Sunday, October 31, 2010

Griz Top Timberwolves, 109-89

Posted By on Sun, Oct 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Chris Herrington has a report on the Grizzlies' victory over Minnesota Saturday night.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Howl": Better Than a Poetry Reading?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 2:22 PM

The life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is interwoven with a reading of his most famous poem, Howl, in the movie of the same name. Should you see it?

Over-valued CEOS; Devalued Workers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Ruth Ogles Johnson says it's time to look at the disparity in wages between those who make the goods and those who manage.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tea Party = McGovern-Era Democrats?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Randy Haspel says he's seen the likes of the Tea Party before — in 1972 at the Democratic Convention.

Which Memphis Schools Will Close?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Mary Cashiola reports on the MCS administration's efforts to close schools. It's tricky.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How Baseball Emulates Life

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 8:37 PM

This Danziger cartoon doesn't need much explanation. Sadly.

Homeowner's Rant

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

John Branston has some thoughts about the housing market — who gets what, and who gets screwed.

Q & A With Lionel Hollins

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Chris Herrington talks with Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins about the team's outlook for this season.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mayor Sues Owners of Blighted Property

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM


Today, Mayor A C Wharton filed 138 lawsuits in General Sessions court against owners of blighted property all across the city.

With the help of city code inspectors and researchers at the University of Memphis, the city identified particularly blighted properties that have long been in violation of city code.

In a city that relies heavily on property taxes, Wharton called blight a “cancer on our source of survival.”

Holding up a picture of a house, boarded up and surrounded by trash and debris, Wharton said, “You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that things like this should not exist in America’s 18th or 19th largest city.”

Wharton stressed that the city is not interested in punishing people who are unable to afford home renovations or tearing down every neglected property.

But property owners, particularly owners of multiple properties who are able to clean things up, will be held accountable.

“It’s not a question of whether we’re going to sue you, but when we’re going to sue you,” said Wharton. “Hopefully we won’t have to keep filing the lawsuits. Hopefully they’ll get the message. Because they’re going to have to lawyer up every time we sue them.”

Wharton is also targeting property owners who live as far away as California and Florida and as close as Mississippi.

“I was just looking at the addresses of some of the owners — Oxford and places like that. If it’s not good enough for the cities where they live, it’s not good enough for the city of Memphis,” he said, adding candidly, “I wish I had a way of taking some of these properties, putting them on a flatbed, and rolling them right into their neighborhoods and saying ‘We brought your house to you.’ I wonder how long their neighbors would let them stay.”

As part of the process, each owner has a chance to come up with a plan to fix the property. If he or she cannot do this, the judge will appoint a third party receiver to restore the property to “fit and habitable standards,” at the expense of the owner.

Funding for the initiative comes in part from donations by the Hyde Foundation and Methodist LeBonheur.

Bianca Knows Best ...

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

... and helps with low self-esteem.

City Council Calls for Discrimination Study

Posted on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM

The proposed non-discrimination ordinance protecting city workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression is back on the Memphis City Council agenda. But this time, council person Shea Flinn, a supporter of the ordinance, wants some data to show if there's problem with discrimination in city government.

For more, go to the Memphis Gaydar blog.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Indie Memphis Winners

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Chris Herrington has a report on the just-completed Indie Memphis Film Fest.

Griz Notes

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Chris Herrington throws out a few initial thoughts prior to this week's cover story on the Memphis Grizzlies.

National Baseball Day!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Frank Murtaugh has a dream. It's called "National Baseball Day." Sooner or later, Congress will give in.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday at Indie Memphis

Posted By on Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM

An encore showing of Poor & Hungry and several interesting documentaries highlight Sunday's IMFF schedule.
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