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1. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

2. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

3. This week in Memphis history: August 22-28 -

1984: Among the public notices in The Daily News, Memphis Light Gas and Water Division was seeking sealed proposals on an electronic meter reading system, a much earlier version of the Smart meters the utility began using recently on a trial basis.

4. Ex-Senator Baker Remembered for Crossing the Aisle -

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. was remembered Tuesday for his ability to bridge political divides in Washington while also establishing the Republican Party as a statewide force in Tennessee.

5. Baker’s Career Mirrored State’s Political Story -

As the week begins, political leaders of both parties and across several generations will gather in East Tennessee for the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker.

6. Former US Senator Howard Baker Jr. Dies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, has died. He was 88.

7. Candidates Commit as Deadline Nears -

The first day of spring was March 20, but, after months of fundraisers and petition filings, the last day of the month served as the start of this year’s political season.

With the filing deadline for the August state and federal primaries, as well as nonpartisan Shelby County Schools board and judicial positions, Thursday at noon, candidates began Monday, March 31, making the set-in-stone decisions that will point election efforts toward voters and away from the groundwork.

8. Top Lawmakers Wrapping up Catchall Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators raced to complete an agreement Monday on a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year.

9. At 11th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

10. Judge Likely to Approve AMR Bankruptcy Exit -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge signaled Thursday that he is leaning toward approving American Airlines' emergence from bankruptcy protection but wanted more time to reflect.

"I'm finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive," Judge Sean H. Lane said from the bench. He could sign off on American's restructuring plan at the next hearing on Sept. 12 or in a written decision prior.

11. Huckabee Raising Funds for Alexander Re-Election -

Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign for re-election in 2014.

Huckabee, who carried Shelby County and Tennessee in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, sent a statewide fundraising letter this week on Alexander’s behalf. The appeal to Tennessee citizens compares Alexander to former President Ronald Reagan.

12. Huckabee Raising Funds for Alexander Re-Election -

Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign for re-election in 2014.

Huckabee, who carried Shelby County and Tennessee in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, sent a statewide fundraising letter this week on Alexander’s behalf.

13. FBI Promotes McCall to Special Agent in Charge -

A. Todd McCall has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, one of the bureau’s 56 field offices nationwide. McCall, who most recently served as chief of the digital forensics and analysis section in the Operational Technology Division, is now responsible for the management and oversight of more than 200 personnel and all investigative matters under the FBI’s jurisdiction spanning from Memphis to Cookeville, Tenn.

14. He Said, She Said, Part 2 -

Finishing what I started last week. More “humorous” quotes. Which I came up with for use in a “new” puzzle-game. And which the editors rejected. That I ultimately came up with 30 deemed acceptable now seems miraculous.

15. Non-Financial Fraud’s Growing Threat -

Conventional fraud is all too familiar, including misappropriation of assets (better known as employee theft) and financial statement fraud (Enron, WorldCom and Stanford Financial Group).

However, a type of fraud climbing out from under-the-radar status is non-financial fraudulent statements – false or misleading information produced by an organization to the public or regulatory body.

16. Judge Raises Free Speech Question About SEC Disclosure Rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court judge asked Friday how a new federal rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose payments of $100,000 or more to foreign governments squares with the First Amendment's free speech protection.

17. Halting Medicaid Expansion, Cutting Taxes Drive Casada -

State Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, the Republican caucus chairman of the state House, is part friend and part cajoler to the 70 representatives with whom he serves.

“I help members with their legislation,” he said. “And I help the caucus rally around a few positions.”

18. Supermarket Wine Bill Advances by 1 Vote in Senate -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores scored its first legislative victory on Tuesday after years of frustration.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 5-4 to advance the bill that would allow cities and counties to hold referendums next year to decide whether to expand wine sales beyond the state's nearly 600 licensed liquor stores.

19. Ramsey Steered to the Right by Harvey, Reagan -

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has one issue that has drawn little attention that he wants to pass through this session of the legislature: redrawing the state’s judicial districts.

20. Saluting UNCF Founder Patterson -

Black History Month celebrations are incomplete without a salute to nationally recognized fundraiser Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund. Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Patterson was committed not only to fundraising but to collective fundraising that has changed the lives of generations of African-Americans.

21. Court: Obama Appointments are Unconstitutional -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president's ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.

22. Alexander Proposes ‘Grand Swap’ for Medicaid, Education -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is proposing a "grand swap" in which the federal government would take over all responsibility for Medicaid and the states would gain all control over education.

