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  • Mar 31 - Apr 5, 2006
  • Vol. 1, No. 892

News

  • Bar-be-cloned
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Bar-be-cloned

    The New York Times last week reported good news for Memphis: “A group of university researchers said yesterday they had created what sounds like a nutritional holy grail: cloned pigs that make their own omega-3 fatty acids, potentially leading to bacon and pork chops that might help your heart.”

    Once they start using those cloned pigs in our BBQ, we’ll be the fittest city in America.

  • Rickey Peete Raises $75,000
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Rickey Peete Raises $75,000

    City Councilman Rickey Peete raised upwards of $75,000 at a fund-raiser on Beale Street this week but says he isn’t planning on running for anything besides City Council. Peete, head of the Beale Street Merchants Association, welcomed hundreds of supporters to a $250-per-person party at Alfred’s. “You run like you’re scared,” said Peete, who represents one of the superdistricts which stretches from Frayser to the Mississipppi state line to Hickory Hill and includes 128 precincts. The election is in 2007 and at this early date Peete has no opponents. The district includes such hot growth areas as Uptown and South End as well as FedExForum and Beale Street.
  • Farese for the Defense
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Farese for the Defense

    Get used to seeing attorney Steve Farese’s face in the next few weeks. Farese, who was born in Memphis and now lives in Jackson, Mississippi, is defending Mary Winkler, the Selmer, Tennessee, minister’s wife accused of murdering her husband. Winkler is also represented by top Memphis defense lawyer, Leslie Ballin. But it’s Farese who’s getting all the media face time. He’s appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning, America, Court TV, and On The Record with Greta Van Susteren. To learn more about the nation’s newest high-profile defense attorney, go here.
  • Health Care Symposium
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Health Care Symposium

    On Tuesday, April 4th, the anniversary of the Martin Luther King assassination, the National Civil Rights Museum is holding its 2006 Conference on Freedom. The focus of this year’s conference is healthcare and will cover such topics as patient rights and right-to-die issues. The event is being held at Rhodes College Bryan Campus Life Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the cost is $20. For more information or to register, go to the Civil Rights Museum Web site here.
  • How They See Us, Chowda’ Edition
  • The Daily Buzz
  • How They See Us, Chowda’ Edition

    Lars Trodson, a columnist for a small New England newspaper, visited Memphis for the first time last weekend. Impressed by our Southern charm, Tiger passion, and kick-ass barbecue, Trodson wrote about the trip in his latest online column.

    “Memphis wasn’t crowded on this late Friday morning — in fact it never seemed crowded. The architecture was an unsurprising mix of old and new, but you could immediately tell the city was in the beginnings of a renaissance. One building had been refurbished beautifully, and the one right next door was blasted out — looking forlorn and abandoned. It wasn’t as though sections of the city were like this: one gentrified, the next section not. It seemed almost as though the renovation was happening one careful project at a time. But rather than making the city look misbegotten or rundown, it had a funky feel to it. Lived in; real.”

    Read the rest of his column here.

  • Act Out
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Act Out

    Get out for a night of art, music, and film at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s monthly “First Wednesday” event. Roam the gallery and check out the fairyland paintings of Maxfield Parrish, chill to the music of local soulstress Candice Ivory, and dine on yummy cuisine at the Brushmark restaurant. Also showing is a screening of the Indie Memphis award-winning film Act One, about a young screenwriter who uses his own crazy life as the basis for a script. Admission is only $5. For more, go here.
  • Merrymobile for Sale
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Merrymobile for Sale

    If you don’t remember Merrymobiles, you didn’t live in Memphis in the 1950s and 1960s. These round, three-wheeled vehicles with their distinctive red, white and blue canopies putt-putted along the streets of our city, selling popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and other treats to local kids. The company went out of business in the late 1960s, and most of the old Merrymobiles wound up in junkyards.

    But one somehow managed to survive, parked outside an auto-shop in Millington for years, where it gathered rust and — somehow — lost its wheels and engine. That’s where Joe Patty, owner of the Lickety-Split Ice Cream Company, saw it. Two years ago, Patty purchased the old Merrymobile, totally refurbished it, installed a golf cart engine and transmission, and added it to his own fleet of vehicles.

