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1. Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing Up Rents -

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.

2. Visiting Teams Show Blueprint for Tigers -

Now that we’ve all had a few days to digest the premature end to the Tigers’ season, let’s see what we can learn that might help going forward.

Two days after Memphis again lost in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, coach Josh Pastner struck a different tone when answering questions from the media.

3. Another Five-Peat -

“Never in the history of competitive crossword puzzle solving has there been a rivalry like the one between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.” Thus begins a write-up of last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament at time.com.

4. Six Things You Can Do As a Board Member -

Calling all nonprofit board members: Do you sometimes wonder what value you bring to the nonprofits you serve? Do you wish you were more engaged, or that “they” took more advantage of the talents you bring to the board? We have the solution for you: take initiative! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to get involved.

5. US Housing Construction Down 16 Percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home construction fell in January for a second month but the weakness in both months reflected severe winter weather in many parts of the country. The expectation is that housing will deliver another year of solid gains, helped by an improving economy.

6. Events -

The Mid-South Sports and Boat Show will be held Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include boat and tackle vendors, and seminars for both children and adults. Visit midsouthboatshow.com for hours and ticket prices.

7. Events -

The Mid-South Sports and Boat Show will be held Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include boat and tackle vendors, and seminars for both children and adults. Visit midsouthboatshow.com for hours and ticket prices.

8. Events -

The National Hispanic Professional Organization, Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rafael Durand, director of human resources at International Paper, will speak. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email nhpomemphis.us.

9. Applications for Jobless Benefits Rise to 348,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 19,000 last week to 348,000, the highest in about a month. But the broader trend in applications remains low.

The Labor Department says that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased just 750 to 333,000. The increase follows three weeks of declines.

10. Weekly Applications for US Jobless Aid Mostly Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits ticked up 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a level consistent with steady job gains.

The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the third straight week to 331,500. Both figures are close to pre-recession levels and suggest that companies are laying off few workers.

11. Can ‘Cardinal Way’ Improve Park Attendance? -

To put it in the game’s terms, the Memphis Redbirds/AutoZone Park/St. Louis Cardinals defeated political skepticism and doubt by a score of 8-4 and saved baseball at Third and Union for many summers to come.

12. Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Defense Bill -

HONOLULU (AP) – President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

13. NBA Notebook: December 20, 2013 -

The Grizzlies’ Nick Calathes Experiment, if you want to give it a name, continues. Brought in after playing four years in Europe to be Mike Conley’s backup at point guard, he has been playing more minutes in the wake of Conley’s bruised thigh.

14. Court to Decide Whether Investing Suit Can Move Forward -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will weigh in on a lawsuit against Fifth Third Bancorp accusing management of irresponsibly investing employee retirement money in the bank's then-failing stock.

15. Durable-Goods Orders Fall 2 Percent in October -

Businesses spent less last month on machinery, computers and most other items, lowering orders for U.S. long-lasting factory goods. The decline suggests companies may have been reluctant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdown

16. Box’s Law Career Spurred by Helping Community -

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

17. Local Banks Raise Capital to Fund Growth -

When banks pass the hat, rounding up new capital from investors to finance future growth, it tends to be a sign those banks believe the economy is getting better.

Banks in Memphis that have been doing that of late include First Alliance Bank, which is in the midst of a capital raise now. First Alliance recently launched that capital raise in the form of a debt offering of up to $5.35 million.

18. US Airways Net Income Dips on Higher Taxes -

DALLAS (AP) — Higher taxes reduced US Airways' third-quarter profit, but the airline still beat Wall Street expectations on a combination of more traffic and higher average fares.

US Airways, the nation's fifth-biggest airline, pushed revenue higher by filling a larger percentage of seats. Including US Airways Express regional flights, passengers traveled nearly 5 percent more miles and they paid 4.4 percent more for every mile that they flew.

