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  • Feb 12-18, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1042

News

  • How Justin Timberlake and Al Green Saved the Grammys
  • The Daily Buzz
  • How Justin Timberlake and Al Green Saved the Grammys

    After close to three decades of Grammys duty, Ken Ehrlich is a hard man to rattle. But on Sunday, the executive producer had a few choppy hours where he faced the biggest show-day crisis in the history of "music's biggest night." There's been plenty of rumors and speculation about the incident that led Chris Brown and Rihanna to cancel their respective performances at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, but for Ehrlich the only priority Sunday was filling chunks of suddenly empty airtime on an international broadcast that is planned down to the second ...

    Read the story from LATimes.com.

  • Minglewood Hall Opens in Memphis
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Minglewood Hall Opens in Memphis

    With a wedding reception, a Vagina Monologues performance, and a roots-rock concert, Minglewood Hall opens this week as the largest Midtown performance venue in decades.

    The concert and event hall is the core piece of Minglewood Plaza ...

  • Herenton Responds to School Suit Ruling
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Herenton Responds to School Suit Ruling

    Today Chancellor Kenny Armstrong ruled in favor of the Memphis City Schools in the city/MCS lawsuit.

    "One of my expectations was the court would really define what governmental body had the responsibility for maintenance of effort," Herenton said. "I'm not a lawyer but I don't think that designation has been made.

  • Jay Reatard, MGMT Design T-Shirts for Playboy
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Jay Reatard, MGMT Design T-Shirts for Playboy

    Since 2007, Playboy magazine has run an annual feature/promotion called "Rock the Rabbit," in which prominent musicians design T-shirts inspired by the publication's "rabbit" logo.

    This year, Memphis' own Jay Reatard and MGMT (with Andrew VanWyngarden of Memphis) are among those selected to create a shirt--which will sold on the magazine's website with the proceeds going to charity.

    For more, check out Pitchfork.

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day In the Bluff City
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day In the Bluff City

    Romantic candlelit dinners at home are so cliche. Get out of the house this weekend -- with or without a date.

    Spend tonight getting in touch with your feminine side at the annual V-Day Stoplight Campaign's performance of The Vagina Monologues tonight at Minglewood Hall. The play costs $15 and begins at 8 p.m. ...

  • Fed Up
  • The Fly-By
  • Fed Up

    FedEx lauded, then criticized, for employment benefits.
  • The Fly-By
  • Cash on Cash

    MCS superintendent looks to possible solutions for the district's funding crisis.
  • Flyer Flashback
  • 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

  • House Speaker Kent Williams to Visit Memphis This Weekend
  • Politics Feature
  • House Speaker Kent Williams to Visit Memphis This Weekend

    State Representative Kent Williams of Elizabethton, whose unexpected election as House Speaker last month cast him upon the statewide political scene as a major player, will experience something like a total immersion in the Memphis environment when he visits here this weekend.
  • Is Harold Ford Jr. a Merrill Lynch Bonus Baby?
  • Politics Feature
  • Is Harold Ford Jr. a Merrill Lynch Bonus Baby?

    Harold Ford Jr., the former charismatic congressman from Memphis, is still a hot property politically, with many Tennesseeans regarding him as a good bet to run for governor. But did he get a $1 million-plus year-end bonus from Merrill Lynch, and how will that play back home?
  • Tennessee GOP Legislators Support Lawsuit Challenging Obama Citizenship
  • Politics Feature
  • Tennessee GOP Legislators Support Lawsuit Challenging Obama Citizenship

    From Wonkette.com: The chair of the House Republican Caucus in the world's stupidest imaginable governing body -- the Tennessee state legislature -- is this guy named Glen Casada. Even though "Casada" lacks the proper vowel-to-consonant ratio required to be a "Real American," this guy, along with some other Knox County legislators, will be listed in a new lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's citizenship ...

