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1. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

2. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.

3. Craft Beer Boom -

Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.

4. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

5. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

6. Major Retailers Step Up to Support St. Jude -

Several national businesses including major retailers have begun lining up to again raise money during the holiday season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For St. Jude, the holiday shopping season doubles as a time when the hospital works to raise awareness – and funds – for its battles to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Along those lines, its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign that runs through the end of December gives the public a way to support the hospital and its mission while also shopping at a variety of businesses.

7. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

8. Seniors and Student Loan Co-Signatures – Should You? -

Ray’s take: Your grandchild has been accepted to his or her college of choice. Great news! But now that the celebration of acceptance is over, it’s time to do a realistic budget and figure out where the money will come from to pay for tuition and all the other expenses associated with attending college.

9. Web Sites Can Take Some Hassle Out of Car-Buying -

DETROIT (AP) – Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet.

Auto Web sites – once filled mostly with reviews and advice – are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees. Some let buyers estimate their trade-in values and turn in credit applications online. One company even lets buyers complete the entire sale online and get cars delivered to their door.

10. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

11. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013 -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.

Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.

12. AstraZeneca Rejects $119 Billion Offer From Pfizer -

LONDON (AP) – The board of AstraZeneca on Monday rejected the improved $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, a decision that caused a sharp slide in the U.K. company's share price as many investors think it effectively brings an end to the protracted and increasingly bitter takeover saga.

13. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly -

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.

14. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

15. Caught in the Middle -

Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”

16. Warren Buffett Offers Lesson in Value Investing -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders.

17. Pouring It On -

The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown had begun to show its age, its weather-beaten exterior presenting a less-than-inviting entrance and its dated and worn interior lacking the displays and amenities found in most modern grocery stores.

18. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

19. Wal-Mart Steps Up Competition for Holiday Shopping -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it will start offering its holiday deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at its stores – two hours earlier than last year.

20. Suburban Prospects -

Walker Taylor’s business philosophy is a simple one, and it’s helping keep his Germantown-based restaurant a must-visit for diners from around the world.

21. Affordable Care Act -

On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.

Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.

22. BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up for Sale -

TORONTO (AP) – BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.

The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of enhancing the company's value and boosting adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.

23. Medical Mergers -

In January, The Medical Group, an adult internal medicine practice in Germantown with seven physicians: Drs. Todd Overby, Alison Pomykala, Richard Jordan, Terinell Beaver, Steven Wener, Mark Castellaw and Dana Wright sold to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. after being independent since 1956.

24. Rosen Donates Books to ‘Leverage Power of Library’ -

The CEO of New York-based Rosen Publishing Co. could have given away the 10,000 books he donated to the Memphis Public Library and Information Center last week any number of ways.

25. Pryor Preparing to Launch First Campaign Ads -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign said Wednesday it is preparing to launch the first campaign ad for his re-election bid as he faces a high-dollar television blitz from groups on the left and the right.

26. Steady Groove -

This year’s Record Store Day, an international celebration held the third Saturday in April, brought casual music fans along with diehards and vinyl evangelists into music shops around the country, including Goner Records and Shangri-La Records in Memphis.

27. Signs of Life -

Home sales activity picked up in the first quarter of this year across the Mid-South, and brokers believe the market recovery is gaining traction.

Shelby County home sales rose 6 percent during the first quarter, with 3,382 sales from January to March compared to 3,179 during the first quarter of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

28. Haslam Rejects Medicaid Expansion -

Tennessee will not accept an expansion of Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday, March 27, to a joint session of the state’s General Assembly.

But Haslam also told legislators he is pursuing a “third option” between acceptance and rejection of the funding that would use the federal funding to allow uninsured Tennesseans eligible for TennCare, the state’s version of Medicaid, to buy private health insurance.

29. Beale District Future Mapped Out in Report -

Whatever comes next for the Beale Street entertainment district, the city of Memphis isn’t likely to turn over the three blocks of real estate for several decades to a developer and the nonprofit middleman, Beale Street Development Corp.

30. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

31. Barnes & Noble Chair Wants to Buy Retail Business -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last remaining national bookstore chain is being taken off the shelf and dusted off for sale.

Founder Barnes & Noble's founder Leonard Riggio disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that he wants to acquire the company's stores and website, but not the business that makes the Nook e-reader or the company's college bookstores. No price was disclosed.