19. Hogue Goes Distance for ‘Golf’ Contest -

The swing and the sound really haven’t changed that much. The swing is still fast and violent. The sound upon contact is a still a loud “ping!” that signals the ball is about to travel a long, long way.

20. Crosstown Wins 20-Year Tax Break -

The $180 million project to revitalize the Sears Crosstown building won a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement Thursday, Oct. 10, from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

21. Visionary Plan -

Southern College of Optometry is putting the finishes touches on the first of three phases of major renovations that will take place over the next decade.

“When we developed our strategic plan, we looked at what we wanted the school to look like in 10 to 15 years,” said Southern College of Optometry President Dr. Richard Phillips.

22. Census: No Sign of Economic Rebound for Many in US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as the economy shows signs of improvement and poverty levels off, new U.S. census data suggests the gains are halting and uneven. Depending on education, race, income and even marriage, not all segments of the population are seeing an economic turnaround.

23. Area Teams Set Sights on Dream Seasons -

When last we saw the University of Memphis football team, the Tigers were finishing Justin Fuente’s first season on an inspiring three-game winning streak. They checked out of Conference USA with a 4-4 league record. They provided hope as they start play this season in the new American Athletic Conference.

24. Cardinals Recall Martinez to Start Thursday -

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis to make his first career start Thursday night against the Dodgers.

25. Better Economic Growth Likely to Follow Weak Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economy is expected to have grown at a dismal pace in the April-June quarter, weighed down by large tax increases and steep government spending cuts.

But the second quarter should be the low point for the year, economists say. The fiscal drag is expected to fade. At the same time, steady hiring, more business spending and a solid recovery in housing should push growth higher in the second half of the year.

26. Hudson's Bay Buying Saks for About $2.4 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Don't let the global economy fool you: Luxury is hardly dead.

Saks Inc. agreed to sell itself to Hudson's Bay Co., the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring luxury to more North American locales.

27. Report: Economic Concerns Drive College Choices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – College costs are driving decisions about which schools to attend, what to study and even where to live, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae.

Parents no longer foot the largest portion of the bill, according to the lender's annual survey. That role goes to grants and scholarships, with student loans coming in third.

28. Events -

Memphis Area Legal Services, AutoZone Inc. and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will hold the fifth annual pro bono legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The free clinic offers seniors legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely at 523-8822.

29. Events -

The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.

30. Events -

Downtown Memphis Commission, Victorian Village Inc. and the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities will host a launch party for the James Lee House renovation Monday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the house, 690 Adams Ave. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

31. 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.

32. Achievement District Plans Include Two High Schools -

The state-run Achievement School District has identified nine charter school operators that will run failing Memphis schools in the 2014-2015 school year including, for the first time, two high schools.

33. Achievement District Plans Include Two High Schools -

The state-run Achievement School District has identified nine charter school operators that will run failing Memphis schools in the 2014-2015 school year including, for the first time, two high schools.

34. Bill Haslam Vetoes ‘Ag Gag’ Bill -

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, saying his main concern is its constitutionality.

State Attorney General Bob Cooper last week said in a legal opinion that the measure would be “constitutionally suspect” because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection.

35. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Launches New Season -

Dr. Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, is clear-eyed and unequivocal about what success looks like for the startup accelerator program his foundation operates and which launched its new season this week.

36. Haslam Vetoes ‘Ag Gag’ Bill -

Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, saying his main concern is its constitutionality.

State Attorney General Bob Cooper last week said in a legal opinion that the measure would be “constitutionally suspect” because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection.

37. Papa Murphy’s Considers 25 New Local Stores -

Papa Murphy’s, one of the largest pizza companies in the U.S., is looking to grow its Memphis presence exponentially.

The Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is looking to add as many as 25 stores in Memphis, where there are currently two existing Papa Murphy’s locations. That’s according to the company’s chief development officer Kevin King, who said the company already has a similarly strong presence in Nashville, with 20 stores there.

