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  • Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2009
  • Vol. 1, No. 1048

News

  • Memphis Greenline to Become a Reality?
  • Memphis Greenline to Become a Reality?

    After four years in the works, the proposed CSX greenline trail is steps away from becoming a reality. Monday afternoon, the County Commission is scheduled to vote on the purchase of 7 miles of the former CSX railway. Members of Greater Memphis Greenline are asking supporters to fill the chamber at 1 p.m. ...

    More at Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog.

  • Plane Talk About Memphis Consolidation
  • Plane Talk About Memphis Consolidation

    Blame it on FedEx or the aerotropolis idea, but when people talk about the driver of the local economy, planes are almost always mentioned ...

    And at a Leadership Academy event last week, Shelby County mayor A C Wharton was no exception. Only, in his analogy, the area wasn't flying high: "Our government is, as I see it, the ice on the wings on our plane to success," he said ... More of Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff column here.

  • Memphis Madness
  • Memphis Madness

    For legal reasons, this isn't a Sweet 16 round.

    Nonetheless, we have 16 Memphians who are one step closer to the Flyer Four.

  • CA's Fontenay Going to Nashville as Aide to Constitutional Officers
  • CA's Fontenay Going to Nashville as Aide to Constitutional Officers

    Blake Fontenay, who for the last several years has served as an editorial writer and subsequently a business writer for The Commercial Appeal, has accepted a position as assistant in Nashville to newly appointed state constitutional officers Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Treasurer David Lillard, and Comptroller Justin Wilson.
  • Babe Ruth in Memphis and Other Tales
  • Babe Ruth in Memphis and Other Tales

    In 1926, one of the highest-paid performers in vaudeville appeared on stage in Memphis. He certainly hadn’t made his name as a singer or dancer, and he couldn’t play a note, but it was standing-room-only when the Sultan of Swat -- yes, Babe Ruth himself -- stepped into the lights at the Pantages Theater downtown and chatted about his amazing career with the New York Yankees ...

    More at Vance Lauderdale's blog.

  • Elect  State Appeals Court Judges? One Attorney's Verdict is No
  • Elect State Appeals Court Judges? One Attorney's Verdict is No

    When Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper this week opined that July 1 is an absolute drop-dead date for keeping or amending the state's current system of judicial commissions to stock Tennessee's appellate courts, that intensified a debate which has seen calls for direct election of such judges. Memphis lawyer and GOP eminence John Ryder, in a Viewpoint written for the Flyer, opposes this solution, which is backed by several of his party-mates in the legislature. Go here.
  • "Romeo & Juliet" at Playhouse on the Square
  • "Romeo & Juliet" at Playhouse on the Square

    There are two reasons to put Shakespeare's Juliet in a wheelchair: One might discover from a first draft of Romeo & Juliet that Shakespeare originally intended his perfect female lover to be rich, 13, and paralyzed from the waist down. Or a director might discover an actress who has everything it takes to play the part except for the use of her legs ...

    Read Chris Davis' review of Playhouse on the Square's offbeat presentation of Romeo & Juliet.

  • Eight is Enough
  • Eight is Enough

    Memphis Madness continues ... and our bracket -- in which we had Justin Timberlake and A C Wharton meeting in the Championships -- is broken.

  • Visit Harlem and Broadway Without Leaving Memphis
  • Visit Harlem and Broadway Without Leaving Memphis

    After the Memphis Tigers' shocking loss Thursday night, you might feel like getting out of Dodge. But save your plane fare and take a virtual trip to the Big Apple instead.

    Start by catching a performance by the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts tonight. The group celebrates their 40th anniversary with beautiful ballet choreography....

  • "Nazi Scourge" in Memphis This Week
  • "Nazi Scourge" in Memphis This Week

    "The Nazi Scourge: Postal Evidence of the Holocaust and the Devastation of Europe," a collection of letters, postcards, receipts, and stamps from the Nazi era, makes its way to Memphis, where it will be displayed at three venues over three days: the National Civil Rights Museum, the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, and the University of Memphis' Ned R. McWherter Library. ...
  • Memphis Madness
  • Memphis Madness

    The votes are in and our Memphians are one step closer to the Flyer Four.

    In Round Two, there was an upset or two ...

  • 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 No Contest for Shelby County Democrats, as Van Turner Wins Chairmanship Easily
  • It's No Contest for Shelby County Democrats, as Van Turner Wins Chairmanship Easily

    Expectations had been high for a knock-down, drag-out, fight-to-the-finish Saturday between Van Turner and Jay Bailey, contenders for the Shelby County Democratic Party's chairmanship, as well as for the prospect of prolonged procedural battle over a rules change expanding the membership of the party's executive committee. In the event, neither of these showdowns happened. There was no fuss and bother over the rules change, and Turner won the chairmanship easily, by a vote of 49-32.

Opinion

  • The Over and Under for Sports Salaries
  • The Over and Under for Sports Salaries

    We interrupt this recession to bring you the NCAA Sweet 16 and party like it's 1999. Welcome back to $6 beers, $200 hotel rooms, no-vacancies, and a 30-minute wait for a table. Thank you Ty Lawson, Blake Griffin, Jonny Flynn, Josh Heytvelt, and especially Roburt Sallie, who singlehandedly kept this tournament from being a bummer ...

    Read the rest of John Branston's City Beat.

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Real Estate

Sports

  • NCAA South Regional: North Carolina 72, Oklahoma 60
  • NCAA South Regional: North Carolina 72, Oklahoma 60

    There have been some epic heavyweight bouts in the history of college basketball. Alcindor vs. Hayes in 1968 filled the Astrodome in Houston. Sampson vs. Ewing in 1982 introduced college basketball to cable television. Ewing beat Olajuwon for the 1984 national championship. Memphis got its own superstar matchup Sunday with North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin in a quarterfinal.
  • FROM MY SEAT:  Tigers Win, Memphis Loses
  • FROM MY SEAT: Tigers Win, Memphis Loses

    Fact is, the 2008-09 Memphis Tigers are the most overachieving team seen in these parts in decades . . . and that's meant entirely as a compliment. Winners are selfish. They become entitled, in their eyes, to the glory that closes a campaign. For the 2008-09 Memphis Tigers, glory must be found in the campaign itself, in a body of work that was as unexpected as it was brilliant.
  • NCAA South Regional: NC, OU Advance
  • NCAA South Regional: NC, OU Advance

    North Carolina and Oklahoma -- the top two seeds in the NCAA tournament's South Regional -- left little doubt in their semifinal games Friday night at FedExForum in downtown Memphis. With the Tar Heels' 98-77 win over Gonzaga and the Sooners' 84-71 victory over Syracuse, the country will get the matchup CBS wanted most: 2008 Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough vs. (presumptive) 2009 Player of the Year Blake Griffin ...
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