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1. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

2. White House Focuses on Computer Science in Schools -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools.

3. How Much Do You Know About How the Internet Works? -

WASHINGTON (AP) – We may be the Internet generation. But we don't know much about how it works.

A new Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday found most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential.

4. 'Success is a Lousy Teacher' -

In sales, as in life, many a person throws in the towel after failure, not realizing that failure is actually an inevitable outcome of the innovative. Thomas Edison is reported to have had more than 1,000 failures before finally inventing a practical electric light bulb. Aptly, he said, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

5. Raising Concerns Over Education Coverage -

With just one person reporting on schools in a metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people, The Commercial Appeal is forging ahead with a relationship with a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering education.

6. Education Secretary Calls for System-Wide Reforms -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saw much that he liked in Memphis Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the end of his three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in three states.

The last stop was Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

7. Duncan Bus Tour Ends With Binghampton Kudos -

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrapped up a three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in several states Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Cornerstone Prep Elementary School in Binghampton.

8. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

9. Schools Leaders Outline Budget Goals -

The Shelby County Commission and Shelby County Schools leaders eased into what is likely to be the most difficult discussion of county government’s budget season – funding the county’s school district in the first academic year of the demerger.

10. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

11. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

12. Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year.

Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday.

13. Stephens Among Finalists for Bartlett Schools Post -

Shelby County Schools deputy superintendent David Stephens is among the three finalists to lead the Bartlett Schools system.

14. Stephens Among Finalists for Bartlett Schools Post -

Shelby County Schools deputy superintendent David Stephens is among the three finalists to lead the Bartlett Schools system.

15. Broadband in US Schools Gets Boost From Tech Gurus -

The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus – Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

16. Broadband in US Schools Gets Boost From Tech Gurus -

The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

17. School Board Questions Teacher Residency -

One of the coming debates about education reform in Shelby County will be about the role of teacher residency programs in preparing future Shelby County Schools system teachers.

Shelby County Schools board members approved two contracts before the Thanksgiving holiday with Memphis Teacher Residency and Teach For America, the two dominant residency programs working in Shelby County.

18. Entrepreneurs Not Always Leaders, and Vice Versa -

Seventy percent of startup businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bradley University and the University of Tennessee. It’s a devastating reality given that the lion’s share of those are small businesses, from which more than half of domestic sales are generated.

19. Define Your Core Business -

Most successful new businesses begin by taking advantage of a new, untapped opportunity that develops in the marketplace. These businesses can grow organically for many years by continuing to take advantage of their formula for success.

20. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would let the merger of American Airlines and US Airways proceed after the two carriers agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots and gates at key airports, notably Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia. With the agreement, the government hopes to increase access to the nation's busiest airports for low-cost airlines and to maintain flights to smaller cities.

21. Teachers’ Voices Matter -

I recently experienced one of the proudest and most poignant moments of my career as an educator during the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) convening, a teacher-inspired, teacher-led conference held Nov. 7 and 8 at the Mid-South Convention Center in Robinsonville, Miss.

22. Plan Your Legacy -

Ray’s Take Webster defines legacy as “something received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.” Our personal legacy is what we are remembered for; the contributions we have made to our family, our community, and our world.

23. Leadership Memphis Boosting School Success -

It is often said that good leaders inspire others to have confidence in their leadership. Great leaders inspire others to have confidence in themselves. This is exactly what the great leaders who have been a part of Leadership Memphis for the past thirty-five years have done; encourage the greatness in the emerging leadership in Memphis.

24. Shutdown Over, Obama Surveys Damage and Blames GOP -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress' bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America's credibility around the world.

25. Martin Institute Launches New Teacher Network -

The proposal that kick-started education reform in Memphis began with the statistic that 40 percent of teachers in the former Memphis City Schools system left by their third year as an educator.

It was the basis for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, which won $90 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as funding from local nonprofits – all in a seven-year period.

26. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.

Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.

27. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

28. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host a performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. A pre-performance reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $60 and are available through MCAC, 888-4342.

29. Grizzlies Owner’s Company Riding High -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has enjoyed a run of good news lately surrounding the technology company he founded, Ubiquiti Networks Inc.

30. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

31. Learning Curve -

When the first day of the first school year of the unified county school system opened Monday, Aug. 5, a group of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson stopped at Millington Middle School.

