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  • Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2010
  • Vol. 1, No. 1092


  • Why Is This Man Smiling?

    Because Adam Kleinheider, the celebrated blogger-aggregator for the Nashville Post and the City Paper up thataway, has his rapier moving pretty good at the expense of "Chamelon" candidate Harold Ford Jr. in this week's Viewpoint.

  • Women on a Mission

    Virginia McLean of Friends of Our Riverfront and June West of Memphis Heritage are both forces to be reckoned with.

    So who are they? John Branston has the details in City Beat.

  • We're on Fire!

    A reader forwarded this screen capture of the weather section of The Commercial Appeal from earlier today.

    The forecast calls for warmer temps: 9,999 degrees, to be exact ... or almost the surface temperature of the sun.

    Click through to see a larger image.

  • NYT's Ode to Midtown Memphis

    Didja see the long piece on "indie" Memphis in The New York Times' travel section today?

    Here's a taste: "This is indie Memphis, a long way from the tourist crush of Beale Street and Graceland, in spirit if not in actual distance. Midtown, just a short drive from a downtown famous for its blues, jazz and barbecue hounds, is its hipster epicenter. a diverse area that is now home to posh cocktail bars as well as divey rock clubs and longstanding juke joints. It parties late, very late, and stays friendly through the night."

    Read it here.

  • "Crazy Heart": Small Film for Big Lead

    The bad news first: Crazy Heart, a new film about a washed-up country-music star trying to deal with age, alcoholism, abandoned children, a career in decline — and new hope provided by the love of a younger woman — suffers in comparison to two films it bears much resemblance to: Tender Mercies and The Wrestler.

    Read the rest of Greg Akers' review here.

  • MCS, MPD Pledge To Increase School Safety

    In the wake of Tuesday’s East High School incident, in which police found two students in possession of a loaded gun, Memphis City Schools and Memphis Police Department representatives gathered this week to underline their efforts to increase safety measures in schools.
  • Tigers Lose to SMU, 70-60

    Tiger coach Josh Pastner has emphasized all winter that there’s no game his team is supposed to win, that particularly in this transition season, no opponent can be overlooked.

    The SMU Mustangs shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked, but today’s matinee was a game the Tigers were, indeed, supposed to win.

    Read the rest of Frank Murtaugh's take at Tiger Blue.

  • The Grammys: Rootin' for the Home Team

    Tonight's the night for making Grammy dreams come true. The awards show, celebrating its 52nd year, is the tentpole event for the music industry and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

    Virtually every year has some kind of Memphis flavor. This year the connection comes from nominees MGMT, Robert Gordon, Justin Timberlake, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples. Read the rest at Sing All Kinds.

  • Family Ties

    There are juicy angles galore to Super Bowl XLIV. For the first time in 16 years, the top seeds from each conference will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy. For the second straight season, we have a team making its Super Bowl debut more than 40 years after the inaugural event. The New Orleans Saints will be the ninth different NFC representative in nine years and will try to become just the third NFC team in 10 years to win the championship.

    But my favorite is the father-son angle.

    More at Frank Murtaugh's From My Seat.

  • Hispanic Business Owners Feel They're Being Ignored By the MPD

    Three Hispanic-owned businesses — a clothing store called Urbano, the La Roca supermarket, and El Ranchito Taqueria — were robbed in the Summer Avenue/Berclair area in mid-December and early January.

    Thanks to surveillance video, the three business owners suspect the same man is responsible. But up until today, they’ve felt like the Memphis Police Department has been ignoring their pleas for help. This morning at Caminos de Michoacan Restaurant, those business owners (as well as media outlets and other Hispanic leaders from throughout the community) met with about 10 Memphis Police officers to demand answers.

  • The Green Bay Pippin?

    The city of Memphis announced today that it was willing to negotiate with the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the sale of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster.

    For details, visit the In the Bluff blog.

  • Be Counted

    Consultant helps the city move its annual homeless count in a new direction.

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  • No Fooling

    Political wit Tom Guleff is serious about running for county mayor and stopping consolidation.


  • Letter From the Editor

    NBC anchor Brian Williams makes $10 million a year; Katie Couric at CBS makes $15 million; Diane Sawyer at ABC makes $12 million; Anderson Cooper at CNN makes $10 million. The average starting salary for a reporter in television news is about $28,000 a year. Can you imagine the kind of news coverage we could get if CNN spent, say, half of Cooper's salary on reporters and researchers?


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