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VOL. 128 | NO. 82 | Friday, April 26, 2013

Z-Bo, Defense Bolster Grizz in Win

In Game 1 in Los Angeles, the Grizzlies were missing in action. In Game 2, they were just good enough to lose by two points.

Chisca Rebirth

Former hotel’s renovation signals brighter future for South Main

“Memphis: The Musical” meets the real life setting Friday, April 26, for the fictional story of a Memphis radio announcer in the 1950s.

Smith's Role Central to City's History

Memphis civil rights icon Maxine Smith died Thursday evening at her South Memphis home at the age of 83.

School Board Votes Down Custodial Contract Twice

Countywide school board members twice voted down outsourcing custodial services in the merged school district to the company GCA Thursday, April 25, leaving undone the second step of the board’s February decision to outsource the services.

Growth Overseas Signals Device Maker Cuts

U.S. markets, including Memphis, may lose employees as global medical device makers look to faster-growing markets, such as India and China, for growth.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
47°F
Cloudy
Wind: 10 mph
Humidity: 48%

EVENTS

The 14th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28. Films will be screened Friday through Sunday at Malco Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave., and the Music Showcase will take place Saturday and Sunday at Purple Haze Nightclub, 140 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for a schedule.

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New Venture Empowers Mentoring Programs

Brittany Fitzpatrick recently left her job as communications coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis because she wants to devote herself full time to the venture she’s founded and to the problem she wants to help solve.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Commitment to Memphis Shows in Wolowicz’s Work

Melissa Wolowicz is up with the chickens every morning, working to make Memphis a better place.

SPORTS

‘Real Big Decisions’ Looming for Grizzlies

The Grizzlies returned from Los Angeles down 2-0 to the Clippers, the idea of “Believe Memphis” being put to the test.

‘Old School’ Gasol Feted As League’s Top Defender

The NBA’s new Defensive Player of the Year was remembering another ceremony, more than a decade ago at The Pyramid.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

I Know a Place

I’LL TAKE YOU THERE. “Oh, mmm, I know a place… When Mavis Staples sang those words, everybody in the audience was moved to move. The kind of primal itch you got to scratch, the kind of muscle over mind that makes toes tap, fingers snap, and hands clap.

Emergency Preparation – Part 1

A bombing and citywide lockdown in Boston, a chemical explosion in West, Texas; threats of flooding along the Mississippi River; tornadoes; earthquakes; and the all-too-frequent house fire.

REGIONAL

Mississippi River Bridge Hit by Barge

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge.

Mississippi Crests at St. Louis, Begins Descent

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Mississippi River crested at St. Louis on Thursday and was beginning a descent unlikely to be interrupted by another round of rain.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Options Exchange Reopens After Half-Day Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – Trading on the biggest exchange for financial options resumed Thursday following an outage caused by software problems.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Few Senators Block Vote on Internet Sales Tax Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – A handful of senators from states without sales taxes are blocking a bill that would tax Internet purchases.

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