32. New Chassis Pool Co-Op Launches in Memphis -

The trucker-formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative – the first of its kind – is launching its pilot program in Memphis this year.

The announcement follows the U.S. Surface Transportation Board recently approving the cooperative’s chassis pooling agreement, which will allow it to acquire and share chassis for intermodal freight transportation.

33. Lighting the Spark -

Somewhere, there’s an entrepreneur scribbling an idea on little more than the back of a napkin. Someone else has all the pieces of a new company in place, and now they’re ready to dial for dollars. Entrepreneurs are a talented bunch, but that talent doesn’t always include a knack for management or finance – skill sets that plenty of experts in Memphis stand ready to help explain.

34. Dozens Sue Pharmacy, But Compensation Uncertain -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

35. ConAgra Gobbles Up Store Brands With Ralcorp Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – ConAgra Foods is set to become the nation's biggest maker of store brand foods, with its $5 billion purchase of Ralcorp expanding its stake in the fast-growing market for cereals, crackers and other packaged foods sold under private labels.

36. Retail Therapy -

The retail business has been described in recent times as Darwinian in nature to those in the industry, meaning formats come and go as competition intensifies each year.

That concept is apparent in retail chains having trouble finding the best real estate for new locations as antiquated strip centers retain high vacancies. Or in the resurgence of upscale retailers, while dollar stores are simultaneously expanding at a rapid clip.

37. Best Buy Reports Third-Quarter Loss -

NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling Best Buy Co. reported another dismal quarter on Tuesday, recording a third quarter loss and continued sales slump just as the crucial holiday season revs up.

38. Shelby County Mortgages Up in October -

The Federal Reserve has signaled its intent to buy mortgage-backed securities for much of the near future to try and goose the economy, which means mortgage rates are liable to keep skating along the bottom, as they are now.

39. ‘Let’s Do This’ -

There was just something about FedExForum. Something about touring the more than 800,000-square-foot arena for the first time that made him think it’s “just awesome, being inside here.”

40. Brinkley Plaza Sells to Olymbec for $7.2 Million -

Downtown’s Brinkley Plaza has sold for $7.2 million to a Canadian real estate investment firm.

Montreal-based Olymbec USA LLC, an entity of Olymbec Corporate Group, acquired the 219,557-square-foot tower at 80 Monroe Ave., its ground lease and the adjacent 300-space covered parking garage.

41. Brinkley Plaza Sells to Olymbec for $7.2M -

Downtown’s Brinkley Plaza has sold for $7.2 million to a Canadian real estate investment firm.

Montreal-based Olymbec USA LLC, an entity of Olymbec Corporate Group, acquired the 219,557-square-foot tower at 80 Monroe Ave., its ground lease and the adjacent 300-space covered parking garage.

42. Woman-Owned Engineering Firm Finds Right Design for Success -

Entrepreneurship was never in Nisha Powers’ plans.

Armed with a degree in civil engineering, Powers moved to Memphis in 1997 and followed a traditional post-college path: She sought and landed a job at one of the state’s top firms in her field. But after eight years in one small office, she was ready to explore new territory.

43. Daunting Vision -

To say the team behind the redevelopment of the nearly 20-year-vacant Sears, Roebuck & Co. Retail and Catalog distribution facility in Midtown’s Crosstown neighborhood has their work cut out for them would be an understatement at best.

44. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem -

Maybe you’re a startup founder who wants to rub shoulders with your peers, pitch investors in the hope of landing venture capital and talk to a lawyer about drawing up paperwork.

Maybe you’re a veteran researcher who’s got a side project that looks like it could turn into something big. Or maybe you’ve got little more than an idea on the back of a napkin.

45. Apollo Thrives by Making Business All About Clients -

It’s been a long and winding road for Apollo Distributing LLC president Todd Farris, who’s seen the family business struggle, survive and now thrive.

46. Apollo Thrives by Making Business All About Clients -

It’s been a long and winding road for Apollo Distributing LLC president Todd Farris, who’s seen the family business struggle, survive and now thrive.

47. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

48. McDonald's Showing Signs of Tear From Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Not even McDonald's Corp. has an iron stomach when it comes to the global economic downturn.

49. Best Buy Profit Falls 26 Pct. in First Quarter -

Best Buy Co. said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 26 percent on restructuring charges as the struggling electronics retailer began implementing a turnaround plan.

