eastern Tennessee River and Environs

    From Alternet: An environmental disaster of epic proportions has occurred in Tennessee. Monday night, 2.6 million cubic yards (the equivalent of 525.2 million gallons, 48 times more than the Exxon Valdez spill by volume) of coal ash sludge broke through a dike of a 40-acre holding pond at TVA's Kingston coal-fired power plant covering 400 acres up to six feet deep, damaging 12 homes and wrecking a train ...
  • Hot Stuff?

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

  • Buy Books and Learn to Dance This Weekend

    Got the post-holiday blues? Cure your ills by spending some money on yourself for a change. You can start by picking up some collectible and hard-to-find book titles at the Overton Park Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday. The Parkview Retirement Community at 1914 Poplar is holding the annual sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Eight is Enough: The Best Media Moments in Memphis in 2008

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. But for Memphis media, 2008 was mostly the worst of times. Layoffs, lawsuits, and declining ad revenues thrust Memphis' news providers into the headlines, while local bloggers explored the tasteless outer limits of tabloid journalism. Here's a list of eight memorable Memphis media moments from 2008 ...


  • Santa's Leftovers: What the Pols on Our List Get to Take Into 2009

    Ho Ho Ho! (And, no, we're not casting any aspersions.) If there was ever a year in which all of us – not excluding our political leaders, imposters, and hopefuls – needed a break, something real and positive in our Christmas stockings, it was this year. See what Jackson Baker, as Santa, doled out. In some cases the presents do double duty as resolves for the New Year....
  • GADFLY: "As You Reap..." -- The Meaning of the Madoff Case

    If nothing else, the Wall Street meltdown and the Madoff scandal will result in the re-regulation of the securities and financial markets/industries. And that will be a good thing. But, in the meantime, it would be well for the finger-pointers to remember the biblical phrase, "as ye reap, so also shall ye sow," and allocate responsibility for the breakdown of our regulatory system where it belongs....
  • Gibbons Makes It Official, Announcing for Governor

    As expected, District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, reacting to weekend disclosures that former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not run for governor in 2010, has announced his own candidacy for the office in a statement released on Sunday. Gibbons,emphasizing the issues of "crime and schools," will run in the Republican primary.

  • RNC Hopeful Saltsman in Hot Water Over "Magic Negro" Lyric

    Former Memphian Chip Saltsman, an active candidate to become Republican National Chairman and a close friend of Memphis businessman/impressionist Paul Shanklin, may have jeopardized his chairmanship bid after sending RNC members a Christmas gift CD mix of Shanklin's comic riffs, including a controversial one entitled "Barack the Magic Negro." (UPDATED with lyrics and audio/video clip)
  • No Frist in Governor's Race? Then Gibbons, Maybe Norris

    As word spreads this weekend that former U.S. Senator Bill Frist will not make a run for governor in 2010, the way is open for an extensive field of Republican candidates, including District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and possibly state Senator Mark Norris, to make gubernatorial announcements of candidacy.


  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Nice Guy

    Dear Bianca,

    I have a large circle of friends, and sometimes those friends introduce me to their friends. A few months ago, I met a woman at a party (a friend of a friend, of course), and we started talking. She seemed cool -- really pretty, smart, funny ...

  • The New Year In the Bluff

    New Year's Eve and Day are filled with their share of traditions: Some people watch the ball drop every year, others get fitshaced, there's all the kissing at midnight. And don't even get me started about the foods ...

    Mary Cashiola riffs on the New Year -- and Willie Herenton -- at her "In the Bluff" blog.

  • Warren's In? The Party's Off.

    Not that he was planning to attend, but Barack Obama should know that my sister's inauguration night party -- the one for which she was preparing Obama Punch -- has been canceled. The notice went out over the weekend, by e-mail and word of mouth, that Obama's choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation had simply ruined the party ...
  • It Was a Remarkable Year

    What kind of year was 2008? A remarkable one, of course. They all are. But this one really was.

    Best news: Most of us have enough stuff.

    Worst news: Most of us have enough stuff ... Read the rest of John Branston's latest City Beat.

  • "Wait Till Next Year"

    The historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote a book a few years back entitled Wait Till Next Year. In it, she chronicled her childhood in Brooklyn in the 1940s and 1950s and, in particular, her love of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The rallying cry for fans of "dem bums" (as the Dodgers were lovingly known) was always "wait till next year ..."

    Read the rest of Bruce VanWyngarden's editor's note.



  • The Steve Francis Deal and Other Grizzlies Dope

    As always, the Grizzlies love to make news during a holiday when I'm off on family duty and not tending to the blog. Some quick notes on various new developments in GrizWorld: 1. The "Steve Francis" Trade: Setting aside the karmic poetry of the once (and not future) "Stevie Franchise" suiting up in the uniform he rejected on draft night (when it said "Vancouver" on the front, to be fair), this was a trade as complicated to explain as it is inconsequential ... More from Beyond the Arc.
  • Griz Beat Mavericks; Rookies Shine

    Grizzlies rookies O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol lead the way as the Grizzlies broke a 13-game losing streak to the Dallas Mavericks with an impressive 102-82 victory at FedExForum today.

    Gasol scored 19 points in the first half before handing the baton to Mayo, who scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half. Chris Herrington breaks it all down at Beyond the Arc.

  • Revenge Match: Griz Host Wolves Tonight

    After losing 108-98 in overtime last week in Minneapolis, the Grizzlies seek revenge tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's the first meeting in Memphis between the teams since their draft-day trade that netted the Grizzlies O.J. Mayo in exchange for Mike Miller and fellow rookie Kevin Love.

    Grizzlies fans are justifiably feeling good about the trade, but will feel better with a win tonight. Chris Herrington has a preview up at Beyond the Arc and will be live-blogging the game tonight.

  • FROM MY SEAT: A Fine Shine for '09

    If you call yourself a Memphis sports fan and didn't have fun over the first weekend of 2009, you'd best get comfortable with your Wii. In a veritable three-day festival of athletics, the Bluff City set a standard unlikely to be matched over the next 51 weeks.

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