38. ‘Old School’ Gasol Feted As League’s Top Defender -

The NBA’s new Defensive Player of the Year was remembering another ceremony, more than a decade ago at The Pyramid.

“I was just a little kid watching my older brother be happy to be recognized,” center Marc Gasol said.

39. Council OKs Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

40. Hazlett Touts City’s Positives to World -

Bob Hazlett, director of online marketing at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a proudly converted Memphian who promotes the city as a travel destination.

“I feel that if we can get someone to come to Memphis, they fall in love with the city,” Hazlett said. “I’ve lived in a couple of different places, and I think that for all of the bad things that are said about Memphis, there are so many positive things that are going on. It’s not a rhinestone, but it is a diamond in the rough. If you seek things out, the city will reveal itself to you.”

41. Council Approves Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

42. Wharton Pitches Budget With 28-Cent Property Tax Rate Hike -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented a $622.5 million operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 16, that would require a property tax rate increase of 28 cents.

That would bring the city property tax rate, currently at $3.11, to $3.39.

43. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

44. For Love of Money -

The staples of a great Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart – flowers, candy and delicious food – equal big business for local establishments specializing in romantic fare.

Annual Valentine’s Day spending in the U.S. totals more than $13 billion, according to numbers from the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association and statisticsbrain.com. The average consumer spends $120 wooing that special someone on Valentine’s Day.

45. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

46. Stranded During Christmas Decorating -

My understanding of Christmas tree lights, in a word, is nada, zilch, nil. OK, so that’s three words. I plug in a strand. If the bulbs light up, we’re good. If they don’t, I’m lost.

47. Community, Real Estate Drive Crye-Leike’s Fuhrman -

Crye-Leike Commercial Real Estate president and managing broker Eric Fuhrman is a busy man.

For starters, he is in charge of a bustling division of one of the largest real estate firms in the country.

48. Reardon Speaks Out Against City’s Approach to Housing -

The University of Memphis professor leading the resistance to a still-forming plan to demolish the city’s last large public housing project says the city’s approach to transforming public housing since the late 1990s hasn’t worked.

49. Let’s CHANGE Summit Tackles Obesity Epidemic -

Healthy Memphis Common Table continued with its mission to improve the health of people in the Memphis area by confronting the area’s obesity crisis at its recent Let’s CHANGE Summit.

The organization’s Let’s CHANGE (Commit to Healthy Activity and Nutrition Goals Every day) program is a partnership between the Shelby County Health Department and more than 37 businesses and community organizations dedicated to fighting childhood and family obesity. The Let’s CHANGE pilot project includes five pediatric practices, the YMCA of the Mid-South and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to address family obesity head-on using tools to change diet and exercise patterns.

50. Delek Buys Lion Oil Facility for $6.4 Million -

1023 Riverside Drive Memphis, TN 38106

Sale Amount: $6.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2012

51. Delek Buys Lion Oil Facility for $6.4 Million -

Delek Logistics Operating LLC has paid $6.4 million for the oil distribution terminal at 1023 Riverside Drive from Lion Oil Co.

52. Tennessee Ranks Third in Men Killing Women, Says Group -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A group that tracks violence across the nation says Tennessee is now third in the nation in women killed by men.

The Tennessean cited a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., in reporting there were at least 62 such Tennessee cases in 2010 – the latest year tabulated.

53. Third-Quarter Earnings Vary Widely -

Third-quarter earnings season is wrapping up, and the results have been all over the map for banks and financial institutions with ties to Memphis.

One common thread: many are still making money – an increase in profits, in fact. But the low interest rate environment is eating into how much some of them are able to achieve.

54. US Airways Posts Record Third-Quarter Profit -

DALLAS (AP) — US Airways turned in a strong performance during a three-month stretch that covers much of the peak summer vacation season.

Net income for the third quarter was a record $245 million, or $1.24 per share, compared with $76 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier, the airline said Wednesday.

