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  • Vol. 1, No. 1038

News

  • Herenton and Justin Timberlake: Together Again?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Herenton and Justin Timberlake: Together Again?

    One of the lowest moments of Willie Herenton's career as mayor came on a September morning in 2006, when he appeared on the nationally televised "Good Morning America" program with Memphis singer Justin Timberlake.

    The program was televised live from Beale Street, and a young, mostly white crowd booed the mayor ...

  • Cindy Sheehan Speaking at Peace Event Thursday Night
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Cindy Sheehan Speaking at Peace Event Thursday Night

    After Cindy Sheehan's 24-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, she didn't stand idly by. Instead she started a nationwide peace movement in late 2005 with a protest encampment outside President George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch.

    This past November, Sheehan lost a Congressional race against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but Sheehan isn't giving up hope for an end to the war. She will be speaking on the need for U.S. fundamental change at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's 27th Anniversary Party at Bridges tonight. Sheehan took a moment to speak to the Flyer by phone. ...

  • In D.C. on Inauguration Day
  • The Daily Buzz
  • In D.C. on Inauguration Day

    Paul Gerald, a former Memphian and Flyer staffer was in Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration.

    So this is what it was like today, January 20, 2009, from the perspective of one little drop in the sea of humanity that was right where it wanted to be.

    I was up at 6 a.m. and out the door at 7 a.m., the equivalent of a springlet on a hillside miles from the ocean. I found my way to the local Metro station, where I joined a larger flow, first a few others on the street, then a wall of people on the train. On a normal day, it would have been the fullest subway train you ever saw, and when I wedged my way into a person-sized hole near the door ...

  • Playing the Fool
  • Cover Feature
  • Playing the Fool

    The author of the notorious "Barack the Magic Negro" song is just your average Cordova homeboy. Or is he?
  • In D.C. on Inauguration Eve
  • The Daily Buzz
  • In D.C. on Inauguration Eve

    All over town, there's been a vibe today like Christmas Eve for grownups. Tuesday is a day we've all been waiting for, and now it's actually here. When we wake up tomorrow, George Bush will still be President, and when we go back to bed, Barack Obama will be. Today's date brings that fully into reality, and being in Washington tonight makes it a very personal thing.

    I couldn't begin to tell you everything going on, but some moments have certainly stood out. ...

  • Celebrate Dr. King and Local Food This Weekend
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Celebrate Dr. King and Local Food This Weekend

    Though the Martin Luther King holiday doesn't start until Monday, kids are celebrating early at the MLK Youth Day at the National Civil Rights Museum. Children will learn about King's legacy through art, music, and a mini-performance by the folks at Hattiloo Theatre. They'll even decorate birthday cakes for Dr. King. The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. ...
  • Overdue?
  • The Fly-By
  • Overdue?

    In a recession economy, the library is getting checked out more than ever before.
  • The Fly-By
  • Downtown Downturn?

    With commercial vacancy rates rising in major cities across the country, what's in store for downtown Memphis?

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Politics

  • Politics Feature
  • Ford's Future

    Nervous fellow Democrats are keeping close watch on the former congressman's political prospects.
  • Tim McGraw for Governor? That's the Word from Nashville
  • Politics Feature
  • Tim McGraw for Governor? That's the Word from Nashville

    During last week's legislative reorganizations in Nashville, Democratic state Senator Doug Jackson had some news for Republican Senator Mark Norris, who had just been good-naturedly evading a reporter's point-blank questions about Norris' possible plans to run for governor in 2010. It was then that Jackson made a surprising - and apparently serious - affirmation: "Tim McGraw is going to run. And he's going to be campaigning with his band."
  • Byrd vs. Malone: A Possible Democratic Matchup in 2010
  • Politics Feature
  • Byrd vs. Malone: A Possible Democratic Matchup in 2010

    It has long been understood that current Shelby County Commission chairman Deidre Malone, a Democrat, is a certain entry in the 2010 county mayor's race. Various other Democrats may also hazard a run, but the one most likely to give her a serious contest is a recently rumored entry, Bank of Bartlett president Harold Byrd.