32. Student Achievement Takes Focus as School Starts -

When Shelby County public schools open Monday, Aug. 5, the leaders of the unified school district hope it will shift the civic discussion about public education in a different direction than it has taken in the last two and a half years.

33. Buffett Makes Annual Stock Donations to Charities -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock as part of his overall plan to give away his fortune gradually.

34. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

35. Events -

The Rebel on Beale summer country music concert series will kick off with Emerson Drive Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. in W.C. Handy Park at Beale and South Third streets. Cost is free. Visit rebel953.com.

36. No Vision, No Gifts -

Part one of three-part series on transformational giving. Philanthropy makes front-page news with the announcement of large, transformational gifts. Think Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey. Warren Buffet. With the news comes the question, “What would it take for us to receive such a gift?” This three-part series seeks to provide insights that can help nonprofits begin a conversation that may itself be transformational.

37. Beyond the Numbers -

It’s that time of year again when thick budget books dominate life for those in the Memphis and Shelby County governments.

But this year’s budget season on both sides of the Civic Center Plaza is more than line items and bottom lines on paper. The deliberations that ultimately determine how much you will pay in property taxes and at what rate go beyond the plans in the books of estimates, projections and the recurring and one-time revenue sources.

38. Questions Kick Off City Budget Hearings -

Memphis City Council members opened budget committee hearings Tuesday, April 23, on the clock and with lots of questions about what seemed to some like different budget numbers from last year at this time by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

39. Red Deluxe Adds Two New Clients -

Memphis-based ad agency Red Deluxe is starting off the year with two new clients on board.

The agency is now working with New Hampshire-based College for America and the Washington-based ALS Association.

40. ‘Teacher Town’ -

There was a time not too long ago when teacher residency programs in Memphis were exercises in isolation. The new teaching recruits in and out of those programs often talked of being overwhelmed in their new school and career environments. But in the larger maelstrom of changes to the face of local public education, the residency programs are growing across all the different types of public schools emerging in advance of the August merger of city and county schools.

41. East Memphis Squatter Removed From Home -

A woman who allegedly moved into a foreclosed East Memphis mansion is facing aggravated burglary, property theft and criminal trespass charges.

Tabitha Gentry, who also goes by the name Abka Re Bey, was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday, March 8, on the warrants when she left the house at 600 S. Shady Grove Road.

42. Special Master Has Tight Five-Month Window -

The special master appointed by U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays to oversee the schools merger knows the political and fiscal dealings of large local government entities.

43. Cash Talks of ‘Perfect Storm’ During Reform -

Kriner Cash says there were big “distractions” that began just before he became Memphis City Schools superintendent four-and-a-half years ago that created a “perfect storm” for his efforts to “transform” the school system.

44. Final Bell -

From the moment he became Memphis City Schools superintendent, Kriner Cash had competition.

“I’ve been fighting since I got here,” he said in the early stages of what winds up as a five-year tenure that officially comes to an end July 31.

45. Cash’s Turbulent Tenure Full of Surprises -

Kriner Cash came to the city as Memphis City Schools superintendent in July 2008. He began with an informal census that organized the school district’s student population by how many students were overage for their grade level, how many had no primary care physician and how many had access to no pre-kindergarten services.

46. Cash Exits At Critical Juncture In Merger -

Countywide school board members approved Thursday, Jan. 10, a severance package that ends Kriner Cash’s tenure as superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

Cash will remain through the end of July as an employee in an advisory capacity. At the end of July he gets six months of regular pay and $17,000 in moving and legal expenses as well as a letter of recommendation from the school system.

47. School Board Takes Up Merger Issues Thursday -

The countywide school board meets in special session Thursday, Jan. 10 to take up 10 more recommendations on the merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

The recommendations are the latest to go to the board from a steering committee composed of administrators from both school systems. The steering committee is making its recommendations on the set of merger recommendations made last August by a consolidation planning commission.

48. Study: People Worldwide Living Longer, But Sicker -

LONDON (AP) – Nearly everywhere around the world, people are living longer and fewer children are dying. But increasingly, people are grappling with the diseases and disabilities of modern life, according to the most expansive global look so far at life expectancy and the biggest health threats.

