Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ophelia Ford Rehab Watch?

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Now this is utterly tasteless, which would, of course, explain why we're publicizing it.

Local Flinn Broadcasting station Q107.5 has put together a fun little contest. At the stations' website, you can guess which day you think state senator Ophelia Ford will enter rehab. Because anemia or no, she is going to go to rehab; it’s only a matter of time.

The only thing we’re not sure about is calling Ophelia a celebrity. Lindsay Lohan is soooo much cuter. But this being Memphis, we'll take our "celebrities" where we find 'em.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jessica Alba Thinks Harold Ford Is Hot

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Ready for some positive news about the Ford family? Well, here's some that's good for Harold Jr., at least.

Those intrepid journalists at InStyle magazine report that the hottest woman in Hollywood -- depending on whom one asks, and the reliability of that person’s eyesight -- Jessica Alba has some affection for the former congressman turned Fox News analyst, DLC chairman, etc.

"He is so cute; he's adorable and he's single," the Dark Angel told the mag. "I went to one of his fund-raisers."

Take that, Senator Corker.

Elvis Addiction Lands British Woman In Jail

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

What people will do for the King of Rock and Roll: dress up in unflattering, rhinestone jumpsuits, wait in a four-hour line to visit his grave in the middle of the night, and for at least one woman in the United Kingdom, steal roughly $20,000 a month in parking fees.

According to The Times of London online, 46-year-old Julie Wall is thought to have stolen more than $1 million between January 1996 and July 2005 in her job as cashier for the North Kesteven District Council’s eight car parks.

She used the stolen funds to finance her Elvis addiction, buying thousands of records, CDs, DVDs, magazines, Christmas cards and fridge magnets. There are 668 Elvis lots, among them souvenirs such as fridge magnets, mugs and records issued from countries including Israel, Mexico, Malay-sia, Peru and Uruguay.

According to the CPS, which has had the collection valued by a leading Elvis expert, lots that will attract serious collectors include a 1964 Elvis credit card receipt from his Texaco Gas account, an autographed copy of the album A date with Elvis and a limited edition of the first Elvis Presley CD to be released. A rare Japanese EP, an extended version of the standard single vinyl record, of Love Me Tender could fetch £10,000 or more.

Wall was sentenced to three years in jail in 2005, but now her collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia is up for auction, as well, and the profits will be paid back to the council.

Insert your own "Jailhouse Rock" joke here.

IT Study Ranks Memphis 5 in Disaster Preparedness

Posted on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The results of an AT&T Business Continuity study on disaster preparedness have been released. Of the 10 cities surveyed, New York ranked first, and Cleveland last. Memphis (oddly lumped in with Nashville) was fifth.

From "AT&T surveyed 10 major U.S. metropolitan areas between Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 and found that New York is the most prepared of the group, followed by Houston, San Francisco, Boston, Memphis/Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Cleveland.

"The results included responses from about 1,000 corporate IT managers collectively from the 10 cities, noted officials of San Antonio-based AT&T.

"The rankings were based primarily on three criteria: the state of a city's business continuity plan; whether the city has adequately educated employees about the plan and installed systems to implement it; and on cybersecurity policies and the use of managed security."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Downtown Memphis Zombies Pix

Posted By on Mon, May 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

One of the Flyer's favorite bloggers is downtowner Paul Ryburn. On Friday, he got some great pictures of the Zombie-fication of the South Main Trolley Tour.

Check 'em out.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

White Station and Cordova High School Make Newsweek's Top 1200

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Newsweek ranked White Station High School and Cordova High among its 1200 top high schools nationally.

White Station, to be precise, ranked 867th overall, while Cordova just made the cut at 1104.

The rankings are based on Advanced Placement tests, among other factors. (Students at our charter school, Flyer High, were ranked “Most Likely to Take Dad’s Car Keys and a $20 bill,” in a separate poll.)

Panda: The Other White Meat?

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

At least one Memphian isn't passing out cigars because the Memphis Zoo's panda Ya Ya is pregnant.

In fact, this guy has even set up an interesting website called BarbecueThePandas, where he complains, "Oh sweet baby Jesus. There's another one on the way. Just another mouth to feed."

What's more, "I think Memphians should vote on whether we want this thing or not. We're the ones who have to pay for it. I say we put her on the pill."