Opinion

  • Obama's Day in the Sun
  • Editorial
  • Obama's Day in the Sun

    Say this about the frigid weather on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, and the country's first to be a bona fide African-American: There was a sun overhead, and this, too, could be an omen ...
  • Fat Ladies and Flattened Buildings
  • Viewpoint
  • Fat Ladies and Flattened Buildings

    Why does our fine city have such a penchant for tearing down some of the coolest-looking buildings ever constructed? Case in point, the Venetian-inspired Memphis Steam Laundry building, designed by noted architect Nowland Van Powell ...

    Read about this unique building, as well as a short history of Memphis' "Fat Ladies Anonymous" club and other oddities at Vance Lauderdale's blog.

  • Randy Haspel to Bush: "Get the F... Out!"
  • Viewpoint
  • Randy Haspel to Bush: "Get the F... Out!"

    That was one hulluva soiree, but now it's time to fold the chairs, pay the band, and settle the tab. Let's see, you had the economic collapse and deepening recession, the housing crash and implosion of our financial institutions, the corruption of the Justice Department and the renegade Vice President ...

    Randy Haspel sums up the outgoing president's tab, and it ain't pretty ...

  • Who Will George Bush Pardon?
  • Viewpoint
  • Who Will George Bush Pardon?

    Sometime between now and noon next Tuesday, President George Bush is likely to issue a number of pardons. Candidates include Scooter Libby, Senator Ted Stevens, Enron execs Jeffrey Skilling and Andrew Fastow, Jack Abramoff, and a host of others ...

    When you've had as many scandals as this administration has had, the candidates are legion. What do you think, dear readers? Who gets to walk?

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Clueless Husband
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Clueless Husband

    Dear Bianca,

    My wife's birthday is coming up this month. She’s expressed to me on numerous occasions that she does not want to have a party of any kind. But I can't tell if that's her way of hinting that she wants a surprise party or if she really means she doesn't want to celebrate ...

  • Selective Publicity: Herenton and Tre Hargett
  • Viewpoint
  • Selective Publicity: Herenton and Tre Hargett

    Mayor Willie Herenton has a couple of battles on his hands. One of them is over a federal investigation of his real estate deals. The other one is over the media attention given to the story and the mayor's career, particularly by The Commercial Appeal.

    In his speech to the Rotary Club Tuesday, Herenton addressed both matters ...

  • Michelle Obama: Style Icon?
  • Viewpoint
  • Michelle Obama: Style Icon?

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Michelle Obama's outfits for the Inauguration. And a slideshow.

    I have a feeling Michelle is going to be a style icon for many years to come. She just has such great presence and presentation ( yes, I totally am in love with her! Just call me Tim Sampson ...

    Read more at Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.

  • Letter from the Editor

    As you may have heard, the conservative website Pajamas Media has sent Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to Israel ...

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Sports

  • FROM MY SEAT:  Pointers for the New Prez on a National Priority, Sports
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: Pointers for the New Prez on a National Priority, Sports

    Sez Frank Murtaugh: "The world changes this week -- may we all hope for the better -- when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. As if the new leader of the free world doesn't have enough already on his plate (economy in the gutter, unrest in Gaza, two wars, and Blago-gate), I have a few suggestions on how the Sportsfan in Chief might improve the games we cheer stateside...."
  • FROM MY SEAT Extra: Full House Sees Pistons-Griz in MLK Game
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT Extra: Full House Sees Pistons-Griz in MLK Game

    Here in Memphis on Monday, as part of the city’s tribute to the man who died here almost 41 years ago, our NBA outfit conducted its seventh annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration Game, The announced attendance of 17,483 was the largest crowd of the season to date at FedExForum, and there was plenty to cheer, both in terms of the action on the court and the atmosphere in the air.

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