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  • Sep 11-17, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1020

News

  • Stormy Monday: Get Ready for a Bumpy Financial Ride
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Stormy Monday: Get Ready for a Bumpy Financial Ride

    Wall Street is readying for a stormy Monday as Lehman Brothers, the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S., prepares to file for bankruptcy.

    Sunday night, the two strongest potential buyers appeared to have pulled out of talks to rescue Lehman, which means the bank will likely become the latest victim of the U.S. credit crisis.

    If no new financing comes before Wall Street opens, it will have to seek "Chapter 11" bankruptcy protection. This could result in a severe shock to the global financial system, as banks unwind their complex deals with Lehman ...

  • NeoSoulville Showcase in Downtown Memphis Wednesday
  • The Daily Buzz
  • NeoSoulville Showcase in Downtown Memphis Wednesday

    Mix, mingle and groove this Wednesday, September 17 with the Neosoulville Showcase in "GayoSoul" Lane, kicking off the weekly Downtown Alive Fall Concert Series!

    Listen to the soulful sounds of some of Memphis' best up-and-coming performers including singer/songwriter Will Graves, hip-hop violinist Lila, Phillips Award winner Kelly Hurt, soul sensation Tim Terry and the mayor of NeoSoulville herself, Tonya Dyson ...

  • Janis Karpinski Talks about Abu Ghraib
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Janis Karpinski Talks about Abu Ghraib

    The shocking images which emerged from the Abu Ghraib detention center in Iraq changed the way many Americans felt about the conflict in Iraq.

    Col. Janis Karpinski is the highest ranking officer punished as a response to the Abu Ghraib scandal. Her commission was "vacated" by way of presidential authority to reverse "battlefield promotions." In her book One Woman's Army, Karpinski makes a strong case that she was a scapegoat for the Army's civilian leadership in D.C. who created legal justifications for torture and for the military leadership charged with implementing what have come to be known as “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Here's what Karpinski, who is speaking tonight at First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young, had to say to the Flyer....

  • Neimanis' "Air Heart" this Weekend at Rhodes
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Neimanis' "Air Heart" this Weekend at Rhodes

    Mara Neimanis' visually compelling Air Heart --on stage at Rhodes College this Friday and Saturday -- mixes poetry, dance, sculpture, and aerial acrobatics, with the conventions of a well-worn theatrical convention: The one-person show about a famous historical character. In this case, Amelia Earhart....
  • Get Out This Weekend and Get Ready for Some Football
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Get Out This Weekend and Get Ready for Some Football

    Though temps were still soaring this week, autumn is on the way. And you know what means -- pumpkin-themed dishes, hoodies, and most of all, football.

    Celebrate the kick-off of the cold-weather sports season with the city's annual Southern Heritage Classic. Festivities begin tonight with a concert by San Francisco soulsters Maze and Frankie Beverly at the Orpheum. The show begins at 8 p.m....

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Politics

  • Guest Viewpoint: A Republican Makes the Case for Sarah Palin
  • Politics Feature
  • Guest Viewpoint: A Republican Makes the Case for Sarah Palin

    from GOP national committeeman John Ryder's take: "...Beginning with the surprising announcement of her selection, continuing with the media attack she took for five days, including the soap opera of her daughter's pregnancy, and through her incredible speech at the Convention, she is the story. She took the headlines away from a generally successful Democratic Convention and Obama's acceptance speech. In effect, she stepped on his applause line and eliminated any bounce...."
  • No Role in Senate Race, Says Cohen
  • Politics Feature
  • No Role in Senate Race, Says Cohen

    "It's just me and Obama." That's 9th District congressman Steve Cohen on the subject of his involvements in this fall's general election campaigns. The subject came up because of what Cohen called his "courtesy" visit to a weekend fundraiser for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander at the home of University of Memphis basketball coach John Calipari.

Opinion

  • Changes Coming to Beale Street?
  • Viewpoint
  • Changes Coming to Beale Street?

    City auditors and engineers are putting the heat on Beale Street merchants. They've been going over their books for the last six years, measuring their space, doing appraisals, and checking for code compliance, according to several club owners.

    "It's like we're being harassed," says one club owner, who didn't want to be identified because of a pending mediation hearing and fear of reprisals ...

    Read the rest of John Branston's column.

  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Says Hands Off
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Says Hands Off

    Dear Bianca,

    I've been friends with this man for a few years now. We act platonic, but there's always been a pretty strong sexual tension between us.

    In the past, one of us was always in a relationship. Now, we're both unattached for the first time and the tension is escalating ...

  • Vance Lauderdale Rolls Along ... on Skates
  • Viewpoint
  • Vance Lauderdale Rolls Along ... on Skates

    I recently purchased this colorful old decal on eBay, for a Memphis establishment called Rainbow Rollerdrome. Maybe that was the actual name of the roller-skating rink, but the entire complex on Lamar will forever be known as Rainbow Lake, which also included a huge outdoor swimming pool, fancy restaurant, picnic grounds, and more ...

    Read Ramblin' Vance Lauderdale's latest at his "Ask Vance" blog.

  • We Run on Gasoline
  • Viewpoint
  • We Run on Gasoline

    Or, here is my stupid gas story from this weekend.

    Last Friday morning, I get a call from my dad right after I get into work. One of his good friends does something with propane (maybe a supplier? I'm unclear) and that good friend has a fleet of trucks (he must be a supplier) and he's already being quoted gas at some ungodly price. So my father advises me to get gas before Ike hits ...

    Read the rest of Mary Cashiola's In the Bluff blog post.

  • Letter from the Editor

    In American politics, nuance is for losers. The Republicans figured this out decades ago ...

Music

  • Amy Rigby Plays Memphis Tonight
  • Music Features
  • Amy Rigby Plays Memphis Tonight

    Amy Rigby is the best songwriter you've never heard. Post-punk grad, former temp worker, single mom, touring musician: Rigby made her bid to be American music's chief chronicler of underemployment and bohemian domesticity with her 1996 debut, Diary of a Mod Housewife. This week she'll make her second appearance in Memphis, at the Hi-Tone Thursday night ...

    Read Chris Herrington's story on Amy Rigby.

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Food & Drink

Real Estate

Sports

  • Tigers Lose to Marshall, 17-16
  • Sports Feature
  • Tigers Lose to Marshall, 17-16

    The Memphis Tigers extended their season-long losing streak to three games with a loss to Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday night.

    Memphis quarterback Arkelon Hall passed for 354 yards, connecting on 28 of 51 attempts. But the Memphis offense sputtered twice late in the game with chances to take the lead. Memphis falls to 0-2 in CUSA play.

  • FROM MY SEAT: Three Up, Three Down for Sad Tigers
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: Three Up, Three Down for Sad Tigers

    If character is doing the right thing when nobody's watching, pride must be playing college football with very little to gain. Having seen their high hopes of a first Conference USA championship go up in smoke in a 17-16 defeat at Marshall last weekend, the Memphis Tigers are now staring at nine games and a steep climb to respectability.

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