Friday, May 21, 2010

Two Police Officers Killed in West Memphis Shootings

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Police investigators are still sifting through the details and searching for clues to the reasons for yesterday's horrific shootout in West Memphis, in which two officers were killed and two wounded. The gun battle ended in the the parking lot of the West Memphis Wal-Mart, with both suspects killed by police fire, and two other officers wounded.

The scenario began when Officer Bill Evans pulled over a white van with Ohio plates late yesterday morning. Officer Brandon Paudert arrived shortly thereafter to provide backup. What happened next is somewhat unclear, but West Memphis Police Inspector said yesterday that the suspects got out of the van and began firing on the officers, leaving them both at the scene and spurring a massive police manhunt for the van.

An hour and half later, the van was spotted in the Wal-Mart parking. Officers surrounded the vehicle and a shoot-out ensued. During the melee, two more officers -- Crittenden County Sheriff Dick Busby and a deputy, W. A. Wren -- were shot and wounded. One spokesperson said the suspects had assault rifles. Another indicated they had a "long rifle and a pistol."

WMC Channel 5 has video of the shootout on its website. The Flyer will monitor this story for more developments.

Mapping the NBA Draft

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Our resident NBA expert, Chris Herrington, takes a look at the Grizzlies' prospects and potential options at his "Beyond the Arc" Grizblog.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Audubon Golf Course to Close for Improvements

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM

The city's Audubon Golf Course will be closed for most of the summer for an upgrade to the greens and irrigation system. Details at City Beat Blog.

For more on golf course closings, see John Branston's City Beat.

Flyer Cover Poster

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The clever folks in the Flyer marketing department are responding to a number of requests for a copy of this week's cover by offering it as a poster. The cost is $10 for an 11"x17" inch replica on poster stock. Proceeds go to the Flyer and the artist, Greg Cravens. Details here.

A Brief History of Pot

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM

In conjunction with this week's cover story on medical marijuana, editor Bruce VanWyngarden discusses the smoke-filled back-pages of his life.

How to Pick an Olive Oil

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Susan Ellis attended an olive oil tasting on the Madison Hotel rooftop Wednesday. Find out what she learned.

Good and Geeky

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Chris Davis deconstructs CA editor Chris Peck's latest column with tongue firmly, well, somewhere.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Calling All Former Memphis Juvenile Delinquents

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Remember that time when you were nine and you got busted for stealing beer from the Piggly Wiggly? Or the time you ended up in juvie for beating up another kid on the playground? If this sounds like your checkered youth, the Victorian Village Community Development Corporation wants you to tell your story for an upcoming documentary on the history of the Shelby County Juvenile Court.


Applicants must be reformed adults whose lives were changed by their experience with the local juvenile court. The documentary will combine real-life stories with a history of the juvenile correction system through the Women’s Movement, the Progressive Movement, the Crump Era, and desegregation.

The documentary will premiere at the juvenile court’s 100th anniversary celebration this fall. People with a story to tell should send an e-mail with a brief description of their experience to

Herrington Grades Himself

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Before the 2009-2010 season began, Flyer Grizzlies writer Chris Herrington made some predictions. Now that the season's over, how well did he do? Glad you asked.

A Benefit for Mr. Peel

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Longtime Memphis drummer Harry Peel is facing heart surgery and will be unable to work for a few weeks. A who's who of local musicians are staging a benefit concert to raise funds for him. J.D. Reager has details.

Memphis Theater: What's on the Horizon?

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Local theater organizations large and small are setting their schedules for the upcoming season. Offerings range from Shakespearean classics to musicals to offbeat comedies. Chris Davis reports.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM

... and Helps a Fat Kid.

Evaluating the Memphis Grizzlies: 100 Words at a Time

Posted By on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 7:45 AM

On the eve of the NBA lottery, Chris Herrington breaks down the Grizzlies roster into bite-size nuggets.

Monday, May 17, 2010

How About Free Golf at Overton Park?

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM

John Branston says John Malmo has some contrarian ideas on how to fix our city golf course problems.

U of M is Growing Veggies

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Mary Cashiola checked out the community gardens being planted on the U of M Campus. Pretty farm-tastic.
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