"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Opens At Threshold Theater

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Good grief. The Peanuts characters are coming to Midtown’s Galloway United Methodist Church, the current venue for Threshold Theater.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, running June 1-3 and June 8-9-10, is the third play offered by Threshold Theater, which was launched in 2006. “Its purpose is to fill the gap of small-cast, high-quality, affordable productions,� says spokesperson Skip Howard. “We want to open the doors of theatre, and provide a gateway, or threshold, for more community shows.�

Howard says the group chose the Charlie Brown play because “it’s easy to do with a six-member cast, requires minimal sets and props, is recognized by everyone, and is a good way to introduce kids to theater.�

The show is directed by Drew Massengale, and stars Jason Blank, Danielle Carr, Dan Floyd, Jimmy Hoxie, Jamie Kirkland, and Ernie Robinson. For more information call 219-6845.

Pau Gasol Is Really Tough In New Nike Commercial

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A new Spanish Nike commercial made by director Nacho Gayan features the Grizzlies' Pau Gasol and other prominent Spanish athletes.

Called "Momentum," the rather oddly worded online press release says: "Nike's recognition to the optimum moment that Spanish sport enjoys. ... Drama, danger and challenge in a weird setting where only a few people can enter... and, at the end the climax, a taunt."

Maybe. But what we saw in this dramatic little black-and-white spot was the most badass-looking Pau Gasol ever. If he could put that attitude to work at FedExForum, even Shaq would back off. Check it out here or here.

Of course, it could have been the "100 gipsy drummers" spurring him on.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Undead Invade Memphis

Posted on Fri, May 25, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Tonight at 6:45 p.m. sharp, in front of the Old Daisy Theater, zombies will appear among the denizens of Beale and begin a slow, inexorable march through downtown Memphis.

Don't worry the brain-eating only hurts for a second, and once you're zombie-fied you can join the march that will go down Beale to Main and then join the Art Trolley Tour.

All comers are welcome: "Children too!," says Lindsey Turner, one of the zombie march organizers. "We want to see zombie families!"

Read more here.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Are In Love. Hot Biel on Beale Action To Ensue.

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Tired of all the bad news lately: Ophelia's refusal to go to rehab (no, no, no), the Griz losing out on a top draft choice, our local panda-slut's out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Sure you are.

Well, here's some good news. Homeboy JT is "in love" with the hotlicious Jessica Biel. So get used to seeing a new babe on Beale when Justin comes home. Yeah, we know -- Biel on Beale. It's got a ring to it.

And how do we know this juicy stuff? 'Cause People told us. So it must be true.

Kid Stuff

Posted on Fri, May 25, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Voices of the South's second annual Children's Theater Festival gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. at Rhodes College with a pajama party and a performance of Eric Slangerup’s Dirt Boy. A bedtime story will be read by the author and milk and cookies are on the menu.

On Saturday starting at 10 a.m. Voices of the South will join with Theatre Memphis’ ShoWagon troupe and the incredible Wood & String Theatre for a full day of kidcentric workshops and performances.

Adults may also be interested in taking in performances by Wood & String, who use beautifully made puppets representing traditions from around the world.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Second Juvenile Court Judge? Not so fast.

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A Chancery Court judge issued a stay order Wednesday preventing the Shelby County Commission from appointing a second judge to Juvenile Court until the matter is decided upon appeal.

Shortly after the new year, the County Commission tried to appoint a second judge at Juvenile Court, ostensibly in an effort to fix congestion and other problems at the court. Curtis Person became the Juvenile Court judge after longtime judge Kenneth Turner retired last fall.

Last Friday, Chancery Court Judge Kenny Armstrong approved the commission's right to appoint a second judge. But in a hearing today, lawyers for Person told Armstrong that they plan to appeal the matter to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

How Much Is The Iraq War Costing Memphis?

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The U.S. has spent more than $470 billion on the Iraq War so far. For a graphic illustration of the cost, visit

And even more interesting is the feature that allows you to customize the counter so that it computes the cost for any city or state in the U.S. You can also compare what those dollars could have purchased in public education, housing, health insurance, etc.

Memphis' bill for the war, so far? $670 million and counting. Fast.

Panda = Profits

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Memphis Zoo officials have confirmed that the panda Ya Ya is pregnant after being artificially inseminated several months ago. That’s tremendous news — not only because these endangered animals are notoriously hard to breed in captivity, but because if all goes well, a baby panda would bring in thousands of visitors.

That is what’s happened at the Atlanta Zoo, where baby panda Mei Lan was born in September, currently the youngest panda at any zoo in the United States. The Atlanta zoo has since seen a 32 percent increase in visitors over last year, and the newest attraction is so popular that the zoo had to institute timed visits — like buying tickets to a ride at Disney World — so crowds wouldn’t jam around the bear’s cage.

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