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  • May 10-16, 2007
  • Vol. 1, No. 950

News

  • The War at Home
  • Cover Feature
  • The War at Home

    A Memphis couple's divorce case involves allegations of financing terrorism, a federal lawsuit against a local judge, right-wing talk shows, and a nationally known attorney with a questionable agenda.
  • Tennessee Pimps May Be Required to Submit
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Tennessee Pimps May Be Required to Submit

    The Tennessee Senate voted 31-0 last week to approve a bill which requires people convicted of pandering, known more commonly as “pimping,” to submit to HIV tests.

    In April, the state House voted for its companion bill in a similar landslide

  • Fight the "W" Sticker. Buy An "I"
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Fight the "W" Sticker. Buy An "I"

    Tired of all those "W" stickers still polluting the highways and streets hereabouts? Well, fight back! Deliver your very own message to the people.

    This elegant "I" sticker is available ...

  • Your Big Fat Greek Feet
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Your Big Fat Greek Feet

    Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s 49th annual festival starts today (at the church on North Highland) with spanakopita, baklava, church tours, and Greek dancing.

    Sometimes Americans are wary of Greek dancing ...

  • Tennessee Teachers Stage Mock Attack on Sixth-Graders
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Tennessee Teachers Stage Mock Attack on Sixth-Graders

    From the "Unfreakin'-believable" file ...

    AP - MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

    The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park ...

  • Chinese Catfish Pollute Mississippi Shelves
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Chinese Catfish Pollute Mississippi Shelves

    File this one away under “Globalization, Horrors of.” While no one should be particularly shocked to learn that a foreign-produced food had to be removed from American grocery store shelves, this story should raise eyebrows because of the food involved and the location of the grocery stores. ...
  • Where's the Cheapest Gas in Memphis?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Where's the Cheapest Gas in Memphis?

    Where's the cheapest gas in Memphis?

    Glad you asked. As of yesterday, it was a Mapco station at 680 North Bellevue, which had regular at $2.71 a gallon, six cents cheaper than any place else in Memphis and 12 cents cheaper than the average price in town.

    How do we know this valuable info ...

  • Statewide Broadband for Tennessee?
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Statewide Broadband for Tennessee?

    Last week, Governor Phil Bredesen took a step toward ensuring statewide high-speed Internet and video service with the creation of Connected Tennessee, a nonprofit organization designed to improve broadband access and use throughout the state. ...

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Politics

  • Senator Corker Lays It on the Line About Iraq
  • Politics Feature
  • Senator Corker Lays It on the Line About Iraq

    Tennessee's junior senator on the situation in Baghdad: "It's a tough situation, and I know that, as you mention, the media paints it out to be a tough situation, but it actually is a tough situation.... I don't think that';s exactly what you wanted to hear." The senator says "this summer" will tell the tale.
  • Cohen Professes Full Support for Gallagher in District 89
  • Politics Feature
  • Cohen Professes Full Support for Gallagher in District 89

    Steve Cohen is no half-hearted booster of Kevin Gallagher for the open District 89 state House seat. That was the word this weekend from the congressman himself, who averred that if things got “nasty” in the race between Gallagher and rival Democrat Jeannie Richardson, he would feel compelled to intervene more directly on Gallagher’s behalf.

  • Spain and the U.S. Are Generally Close, Says Ambassador, But There's That  Nasty Woody Allen Divide...
  • Politics Feature
  • Spain and the U.S. Are Generally Close, Says Ambassador, But There's That Nasty Woody Allen Divide...

    Though, as Spanish Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Westendorp told Memphis Rotarians on Thursday, his country, the 2007 Memphis-in-May honoree, and the U.S. are generally simpatico, there have been some disagreements. There was, for example, the decision by Spain to withdraw its forces from Iraq in 2005 (which is when Westendorp, as a known friend of the U.S. and possible rift-healer, got his appointment). And, as Westendorp put it Thursday: “We like Woody Allen films better than [you do] in the United States.”

  • Cohen Wants to Hear All About It
  • Politics Feature
  • Cohen Wants to Hear All About It

    Steve Cohen, the freshman U.S. Representative for the Ninth District, is asking constituents to complete an online questionnaire asking opinions on top federal issues for 2007.

    The eight-question survey deals with topics ranging from gun control and the Iraq war to global warming and medical marijuana.

