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1. Unions Suffer Sharp Decline in Membership -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

2. US Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently.

3. Unemployment Could Stay High as US Economy Slows -

WASHINGTON (AP) – High unemployment isn't going away – not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.

Weak consumer spending held growth to an annual rate of just 1.5 percent, even less than the 2 percent rate in the first quarter. And few expect the economy to accelerate in the second half of the year as Europe's financial woes and a U.S. budget crisis restrain businesses and consumers.

4. The Demise Of Black Friday -

The Black Friday moniker was coined in the 1960s as the first day of the year retailers turn a profit or operate in the black. Consumers know it as the day after Thanksgiving when retailers offer deep discounts to kick off the holiday shopping season.

5. 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.”

6. March of Dimes Cooks Up Annual Chefs Auction -

The Memphis chapter of the March of Dimes is gearing up for its 22nd Annual Signature Chefs Auction, a gourmet fundraiser to support the organization’s mission of improving the health of babies through the prevention of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

7. New Oct. Date Set for MLK Memorial Dedication -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Organizers have set a new date in October to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after Hurricane Irene forced them to postpone the event in August, days before 250,000 people were expected to attend.

8. Dedication of MLK Memorial Postponed by Hurricane -

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on the nation’s capital, organizers postponed a planned weekend dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, dashing hopes of paying tribute to the civil rights leader on the 48th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

9. AP-GfK Poll: Views on Economy, Obama Role Sour -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans' views on the economy have dimmed this summer. But so far, the growing pessimism doesn't seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

10. Turn Weaknesses To Strengths -

I was reading in Psychology Today about a new book, “A First-Rate Madness,” whose author, Nassir Ghaemi, describes historical figures who exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Among them were Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln, who, according to the Tufts psychiatrist, had “an eye for assessing tough situations because of their ‘depressive realism.’”

11. Shlaes Takes Stance Against New Deal-Type Recovery -

Most people have either played against or can envision the worst kind of “Monopoly” player.

It might be an overly aggressive banker lustfully multiplying his or her holdings. Or it might be someone who lets out a gleeful “cha-ching” when an opposing player lands on their property.

12. Tips For Overcoming Fear of Selling -

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series.

The world is made up of two kinds of people – those who try, stumble, dust themselves off and try again, and those who fear stumbling and essentially quit trying. You can imagine which of the two is more successful in business and life.

13. Obama Says White House, CEOs Must Work Together -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama prodded American businesses to do their share to help the economy, calling on executives to “get in the game” and begin investing nearly $2 trillion accumulating on their balance sheets.

14. Productive Congress Gets No Respect From Voters -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century.

15. Obama Overtures to Business Fall Flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labeled antibusiness by Republicans and some corporate chiefs, President Barack Obama mounted a campaign to show he wasn't. But his charm offensive has hit a rocky patch.

Business leaders gripe about burdensome new financial and health care regulations, what they see as unfriendly tax policies and vast government spending. They were put off by Obama's harsh depiction of "fat cat bankers" and "reckless practices," a label he applied both to Wall Street and to oil-spill giant BP.

16. The Road Ahead -

Hardly anyone refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by its official name. They instead abbreviate it as “ARRA,” or more commonly, call it the “stimulus plan.”

No matter its acronym or moniker, the landmark legislation approved by Congress last year pledged $787 billion in tax cuts and funding – and promised to spark the U.S. economy.

17. Sundquist Has Advice for GOP in Governor's Race -

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) - Former Gov. Don Sundquist predicts a Republican candidate will win the governor's race if the party's primary doesn't turn too vicious.

Now retired and living with his wife, Martha, in a Laurel Valley home adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sundquist told The Knoxville News-Sentinel the GOP will reclaim the governor's office if "they can keep it civil."

18. Obama Offers Plan to Jolt US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama set out fresh plans Tuesday to reinvigorate the U.S. economy, focusing on incentives to small businesses and hiring to bring down what he called the "staggering" 10 percent unemployment rate.

19. Rule Would Boost Unions at Airlines, Railroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Workers at U.S. airlines and railroads would have an easier time forming unions if the National Mediation Board succeeds in changing a 75-year-old rule on union organizing.

20. Council to Address Piece Of Triangle Noir Effort -

It’s the real estate equivalent of alchemy: a 10-year, $1 billion plan to transform 20 blocks of Downtown blight.

Preparations are under way to finish the first phase of the Triangle Noir project. The plan calls for pumping federal taxpayer money into the area and replacing blight with new homes and commercial developments.

21. There Goes the Neighborhood: New hope emerges in one of Memphis’ roughest areas -

Hope and despair have co-existed for a long time along the stretch of Poplar Avenue between Danny Thomas Boulevard and Decatur Street. And for the past two years, the area has seen more change than just about any other inner-city avenue in Memphis.

22. Decaying Heritage: Historic preservation reaches ‘tipping point’ -

Historic Memphis is rotting faster than the deteriorating economy.

Tight credit markets, long foreclosure lists, frequent mortgage flipping and financially struggling property owners have proven to be bigger threats to the city’s landmark structures than bulldozers. Demolition by neglect is rampant, and preservation leaders don’t yet know what to do about it.