49. Entrepreneurs, Create Your Own Maps -

Entrepreneurialism is the last frontier – an uncharted region with unprecedented, unforeseen, unknown dangers, challenges and rewards.

All adventures begin with a new map, just like the territory you charted in your business plans. You drafted this plan in the ardor of a visionary impulse, tempered with a will to thrive as you grow.

50. Highpoint Church Buys Briarcrest’s East Memphis Campus -

After seven years of leasing space for its worship services, Highpoint Church has acquired Briarcrest Christian School Systems Inc.’s property at 6000 Briarcrest Ave. for $7.25 million.

51. Seeking Foundation Grants the Right Way -

Part one of a three-part series on proposal writing. If there is a mythical “pot-of-gold” in the nonprofit world it is the foundation grant. Many start-ups – as well as established nonprofits – look to grants from foundations as a cure-all; the answer to all fundraising problems. You can spot this tendency when you hear phrases such as “Bill Gates has a foundation, let’s submit a proposal.”

52. Kriner Cash Not Picked for Florida School District -

The Duval County Schools board began looking for a new superintendent in May. And when the seven-member board made its decision Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash was not chosen.

53. Gates, Buffett Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.

54. Local Entrepreneurs Will Soon Have ‘Urban Workspace’ -

A shared open work space, modeled after incubators in Los Angeles and New York City, is on the brink of being launched in Downtown Memphis.

Urban Workspace Powered by Cricket Wireless, located in the City House Memphis Condos at 6 W. G.E. Patterson Ave., will provide an affordable, shared working environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups eager to collaborate and share resources. The co-working facility opens Oct. 1.

55. National Civil Rights Museum Gets Social Media Upgrade -

The National Civil Rights Museum is upgrading its website and social media presence with a $549,547 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

With the more robust presence on Facebook and Twitter, the museum will also launch a discussion in those forums and others called “Preparing To Excel.”

56. City Council Approves Amended UDC -

The Memphis City Council at its Tuesday, July 17, meeting approved third and final reading of the amended Unified Development Code that covers Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County. However, there were some last-minute amendments that might call for another vote at the council meeting in August.

57. Council Sends Sales Tax Hike To November Ballot -

Memphis City Council members added a half percent local option sales tax hike proposal to the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis at their Tuesday, July 17, meeting.

The council approved the referendum ordinance on third and final reading.

58. Herenton Wants Juvenile System Charter School -

Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton wants to open a charter school that draws its students from those youths in the custody or care of the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court.

Herenton talked about the still forming proposal for a charter school under the name W.E.B. DuBois Academy this week as he returned to City Hall. He sought City Council support for a Memphis City Schools collaboration with charter school operators offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. MCS leaders declined to participate last year.

59. Hart Discusses Congressional Bid With The Memphis News -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart talked with The Memphis News editorial board this month about her candidacy in the Aug. 2 Democratic Congressional primary – a challenge of incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen in the 9th District.

60. Teachers: Leaders In Inspiration -

It’s an unusual person who can reflect on the life-changing events in their past and not think of a teacher.

Almost everyone can visualize that one teacher who made a critical difference, who was the difference between success and something else. If you were lucky, like me, you had more than one teacher to inspire, guide or push you to your limits.

61. School Board TEI Briefing Postponed -

Countywide school board members will get a briefing later on the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, the Memphis City Schools teacher professional evaluation and development program that is about to be expanded to include Shelby County Schools system teachers.

62. MCS Teachers Receive Report Cards -

With the school year almost over, Memphis City Schools teachers have their grades from the first school year of TEM – the Teacher Effectiveness Measure system approved by the state to evaluate teacher performance.

63. Called to Serve -

It’s hard to spot changes on the Midtown campus of Rhodes College.

The campus’ landscape is thick with old and massive trees in a part of town known for its impressive canopy of trees. And the difference between new and older buildings on the campus is intentionally hard to tell because the Gothic stone structures are built with rocks from the same quarry in the same style.

64. Westside School Looks for New Legacy -

Bobby White knows how many people identify Westside Middle School. And it goes back to the school’s existence as a high school.

65. Cash Says Charlotte Job Offers More Reform Work -

Memphis City Schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said he feels like his time in Memphis is growing short even if he doesn’t get the job as superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

66. Groups Voice Support Of Effectiveness Initiative -

As Shelby County’s two school systems moved from a consolidation question to a consolidation process and then a reformation that includes the possibility of municipal school districts, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been consistent.

