Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tigers Beat Southern Miss, 76-69

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 9:45 AM

After a slow start, Memphis managed to put away a stubborn Southern Miss team at FedExForum Saturday. Frank Murtaugh has the story.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Doing the Math in Congress

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Since when did majority rule become a nefarious tactic?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fat Tuesday Friday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Mary Cashiola's fashion blog, Style Sessions, has a new offering today. Check it out.

Muchas Vaginas

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Chris Davis says he's, well, burnt out on the V word. Read his monologue here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thabeet to D League

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Chris Herrington has some thoughts about the Grizzlies' evolving situation at the center position at Beyond the Arc.

Skateboarding in Greenlaw

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Mary Cashiola writes about a new half-pipe in a surprising place.

Off the Grid

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Editor Bruce VanWyngarden says too many in the Mid-South are off the grid, and that ain't good.

Houston Humbles Tigers

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 7:48 AM

The Houston Cougars put at least a temporary halt to the NCAA tourney talk for the Memphis Tigers by thumping them in Houston Wednesday night, 92-75.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Johnny Depp to Speak Out for West Memphis 3

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Actor Johnny Depp will appear on CBS's 48 Hours Saturday night to promote the cause of the West Memphis 3. More here.

Putt-Putt on Perkins

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Local historian and resident Memphis magazine curmudgeon Vance Lauderdale remembers the Putt-Putt on Perkins.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lakers 99, Grizzlies 98

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Kobe Bryant sunk a three-pointer with four seconds left to beat the Grizzlies at FedExForum, 99-98. Check in at Beyond the Arc for more info.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

... and helps a woman deal with a racist mother-in-law.

City Council Committee Passes Two Anti-Panhandling Ordinances

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:59 AM

A city ordinance requires that panhandlers apply for a free permit in order to be allowed to ask for money. But the Center City Commission wants to place even more restrictions on panhandling.

Tuesday morning, the Memphis City Council’s public safety committee passed a pair of CCC-proposed ordinances aimed at curbing panhandling. One ordinance establishes restrictions on how close panhandlers can come to ATMs, hospital entrances, banks, trolley stops, and other public areas. That ordinance allows some zones downtown where passive panhandling (the panhandler doesn’t touch or follow the person they’re asking for money) is allowed.

The other ordinance would ban the sale of single beers in most downtown convenience stores. There are eight stores in the area that would be affected. It's bordered by Mill on the north, Fourth Street in most areas of the east (the border extends to Lauderdale at one point), Vance on the south, and Riverside on the west.

The small committee meeting room at City Hall was standing-room-only, as people on both sides of the issue packed the space. Many downtown business proprietors, including The Peabody Hotel's Doug Brown, spoke up in support of the ordinances. The owner of Jack’s Food Store took the other side, saying the beer ban would severely hurt his business. He claimed customers from all walks of life purchase single beers and should continue to have the right to do so.

Midtown resident Ceylon Mooney expressed concerns that the anti-panhandling ordinance would push panhandlers into his neighborhood. Councilwoman Wanda Halbert, the only committee member to vote against the no-panhandling zone ordinance, agreed.

“I’ve experienced panhandling at grocery stores and Wal-Mart in Whitehaven. I’m not sure how this ordinance is fair for people in other parts of the city,” Halbert said.

The council will further discuss the beer ban ordinance at its next committee meeting on Tuesday, March 9th. Both ordinances will be discussed in a first reading in city council on March 9th, as well.

Play That Folkie Music ...

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Chris Davis was all over last weekend's Folk Alliance Conference, and brought back a bunch of video to prove it. Check it out here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Condos Shuttered

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

In the first local public nuisance action against a set of condominium owners, Environmental Court judge Larry Potter ordered the Wooddale Condominiums property in Fox Meadows temporarily secured, after authorities found signs of illegal dumping, gang graffiti, and numerous fire, health, and code violations.

About 10 percent of the run-down units remain occupied, but all vacant properties were boarded. Those who continue to live on the property were allowed to stay, but the Memphis Police will be enforcing a no-trespassing policy in which only residents and their guests will be permitted onto the property.

“Those who are living here are living in unbelievable conditions, and we have an obligation to help them,” said district attorney Bill Gibbons, at a press conference held outside the condos Monday afternoon.

According to Memphis Police director Larry Godwin, undercover officers have made drug purchases near the abandoned condos. They’ve also documented acts of vandalism, theft of copper and plumbing piping, and criminal trespassing on the property.

“Squatters have been living in some of these empty condos,” Gibbons said.

The remaining owners are ordered to appear in Environmental Court on Friday, Feb. 26th to answer to allegations in the nuisance petition. Unlike with most nuisance closures in which the owner is held responsible, the Wooddale Condominium Association has been named as the defendant in the case.

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