23. Right to Work Foundation Prez. Discusses Legislation Impact -

Mark A. Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, will be the featured speaker at today’s 2009 Labor & Employment Conference at The Hilton Memphis on Ridge Lake Boulevard. The conference is sponsored by Kisewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC.

24. 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.

25. StubHub to Help Cherokee Forest -

StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has launched its “Tickets for Trees” program, an effort to plant a tree for every ticket purchased on StubHub for the 2008-2009 NFL postseason that begins Saturday.

26. Cohen Puts Own Spin on White House Dustup, Reflects on ‘08 -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, told the Memphis Rotary Club this week he was never asked to leave the White House. And he did find the Memphis ornament by local artist Carol DeForest on one of the White House Christmas trees before a run-in with an usher.

27. Area Reps. Split on Bailout Bill -

The Memphis area’s three U.S. representatives split along party lines in Monday’s House vote killing a $700 billion financial bailout bill.

Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Memphis and John Tanner of Union City voted for the plan. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Franklin voted no.

28. Rock Star vs. Maverick -

Newsweek magazine senior editor and columnist Jonathan Alter came to Memphis in November 2006 to plug his new book on the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”

29. Overnight Freight Icon Puts Weight Behind McCain -

Every day, the company he moved to Memphis 35 years ago accomplishes a staggering feat: It delivers a package to someone more than 7.5 million times.

Keeping everything running on time and in order at the $36 billion transportation giant that is FedEx Corp. might seem like such a daunting task that it would generate a never-ending to-do list for Fred Smith, the company’s chairman, president and CEO. Yet the Memphis businessman, who turns 64 in August, is deeply involved in yet another start-up venture that has worldwide significance.

30. Ogletree Deakins Shareholder Honored for Labor and Employment Work -

Frederick J. Lewis is one of four attorneys in the Memphis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC to be named in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Lewis, along with Thomas L. Henderson, Charles V. Holmes and Donna K. Fischer, were named top lawyers in the area of labor and employment. The four were among 77 of the firm's attorneys across the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands featured in the new edition of Best Lawyers.

31. Stiff Competition, High Stakes Drive Billboard Industry -

A story goes that Franklin D. Roosevelt could draw a line across a map of the United States and name each county the line crossed, as well as that state's political party chairmen. Old hands in Memphis' billboard industry have a similar ability.

32. 'Too Close to Call' -

Like a pair of prize fighters, the two men battling to become Tennessee's next U.S. senator have landed and taken their blows mainly by deploying campaign ads that now are being talked about around the world.

33. FedEx Donates $1 MillionFor MLK Memorial -      FedEx Corp. is donating $1 million for the construction of a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington.
     "FedEx Corp. is proud to support the building of a national memorial t

34. Donelson featured in 'Memphis Innovations' For a Lifetime of Visionary Work -

Lewis R. Donelson III, shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been an innovator all his life.

No wonder Donelson recently became the only attorney featured in the book "Memphis Innovations: People, Ideas, and Innovations That Changed Our World" by Richard Raichelson. The book, which was published Feb. 1 by Power House LLC, is a collection of stories of 50 Memphians who have made an impact on the city and the world.

35. Rhodes Presents Discussion on Stem Cell Research -

Nov. 28

Representatives of Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, will assist Shelby County Sheriff Mark H. Luttrell Jr. in lighting a holiday tree at 2 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Substation at 11670 Memphis Arlington Road in Arlington. The effort, planned in conjunction with efforts by law enforcement agencies across West Tennessee, supports the "Holiday Blue Light" campaign sponsored by COPS. Call 573-1020.

36. Memphis Leaders Consider Living Wage Issue -

Should companies that are given contracts by the city of Memphis be required to pay workers at least $10 an hour with benefits?

For David Ciscel, an economics professor at the University of Memphis, that answer is a resounding 'yes.' Ciscel has written several documents in support of a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum, an idea commonly referred to as a living wage.

37. DU, Arts Council Host National Event -

Even before it was announced that the Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition was leaving Washington, D.C., for the first time in its 71-year history to come to Memphis, the national contest already had a few connections to the Bluff City.

38. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Navy veteran reaches out to former shipmates online Navy veteran reaches out to former shipmates online By MARY DANDO The Daily News Nowadays, an old sea dog doesnt just sail away. Instead, he becomes the Webmaster of a site dedicated to keeping in ...

39. Archived Article: Law Briefs - The law alumni board at the University of Memphis named two faculty members of the Cecil C The law alumni board at the University of Memphis named two faculty members of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as recipients of its first Teaching Excell...

40. Archived Article: Govt Analys - New Political Parties? New Political Parties? By Berje Yacoubian Special to The Daily News The undisputed success of American democracy is often attributed, at least partially, to the stability provided by our two major political parties the Democra...

41. Archived Article: Govt Analys - National Political Conventions National Political Conventions By Berje Yacoubian Special to The Daily News Before television and the annual visit of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, there were national political conventions which provided excitement an...

42. Archived Article: Govt Analys - Politics and peace Politics and peace By Berje Yacoubian Conventional wisdom has it that unless there is a war, President Bill Clinton will be re-elected to a second term this November. Americans generally reward a second term to presidents who mana...