23. Bar Seminar to Discuss Latest Labor Issues -

Talk of several prominent employment law issues and challenges – with insight gleaned from leading national legal figures – will be part of next week’s daylong annual seminar of the Memphis Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

24. A Century of Service -

Talking about the Better Business Bureau, the president said, “Your bureaus have not relied on propaganda extolling the virtues of business. They have gone to work to clean out the shady areas in the commercial world.”

25. US Economic Recovery is Weakest Since World War II -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

26. Court Leaves Ruling Against Big Tobacco Intact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court on Friday left intact a court judgment that ordered tobacco companies to do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking.

The companies sought to overturn a federal judge's order on grounds that the order had been superceded by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.

27. Creative Aging Mid-South Honored by Huffington Post -

Creative Aging Mid-South, an organization dedicated to promoting vital aging through the arts, is one of 10 arts-focused nonprofits across the country being saluted this month by The Huffington Post, in partnership with GreatNonprofits.org.

28. Laffer Rails Against Tenn. Estate Tax -

Art Laffer, a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, once sketched a diagram on a cocktail napkin for a staffer in Gerald Ford’s administration – named Dick Cheney – to showcase what’s now known as the Laffer Curve.

29. Santorum Campaigns In Cordova Pre-Super Tuesday -

GOP Presidential contender and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania blitzed the Memphis area Sunday, March 4, attending services at Bellevue Baptist Church and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, both in Cordova.

30. Tax Reform in This Election year: It's Not Likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tax reform sounds like a good idea to lots of people, but where to start? Eliminate the popular deduction for home mortgages? End the write-off for charitable contributions? How about expanding the Social Security payroll tax?

31. Obama Takes on Big Government: 'It Has to Change' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.

32. Nation Adds 200K Jobs in December Hiring Surge -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four painful years after the Great Recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as the virtuous cycle – an escalating loop of robust job growth, healthier spending and higher demand.

33. Economists: Obama's Policies 'Fair' or 'Poor' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama gets mediocre marks for his handling of the U.S. economy, and Mitt Romney easily outpolls his Republican rivals in an Associated Press survey of economists.

34. Unemployment Claims Lowest Since '08 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In in the latest sign that the U.S. economy is surging at year's end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession.

35. Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since March 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Small businesses and startups that were skittish about the economy this summer started hiring in bigger numbers this fall, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest in two and a half years.

36. Supreme Court Will Hear Health Care Case This Term -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul – a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Obama deserves another term.

37. Casada Weighs In on Anti-Bias Legislation -

Editor’s Note: This is an occasional series that profiles Tennessee’s state legislators. Credit his friends – and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan – with starting state Rep. Glen Casada on the road to public service.

38. Cain Tweaks 9-9-9 Tax Plan to Allow Exemptions -

DETROIT (AP) – Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain on Friday redefined his tax plan to exclude the poorest Americans and to allow some deductions, abandoning the zero-exemption feature of his "9-9-9" proposal that helped win headlines but would have meant a tax increase for 4 out of 5 Americans.

39. Economist Tells Club Stimulus Too Small -

As economist and author Bruce Bartlett sees it, the $787 billion stimulus bill President Barack Obama prodded Congress to pass shortly after his inauguration in 2009 didn’t bring the economy back to life like it was intended.

40. Econ Club Has Speakers On ‘Cutting Edge’ -

This fall’s slate of speakers coming to the city thanks to the Economic Club of Memphis includes a cyber-security expert, a prominent New York Times business columnist and a former government official who was an early supporter of “Reaganomics.”

41. Candidate Central -

At one point during his quick stop in Memphis this week, former Massachusetts governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney quoted a few lines from the poet Sam Walter Foss to a cadre of the city’s business elite.

42. Whether You Win – Part 2 -

Success is never inevitable, right? You can’t win ‘em all. Last week we looked at lost-phrases. This week the focus is on winning. Or won-phrases, anyway.

Perhaps ironically, the phrase “You can’t win ‘em all” is almost always associated with losing. As is also the case with “no-win situation,” a predicament in which a favorable outcome is considered an impossibility.

43. Appeals Court Strikes Health Insurance Requirement -

ATLANTA (AP) – A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.

44. Gang of 6 Deficit Effort Gains Momentum -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Leaders of a bipartisan "Gang of Six" senators said Tuesday that they've reached agreement on a major plan to cut the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the coming decade in what could be a bold entry into a debate on the deficit long bogged-down by bitter partisanship.

