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1. A More Earth-Friendly Burial Option Now Available -

When Dara Ashworth’s father died this spring after battling metastatic melanoma, she and her two sisters struggled with the best way to honor his life, his memory and his body.

Their father, Leonard Daniel Hamby, 64, a lab technician with the Tennessee Department of Health, didn’t have a specific plan, but the family knew enough about his wishes and knew that he didn’t want a traditional burial.

2. That Realtor Key Box Might Welcome Unwanted Visitors -

This one may get me in trouble with some of my peers, but it is important, so here goes.

First, some background.

In most cases, when a buyer’s agents schedule appointments for showings, they find the properties on MLS and print the listing sheets.

3. Ni Hao, Y'all: US Hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms -

PINE HILL, Ala. (AP) – Burdened with Alabama's highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs.

They're coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away.

4. Knoxville Democrats Stump for Memphis Votes -

Four years ago at about this time, Shelby County voters were seeing a lot of the four contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination for governor.

This election year, Shelby County voters are seeing a lot of the top two contenders for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

5. Senate Nears Passage of Jobless-Benefits Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Capping a three-month struggle, the Senate closed in Monday on passage of election-year legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed that expired late last year.

6. Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

7. Science, Not Muscle, Driving Many Olympic Wins -

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) – Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

8. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

9. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host Line Dancing for BLUES, in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student alumni center, 800 Madison Ave. The event will include a line dance-a-thon, and information on infant mortality and the BLUES Project. Suggested donation is $5. Visit uthsc.edu/blues for details.

10. Memphis Landmarks Garner National Media Praise -

The Memphis brand is having a moment.

In just the past week alone, national media attention has showcased a handful of local businesses and landmarks, with outlets talking up everything from Beale Street and the National Civil Rights Museum to Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies and Muddy’s Bake Shop.

11. LaVere Stays Busy in Preparation of New Album -

Memphis-based musician Amy LaVere’s third solo album, “Runaway’s Diary,” won’t be released until early next year, but the songwriter, bassist and vocalist has a few summer projects that should keep anxious fans satisfied.

12. GOP Wants Delay in Health Law's Individual Mandate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law's requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance.

13. Apple's Cook Faces Senate Questions on Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate dragged massively profitable Apple Inc. into the debate over the U.S. tax code Tuesday, grilling CEO Tim Cook over allegations that its Irish subsidiaries help the company avoid billions in U.S. taxes.

14. Rich to Headline Benefit for St. Jude Hospital -

John Rich will perform alongside Wynonna Judd, Larry the Cable Guy and his Big & Rich partner, Big Kenny at a June 4 concert that will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

15. St. Jude: Local Resource With Global Impact -

Last week we highlighted The Blues Foundation, which is Memphis-based and focused on the past, present and future of the music genre. This week let us spotlight the iconic Memphis institution that is a world leader in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

16. 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.

17. A Higher Order of Sausage -

GOD’S SAUSAGE. (When you see this column, it’s the 40 Days of Waffle Shop again, so strike while the iron is hot.)

“You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been there for nine months.

18. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Anything Goes” Tuesday, Feb. 26, through March 3 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 525-3000 for showtimes and tickets.

19. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

20. US Economy Could Handle Short Fall Over 'Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The economic threat that's kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality – unless the White House and Republicans cut a budget deal by New Year's Day.

21. Events -

Talk Shoppe and the Small Business Chamber will present “The Mastermind Principle: Based on the Book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit smallbusinesschamber.com or talkshoppe.biz.

22. Events -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee will collect donations for its Gifts for God’s Children program as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Homewood Suites at 5811 Poplar Ave., 3583 Hacks Cross Road and 7855 Wolf River Blvd. Visit ccwtn.org or call 722-4797.

23. Events -

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is accepting nominations for its 2013 Legends Award through Monday, Dec. 10. The awards honor women whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their area of outreach. Visit wfgm.org for details and a nomination form.

24. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold an open microphone discussion, “Hot Topics in Your Industry,” Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

25. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold an open microphone discussion, “Hot Topics in Your Industry,” Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

26. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold an open microphone discussion, “Hot Topics in Your Industry,” Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

27. Obama Pressing Business and Labor on Fiscal Cliff -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.

28. Most in US Won't be Able to Escape 'Fiscal Cliff' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Everyone who pays income tax – and some who don't –will feel it.

So will doctors who accept Medicare, people who get unemployment aid, defense contractors, air traffic controllers, national park rangers and companies that do research and development.

