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  • Vol. 1, No. 1041

News

  • "Memphis" (the musical) Garners Good Reviews in Seattle
  • "Memphis" (the musical) Garners Good Reviews in Seattle

    There's more than rainy days and reflections of Hendrix and Cobain in Seattle these days. With Memphis: The Birth of Rock and Roll, the Emerald City presents the Bluff City (with all its bruises and glory) on stage. Here's a review (written by the sister of Memphis magazine's Frank Murtaugh).
  • Arkansas Car-Bombing Investigators Seek Leads

    Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms interviewed members of the Arkansas State Medical Board Thursday but still don't know why someone bombed West Memphis physician Trent Pierce.

    "None of them reported anything personally suggesting that any of them are at risk" ...

  • News Conference Scheduled for Arkansas Doctor Car-Bombing

    A news conference has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday on the bombing in West Memphis that seriously injured Dr. Trent Pierce.

    West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms advised him of the press conference and told him to be there ...

  • Take the Plunge and Celebrate the Ox This Weekend
  • Take the Plunge and Celebrate the Ox This Weekend

    In years past, Polar Bear Plungers have ignored icy-cold temperatures to take the annual dip into the Mississippi River. But this year's participants lucked out with temps expected in the high 60s tomorrow. Folks will face slightly warmer waters as they plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Join them or just watch while you nosh on chili from the event's chili cook-off tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Mud Island River Park. ...
  • Cash on Cash
  • Cash on Cash

    431,232,142

    431,232,142

    That's the number Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash has burned into his brain -- 431,232,142 -- the one he recites from memory like Hurley, Lost's unlucky lottery winner.

  • District Attorney and MPD Close Four Drug Houses
  • District Attorney and MPD Close Four Drug Houses

    Broken pieces of sheet rock and rusty nails litter the floor inside the derelict shotgun shack at 2387 Park Avenue in Orange Mound. There's not a piece of furniture in sight.

    The abandoned home, which sits next door to the Orange Mound Development Corporation, served as a crack house until it was boarded up over the weekend in a joint effort by District Attorney Bill Gibbons' office and the Memphis Police Department's Blue Crush operation. ...

  • Physician's Car Bombed in West Memphis
  • Physician's Car Bombed in West Memphis

    A bomb exploded on or near a West Memphis doctor's car in his driveway Wednesday morning and seriously injured him.

    Trent Pierce, a family practice doctor whose patients include some of his neighbors and the local police chief, was airlifted to The Med and was listed in critical condition ...

  • Off the Tracks

    A proposed rail yard could threaten the Wolf River and Memphis' drinking water.
  • Flyer Flashback

    To mark the Flyer's 20th anniversary, we're looking back at stories from our first two decades.

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Politics

  • State GOP Ousts Speaker Williams, Who Says He's Still a Republican as Democrats Ask Him to Switch
  • State GOP Ousts Speaker Williams, Who Says He's Still a Republican as Democrats Ask Him to Switch

    It's official now -- on one side of the argument, anyhow. Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams of Elizabethton is no longer a Republican in good standing. The Tennessee Republican Party stated as much in a press release on Monday. Kent Williams, though, begs to differ, calling himself a "Carter County Republican" and extolling a "bigger tent" in a countering press release of his own. Meanwhile, the Democrats began officially courting him as a potential party-mate.
  • Bipartisanship and the Med
  • Bipartisanship and the Med

    We are grateful for the good news, conveyed this past week by congressional representatives serving Tennessee's corner of the Mid-South area, that obstacles have been removed to the funding of The Med's uninsured patients by the adjoining states of Mississippi and Arkansas. But ...
  • Gibbons  Favors State Law Abolishing Residency Requirements for Police
  • Gibbons Favors State Law Abolishing Residency Requirements for Police

    District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, a declared candidate for governor in the 2010 Republican primary, on Wednesday professed sympathy with the Memphis city council’s action in liberalizing residency requirements for new Memphis police recruits and said that, if elected, he would support legislation to abolish any and all residency restrictions for police hires statewide.

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best ... About "Bad Boys"
  • Bianca Knows Best ... About "Bad Boys"

    Dear Bianca,

    I'm attracted to bad guys, but I think it's destroying any chances at finding real love. Many of the guys I'm attracted to don't have reliable jobs, and most recently, I dated a guy who commonly had violent freak-outs ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    I just took an 8 percent salary cut — and so did almost everyone else here at Contemporary Media ...

Music

  • Bad News for Bad People: RIP Lux Interior
  • Bad News for Bad People: RIP Lux Interior

    Cramps front-thing Lux Interior died yesterday of heart failure. He was 60 ... something, depending on whose dates you believe.

    The last time I saw Interior was some time in the late 1990s. He was sitting in a booth at the Arcade restaurant waiting on an early afternoon breakfast and looking as though he'd just walked off the stage. His black mascara was smeared and running down his face, making his long pale face look even more corpselike beneath a shock of spiky dyed black hair. ...

Film/TV

  • "Taken" is Slick and Nervy
  • "Taken" is Slick and Nervy

    The set-up for Taken is like a Snopes-tested urban legend à la razor blades in Halloween candy. This cautionary tale warns about the dangers of young women traveling alone in Europe. They are, apparently, subject to the imminent threat of being kidnapped, hooked on drugs, and prostituted in the ever-thriving sex trade ...

    Check out Greg Akers' take on Taken.

Books

Theater

Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Beyond the Snark: Griz Lose to Clips
  • Beyond the Snark: Griz Lose to Clips

    I'm sitting over by the Clippers bench tonight (alongside Verno), so we'll have an up-close look at NBA dysfunction. A couple of potential match-ups I'm looking forward to:

    Zach Randolph vs. Darius Miles: Jailblazer Nostalgia Match-up; Hakim Warrick vs. Brian Skinner: Battle of the Wu-Tang Worthy Goatees.

    It wasn't pretty, but Chris Herrington has the blow-by-blow (snark-by-snark?) at Beyond the Arc.

  • Tigers Thump Zags; Griz Beat Raptors
  • Tigers Thump Zags; Griz Beat Raptors

    It was a good night for roundball for the city of Memphis, as the 15th-ranked U of M Tigers trounced 18th-ranked Gonzaga in Spokane and the Grizzlies beat Toronto for their third win in the last four games ...
  • FROM MY SEAT: The 2009 Memphis Tigers Thrive on Toughness
  • FROM MY SEAT: The 2009 Memphis Tigers Thrive on Toughness

    The Memphis Tigers' nationally seen blowout of Gonzaga confirmed what previous games had demonstrated: The most consistent quality Calipari's ninth Memphis squad brings to the floor is the same quality that gives it a chance for another scintillating postseason run. It's toughness.
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