45. Obama Reaps Victory as Judges Uphold Health Law -

CINCINNATI (AP) – In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans.

46. DuBois Pioneer In Biz Media -

When Barney DuBois helped spearhead the launch of the Memphis Business Journal in 1979, he had no way of knowing that his efforts would forever change the media landscape in the Mid-South.

47. Obama Gains Foothold; GOP Autumn Surge Behind Him -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Six months after Republicans alarmed Democrats with a midterm election wave, President Barack Obama has shaken off the jitters and found his political footing despite sluggish economic growth and deep public anxiety about the direction of the country.

48. Southwest Closes $1B Purchase of AirTran -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. has closed its purchase of AirTran.

For travelers, nothing much changes right away. Travelers will continue to deal with whichever airline sold them their ticket. And policies such as checked bag fees will stay the same for now. AirTran charges for checked baggage, while Southwest allows two bags for free.

49. Alexander Questions Federal Standards -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander says the federal government should stop grading schools as part of the federal No Child Left Behind standards.

“I think it’s time to get Washington out of the business of announcing whether schools in Germantown and Collierville are succeeding or failing,” the Tennessee Republican told a group of about 200 Thursday at the Germantown Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.

50. Tenn. GOP Panel Rejects Call for Closed Primaries -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The executive committee of the state Republican Party on Saturday voted down a proposal to require party registration to vote in Tennessee primaries.

The policy panel rejected the proposal sponsored by committee member Mark Winslow, a former executive director of the state GOP, on a voice vote.

51. Both Parties Helped Run Up US $14 Trillion Debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two centuries after America's birth, the national debt was a bit under $1 trillion when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. Just three decades later, it has soared above $14 trillion, and accusations of blame are flying. Both Republicans and Democrats played major roles in driving the figure sky high.

52. Wiseman ‘Sets the Table’ for Policy as Lawyer, GOP Chair -

Like most lawyers, some of whom will point to the first time they watched Perry Mason or read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lang Wiseman gets asked a lot about how he got into the field of law.

53. 20 States Ask Judge to Throw Out Obama Health Law -

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways.

The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a full trial. They argue it violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

54. Haslam Appoints Ex-Publisher Griscom to Transition Team -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Bill Haslam has named former Chattanooga Times Free Press publisher Tom Griscom to his transition team.

Haslam said in a release Monday that Griscom will become the fourth member of his transition team on a part-time basis, with a focus on developing a communications plan for the new administration.

55. 'High Regard' -

As chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party, Beth Harwell targeted Memphis Democratic state Rep. Mike Kernell by recruiting candidates to run against him.

56. Obama Signs Sweeping Financial Overhaul Into Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.

57. Memphis Hospitals Named to U.S. News List -

Two Memphis hospitals made the best hospitals list in the U.S. News and World Report annual ranking of health care facilities.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ranked first in the nation for pediatric cancer. Last year, the hospital ranked third on the list.

58. Obama Walk in Sand is Prelude to Primetime Speech -

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Laying the groundwork for an evening speech to the nation, President Barack Obama walked a pristine stretch of sand on Florida's shoreline Tuesday and pledged to "fight back with everything we've got" against the spreading oil lurking offshore.

59. Republicans Pick Tampa for 2012 Convention -

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Republicans choose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants.

60. Goldman Sachs Paid $20K to Ford -

Goldman Sachs paid the lobbying firm of former Memphis Congressman Harold Ford Sr. $20,000 at the end of 2009. Congressional records from the fourth quarter show The Harold Ford Group was paid to promote the interests of the powerful Wall Street investment bank on issues including the pending financial reform bill.

61. Civil Rights Icon Hooks Dies at 85 -

Right up to the end, the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks was part of daily life in Memphis.

The national NAACP leader, attorney, Federal Communications Commission commissioner, preacher and judge died Thursday at his Memphis home after a long illness. He was 85.

62. Computer Consulting Firm Hires as It Grows -

Don’t tell Service Assurance there’s a Great Recession: The information technology firm has thrived in recent years, hiring 30 people since 2007 and continuing to seek engineers now.

Service Assurance, which audits IT departments, manages clients’ computer needs and provides disaster backup systems, is experiencing strong growth in audits, said Mark Giannini, co-owner of the company with Kelli Mitchell.

63. Unemployment Eclipses Fiscal Jolt -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The jobless got a hand. Taxpayers got tax breaks. And a sinking economy stabilized.

