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VOL. 128 | NO. 17 | Friday, January 25, 2013

Pinnacle Moving Memphis Headquarters to Minnesota

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is moving its headquarters to Minneapolis by May as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

Leading in New Times

Norman named Memphis NAACP president

Keith Norman has heard the discussions about the generation gap and the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP.

Bishop Byrne School To Close

The Memphis Catholic Diocese will close Bishop Byrne High School in Whitehaven at the end of the current school year.

Al Gore Talks With The Daily News

In a phone interview with The Daily News Thursday, Jan. 24, Al Gore talked about why he wrote his new book, “The Future,” which he’s coming to Memphis next month to promote.

School Ethics Committee Begins Work

Three countywide school board members on Wednesday, Jan. 23, began the first ethics probe of another board member that anyone with either school system can remember.

‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

BenchMark to Relocate, Restructure

BenchMark at Southwind Realtors LLC will soon relocate its Southeast Memphis office, add agents, integrate technology into its business practices and go paperless in one fell swoop.

Pink Robin Avenue Founder Grows Business

By explaining at the recent Upstart Memphis 48 Hour Launch how the average American attends or hosts 16 social parties or holiday events a year, Danielle Inez set up the need she’s filling with her startup, Pink Robin Avenue.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Cox Expects Strong Year for Memphis Airport

As Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President Larry Cox heads into the final 17 months leading up to his retirement in July 2014, he is hoping to cap off more than 40 years of service at Memphis International Airport with a big year.

SPORTS

Tony and DJ: The City’s Basketball Game-Changers

The supreme talents – the All-Americans, the All-Stars – can take possessions off and still score their 25 or 30 points a night. They can pick their spots to play defense, which in reality means going for a steal here and there, and then mostly defer on the hard work. You know, staying with their man step-for-step, cleaning the glass – sorry, I don’t do windows – or risking humiliation by contesting potential dunks – sorry, I’m not ending up on somebody’s poster.

Nothing Too Absurd With These Grizz

Trade 40 percent of your bench to Cleveland, play the Lakers the next night, and everything will be just fine. The Fakers are so bad they might not beat El Segundo Middle School at their gym.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Swimming in Memory

THE POOL’S CLOSED. My first date was Ann Wiggs. I took her to a dance in the cafeteria at White Station at the beginning of the seventh grade. She was tall and all elbows and angles. I was short and dumpy and all nervous. We didn’t so much dance as run into each other to music. I was 11. She was 12.

It’s All About Commitment

Part one of a two-part series Successful fundraising for a nonprofit requires the full commitment of board members, the executive director, staff and volunteer leadership. Without this commitment, it is very difficult to meet fundraising goals. People may say they are committed and that is good. What is more important is the extent to which people embody that commitment.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Wins Federal Grant for Food Safety Center

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee is one of five states to receive a federal grant to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Bill Targets Hotel Pay for Capitol-Area Lawmakers

NASHVILLE (AP) – A bill filed in the state Senate would end an automatic hotel allowance for lawmakers living within 50 miles of the Statehouse.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Jobless Claims Drop to 5-Year Low of 330,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs and may step up hiring.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Top White-Collar Crime Prosecutor Getting SEC Job

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will nominate former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White, who built a reputation prosecuting white-collar crimes, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has a central role in implementing Wall Street reform.

Why Geithner's Treasury Leadership Proved Divisive

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has saluted the outgoing Timothy Geithner as one of the best U.S. Treasury secretaries ever. He's surely been among the most contentious.

REAL ESTATE

US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.42 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained near record lows, keeping home buying more affordable.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 76 166 10,044
MORTGAGES 105 195 13,070
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 35 2,573
BUILDING PERMITS 216 370 23,894
BANKRUPTCIES 82 152 9,685
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 51 3,654
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 103 264 14,227
MARRIAGE LICENSES 29 53 3,116

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