Monday, January 31, 2011

Cooking Demos at Fresh Market

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Pamela Denney checks out the action at a Fresh Market cooking demonstration.

Gay Porn on Her Husband's Computer?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:37 AM

A woman in Hickory Hill finds gay porn on her husband's laptop and wonders what to do. Jack Waggon sets her straight.

Super Thoughts About Super Bowl XLV

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Frank Murtaugh's got some thoughts about this year's Super Bowl between the Steelers and Packers. And picks his 10 favorite games from the past.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Grizzlies Beat Wizards, Get Back to Even

Posted on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies completed their long climb back to .500 last night with a convincing 107-93 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards. The win moved the team to 24-24 and only 1.5 games out of the final playoff slot. Chris Herrington was on the scene, and files a report at Beyond the Arc.

Marshall Tops Tigers

Posted on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The Tigers' four-game winning streak came to an abrupt end last night.

Frank Murtaugh has the details on the Tigers' 85-70 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd in Tiger Blue.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Groundbreaking for Visible School

Posted on Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Once scheduled to be razed, the C&I bank building downtown will be the site of a groundbreaking for the Visible School on February 1st.

Lindsay Jones reports on the school's plans in Fly-By.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Secretary of Energy Tours Sharp

Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 4:23 PM

During a tour of the Sharp solar-panel factory yesterday, Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize winning U.S. Secretary of Energy, said innovation in technological manufacturing, “to use an expression,” is what we need “get back Americas groove.”

Chu concluded the Thursday afternoon address by raising the specter of a “Sputnik Moment,” a definitive Cold War image appropriated by President Obama in his State of the Union address. The U.S. has lost the lead in some key areas, he said, and in order to “get it back” we need many things, including a “nuclear renaissance.” He also said that to see solar power proliferate manufacturers have to reduce the price of their products by a factor of four.

The Sharp solar panel factory has added 300 jobs since 2007. This kind of manufacturing, Chu said, would be necessary to put Americans back to work in “well-paying jobs.”

Taking Sides

Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The notion that black or white people will and should vote a certain way on charter surrender is simplistic, stupid, and wrong and these panelists know it.

Read more on Thursday night's pro-schools-merger rally in John Branston's City Beat.

And there's video from Jackson Baker.

Should O.J. Mayo Go?

Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

A bad season for Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo got worse yesterday with a 10-game suspension for testing positive for a banned -- but legal -- steroid-like over-the-counter drug. Mayo is rumored to be on the trading block. On Beyond the Arc, Chris Herrington makes the case for caution, listing the reasons why the Grizzlies should not deal Mayo.

New Frontier

Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Leonard Gill talks to former Flyer staffer Jim Hanas about his e-book Why They Cried and being a test case for electronic publishing.


Posted on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Greg Akers reviews the Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

State of the City = On the Mend

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Mayor A C Wharton focused on recent positive changes in Memphis during his annual "State of the City" address at the new LeBonheur Children's Medical Center Thursday morning.

Among those changes were the reduction in violent crime, the early January launch of the mayor's homeless action plan, home appliance maker Electrolux's impending move to Memphis, and the city's attainment of five Hope VI grants for transforming public housing.

Wharton said Memphis was bucking the national unemployment trend by "putting thousands of jobs in easy reach for folks who need those jobs most." He also hinted at another major announcement of a new business relocating in Memphis.

"If you knew what I knew, you'd be jumping and shouting right now," Wharton said.

He also said the mayor's office would be announcing a new program to benefit small business within the next 30 days.

The mayor credited the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission's Operation Safe Community plan for the recent drop in crime, but admitted the city still has work to do on reducing domestic violence. He called domestic violence the "next front in the war on crime."

In April, the city will join five other cities in a national youth violence prevention initiative, Wharton said.

"Memphis is a city on the mend and on the move," Wharton said as he bragged about how mayors from other cities often look to Memphis as a positive example.

Wharton briefly addressed the city and county school merger issue by saying the "education of no child shall be affected" whether the schools are merged or not.

As for the city budget, Wharton said he's asked city leaders to submit ideas on how government can run more efficiently without wasting resources. Their plan should be ready in two weeks, he said.

Overall, the mayor's speech was uplifting with plenty of "City of Choice"-style pats on the back.

Said Wharton in closing: "Together, we will cross the bridge and see what lies on the shore of our city's potential."

We Get Letters ...

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Here's this week's batch of letters to the editor for your edification and amusement.

On Teen Pregnancy — Then and Now

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

The way teen pregnancy is handled in schools has changed dramatically, says editor Bruce VanWyngarden.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hide the Kids! It's Elton John's Family!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

An Arkansas grocery store protects its customers from gay smut. Or something.
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