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Stax celebrates its 50th birthday, beginning with a big party at B.B. King's Blues Club -- uh, the one in New York City. At first, being petty, selfish types, we were kind of miffed that they didn't begin the yearlong celebration here, but then we realized that the music that came out of that little studio on McLemore had an impact on the entire world, so we don't mind sharing a bit of our funky soul with those uptight New Yorkers.

The city's Environmental Court has announced a crackdown on I-240, calling it the "most littered" stretch of roadway in the city. There are so many places deserving this "honor" that we don't know how they picked just that one. But we can remember when year after year Memphis managed to win "America's Cleanest City" awards, so we're happy they are going to start somewhere.

MovieMaker magazine puts Memphis on its top-10 list of

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cities coveted by independent filmmakers looking for the perfect combination of local talent and distinctive location. This year we are #7. We certainly deserve the honor, and -- despite what we just said -- don't mind being ranked below New York City and such unique places as Las Vegas and even Albuquerque. But what was MovieMaker thinking, ranking us below Shreveport? We've been to Shreveport, my friends, and no matter where you go, it looks like Shreveport.

Former state senator John Ford says he can't afford a lawyer to defend himself against the charges that he took $800,000 in bribes during the Tennessee Waltz sting. But what about that 800 grand? Can't he use that? Oh.

An organization plans to host a Delta Fair and Music Fest at the Agricenter -- at the exact same time as the Mid-South Fair. The new folks imply -- if not downright accuse -- the fairgrounds of being unsafe. It's true, you know. If you eat one of those Fiddlesticks really fast, your nose can freeze.



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