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  • Feb 19-25, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1043

News

  • The Daily Buzz
  • TERRA House Tour

    The University of Memphis' TERRA House will open with a ribbon-cutting Friday, February 27th, at 9:30 a.m.

    Last week, while workers were putting on the finishing touches, Eric Criswell with DPC Construction was nice enough to give us a tour to point out the house's green features.

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  • Vance Lauderdale Strikes Again
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Vance Lauderdale Strikes Again

    Of all of our city's parks, downtown's Court Square probably seems the unlikeliest place for anybody to die by drowning. After all, it's blocks away from the Mississippi River, and the square’s historic fountain is too shallow to be a hazard. Besides, there's a cast-iron fence around the entire basin ...

    Who else but Vance Lauderdale would find a drowning in Court Square?

  • Memphis is Number 8!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphis is Number 8!

    No, it's not the latest city ranking for crime or obesity. Memphis ranks number 8 in the country for "Best Movie-Making Cities," according to Movie Maker magazine.

    We're in pretty good company: Chicago heads the list, followed by Atlanta and New York. For the deets, check out MovieMaker's website.

  • FBI Not Involved in Stanford Financial Raid
  • The Daily Buzz
  • FBI Not Involved in Stanford Financial Raid

    Much remains unclear about Stanford Financial, but we can clear up this detail.

    The "feds" but not the FBI were involved in an operation Tuesday morning to secure documents and interview employees at Stanford's office in the Crescent Center ...

  • John Elkington's Birmingham Project in Jeopardy
  • The Daily Buzz
  • John Elkington's Birmingham Project in Jeopardy

    From the Birmingham News: Memphis developer John Elkington said Friday that he must scale back his plans for a planned entertainment district in downtown Birmingham because he has been unable to get a bank loan for the project ...
  • 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

  • It's D-Day to Decide New County Commissioner
  • Politics Feature
  • It's D-Day to Decide New County Commissioner

    Will he or won't he? That's a question that will be answered one way or another on Monday by the Shelby County Commission....No, strike that, it's several questions that will be answered any of several different ways on Monday by the commission, which will name a successor to former District 4 commissioner David Lillard, now the treasurer of the state of Tennessee. (And there's a she or two who figure into the question, as well.)
  • FROM MY SEAT: On the Other Hand...Some Second Thoughts on the Tigers
  • Politics Feature
  • FROM MY SEAT: On the Other Hand...Some Second Thoughts on the Tigers

    Sez Frank Murtaugh: "We sportswriters will risk a major shoulder injury patting ourselves on the back when we correctly forecast a game, championship, or even trade-gone-bad (or well). But when we get things wrong? We're very skilled at changing the subject. Well, I got some things wrong in analyzing how the 2008-09 Memphis Tigers would take shape, and I'm here to share those pre-season misperceptions...."

Opinion

  • Bianca Knows Best ... and Helps a Betrayed Friend
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... and Helps a Betrayed Friend

    Dear Bianca,

    A friend of mine is planning a cocktail party for next weekend, and though I thought we were pretty close, she didn't invite me. I only found out through a mutual friend who asked if I was planning on attending ...

  • Letter from the Editor

    The irreverent national political website Wonkette.com labeled the Tennessee state legislature "the world's stupidest imaginable governing body" ...

Music

  • Roger McGuinn and a Host of International Folkies Hit Memphis This Weekend
  • Music Features
  • Roger McGuinn and a Host of International Folkies Hit Memphis This Weekend

    The International Folk Alliance Conference convenes at the Marriott Memphis downtown Wednesday, February 18th, through Sunday, February 22nd. It's the third consecutive Memphis conference since the Folk Alliance relocated its headquarters to Memphis, and it will bring musicians, label owners, producers, publicists, journalists, and other music-industry insiders from across the continent to Memphis ... Read more.

Film/TV

  • Herrington and Akers on the Oscars (Part 2)
  • Film Features
  • Herrington and Akers on the Oscars (Part 2)

    Flyer film writers Chris Herrington and Greg Akers continue their discussion about this year's Oscar nominations in advance of Sunday's show. In the first installment, Chris was overwhelmed by Greg's rigorous preparation, but both agreed that Slumdog Millionaire, while likely to win Best Picture, is not all that.

    Today, they tackle the screenplay, editing, and cinematography categories. Tomorrow: acting.

  • Web-Based Film Series On the Edge of Happiness Debuts Tonight
  • Film Features
  • Web-Based Film Series On the Edge of Happiness Debuts Tonight

    Craig Brewer's $5 Cover rolls out next month, but Brewer isn't the only local filmmaker with a serialized Web project on tap. Writer/director Mark Jones (Eli Parker Is Getting Married?, Fraternity Massacre on Hell Island) and his frequent collaborator, Ryan Parker, will launch On the Edge of Happiness tonight. The film is a five-part online soap opera, modeled partly on the murder mystery/cliffhanger plotting of Dallas' famous "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline. Check it out at EdgeofSoapOpera.com

Theater

Food & Drink

  • Food News: Look Who's 3
  • Food & Wine
  • Food News: Look Who's 3

    At the three-year anniversary party for Valenza Pasta, Steve Barzizza was exuberant. While others at the Midtown grocery sipped Cabernet and filled their plates with ravioli, meatballs, and Italian cheeses, Barzizza shopped with glee, spending $100 before the evening was over.

    Read more about what's new at Valenza Pasta, Celtic Crossing, and the recently opened Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine after the jump ...

Real Estate

Sports

  • UAB Fans Chant: "We Want Memphis!"
  • Sports Feature
  • UAB Fans Chant: "We Want Memphis!"

    Just in case the Tigers (and their fans) weren't up for this week's battle in Birmingham with UAB, get a load of this tidbit from the Birmingham News:

    Not long after UAB set a school record for 3-pointers made in a game in the team's 86-56 victory over Southern Mississippi, the "We want Memphis" chants began ...

  • Memphis Tops UTEP, 70-63
  • Sports Feature
  • Memphis Tops UTEP, 70-63

    Memphis extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games in El Paso Saturday, beating the UTEP Miners, 70-63. The win also stretched Memphis' CUSA conference win streak to 54 straight. But UTEP didn't go down easily ...

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