55. General Motors' Stock Rise Surprises Industry -

DETROIT (AP) – Surprise! The top-performing stock among automakers in the U.S. this quarter is General Motors.

The company, which endured management upheaval during the quarter and announced that it would lose substantial cash in Europe, saw its shares rise almost 18 percent from July through late September. The gain was the best since the first quarter of this year, when the stock climbed about 23 percent. GM posted strong profits in that period.

56. Event Pushes Entrepreneurs to Seek Corporate Dollars -

Only 2 percent of women-owned businesses break the $1 million mark in revenue, and of those that do, 56 percent of their sales come from corporate clients.

The reality is, within just two years of adding the first corporate client, women business owners experienced a 266 percent growth in revenue.

57. US Home Prices Rise in July by Most in 6 Years -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. home prices jumped 3.8 percent in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider. The year-over-year increase was the biggest in six years, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering.

58. Millstone Medical Expands Local Operations -

Fall River, Mass.-based Millstone Medical Outsourcing LLC is relocating its Memphis operations to a larger Olive Branch facility to broaden services and capacity.

59. Naming the Baby: Product Naming 101 -

If you ask business experts what is the most fundamental ingredient in a successful product launch, you may hear three things: distribution, quality or pricing. All three are merely givens in this era – mandatory.

60. US Trade Deficit Falls to Lowest in 18 Months -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in 18 months in June, pushed down by a steep drop in oil imports and a rise in exports.

The trade gap narrowed to $42.9 billion in June, down from $48 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

61. US Economic Outlook Brightens on Jobs, Trade Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Thursday after new data pointed to improvement in hiring and greater exports.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the Labor Department said. Economists noted that the level suggests the modest job creation in July could carry over into August.

62. Hard Work, Sincerity Keep Albertine Thriving -

When Gary Albertine Sr. got into the real estate business in 1948, an average 1,500-square-foot house sold for about $15,000.

Contracts were one-page long, men dominated the industry and the eastern boundary of Memphis city limits was Goodlett Street. It was a simpler time, when business was based on trust and word of mouth.

63. Fed Says US Economy has Slowed, Takes No New Steps -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to boost growth if hiring remains weak.

The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting. But it acknowledged in a statement released after the meeting that economic activity had slowed over the first half of the year. It also said unemployment remains elevated and consumer spending is rising at a somewhat slower pace.

64. Construction Spending up in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another strong gain in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up for a third straight month in June.

The construction industry has been flashing signs of improvement while other sectors of the economy have slowed.

65. US Jobless Claims Drop by 35,000 to 353,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors.

The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 353,000. That's down from a revised 388,000 the previous week and the biggest drop since February 2010.

66. Morgan Stanley Closes a Bleak Bank Earnings Season -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's tough being a big bank these days.

Morgan Stanley, the storied investment house, reported Thursday that its revenue was down sharply for April through June and its profit missed Wall Street expectations. Its stock was clobbered — down more than 5 percent.

67. Capital One to Pay $210M Over Marketing Tactics -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's consumer watchdog agency flexed its enforcement muscles for the first time Wednesday and ordered Capital One Bank to repay millions of credit card customers allegedly tricked into buying costly add-on services.

68. Fed Was Split Over Policy Action at June Meeting -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is open to taking further action to support the struggling U.S. economy. But minutes of the Fed's June meeting show policymakers at odds over whether the economy needs more help now.

69. Dollar General to Sell $450 Million in Senior Debt -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General Corp. announced Wednesday that it is offering $450 million in senior notes due in 2017.

The discount retailer said it plans to use the proceeds, along with cash on hand and possible other borrowings, to redeem its outstanding senior unsubordinated notes.

70. American Offers to Drop Plans to Lay Off Pilots -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is offering to drop plans to furlough pilots as it seeks union approval for a long-term cost-cutting deal that would help American rebuild while under bankruptcy protection.

71. FedEx Corp. to Buy Brazilian Shipper -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is buying its authorized FedEx representative in Brazil to become part of FedEx Express.

