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VOL. 128 | NO. 218 | Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ignite Memphis Connects People, Ideas

In a couple of weeks, via a series of structured slide-based presentations, a group of creatives will try to live up to the event’s official billing and ignite Memphis.

‘Got to Do Something’

Freedom Awards honorees challenge community to be engaged

Educator and Harlem Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada came to the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards Wednesday, Nov. 6, with some harsh words as he and two others accepted the awards.

Tennessee Students Lead Nation in Academic Growth

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth.

Council Shares Criticism of Mayor in Mall Debate

Memphis City Council members profoundly disagree with one another on how far the city should go to fund a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

New Council Chairman Could Have New Rules

The new chairman of the Memphis City Council in 2014 could be overseeing the council under a different set of ground rules.

Election Day Arrives for Municipal School Boards

Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities go to the polls Thursday, Nov. 7, for the second time in a year to elect school boards for their respective municipal school districts.

MEMPHIS LAW TALK

Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community

Brad Box, a partner at Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, has been named the 2013-2014 president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association. The association is the state arm of the national Defense Research Institute, an organization committed to the exchange of ideas, technique and information.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Automate for Painless Saving

Ray’s Take Saving is hard. There are so many temptations when you have to make a conscious decision to put money aside each paycheck. For many, the money goes straight into a checking account, and then flows right out again to pay an endless stream of bills.

Pronoun Showdown, Round 3

The Pronoun Showdown continues. I started it some weeks back, asking which of two football coaches was correct, the one who said “between me and him” or the one who said: “between he and I?”

STATEWIDE

Former Democratic Senator Facing Charges

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) – Former Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart has been indicted on charges of theft and insurance fraud.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Why a Spike in October Unemployment May Not be So Bad

WASHINGTON (AP) – The jobs report for October due out Friday may be bleak. It might even be scary. The unemployment rate could jump by the most in three years. Hiring may slow from an already weak pace.

Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Veterans, Military Spouses

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it plans to hire at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Dish to Close Rest of its Blockbuster Stores in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.

Wal-Mart Blames Price Errors on Technical Glitch

NEW YORK (AP) – Treadmills for $33? Computer monitors for $9? The deals are too good to be true – even at Wal-Mart.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Post Office Expects Increase in Package Deliveries

The post office expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 420 million packages during the holiday season.

HEALTH CARE

Sebelius: Couple of Hundred Website Fixes Required

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration's flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago and conceded, "we're not there yet" in making all needed repairs.

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PROPERTY SALES 83 415 10,637
MORTGAGES 87 499 13,826
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 99 2,743
BUILDING PERMITS 0 915 25,222
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