    But now it’s for sale, and for $6,500 you can purchase your very own original Merrymobile. Patty has posted pictures of the thing, pre- and post-restoration, on his company Web site.

  • Hey, We're Pioneers!
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Hey, We're Pioneers!

    The Rochester, New York, Police Department is following a lead set by the Memphis Police Department. The Rochester department recently created an Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team, a special unit that is summoned to calls involving mentally ill people. A story in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle cited Memphis as a model and a pioneer in training officers to deal with mentally ill people. The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team was formed in 1988, in partnership with the Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Read more about it here.
  • Let Us Pray
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Let Us Pray

    Even though the journal was released only today, the American Heart Journal’s study about the effectiveness of third-party prayer for heart patients has already gotten a lot of press. The study concluded that prayer had no effect on recovery. That’s got to smart for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, which was one of six hospitals to participate and partially funded the study.

    Even if prayer doesn’t help, it can’t hurt either. From the Baptist Web site, a helpful list of prayers.

  • “Murderer’s Bathtub” Fetches $7,600 on eBay
  • The Daily Buzz
  • “Murderer’s Bathtub” Fetches $7,600 on eBay

    A year’s delay while eBay pondered whether selling the old flophouse bathtub where James Earl Ray stood when he shot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cost Memphis judge D’Army Bailey almost $145,000. In 2004, Bailey – one of the founders of the National Civil Rights Museum — put the battered tub up for auction on eBay, with proceeds going to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis. Bidding reached $152,000 before eBay stopped the auction, while it pondered its policy about selling “offensive” items on the online auction. Ebay finally decided the tub was a “historical artifact,” though too late to sell it to the original bidders. Last week, Bailey listed the tub again, and this time the final bid was only $7,600. The winner was an online auction called the Golden Palace Casino, which has purchased other unusual “historical” items, such as a group of four toilets supposedly used by Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia. It’s not clear how the casino plans to make use of its latest purchase, but Bailey has told reporters he is confident the new owners will treat the tub “with sensitivity for its historic significance.” We’re not sure how they treated Jerry’s toilets. For more information, go here.

We Recommend

Politics

  • "A man of no talent, whatsoever."
  • Politics Feature
  • "A man of no talent, whatsoever."

    The New York Times profiled Bill Frist today, and it wasn’t pretty. The Tennessee senator with presidential ambitions was portrayed as an ambitious but underwhelming figure. The money quote came from from beltway insider Charlie Cook: "The most classic case of the Peter Principle I've ever seen in American politics," Mr. Cook said, in an uncharacteristically brutal assessment. "In a business where eloquence and rhetoric is important, he is a man of no talent whatsoever." Read it all here.
  • Waltzing In Memphis
  • Politics Feature
  • Waltzing In Memphis

    This April Fool’s Day, laugh your ass off for a good cause. At the annual Memphis Gridiron Show tomorrow night, performers will musically roast local politicians. The proceeds benefit journalism scholarships for area universities.

    This year’s theme: “Waltzing in Memphis,” featuring roasts to John Ford, the night of the voting dead, and more. For more info, go here.

  • Politics Feature
  • Cohen To File On Monday

    It's official -- or about to become so. Sources close to State Senator Steve Cohen confide that he will formally file for the 9th District congressional seat at the Election Commission at 11 a.m. on Monday.

    Read more.

Opinion

  • The Rant
  • The Rant

    Was there not any way that the tranny-nanny who lived with a family in Dyersburg for five years and then allegedly kidnapped them and turned out to be a man -- which was revealed during a jailhouse strip search -- could have been from somewhere other than Tennessee? Did that have to make the Today show and every other national news broadcast?
  • Letter from the Editor

    Half a million people rallied in Los Angeles last Saturday to protest an immigration bill ...

Music

  • This Just In
  • Music Features
  • This Just In

    Hank Williams Jr. turned himself in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Division today at 9:30 a.m. after being charged with assault to commit bodily harm. He was booked and then released without bond.