The agreement to buy Rapidao Cometa Logistica e Transportes SA is the fifth by the Express division since February 2011 as FedEx acquires networks of existing domestic routes and services already in place in Europe and Latin America, linking them to its international transportation and logistics network.

72. FedEx to Buy Brazilian Shipper -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. is buying its authorized FedEx representative in Brazil to become part of FedEx Express.

73. Yahoo CEO Faces Calls for Ouster After Inaccuracy -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson faces calls for his ouster after just four months leading the troubled Internet company because of inaccuracies with his academic credentials.

74. Ambitious Educators -

KIPP Memphis, which currently educates 500 students in grades five through nine at two schools, has embarked on an ambitious expansion plan that will include opening 10 collegiate schools educating roughly 4,500 students in North and South Memphis by 2016.

75. US Airways Makes Deals With 3 AMR Unions -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways has struck deals with unions at American Airlines to win their support for a possible merger of the two airlines.

The unions are angry that American is trying to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy protection. They represent 55,000 pilots, flight attendants and ground workers at American, the nation's third-largest airline

76. Cash ‘In Limbo’ While Waiting on Charlotte -

When he returned to Memphis last week from Charlotte, N.C., Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash went directly to The Racquet Club of Memphis where a group of 500 was winding up a rally in support of the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative.

77. Analyzing American Crossword Puzzle Tourney -

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It’s crossword tourney time again, and here I am at the 35th installment of the world’s oldest event of its kind – the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Last year, I wrote that after puzzles 1-7, “last year’s winner, Dan Feyer, was in first, with last year’s third-place finisher, Anne Erdmann, and five-time winner, Tyler Hinman, on his tail.”

78. Gauge of US Economy Rose 0.7 Percent in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of future U.S. economic activity rose in February for the fifth straight month, fresh evidence that the economy is gaining momentum.

The Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.7 percent in February, after a 0.2 percent increase in January.

79. Gay Helps Grizzlies Get by Wizards, 97-92 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – After playing in a first-half funk, the Memphis Grizzlies finally relied on better team basketball in the second half.

And Rudy Gay's 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left put the finishing touch on the Washington Wizards.

80. Heavy Demand Expected as iPad Goes on Sale Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Let the wild rumpus start.

The customary storefront crowds are expected to gather as Apple's latest iPad goes on sale Friday. Long lines are likely even though customers could have ordered the new tablet computer ahead of time for first-day home delivery.

81. MAA Announces Closing of Unsecured Term Loan -

Memphis-based apartment-only real estate investment trust MAA announced Monday, March 5, the closing of a $150 million unsecured term loan agreement with a five-year term. Proceeds from the term loan will be used to repay outstanding balances on a secured line of credit.

82. Gasol, Conley Lead Grizzlies Past Mavericks 96-85 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – The Memphis Grizzlies wanted to make sure they maintained the momentum they had before the All-Star break.

They did it by turning back the defending champion Mavericks on Wednesday night – albeit with Dallas getting little production from Dirk Nowitzki, who left with a balky back.

83. State Targets Six Schools to Operate -

A group of six Memphis city elementary and middle schools are about to change substantially in the next year as the state has announced it will step in to run them.

The changes announced this week as part of the state-run Achievement School District underscore larger changes to education across the country along the lines of charter school reforms.

84. Sullivan Inks Lease For Toyota Ctr. -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

85. Sullivan Branding Inks Toyota Center Deal -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

86. Homebuilder Optimism Rises for 5th Straight Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders are gradually growing more optimistic about the depressed housing market and believe homes sales could pick up sharply when the spring buying season begins.

87. Parker, Duncan Lead Spurs Past Grizzlies 89-84 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Tony Parker appreciates San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's conservation plan.

88. Gasol Lead Grizzlies Past Hornets 93-87 -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Marc Gasol likes to think his good basketball genes go beyond his 7-foot-1 stature and even affect his decision-making on the court.

