Monday, October 6, 2008

Council and Commission to Meet With Herenton

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Looks like members of the County Commission and the City Council will meet tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. in City Hall to hear what Memphis mayor Willie Herenton has to say about consolidation.

County mayor A C Wharton was initially scheduled to attend, but he will be in Nashville instead ...

More from Mary Cashiola.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

"1776" at Playhouse on the Square

Posted By on Sat, Oct 4, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Near the end of 1776, a thoroughly delightful show that's been uncomfortably crammed into Circuit Playhouse, John Adams sits all alone in Independence Hall, talking to himself like an American Hamlet. Once upon a time he dreamed of a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition of equality. Now he can't comprehend why his dream has met with such ugly resistance ...

Read Chris Davis' review of 1776.

Friday, October 3, 2008

House Passes Bailout Bill

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The House of Representatives followed suit on Friday and agreed to the Senate bailout bill passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday. The House thereby reversed its action on Monday when a prior version of the bill was defeated.

President Bush has indicated he will sign the bill promptly.

The vote was 263-171, with 63 Democrats and 108 Republicans voting no. (For comparison's sake, the vote on Monday was 208-225, with 95 Democrats and 133 Republicans voting no.)

Between Monday and the Senate vote various amendments were added, notably the raising of the FDIC ceiling from $100,000 to $250,000 for insuring bank deposits, as well as various tax-break "extenders." Those additions, as well as the chilling losses suffered on Wall Street after Monday and the virtal shutown of credit markets seemed to have made the difference.

Memphis Teen Indicted for Three Murders, Including Policeman

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Friday that the state grand jury for Shelby County returned three indictments against a Memphis teenager for the murders of three victims killed in separate, unrelated crimes throughout Frayser, including the homicide of an off-duty Memphis police officer found shot to death last January inside his home.

The Grand Jury indicted Dexter Cox, 19, for the following charges: First degree murder and theft of property over $1,000. Cox is charged with shooting and killing Edward Vidulich, an off-duty Memphis police officer, on January 28, 2008 inside the victim’s home located on Shiloh Drive.

According to the affidavit of complaint filed in the case, Cox was in possession of the victim's stolen handgun when he was arrested on January 30. The victim's sport utility vehicle was also stolen and found burned on the day of the murder. Cox is also charged with shooting and killing Herbert Wooten and shooting and injuring Barbara Wooten on October 25, 2007 at the victims' home located on Pinedale Avenue. According to the affidavit of complaint filed in this case, Mr. Wooten was shot while sitting on the front porch after he was approached by a suspect who inquired about a treadmill the victim was selling. According to the affidavit, Mrs. Wooten was inside the home and went to the front door after hearing the gunshots. She was shot through the door and injured.

Cox is also charged with the murder of Gwendolyn Cherry. Police officers responding to a report of a shooting on Riney Street found Cherry dead under the home’s carport. The medical examiner ruled Cherry's death a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Memphis police arrested Cox on January 30, 2008 for murder of Edward Vidiluch. During that investigation, homicide detectives identified Cox as a suspect for the other murders. Cox is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond on each of the indictments.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New "Ask Vance": Scary Clowns and Poochie

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 4:00 AM

In a December 1963 issue of The Commercial Appeal, Goldsmith’s actually ran this ad. "Look Who's Here for Toyland Opening!" shouted the headline. "Those Two Lovable, Laughable Clowns Bo Bo and Jo Jo."

Read more about Bo Bo and Jo Jo (and Poochie the Memphis wonder dog) at Vance Lauderdale's Memphis magazine blog.

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