But the public’s response to President Barack Obama’s recession-fighting policies has been increasingly dreary. And the reason is simple: six months of unemployment above 9.6 percent.

64. Corker Aide Says Presidential Link Flattering -

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s top aide said the Tennessee Republican has nothing to do with the Web site www.corkerforpresident.com but he describes it as flattering and isn’t calling for its removal.

65. Obama Open to Every Good Idea to Stop Job Losses -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama kicked off a White House jobs forum on Thursday by saying he's "open to every demonstrably good idea" to reverse the worst job losses in decades. But Obama said the government's resources are limited and that growth ultimately must come from the private sector.

66. Jobless Rate Tops 10 Percent For First Time Since ’83 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The national unemployment rate has passed the psychological threshold of 10 percent for the first time since 1983 – and is likely to go higher.

Nearly 16 million people can’t find jobs even though the worst recession since the Great Depression has apparently ended. Persistently high unemployment could hurt the recovery by restraining consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy.

67. Job Losses Mar Recovery, Create Woes for Dems -

WASHINGTON (AP) - A distressed economy is widely blamed for President George H.W. Bush's re-election defeat in 1992, and a decade earlier, for the loss of 26 House seats in midterm elections by Ronald Reagan's Republicans. Yet in both instances recession had already ended or was winding down.

68. High Court to Review Local Gun Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment, ensuring another high-profile battle over the rights of gun owners.

69. Appeals Court Overturns Campaign Finance Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Independent advocacy groups will be able to spend more money to try to influence federal elections under a decision Friday from a federal appeals court that overturned rules limiting nonprofits' campaign spending.

70. Job Losses Slow As Unemployment Dips -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers sharply scaled back layoffs in July, and the unemployment rate dipped for the first time in 15 months, sending a strong signal that the worst recession since World War II is finally ending.

71. 467K US Jobs Cut in June; 9.5 Percent Jobless -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting the economy’s road to recovery will be bumpy.

72. Is Twitter the News Outlet for the 21st Century? -

NEW YORK (AP) - Cassy Hayes and Jasmine Coleman were among the first fans to arrive outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where Michael Jackson was brought and later pronounced dead.

73. Baker, Ford Share Political Opinions At Bar Convention -

The family trade has skipped a generation, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker noted at last week’s Tennessee Bar Association convention at The Peabody when speaking of his three grandsons and the law firm his grandfather founded.

74. Obama Spells Out Major Financial Rules Overhaul -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama proposed sweeping new "rules of the road" for the nation's financial system Wednesday, casting the changes as a critically important response to the economic crisis and the greatest regulatory transformation since the Great Depression.

75. Congress Has Little Appetite For Health Care Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s the toughest question of all in the debate over revamping the nation’s health care system – how to pay for expanding coverage to nearly 50 million uninsured people.

Ask lawmakers about raising taxes and the responses range from emphatic opposition to noncommittal statements about “putting everything on the table.”

76. AP Poll: After Obama's 100 Days, US on Right Track -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of people jobless. Billions of dollars in bailouts. Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt. And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track.

77. Council, Commission Mobilize Against State Wage Bill -

A bill passed by the Tennessee Senate Thursday and sponsored by a state lawmaker from Germantown would prohibit local governments from requiring private employers to pay their workers a living wage.

78. Lincoln Dinner Spotlights Race For Governor Post -

Three of the four declared Republican candidates in the 2010 governor’s race dominated the politics of the local Republican party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner this weekend. Even in an off election year, the countywide events across the country are a test of support within the party for any political endeavor beyond the local level. The dinner at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis Saturday evening featured Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga.

79. Watching History -

Millions of Americans viewed the inauguration of President Barack Obama last week, including an estimated 1.8 million in person. But the number of TV viewers still didn't match Ronald Reagan's first inauguration.

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80. Federal Deficit Totals $164.4B in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government registered a record budget deficit for the month of November, reflecting the impact of a recession on tax receipts and the mounting costs of the $700 billion financial rescue program.

81. Turnout Records Fall Even in GOP-Friendly States -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Even in reliably red states where Barack Obama has little chance of winning Tuesday, unprecedented numbers of registrations and early votes have been tallied, and elections officials are predicting a record turnout in places where neither candidate even bothered to campaign.

82. US Confronts Possibility of Long, Deep Recession -

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has not endured a deep and prolonged recession in more than a quarter century – enough time for many Americans to forget what one feels like.

But unlike the last two relatively short recessions, this one could be much longer and more severe, potentially bringing with it anxiety and job losses not seen in many years.