    A press release issued by Williams’ publicist is headlined “Hank Jr. a Victim of Greed” and asserts that the alleged victim filed the complaint only after Williams rejected a demand for “an outlandish amount of money for settlement.”

    The Smoking Gun Web site is on the story.

  • Whiskey Bent
  • Music Features
  • Whiskey Bent

    Hank Williams Junior, the honky-tonk bad boy, son of country legend Hank Williams Sr. and father of country/metal outlaw Hank III, will surrender to Memphis police today. Williams, alias “Rockin Randal Hank,” alias, “Bocephus,” is accused of assaulting 19-year-old Holly Hornbeak, a waitress at The Peabody hotel. The award winning country artist, whose hits include, “Family Tradition,” and “All My Rowdy Friends have Settled Down,” has been in Memphis since mid-March when his daughters Holly and Hillary Williams were injured in a car accident near Dundee, Mississippi.
  • Another "Pimp" From Memphis
  • Music Features
  • Another "Pimp" From Memphis

    The eighth album from Memphis rap pioneers 8 Ball and MJG, “Pure American Pimpin," drops July 18th. Guest artists include Outkast’s Big Boi, Lil Jon, and T.I.

    Can’t wait ‘til July? Sign up on the duo’s website for two free tracks from the new album.

Film/TV

Art

Food & Drink

  • Square Foods Moving
  • Food & Wine
  • Square Foods Moving

    The times they are a-changing at Overton Square. According to a recent article in the Daily News, the entertainment and commercial district that which enjoyed a heyday in the 1970s and ’80 is “trying to generate new interest with some fresh tenants.” That means Jeanice Blancett’s Square Foods Natural Market will be moving to a smaller but decidedly hipper hotspot — Cooper-Young.
  • Tasty!
  • Food & Wine
  • Tasty!

    David Burke is a renowned New York chef whose restaurant davidburke & donatella is receiving rave reviews for its high style and cutting-edge contemporary American cuisine. One word that’s often used to describe Burke is “innovative.”

    The Flavor Spray is one of his inventions. As described on the product’s Web site “The David Burke Flavor Sprays™ contain zero calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero carbohydrates and FDA-approved Food flavoring. Whether you are on a low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, no sugar, point system, or counting calorie diet, the Flavor Spray is right for you!”

    So instead of high-calorie sauces or toppings, all you do is squirt.

    And among the Flavor Sprays is Memphis BBQ. For a Memphis BBQ Flavor Spray recipe, go here.

  • Not to be Truffled With
  • Food & Wine
  • Not to be Truffled With

    What Wally wants, Wally gets. At least when it comes to truffles. During his cooking demonstration at the Distinctively Charleston Food and Wine Festival, the Memphis chef and owner of Wally Joe’s restaurant asked for a few of the tuberous fungi. Because the festival’s supplier had run out, other foodies came to his rescue. Indeed, it’s reported, truffles rained on Wally. Read more here.

Sports

  • Sports Feature
  • J-Rod

    John Rodriguez took the Memphis Redbirds by storm last summer, hitting .342 with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in only 34 games before being promoted to St. Louis. This spring, he’s been fighting for a permanent spot on the Cardinals’ bench. Read about his chances for making the big club here.
  • Wainwright Joins The Cardinals
  • Sports Feature
  • Wainwright Joins The Cardinals

    Last summer, Adam Wainwright won 10 games as a starting pitcher for the Memphis Redbirds and led the Pacific Coast League in innings pitched. This week, the big righty earned a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen. Check out how he’s adapting to the new role here.
  • Prospecting in St. Louis
  • Sports Feature
  • Prospecting in St. Louis

    The Memphis Redbirds and Springfield Cardinals — Triple-A and Double-A affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals — christened the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis with an exhibition game Tuesday night. Read what St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon had to say about the future big-leaguers we’ll see in Memphis this summer.
  • Sports Feature
  • See It Here First: 2007 Hoops Top 10

    With the Florida Gators newly crowned champions and star center Joakim Noah merely a sophomore, will the rest of college basketball be merely playing for second place next season? Check out an early Top-10 forecast for 2006-07 from Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn. It provides an educated guess as to the future of Memphis stars Darius Washington and Shawne Williams.
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