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  • Oct 2-8, 2008
  • Vol. 1, No. 1023

News

  • House Passes Bailout Bill
  • The Daily Buzz
  • House Passes Bailout Bill

    The House of Representatives followed suit on Friday and agreed to the Senate bailout bill passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday. The House thereby reversed its action on Monday when a prior version of the bill was defeated ...
  • City's Hickory Ridge Plans Delayed Again
  • The Daily Buzz
  • City's Hickory Ridge Plans Delayed Again

    A joint City Council public works and CIP budget committee decided today to postpone taking action on the proposed Hickory Ridge Mall sale.

    The city administration wants to buy the concourse of the Hickory Ridge Mall -- damaged in a tornado last February -- for the new fire and police dispatch center.

  • "1776" at Playhouse on the Square
  • The Daily Buzz
  • "1776" at Playhouse on the Square

    Near the end of 1776, a thoroughly delightful show that's been uncomfortably crammed into Circuit Playhouse, John Adams sits all alone in Independence Hall, talking to himself like an American Hamlet. Once upon a time he dreamed of a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition of equality. Now he can't comprehend why his dream has met with such ugly resistance ...

    Read Chris Davis' review of 1776.

  • Memphis Teen Indicted for Three Murders, Including Policeman
  • The Daily Buzz
  • Memphis Teen Indicted for Three Murders, Including Policeman

    Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Friday that the state grand jury for Shelby County returned three indictments against a Memphis teenager for the murders of three victims killed in separate, unrelated crimes throughout Frayser, including the homicide of an off-duty Memphis police officer found shot to death last January inside his home ...
  • New "Ask Vance": Scary Clowns and Poochie
  • The Daily Buzz
  • New "Ask Vance": Scary Clowns and Poochie

    In a December 1963 issue of The Commercial Appeal, Goldsmith’s actually ran this ad. "Look Who's Here for Toyland Opening!" shouted the headline. "Those Two Lovable, Laughable Clowns Bo Bo and Jo Jo."

    Read more about Bo Bo and Jo Jo (and Poochie the Memphis wonder dog) at Vance Lauderdale's Memphis magazine blog.

  • The Fly-By
  • Profanity Police?

    Downtown security patrol cracks down on panhandling, open containers, and curse words.

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Politics

  • Flyer Exposé! Nashville Mayor and Memphis Businessman Are the Same Man!
  • Politics Feature
  • Flyer Exposé! Nashville Mayor and Memphis Businessman Are the Same Man!

    Tuesday night sees the second presidential debate in Nashville, and it presents an opportunity to test a thesis involving two prominent political figures. Are Memphis political broker/businessman "Karl Schledwitz" and Nashville mayor "Karl Dean" the same man?

    Will both of them appear in the same place at the same time to disprove that theory?

    We have done an exhaustive study of the issue (as witness the accompanying collection of mugshots), and, unless the two "Karls" appear together, we will maintain our suspicions.

  • The Veep Debate: Well, <i>Can</i> She Call Him Joe? (Hint: She Did.)
  • Politics Feature
  • The Veep Debate: Well, Can She Call Him Joe? (Hint: She Did.)

    "Everybody gets extra credit tonight."That was moderator Gwen Ifill's rejoinder late in Thursday night's vice-presidential debate to Republican candidate Sarah Palin's hockey-mommish line that schoolkids watching the debate should get extra credit. If Ifill meant that, at the very least, both Palin and Democrat Joe Biden were entitled to points for something they did, well, maybe so.
  • Monday Is Last Day for Voter Registration
  • Politics Feature
  • Monday Is Last Day for Voter Registration

    With Monday’s final day for voter registration fast approaching, several campaigns and both parties used the weekend for last-minute voter registration drives. Here Democrat Sidney Chism, flanked by local Obama-Biden campaign director Nika Jackson (left) and Get-Out-the-Vote organizer Brett Thompson (right), exhorts party cadres to make one last effort in the Whitehaven/South Memphis area.
  • Alexander Gets Backup from "Great Tennesseans," Praises Bailout Package
  • Politics Feature
  • Alexander Gets Backup from "Great Tennesseans," Praises Bailout Package

    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican up for reelection, got some bigtime help from Democratic friends Friday night. Memphis mayor Willie Herenton hosted a reception for Alexander at the Majestic Grille in downtown Memphis in tandem with MPact Memphis, 100 Black Men, and the Black Business Association of Memphis. And Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, who along with Herenton has endorsed Alexander, was also an attendee.
  • What Price Civility? Presidential Debate Number 2 Turns Into a Snoozer
  • Politics Feature
  • What Price Civility? Presidential Debate Number 2 Turns Into a Snoozer

    NASHVILLE -- I. The Pre-Game:

    Talk about cross-purposes.

