Report: FedEx refuses to ship tool that can make untraceable guns

WIRED has a report about Memphis-based FedEx, which last week told the nonprofit Defense Distributed that it won’t ship the group’s “Ghost Gunner,” a contraption known as a computer controlled mill.

From the magazine –

“Defense Distributed has marketed its one-foot-cubed $1,500 machine, which allows anyone to automatically carve aluminum objects from digital designs, as an affordable, private way to make an AR-15 rifle body without a serial number. Add in off-the-shelf parts that can be ordered online, and the Ghost Gunner would allow anyone to create one of the DIY, untraceable, semi-automatic firearms sometimes known as “ghost guns.””

Billy Bob Thorton to play Lafayette’s Music Room in April

Lafayette’s Music Room announced today that Billy Bob Thornton is bringing his band to Memphis for two nights, with tickets going on sale this Friday.

Billy Bob Thorton & the Boxmasters will play for two nights, on April 14 and 15. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

Gus’s expands nationwide

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is taking its chicken-heavy menu around the country this year.

The restaurant has a big nationwide expansion plan in the works, unveiling plans for eight new restaurants this year with more still to come.

This year, Gus’s plans to open in Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Ft. Worth, Knoxville, Kansas City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Via Gus’s Facebook page:

“There are more to come, but we have to take it slow to ensure you get the same quality and experience you have come to expect from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken! As we progress, we will be sure to share locations and opening dates.”

New craft brewery launching in Memphis

A new craft brewery could be launching soon in Memphis.

A Facebook page has been launched for Crosstown Brewing Company, with its name and logo suggestion a location within the Crosstown redevelopment.

The guys behind the brewery told the Choose901 blog they’d like to be open within a year or so and to have a taproom and maybe a beer garden, but that nothing is set in stone yet.


Memphis startup Screwpulp is now Leafless

Memphis e-book publishing startup Screwpulp has changed its name.

It’s now known as “Leafless.”

From founder and CEO Richard Billings, the name change was partly a result of moving past the edginess the venture initially wanted to impart, a wish to show the company in a less negative light than its original name might have suggested and was also just about being responsive to customers’ preferences about the name. The company adds that its mission has not changed.

Via the company’s website:

“We’re excited to introduce our new name, Leafless! Our focus has always been supporting authors with self-publishing in the digital space. We’ve built an open and accessible platform centered around this. We offer a no-cost, no-risk publishing solution for authors. We offer ebooks to readers in the most common formats. This allows them to enjoy reading on their preferred device. We want to continue to build on the great community and support our customers give us. Our new name, Leafless, aligns perfectly with those aims.
The name is much more approachable and is still consistent with our mission. Currently, we sell e-books. E-books are a digital medium. There are no physical pages. What could you call a book with no pages? Leafless!

Why the name change?

We realize that many of you loved our old name, Screwpulp. It was edgy and very bold. That’s one of the things many love about us. When we began we wanted to be something fresh and different, and the Screwpulp name was great for that. Our Founder and CEO, Richard Billings, came up with the name. It combined the ideas of the screw press and pulp fiction.
Yet, there have always been some who took Screwpulp in a less than positive light. We want our customers to know that we’re listening. We talked with a lot of our customers, engaged different groups, and tested ideas. Obviously, several just didn’t care for the name. We wanted a name that our customers would embrace. A name that aligns with our core values. One that will help us continue to grow and serve authors and readers. That name is now “Leafless.”