50. Calif. Firm Finds Niche With ‘Premium Properties’ -

Investment firms nationwide are snatching up single-family real estate-owned (REO) properties, renovating and renting them, and then selling them to other investors.

This “house flipping” is seen as especially opportunistic in Memphis, where median asking prices are dwarfed by national averages and vacancies are widespread.

51. Market Value -

Investor Warren Buffett admitted in his annual letter to shareholders recently that he was “dead wrong” in his early 2011 prediction that the housing market would have begun recovery by now.

52. Conspiracy Theory -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.

53. Best Buy to Cut Costs and Close Stores -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Best Buy Co. said it plans to close 50 U.S. big box stores and open 100 small mobile locations in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and cut $800 million in costs by fiscal 2015. The news came Thursday as the biggest U.S. specialty electronics retailer posted a fiscal fourth quarter loss partly due to restructuring charges.

54. Housing Increase Marred by Bank Sales -

Local home sales posted a 36 percent increase in February, but many of those sales were executed by banks and investors.

Shelby County saw 997 home sales last month, compared to February 2011’s 735 sales, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

55. Revealing Character -

Not long after the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Undefeated” during the 84th annual Academy Awards, the film’s big-name executive producer excitedly sent out a flurry of tweets.

56. Will Higher Gas Prices Derail the Economy? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of gas has jumped 45 cents since Jan. 1 and is the highest on record for this time of year, an average of $3.73 a gallon. On Wall Street, talk has turned from the European debt crisis to another worry: Will higher gas prices derail the economic recovery?

57. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

58. Express Scripts Moves Past Split With Walgreen -

Express Scripts Inc. says it is doing fine after breaking up with pharmacy operator Walgreen Co., but it won't rule out getting back together with the largest U.S. drugstore chain.

59. Turbo-Traders Take Bank of America for a Ride -

NEW YORK (AP) – On a normal day, 4 billion shares of stock change hands on the New York Stock Exchange. One in 10 belongs to a single company. It's not McDonald's or IBM, both of which have been on a tear.

60. Turning Point -

In World War II, it was the beaches of Normandy. During the Great Recession, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” it's the reaction of Claudius when he storms out of the play that Hamlet staged in an attempt to guess whether his uncle killed his father.

61. French Quarter’s New Owners Meet With Residents -

Two new local owners are under contract to buy and convert the former French Quarter Suites Hotel in Midtown’s Overton Square district to a Comfort Suites in a $6 million project.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Memphis Heritage Inc.’s office, 2282 Madison Ave., partners Jay Kumar and Rishi Chopra revealed plans to purchase the vacant 103-room hotel at 2144 Madison Ave., at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Madison from FQI LLC for $2.3 million and pump about $3.7 million into renovations.

62. Details Emerge in Morgan Keegan Sale -

During a conference call with analysts early Thursday, Jan. 12, one day after announcing their firm’s acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. for $930 million, Raymond James Financial Inc. officials shared new details that employees of the Memphis firm had been waiting to hear.

63. State Court Adopts Code of Conduct -

The last time the ethics rules for Tennessee judges were rewritten the Soviet Union still existed and Tennessee Supreme Court justices ran in contested elections.

The Tennessee Supreme Court this month ended a two-year review of the state court system’s code of judicial conduct by adopting the new rules for the conduct of judges across the state. It is the first major revision since 1990.

64. Morgan Keegan Deal Would Represent New Chapter -

If indeed a deal is close at hand for Regions Financial Corp. to sell its Memphis-based investment banking unit to either Raymond James Financial Inc. or Stifel Financial Corp., it would represent a major new chapter in the firm’s 43 years of history in the city.

65. Patrick Travels Long Road Before Opening Rizzos -

Michael Patrick came to Memphis in 1997. Things are finally starting to look up.

“Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration,” the chef said, sitting at the front sun-drenched table in his three-month-old Rizzos Diner. “At certain times, my time in Memphis has been disappointing. Sometimes it was going great, and then I had the carpet pulled out from under me. I got the rep of a person who had too many jobs.”

66. Roku Expands Beyond Internet Video-Streaming Boxes -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

The new approach will rely on a finger-sized device that won't require extra cords or separate remote controls to stream video over high-speed Internet connections. The product, called the Roku Streaming Stick, will plug directly into a high-definition port available on a growing number of new-breed TVs, just as a flash drive fits into a computer's USB outlet.

67. Uninsured Turn to Daily Deal Sites for Health Care -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist he didn't need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon.