    In an interview not long before presidential contenders John McCain and Barack Obama faced each other down at Belmont University in the second of two nationally televised debates, Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen opined that what he thought was needed above all else was a "greater civility" than had been evident in the first debate two weeks ago in Oxford, Mississsippi ...

    What else saith Flyer senior editor Jackson Baker from ringside?

Opinion

  • City Beat
  • News Leftovers

    On fired prosecutors, John Ford, and Medtronic's link to Platinum Plus.
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Wuss
  • Viewpoint
  • Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Wuss

    Dear Bianca,

    My friend recently lost the house he shared with several other roommates. He asked if he could move in with me, and I stupidly agreed.

    On moving day, he drug not one, but three couches into my living room. Bear in mind that I already have a perfectly good couch. He's also filled my small apartment ...

  • The Rant
  • The Rant

    I believe this election is still close, because a great number of the voting populace have confused John McCain with John McClane of the Die Hard movies. We certainly need a "yippie ki-yay" kind of guy right about now, but I think Bruce Willis is in a House of Blues somewhere blowing harp. So we're left with surly tough-guy John McCain applying for the lead role in the next disaster classic, Soft Money Dies Hard ...
  • Letter from the Editor
  • Letter from the Editor

    Last week, a couple of old friends flew into town to join me for our annual fishing weekend on the Little Red River ..."

Music

  • Jonathan Richman at Hi-Tone Tonight
  • Music Features
  • Jonathan Richman at Hi-Tone Tonight

    I can say this with some certainty: If there isn’t a place in your heart for Jonathan Richman, then there is clearly something wrong with your heart. With nothing but a guitar and a set of cocktail drums, Richman will rock away your worry ...

Film/TV

Theater

Fashion

  • Fashion Feature
  • Silver Screen Style

    The Flyer's Annual Fall Fashion Issue hits streets today. We thought you might like to see how the scenes in this year's shoot stack up next to the movie posters that inspired them.

    Click the image below to check out the whole set on Flickr!



Food & Drink

  • Weekend Food News
  • Food & Wine
  • Weekend Food News

    Weekend food shoppers, rejoice! Now you can jumpstart your work week with plenty of fresh produce, because four Easy-Way stores are open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

    As Easy-Way regulars know, the markets have never been opened for business on Sundays. In fact, the chain's website cites "no Sunday hours" as a bonus for employees ...

    More "Food News" from Pam Denney here.

Real Estate

  • Southern Colonial Circa 1984 Colonial Revival in Greentrees.
  • Hot Properties
  • Southern Colonial Circa 1984 Colonial Revival in Greentrees.

    Colonial architecture seems to be one style that never goes out of style, particularly in the South. Not only was it good enough for George Washington, it still plays well today. The style did fall out of favor during the late 19th century, when the exoticism of Victoriana reigned, but since America's centennial in 1876, the Colonial style has remained popular ...

Sports

  • Grizzlies Open Practice Saturday
  • Sports Feature
  • Grizzlies Open Practice Saturday

    The Grizzlies hold their annual open practice Saturday morning on the main court at FedExForum. The arena opens at 10:30 a.m., with practice set to start at 11:30 a.m. After the open practice, the team will hold a "tip-off party" for fans who want to stick around.
  • The Griz Training Camp: What's Up?
  • Sports Feature
  • The Griz Training Camp: What's Up?

    I've been able to make it to the morning sessions of Grizzlies training camp the past two days, though I haven't had time to stick around to the end or talk to anyone.

    Yesterday we saw some four-on-four halfcourt drills and brief bit of full-court scrimmaging. Today ...

    Read more from Chris Herrington on the Grizzlies at Beyond the Arc.

  • FROM MY SEAT: Look Who's Flying In: a Louisville Cardinal!
  • From My Seat
  • FROM MY SEAT: Look Who's Flying In: a Louisville Cardinal!

    This Friday the Liberty Bowl hosts a matchup that makes memories. Memphis Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals. Put those words on a stadium scoreboard or television screen and a legion of Mid-South sports fans will stop what they're doing long enough to make another palm-sweating deposit into their collective memory bank.

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