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VOL. 128 | NO. 249 | Monday, December 23, 2013

Council Rules Could Change in 2014

Memphis City Council members are already starting to adapt some items in a set of proposed changes in how they conduct business.

Jolly Helpers

Santa’s professional aides take job seriously

This year, a group of researchers from London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research in London teamed up with the founders of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair to tackle some tough Santa statistics.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Rape Kit Backlog

A Memphis woman sexually assaulted in 2001 filed a “Jane Doe” lawsuit in Memphis Federal Court Friday, Dec. 20, against the city of Memphis over the city’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits going back to the 1980s.

Lakeland Seeks Outlet Mall Revival

Officials in Lakeland are hopeful that a long-planned redevelopment of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site could finally become a reality.

FBI Investigating Shelby County Election Commission

FBI agents have interviewed a Shelby County Election Commission member in what appears to be a probe of the agency that conducts local elections.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
72°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 0 mph
Humidity: 68%

EVENTS

Blind Bear Speakeasy will hold a second anniversary party Monday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 a.m. at Blind Bear, 119 S. Main St. The event will include live music, drink specials and giveaways. Visit blindbearmemphis.com.

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Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

Memphian Keeps Ukrainian Art Alive

More than 1,000 years ago, a group of Ukrainian women gathered in a small house for a very important task. They had spent the day spiritually preparing for it, avoiding gossip, quietly attending to family matters and cooking a hearty family meal.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Location is Key for Success of Downtown’s New York Pizza

As businesses expand and contract, corporations find homes in faraway cities and new technology means that law offices don’t have to adhere to the convenience of proximity the courthouse affords, so goes the Downtown workforce.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Shooting for the Moon

The Commerical Appeal ran a story last week about the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its “Moon Missions.” While the details remain nebulous, the Chairman’s Circle consists of private sector leaders that contribute funding and business perspective to identify, analyze and define solutions for some of Memphis’ greatest challenges.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economy Expands at 4.1 Percent Rate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest pace since late 2011 and significantly higher than previously thought. Much of the upward revision came from stronger consumer spending.

Fury and Frustration Over Target Data Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Congress OKs New IRS Chief, Ends Turbulent Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – A cross Congress ended its business for the year Friday as the Senate approved a new boss for the troubled Internal Revenue Service but remained slowed and bitterly riven over majority Democrats' weakening of Republicans' power to filibuster.

TECHNOLOGY

AT&T Says It Will Publish Reports on Data Requests

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Inc. says it will publish reports on the number of requests for customer information that it receives from law enforcement agencies, the latest move in the telecommunications industry toward fuller disclosure amid debate over government surveillance programs.

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PROPERTY SALES 32 344 10,222
MORTGAGES 52 452 13,327
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 76 2,614
BUILDING PERMITS 0 783 24,307
BANKRUPTCIES 56 355 9,888
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 133 3,736
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 76 595 14,558
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