Friday, July 17, 2009

Rush Limbaugh is Still a Big Fat Idiot

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 8:59 PM

Joe Conason has some thoughts on new senator, Al Franken.

North Shelby Times Folds

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

The North Shelby Times, a small, privately-owned weekly newspaper headquartered on North Watkins Street quietly ceased publication in June, after 44 years in business. Frank Holland, the paper's founder and editor, blamed the closure on a combination of bad luck and a bad economy. The 82-year-old publisher says that the paper skipped one week of publication when a recent windstorm knocked out his building's electricity, then skipped a second week due to a staff medical emergency, and he figured that might be a signal that it was time to close up shop.

“We weren't making any money,” Holland explains. “Nothing's making any money right now.” Holland, an entrepreneur who has dabbled in everything from beauty salons to insurance, says he's lost thousands in the real estate crash and couldn't afford to keep putting money into a publication that wasn't bringing in revenue.

“I actually had some people call saying they were interested in buying the paper, but I never took them seriously,” Holland says. “Why would anybody want to by a business that's not making money.”

The North Shelby Times was originally founded as a means of promoting Holland's 20 salons and 7 Jett Barber Colleges. Its peak circulation was 40,000. Holland's business ventures have been scrutinized by the media in recent years after a deadly fire destroyed one of his low cost rental properties.

“I wrote articles I wanted to write,” says Holland, whose final political column praised Governor Bredesen for vetoing the guns in bars legislation. “I guess I made some people mad, made a lot of enemies,” he jokes unapologetically.

The North Shelby Times website continues to function as a news aggregator, though none of the new content is original to the publication. The last full issue online is dated June 10th.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Morgan Jon Fox Named a Top "New Face" of Indie Film

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Memphis filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox (Blue Citrus Hearts, OMG/HaHaHa) has been named one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in the Summer 2009 issue of Filmmaker magazine ... More here.

Redbirds Cancel "RBI" Program

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

The Memphis Redbirds are revealing more than they know about their internal problems. They're trying to keep a lid on the premature ending of the 2009 season for Returning Baseball to the Inner-city (RBI) by not letting their most credible Memphis baseball insider talk about it ... John Branston has the story.

Union Says "Commercial Appeal" Considering Outsourcing Printing to Tupelo

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Memphis Newspaper Guild president Daniel Connolly says The Commercial Appeal is considering outsourcing its printing to a press in Tupelo, a move that would put a "sigificant" number of people out of work.

Connolly's letter to guild members: The Commercial Appeal’s management informed us recently that the company is considering outsourcing its print operations to a yet-to-be-built facility in Tupelo, Miss. It would stop printing the newspaper at 495 Union Ave.

This would lead to significant job losses here in Memphis. We don’t have the exact number.

We are exploring options for the 11 workers covered under The Newspaper Guild’s contract and have a meeting scheduled on July 23 with the company.

The background:

The printing workers are covered by three different unions: the mailers, the pressmen and The Memphis Newspaper Guild, of which I am president. Both the mailers and pressmen are associated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

We are cooperating with the other unions as these talks move forward. The Commercial Appeal’s director of operations, Stephen Tomb, described the proposal to outsource the print operations in a June 24 letter to the pressmen.

“As you and the other pressmen are aware, the press equipment at The Commercial Appeal continues to age . . . We believe further capital investment at our current production facility is not the most efficient use of the Company’s resources.”

He estimates that improvements would cost $23 to $26 million and that buying a new press would cost $40 million.

The Commercial Appeal would outsource the work to Journal Publishing Company Inc., which publishes The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and several community newspapers.

According to Tomb’s letter, Journal Publishing Company needs a response from The Commercial Appeal by Aug. 15 so it can include The Commercial Appeal’s printing needs in its design for the plant, which would be ready in 12 to 15 months.

We’ll have plenty of questions for the company at the July 23 meeting, and we’ll pass along more information to you shortly thereafter. Please check this site for updates.


Daniel Connolly, Memphis Newpaper Guild President

Wag The Blog

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Inner City Baseball, the National Equality March, Lunch Bullies, Morgan Jon Fox, MRA vs. NRA ... Scroll down to "From The Blogs," to see what Flyer writers are blogging about.

Harry Potter: Better Than Ever

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 7:25 AM

After six films in nine years, the Harry Potter series is getting better, which is not the way these things are supposed to work ... So says Chris Herrington in his review of the latest Potter flick.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grizzlies Win Second Summer League Game

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:55 AM

The Grizzlies Vegas Summer League squad moved to 2-0 yesterday with a 90-86 win over a Knicks team featuring first-round picks Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas. Chris Herrington grades the new kids.

Work Your Kundalini

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Reporter Erica Walters gets energized with the latest yoga craze: Kundalini.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The MLB All-Star Game: AL Wins, 4-3

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 6:32 PM

The American League pulled off another win, 4-3. Frank Murtaugh reports from St. Louis on Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, and Barack Obama's first pitch.

"Bruno" Might Make You Nervous

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:43 PM

If the nervous laughter I heard at an opening-day matinee is any indication, Cohen's now-expanded post-Borat audience is likely to be made more uncomfortable this time around ... Read Chris Herrington's review of Bruno here.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:21 PM

... and advises a young woman on Facebook techniques and etiquette.

Feastival Was Great

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 8:17 AM

I probably should not be overly effusive, but what the heck, I can’t help myself: The shindig Sunday afternoon at Whitton Farms in Tyronza, Arkansas, was a blast, or as my husband Tony said, “This is one of the coolest things I’ve done in years” ... Read Pam Denney's take on Sunday's "Feastival."

Fresh Blog

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Money Mag's Best Places, FedEx's Gender Identity Policy, Cooking Frozen Food, Roxanne Shante at the Hard Rock, and When Girls Didn't Play. Scroll on down and read 'em all in From The Blogs.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Prelude to the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Frank Murtaugh's off to St. Louis for the only game Barack Obama will start this season. He's got some notes that baseball fans will savor.
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