83. Buy Time Now, But Improve In the Future -

Tom Garrott is the former president and CEO of National Commerce Financial Corp., the parent company of NBC Bank (now part of SunTrust).

We unarguably face the greatest financial crisis since 1929-1939.

84. Fannie, Freddie Spent Millions On Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists, power brokers and political contributors.

85. Republican Fred Thompson Quits Presidential Race -

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who attracted more attention as a potential presidential candidate than as a real one, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

86. National Debt Hits $9 Trillion for the First Time -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The national debt has hit $9 trillion for the first time.

The Treasury Department, which issues a daily accounting of the debt, said Wednesday that the debt subject to limit was at $9 trillion on Tuesday. It was $8.996 trillion on Monday.

87. Scalia Follows Ginsburg's Lead With Dec. Visit -

A little more than a year after one of his closest friends on the U.S. Supreme Court flew to Memphis to address a gathering of legal professionals, Justice Antonin Scalia is coming to town to do the same.

88. With Help From His Friends -

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - Shortly after stepping onstage in Lawrenceburg's town square, Fred Thompson recounted a story about the way running for president has affected the Thompson family dynamic.

89. Bush Chooses MukaseyFor U.S. Attorney General -      Former federal judge Michael Mukasey, a tough-on-terrorism jurist with an independent streak, was tapped by President George W. Bush Monday to take over as attorney general and lead a Justice Department accused of being

90. Thompson Senate Campaign Manager Takes Over Likely Prez Effort -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson on Wednesday tapped the man he credits with saving his 1994 Senate campaign to take over his likely presidential bid.

Bill Lacy, a former strategist for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Republican National Committee, will run day-to-day operations of Thompson's committee to "test the waters" for a presidential run.

91. News Analysis: Thompson's Road to Official Candidacy Less Than Smooth - WASHINGTON (AP) - Not yet a declared White House candidate, Republican Fred Thompson may as well be for all his recent stumbles, from a staff shake-up to subpar fundraising to inconsistent answers about his resume.

92. Fred Thompson Shakes up His Campaign Staff -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson is shaking up his still-unofficial campaign, replacing his top aide with a former Michigan senator and a veteran Florida strategist.

93. With Substance Lacking - For Now - Thompson's Strength is His Style -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fred Thompson's easygoing, no-nonsense style is clearly his strength and undoubtedly has helped him soar in presidential polls. But it may only get him so far.

Sooner or later, the all-but-declared candidate will have to answer the question: What else do you offer?

94. The Man Who Would Be President: -

In nearly 45 years of political involvement, Fred Thompson has seen the fortunes of his chosen political party rise and fall several times over.

Those times have changed the nature of the Tennessee Republican party but not a brand of conservatism to which Thompson is expected to give national form as a contender for the White House.

95. Thompson Touts Conservative Values at S.C. Fundraiser -

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Fred Thompson focused on conservative themes as he courted Republican loyalists Wednesday, a Southerner making his initial visit to the first-in-the-South primary state since becoming a prospective presidential candidate.

96. Thompson Teeters on Presidential Edge -

In a generally favorable profile of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson that ran in the May 20 edition of The Washington Post, Liz Garrigan wrote that she once compared the lawmaker's appearance to that of the "Star Trek" character Worf.

97. Bobby Dunavant Public ServantAwards Honor Man, Legacy -      To those who knew or worked with him, the late Bobby Dunavant was the ideal public servant.
     Retired Probate Judge Donn Southern worked with Dunavant for many years as both a lawyer and

98. Local Air Traffic ControllersStruggle Under FAA Plan -      Whether he's perched in a tower gazing at a sunset or planted in a chair glued to a blip on the radar screen, Pete Sufka loves everything about being an air traffic controller.
     "I often

99. Renowned Parks ExpertTo Speak in Memphis -      Friends for Our Riverfront hosts Charles R. Jordan, a leading expert on parks and public spaces, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. at Memphis College of Art Auditorium in Overton Park. Jordan will speak on "Renewing Our Cities, Restori

100. New '07 MBA Vice President Plans Collaboration with U of M Law School -

Amy Amundsen has been named the 2007 vice president of the Memphis Bar Association (MBA). Prior to that, she served as treasurer.

Amundsen is a partner at the law firm of Rice Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, and focuses her practice primarily on domestic law. Amundsen recently worked with the SCALES (Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students) Project, which was held in Memphis last month. It allowed several hundred Shelby County high school students to see cases argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court.