  • In Congressional Hearing, Rep. Cohen Turns AG Gonzales on the Spit
  • Politics Feature
  • In Congressional Hearing, Rep. Cohen Turns AG Gonzales on the Spit

    Zelig? Kilroy? No, It’s the ubiquitous congressman from Memphis’ 9th district on the case again – this time grilling U.S. Attorney General Albert Gonzales about the still unexplained firing of U.S. Attorneys in eight states, including Arkansas. Highlights of this Judiciary Committee showdown include Cohen’s asking the AG about presidential and vice-presidential involvement in the scandal....
  • Tancredo vs. Diamond: The Presidential Debate Takes a Sci-Fi  Turn
  • Politics Feature
  • Tancredo vs. Diamond: The Presidential Debate Takes a Sci-Fi Turn

    This will come as real news to most Memphians: Our city has a bona fide declared presidential candidate - David F. Diamond (ne Fentress) - who has just been attacked by another presidential candidate, Colorado Republican congressman Tom Tancredo, as something of a mad scientist. By our reckoning, it's Tancredo (pictured) who sounds more like a mad scientist. But judge for yourself.

  • Ford Bringing the DLC’s 2007 Convention Down Home (Sort Of)
  • Politics Feature
  • Ford Bringing the DLC’s 2007 Convention Down Home (Sort Of)

    Former Memphis congressman Harold Ford Jr., now chairman of the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, was in Nashville Monday morning, where he, DLC founder Al From, and several prominent Tennessee political figures announced that the DLC's "National Conversation" would be held this year in the Tennessee state capital.
  • SNAFU’s Reported on First Day of Early Voting in District 89
  • Politics Feature
  • SNAFU’s Reported on First Day of Early Voting in District 89

    This can’t be happening again! (Can it?) According to a report from The Freedonian blog, there’s confusion at the polls on the first day of early voting for the special election in state House district 89. Both major Democratic candidates reportedly were given wrong ballots or prevented from voting for themselves or both. We’re checking on it and will keep you informed. Meanwhile...
  • A Ford in Maher's Future?
  • Politics Feature
  • A Ford in Maher's Future?

    Those Harold Ford Jr.-watchers who have wondered what might compensate the former 9th District U.S. representative for the loss of his steady perch with reliable TV bud Don Imus (who actually cited his fawning nonstop support of Ford’s 2006 U.S. Senate race as a defense while under fire for the now infamous “nappy-headed ‘ho” remark) , need wonder no longer. Ford turned up last week on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” looking for all the world like a regular-to-be.

Opinion

Music

  • Musselwhite Leads Blues Awards Winners
  • Music Features
  • Musselwhite Leads Blues Awards Winners

    Former Memphian Charles Musselwhite was the big winner last night at the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s annual Blues Music Awards. The Memphis-bred harmonica master took home four awards, including Blues Album of the Year ...
  • Amy LaVere CD Release Party Tuesday
  • Music Features
  • Amy LaVere CD Release Party Tuesday

    Memphis musician Amy LaVere celebrates her second album, "Anchors and Anvils," (Archer Records) with a release party at the Hi-Tone Tuesday night.

    "Amy LaVere is the most promising emerging artist I've seen in years. ...

Film/TV

  • Reaction Muted for Blueberry Nights
  • Film Features
  • Reaction Muted for Blueberry Nights

    Apparently, My Blueberry Nights, Hong Kong action auteur Wong Kar Wai’s first English language film, a portion of which was shot in Memphis, failed to impress its first audience at Cannes. According to Filmmaker Magazine’s blog, “the screening in the packed Salle Debussy was greeted with only a smattering of anemic applause.”...

Books

  • For Star Wars Fans
  • Book Features
  • For Star Wars Fans

    May 25th marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie. Tonight, in honor of this milestone, Daniel Wallace, author of the "Essential Guide" series of Star Wars books (covering topics like Droids, Planets and Moons, Characters, and Chronology) will be at the Central Library.
  • Heart to Heart
  • Book Features
  • Heart to Heart

    Kathy Kastan thought she was “invincible.” — until she had to have emergency bypass surgery at 41. Kastan, now the chair of the board of the Memphis American Heart Association, has written From the Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease, which she'll sign at Davis-Kidd on Thursday...

Art

Food & Drink

  • Memphis: The World Championship of BBQ or a Pretender?
  • Food & Wine
  • Memphis: The World Championship of BBQ or a Pretender?

    With the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest kicking up May 18th, we — being the cynical folks that we are — began to question the "world championship" part of that event's name.

    Can the winner rightly proclaim him- or herself the true champion of the world?

  • Drink Like a Liberal
  • Food & Wine
  • Drink Like a Liberal

    It’s only fitting that a group called Drinking Liberally would eventually produce their own cocktail recipe guide. The national grassroots organization devoted to discussing Democratic values over pitchers of beer is now selling Liberal Mixology...

Sports

  • Sports Feature
  • FROM MY SEAT: Brushing Up

    I love history. Almost as much as I love sports. This week, the passions collide and the end result is some historical perspective on the eight teams still vying for the 2007 NBA championship. Among the most inspiring aspects of history is witnessing it unfold right before our eyes. And on a basketball court, no less.

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