67. Teacher Evaluation Sparks Debate Among Educators -

The schools consolidation planning commission hasn’t made any decisions yet about teacher pay and benefits or suggestions about how many teachers the merged school system might need.

But when it got its first look at the human resources overview last week, there was immediate discussion about which direction to go in teacher evaluation.

68. Leaders Examine School System Options -

The idea that the consolidation of Shelby County’s two school systems will involve a choice between what one of the existing school systems has over what the other has is an oversimplification.

But there are some choices to be made by the consolidation planning commission.

69. Deputy MCS Superintendent Resigns Under Controversy -

Deputy Memphis City Schools Superintendent Irving Hamer announced his resignation Wednesday, March 14, from the school system effective at the end of April.

70. ASD Spells Out School Changes -

Now that the state’s Achievement School District has named the three Memphis City Schools in which it will run charter schools and three others that will be run by the state as neighborhood schools, the move to a swift transition by August begins.

71. Status Update: Facebook to Go Public, Raise $5B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

72. Who’s Making ‘The Ask’? -

How do you ask for money? More specifically, how do you ask people to give to a nonprofit organization or institution you believe in?

Do you ask folks you know? Family members? Co-workers? Do you write a letter to Bill Gates? Do you ask colleagues after a business meeting or friends after yoga class? What do you say? How much do you ask for? What happens if you ask for a gift and find out someone else already asked?

73. MCS Included in Gates Fdtn. Education Report -

SEATTLE (AP) – Once-a-year evaluations aren't enough to help teachers improve, says a report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that includes comments about Memphis City Schools.

74. US Airways Adds Memphis Service -

Memphis will be one of 11 new destinations for US Airways starting March 25.

The new service between Memphis International Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington is part of a new strategy by US Airways to focus on its core service areas of Washington as well as Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.

75. Gates Testifies in $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Microsoft's Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company's history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker's word processor, Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect.

76. Congress About to Kill High-Speed Train Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is on the verge of killing funding for President Barack Obama's signature high-speed rail program, but it may have some life in it still.

Republican lawmakers are claiming credit for killing the program. But billions of dollars still in the pipeline will ensure work will continue on some projects. And it's still possible money from another transportation grant program can be steered to high-speed trains.

77. State Issues Report Card on Teacher Effectiveness -

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission issues its fourth annual report card on teacher effectiveness Tuesday, Nov. 1.

It uses data gauging the effectiveness of graduates from teacher training programs across the state. The data will reflect different data than the previous three years, as the state increases teacher effectiveness standards in keeping with the state’s First to the Top initiatives.

78. Schools Planning Group Maps Path -

The schools consolidation planning commission will probably hire a consultant sometime next month and the group should begin making the first decisions on what a consolidated school system looks like early next year.

79. Steve Jobs and Shades of Yellow -

Editor’s Note: “From the Blog” is a new weekly feature that highlights some of the enterprising work our staff posts on The Daily News blog, blog.memphisdailynews.com.

80. Bill Gates Tops Forbes List of Richest Americans -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – America's economic woes don't appear to be hurting philanthropist Bill Gates, who tops Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans for the 18th year in a row.

81. Cash Explains Reform Efforts to Republicans -

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash says two public school systems in Shelby County competing against one another and being compared to each other is a “false dichotomy.”

In remarks this month to the Midtown Republican Club, Cash continued to emphasize his ongoing plans for education reform locally. But for the first time, he talked about the reforms in a countywide context.

82. Priming to Improve Your Business -

Knowledge is stored in an associative manner. In plain English, that simply means pieces of information that somehow relate to each other are linked in your brain. For example, if I say the word Graceland to most longtime Memphis residents, it will probably trigger a series of linked thoughts: Elvis, Lisa Marie, airplane, stone fence, graffiti, Whitehaven, tourists, and so forth and so on.

83. Business: It’s About Time -

Time is currency and never more so than in small business. How you and your employees use it may determine success or failure. It is instructive to note Bill Gates and Fred Smith had the same 24 hours in the day as us. They have global businesses. We have certain areas of Shelby County.

84. Bloomberg Grant Highlights Big City Challenges -

When the nonprofit foundation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went looking for cities to award grants for innovation, foundation leaders didn’t just give out an address and wait for applications.