Stella, a small business owner, canceled his health insurance plan more than three years ago when his premium rose to more than $400 a month. He considered himself healthy and decided that he was wasting money on something that he rarely used.

68. CRE Activity Stays Strong During 2011 -

Despite hard times, local commercial real estate firms were able to ink plenty of deals in the past 12 months.

Memphis’ industrial leasing activity kicked off in January when Buena Park, Calif.-based Pacific Logistics Corp. signed a 60,000-square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto for its first Memphis-area location.

69. Sears to Close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores to raise cash after a weak holiday shopping season for the retailer.

70. Walgreen Q1 Profit Drops on Express Scripts Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Drugstore operator Walgreen Co.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings fell more than 4 percent due in part to a slow flu season and its decision to leave the Express Scripts Inc. pharmacy network next month.

71. TSC Takes Step Away from the Bard -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will celebrate the holidays by proving that it’s not a one-horse rodeo.

The professional theater company will stage its first non-Shakespearian production by branching out into works by Southern writers.

72. Shoppers Say 'Ho-Hum' Not 'Ho-Ho-Ho' to Sales -

Sale, schmale.

Used to be, customers would come running when stores cut prices. But these days, more Americans are becoming blasé about bargains.

Jennifer Beasley recently left a Toys R Us in Cary, N.C., unimpressed by the retailer's offers that day of 50 percent discounts on things like a $150 Sylvania tablet computer and a $45 My Baby Alive Doll.

73. Republicans Aim to Quash New Union Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are maneuvering to short-circuit an effort by Democrats on the National Labor Relations Board to approve rules that would quicken the pace of union elections.

74. Home Permits Up 91 Percent In October -

Local homebuilders filed 91 percent more new home permits during October compared with the same month last year, thanks to an out-of-town builder’s work in a Whitehaven subdivision.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 107 permits last month, up significantly from 56 in October 2010, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

75. Back to Black -

The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.

The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”

76. Workers Push Back Against Earlier Holiday Openings -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Count your blessings, then get to work.

That may be Thanksgiving for more retail workers this year, as stores desperate to pull in buyers on the first weekend of the holiday shopping season push their openings earlier and earlier. Unhappy workers who say it ruins their Thanksgiving celebrations are trying to persuade companies to back off, but retailers say they're stuck: It's what customers want.

77. Wal-Mart to Offer Holiday Deals Thanksgiving Night -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will be kicking off the official start to the holiday shopping season with special deals starting on Thanksgiving night. It's the latest retailer to woo crowds earlier than last year in a bid to get a jump on the competition.

78. Cable Cos. to Offer $9.95 Broadband for Poor Homes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches.

The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband.

79. Trucks, SUVs Power Strong Auto Sales in October -

DETROIT (AP) – Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars.

U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the "Cash for Clunkers" program in August 2009.

80. Grant Brings ‘Pop Up’ Art to Underserved Areas -

Sometimes art pops up in the most unlikely of places. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, three underserved neighborhoods will have the city’s best performances delivered to their doorsteps.

81. Memphis Cos. Seek Emerging Markets -

Executives at the Memphis headquarters of International Paper Co. like to recount the corporate giant’s experience in Russia in the 1990s.

82. Retailers Bank on Kindle Fire for Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon's Kindle Fire is a Catch-22 for retailers: The $199 tablet computer could both help Christmas traffic and hurt future sales.

Retailers hope the Kindle Fire's low price tag – which is less than half that of Apple's cheapest iPad tablet – will attract shoppers to stores during the busy holiday season. But the device, which offers free shipping and other incentives for customers to shop at Amazon, ultimately could drive sales to their online nemesis.

83. Salads are Nice, but Burgers are What Really Sell -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans talk skinny but eat fat.

No matter that First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a crusade for a year and a half to slim down the country. Never mind that some restaurants have started listing calories on their menus. Forget even that we keep saying we want to eat healthy. When Americans eat out, we order burgers and fries anyway.

84. US Auto Sales Up in September on Big Trucks -

DETROIT (AP) – Pickups and SUVs boosted U.S. autos sales in September as dealers offered promotions, gas prices fell and contractors replaced aging fleets of work trucks.

Truck sales at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grew in the double digits, outpacing cars. The September increases built on a healthy performance in August, when new models, cheaper financing and pent-up demand lifted the industry after several disappointing months.