Opinion

  • City Beat
  • Happy Fifth

    A billion in sales, 76,000 scholars, and a few hard questions.
  • The Tennessee Lottery: Pot O' Gold?
  • City Beat
  • The Tennessee Lottery: Pot O' Gold?

    John Branston says, let's have a "Happy Fifth Birthday" shout-out for the Tennessee Education Lottery.

    Nothing screams "higher education" like Blazing 8s. Or Pot O' Gold, Bank Loot, Mad Money, Totally Topaz 7s, Winter Wonderland, Sacks of Cash, Deal or No Deal, Million Dollar Madness, Lotto 5, Lucky Sum, or Hottrax Champions ... Read the rest.

  • Viewpoint
  • Feeling the Crunch

    The Stax Music Academy, like many organizations in the nonprofit world, is being hurt by the economic doldrums.
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Closet Case
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Closet Case

    Dear Bianca,

    I'm a college freshman who has recently come to terms with the fact that I'm gay. I've kind of known all my life, but I've been scared to admit it to myself (or anyone else for that matter).

    Now that I'm out of my parents' house, I'm discovering the real me ...

  • The Rant
  • The Rant

    Thank you, Michael Phelps, for pointing out the most glaring hypocrisy in American life: the foolish and childish demonization of marijuana that exists cheek-by-jowl with the romantic and seductive image of alcohol ...
  • Letter from the Editor

    Look, the Muslim terrorists are our enemy; there's no question about that ...

Music

  • New Digs
  • Music Features
  • New Digs

    Minglewood Hall seeks to transform the Midtown — and Memphis — music scene.

Film/TV

  • Herrington and Akers on the Oscars (Part 1)
  • Film Features
  • Herrington and Akers on the Oscars (Part 1)

    The Oscars telecast is Sunday night and, in anticipation, Flyer film writers Chris Herrington and Greg Akers have been having an ongoing e-mail conversation about who they think will and should win the big categories.

    Akers, who, last year, was one of only two people to get a perfect score in the Commercial Appeal's "Beat Beifuss" Oscar contest, is a legendary Academy Awards prognosticator. Herrington always messes up his Oscar picks, but loves to hate the whole affair every year. We've broken Chris and Greg's back-and-forth into three parts ...

Art

Theater

Fashion

Food & Drink

  • Fast-Food Three-Way
  • Food & Wine
  • Fast-Food Three-Way

    Now that my husband Tony and I are empty-nesters, we like to get out and have a little fun. So on a recent midweek morning, we decide to check out two new fast-food (oops! quick-serve) restaurants, both on the same day.

    Our two stops are in Cordova, so we head east for lunch at Topz ... Read the rest.

Real Estate

Sports

  • Shane Battier: Man of Mystery
  • Sports Feature
  • Shane Battier: Man of Mystery

    "Here we have a basketball mystery: a player who is widely regarded inside the N.B.A. as, at best, a replaceable cog in a machine driven by superstars. And yet every team he has ever played on has acquired some magical ability to win ...

    The cog? Former Grizzlies first-round draft choice Shane Battier, who is the subject of a long and fascinating story on stats and the NBA in The New York Times.

  • Praying for Amare
  • Sports Feature
  • Praying for Amare

    The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and rumors surrounding Phoenix Suns all-star forward Amare Stoudemire are rampant. Flyer Grizzlies writer Chris Herrington first reported Sunday night that the Grizzlies are among the teams in active trade discussions with Phoenix. The league's trade deadline is Thursday, February 19th. Follow all the intrigue at our Grizzlies blog, Beyond the Arc.
  • FROM MY SEAT:  Starry Nights at The Racquet Club?
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: Starry Nights at The Racquet Club?

    In the same venue that has seen no fewer than nine men ranked year-end number-one in the world raise a championship trophy, this week's Regions Morgan Keegan Championships will boast only two players in the world's top 10: Andy Roddick (#6) and Juan Martin del Potro (#7). So where are the big boys?
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