85. Drug Stops HIV Among Hetero Couples, Not Just Gays -

ATLANTA (AP) – An AIDS drug already shown to help prevent spread of the virus in gay men also works for heterosexual men and women, two studies in Africa found. Experts called it a breakthrough for the continent that has suffered most from AIDS.

86. Study Session -

By the end of this week, the fate of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., should be known. Thursday, June 30, is the day the private United Methodist Church-affiliated institution is scheduled to close.

87. ‘Innovation Conference’ Comes to U of M -

The University of Memphis Saturday will host some of the city’s most dynamic, innovative dreamers, thinkers and doers during TEDx Memphis 2011.

The day-long event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Deloach St.

88. Special Coverage: Mid-South Flooding -

Coverage of the rising waters in the Memphis area

Police Manually Checking Memphis River Gauge

The gauge that is the official measurement of the Mississippi River at Memphis has been on the blink since last week as the river has approached historic levels.

89. Poll: Finances Dictating College, Career Choices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – No matter how many subjects they're acing, most college students these days find economics a grind. Tricky financial calculations influence everything from what school they attend and what major they choose to how quickly they finish their degrees – or whether they graduate at all.

90. Poll: Students Optimistic Despite Money Doubts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For young people who came of age in the recession, the American dream of life getting better for each new generation feels like a myth.

A majority expect to have a harder time buying a house and saving for retirement than their parents did. More than 4 in 10 predict it will be tougher to raise a family and afford the lifestyle they want, according to an Associated Press-Viacom poll of Americans ages 18 to 24.

91. Turning Ideas Into Revenue -

Welcome to this occasional series of columns on intellectual property, designed to provide the Greater Memphis business and entrepreneurial community with insights into this extraordinary asset – what it is, how it can be turned into revenue and strategies to minimize the risk and expense of legal challenges involving it.

92. Senate GOP Leader Vows Action on Pentagon Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican in the Senate says he's confident that Congress will adopt the Pentagon's budget when a stopgap funding bill runs out in April.

Sen. Mitch McConnell says that while he'll support a three-week temporary spending measure in a vote this week, any further legislation to fund the government will have to include the $500 billion-plus Pentagon budget.

93. Warren Buffett Says Economy Keeps Improving Slowly -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday the U.S. economy continues to improve and doesn't need as much government help as it is currently getting.

Buffett appeared Wednesday on CNBC four days after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders and discussing his insatiable appetite for big acquisitions like last year's purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

94. Gates: Spending Cuts Don't Have to Harm Learning -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even in the midst of large spending cuts, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Monday that schools can improve the performance of students if they put more emphasis on rewarding excellent teaching and less emphasis on paying teachers based on seniority and whether they have a master's degree.

95. Forums’ Message: Schools Vote More Than About City -

In the Bartlett Station Municipal Center last week, Memphis City Council member Shea Flinn asked for a show of hands among the several hundred people at the Mid-South Tea Party forum on schools consolidation.

96. Schools Forums Hit Other Notes In Controversy -

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz says Germantown leaders and taxpayers should form a municipal school district now if they are going to.

“I think what they need to do is get immediately very selfish for themselves,” Ritz said at a Memphis Area Association of Realtors forum Thursday.

97. From Private to Public -

Those who run for and hold elected office will tell anyone who listens that running for office and governing are two different points on the same line.

In the gap between them is a middle ground of appointed officials, citizens who serve on boards and commissions, and those involved in a growing number of private institutions tackling the same public policy questions.

98. Haslam Chimes in on Local Issues -

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has a warning about his developing set of regional economic development strategies.

“The days where government was able to be seen as somebody who was always giving something are gone, quite frankly,” Haslam told a group of 40 business and civic leaders at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. “They’re gone for at least the foreseeable future.”

99. Wharton Sets Stage for Budget Proposal -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. set the stage Thursday for a coming budget proposal that will include cuts in spending and reductions in services.

His state of the city address at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital came two weeks before a panel of advisers will make recommendations on streamlining city services.

100. Wharton Sets Stage for Budget Proposal -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. set the stage Thursday for a coming budget proposal that will include cuts in spending and reductions in services.

His state of the city address at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital came two weeks before a panel of advisers will make recommendations on streamlining city services.