"I try to make the right play every time," Gasol said. "If it's my shot, it's my shot. If I feel somebody else has a better shot than I'm going to take, I have to pass it. That's my DNA. There's nothing I can really change with that."

89. Year of Elvis -

When describing the upcoming 35th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kevin Kern of Elvis Presley Enterprises said 2012 could bring more fans to town than ever before.

90. Vandy Going for 3rd Bowl Win Ever vs Cincinnati -

Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve will have his own cheering section for the Liberty Bowl. It will include about 100 family and friends, and he couldn't help everyone asking for tickets.

Marve grew up in Memphis, Tenn., and went to high school at White Station. Former coaches and their families will be joining his relatives and friends in the stands Saturday when Vanderbilt plays Cincinnati.

91. 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.

92. Ginobili's 24 Helps Spurs Get Revenge on Grizzlies -

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Manu Ginobili never saw the Memphis Grizzlies play that badly in the playoffs, and is pretty sure he won't again.

But the San Antonio Spurs will take it.

Ginobili scored 24 points and San Antonio ran away from what barely resembled the up-and-coming Memphis team that stunned the 61-win Spurs in the first round last season, beating the Grizzlies 95-82 on Monday night.

93. Memphis has Long Team Meeting After Loss to Hoyas -

WASHINGTON (AP) – After yet another disappointing loss, Memphis coach Josh Pastner decided it was time for a long, long talk with his team.

Pastner addressed his players in the locker room behind closed doors for more than 90 minutes after a 70-59 defeat against Georgetown on Thursday night, the Tigers' third loss in four games.

94. Durable Goods Orders Up, But Core Demand is Weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Companies' demand for long-lasting manufactured goods rose by the largest amount in four months in November, driven by a jump in orders for planes.

The Commerce Department says orders to U.S. factories for durable goods rose 3.8 percent in November. It was the biggest gain since July. But so-called core capital goods, a proxy for business investment spending, dropped for a second straight month. They fell 1.2 percent.

95. Vandy Holds Last Practice Before Heading to Memphis -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The Vanderbilt Commodores know how to wrap up a final practice in style. Just ask senior linebacker Chris Marve.

His teammates lifted him up onto their shoulders Wednesday and carried him off the practice field, while defensive back Sean Richardson got the same treatment himself. Marve says it's been a tradition to carry off the senior linebackers at least since he was a true freshman.

96. Grizzlies Out to Prove Last Year was No Fluke -

Coaches always see a bigger picture. So it is that Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins bristles at any suggestion that his team took its big step forward in last season’s playoffs – the implication being that this snapshot of two series and 13 games does not do the Grizzlies’ success in 2010-2011 full justice.

97. Commissioners Fail to Approve Redistricting Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners will try again Monday, Dec. 19, to give final approval to a new set of district lines for the 13-member body.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, a new set of district lines that would keep but tweak the current five-district setup won approval on the second of three readings. But it did not appear to have the two-thirds majority – or nine votes – needed to pass next week.

98. Commissioners Fail to Approve Redistricting Plan -

Shelby County Commissioners will try again Monday, Dec. 19, to give final approval to a new set of district lines for the 13-member body.

At a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, a new set of district lines that would keep but tweak the current five-district setup won approval on the second of three readings. But it did not appear to have the two-thirds majority – or nine votes – needed to pass next week.

99. Mortgages Up 15 Percent in November -

As families across Shelby County last month made turkey dinners and took note of things they’re thankful for, the area’s mortgage bankers no doubt found reason to be grateful for some positive industry news.

100. Tigers Drop From Top 25 Basketball Rankings -

Jim Boeheim has been coaching for 35 years and one thing he has learned is that players are able to focus on basketball even when there is a whirlwind around them.

The Syracuse program has been in the headlines since former assistant coach Bernie Fine was alleged to have molested two former ball boys. Quietly, the Orange have found a way to the top of The Associated Press' Top 25.