85. AP Interview: P&G's US Leader on Growth Strategies -

CINCINNATI (AP) – While many of Procter & Gamble Co.'s top executives are looking overseas for expansion, Melanie Healey's focus is on growing what already is the consumer products maker's biggest market.

86. Company Buys 11 Acres On Thousand Oaks -

NAI Saig Co. has negotiated a pair of investment sales in recent weeks. Corolla Management Corp. has purchased two sites totaling 10.6 acres on Thousand Oaks Cove from Bank of Bartlett for $925,000.

87. In the US, Two Housing Markets and Two Directions -

In America, it's starting to feel as if there are two housing markets. One for the rich and one for everyone else.

Consider foreclosure-ravaged Detroit. In the historic Green Acres district, a haven for hipsters, a pristine, three-bedroom brick Tudor recently sold for $6,000 – about what a buyer would have paid during the Great Depression.

88. Debt Collectors: Business Great but Hard as Ever -

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – These are the best of times, and the worst of times, for America's debt collectors.

The prolonged economic turmoil has created more opportunity than ever for the profession, even while making it harder than ever to get folks to pay up.

89. Boyle Fund Buys Alabama Retail Center -

Midsouth Capital Fund I LLC – a fund formed by Memphis-based Boyle Investment Co. in late 2010 – has made its first acquisition in central Alabama with the $13.4 million purchase of Riverchase Village shopping center in Birmingham from Phillips Edison.

90. Staying Afloat -

Compared to the overall U.S. construction landscape, Memphis’ position appears to be managing fairly well.

Within the last 10 months, the city has landed several heavy manufacturing projects – Electrolux, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. and Kruger Inc., to name a few – in a time when, nationally, the manufacturing sector is stagnant.

91. Yahoo Co-Founder Urged to Help Oust Chairman -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A major Yahoo Inc. shareholder is recruiting company co-founder Jerry Yang to join a crusade to oust Chairman Roy Bostock amid the upheaval triggered by the recent firing of CEO Carol Bartz.

92. American Queen Steamboat Will Call Memphis Home -

The city of Memphis now owns a $9 million interest in The American Queen steamboat, the only overnight cruise boat working the Mississippi River when it leaves its Memphis port in April.

When the U.S. Maritime Administration signed off on the sale of the massive steamboat to HMS Global Maritime and its Great American Steamboat Co. subsidiary this week, it was a milestone in a complex, fast-moving deal.

93. Retailers Report Solid Sales Gains for July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.

94. IP Fares Well in ‘Sideways’ Quarter -

International Paper Co. reported 8 percent revenue growth in the second quarter. The Memphis-based paper company also reported net earnings of $224 million for the quarter ending June 30 compared to $93 million for the same three months of 2010.

95. IP Fares Well in ‘Sideways’ Quarter -

International Paper Co. reported 8 percent revenue growth in the second quarter of the year.

The Memphis-based paper company also reported net earnings of $224 million for the quarter ending June 30 compared to $93 million for the same three months of 2010.

96. Endpapers -

As the market for brick-and-mortar bookstores lessens, the space that once housed big-box retailers could very well be snatched up faster than a paperback at a liquidation sale.

It was 40 years ago that the first Borders opened its doors in Ann Arbor, Mich., as one of the originators of the big-box bookseller concept. But much to local bookworms’ dismay, Borders will now be known as yet another bookseller to be defeated by the ever-increasing eReader revolution.

97. Stocks Mixed After Biggest Day in a Year -

NEW YORK (AP) — One day after the Dow Jones industrial average had its best day this year, the stock market is drifting between slight gains and losses Wednesday. Analysts say concerns about lifting the U.S. debt limit are trumping strong earnings from Apple and a slew of new deals.

98. ‘Worse and Worse’ - Local homebuilders filed 35 percent fewer new home permits for the second quarter compared to last year, and experts say there’s a ways to go before signs of recovery emerge.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 142 permits during Q2 (April to June), down from 220 in Q2 2010, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

99. Temple-Inland to Review IP Offer -

The board of Austin, Texas-based packaging and building materials firm Temple-Inland Inc. will begin a formal review of the hostile takeover bid from Memphis-based rival International Paper Co. that was made public earlier this week.

100. GM, Ford June Sales Rise, Honda Falls -

DETROIT (AP) – Gas prices have hit a sweet spot for U.S.-based automakers. They've fallen enough to spur pickup truck sales, yet remain so high that newer small cars are selling as well.