29. Quick Deal Sought on ‘Fiscal Cliff’ -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington’s “fiscal cliff” in an upcoming post-election session of Congress.

At the same time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that asking wealthier people to pay higher taxes needs to be part of any solution to the government’s budget woes.

30. High Court Begins New Term With Human Rights Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities.

The justices appeared ready to impose new limits on lawsuits brought in U.S. courts over human rights violations abroad.

31. Gilbert Joins Campbell Clinic As Marketing Director -

Chad Gilbert has joined Campbell Clinic as director of marketing. In his new role, Gilbert manages external marketing, advertising and public relations for Campbell’s four Mid-South offices and serves as liaison for the organization, managing several sports medicine partnerships.

32. Events -

Tennessee PTA will conduct summer leadership training as part of its 2012 Tour de Tennessee Monday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Southwind High School, 7900 E. Shelby Drive. Anyone interested in increasing parental involvement in school is invited. Cost is $5. Visit tnpta.org.

33. John or Bill -

A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE AROUND HERE. If William Faulkner looked out the window on this cloudy day he would see the still and always green magnolia leaves still and always sad still and always there still and always reminding remanding back still and always back in the sunless indolent superheated moment between a dark brooding now the even darker starker truth of then and the oppressive promise hanging in the coming storm of repeating the moment still and always the same.

34. Report: Some Lose Homes Over as Little as $400 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The elderly and other vulnerable homeowners are losing their homes because they owe as little as a few hundred dollars in back taxes, according to a report from a consumer group.

35. Lost Crosswords: Part 2 -

This is Part 2 of a series. Don’t miss Part 1, next week. (I know what order series normally go in! Get over it already!)

Maggie the Cheagle and I decided to watch “Lost” again. Last year, we watched for the first time, with Susan along for the ride. We went through all six seasons in about two months.

36. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 5, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Neil White, author of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

37. Events -

Visible Music College will present a Visible Live concert Monday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cooper-Young gazebo at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Darien Clea will perform. Cost is free.

38. Country Stars Announce Memphis Concert for St. Jude -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will present country music star John Rich & Friends: An Evening of Songs, Stories and Hope, on Tuesday, June 5, at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis.

39. Are Websites Still in Vogue? -

In the world of Facebook and Twitter we sometimes forget the value of the trusted website. Can’t we say it all in 140 characters? Or a photo? Will the website go the way of the covered wagon?

40. Jones Has Memphis Homecoming At GPAC -

Rising star Caroline Jones’ performance Saturday, April 28, at Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2012 Gala will be a homecoming of sorts for the New York-based singer-songwriter.

41. Bryant Gets Bill Allowing Private Pay to MDA Chief -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Private donors could again boost the salary of Mississippi's state economic development director, under a plan that House members sent Wednesday to Gov. Phil Bryant.

42. Obama-Romney Showdown Starts Off With a Harsh Tone -

MENDENHALL, Pa. (AP) — The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty.

Tuesday marked Day One, in essence, of the contest between the two virtually certain nominees, Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama. Rick Santorum's departure removed the last meaningful bump from Romney's path to the GOP nomination. Romney and Obama wasted no time in portraying the voters' choice in dire, sometimes starkly personal terms.

43. Waffle Shop Again Answers Prayers -

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been there for nine months.

44. Haslam Seeks Merger of 6 Environmental Panels -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's first effort to reduce state boards will merge six panels with significant environmental duties into three, affecting one with regulatory power over gas stations, including the family's Pilot Travel Centers.

45. ‘No Place Like It’ -

Actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas’ dream of a day when no child would die in the dawn of life continues to be the driving force behind St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

46. 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.

47. Natural Gas Fueling Plans May Spur Vehicle Growth -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The United States has record supplies of natural gas and plenty of reasons to promote natural-gas powered cars, but so consumers, manufacturers and fuel suppliers haven't shown much interest.

48. Republicans Plan House OK of Payroll Tax Cut Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complaining that spending cuts that pay for the measure would whack the middle class and require no sacrifice from the rich.

49. ULI 2012 Outlook: CRE Industry Slightly Better -

Next year will be slightly better for commercial real estate, but it’ll come at the cost of a shrunken industry.

That was the message an at-capacity room of bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, where attendees learned about facing a “long grind,” compared with last year’s theme, “an era of less.”

50. ULI 2012 Outlook: CRE Industry Slightly Better -

Next year will be slightly better for commercial real estate, but it’ll come at the cost of a shrunken industry.

That was the message an at-capacity room of bankers, investors and real estate professionals heard Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Outlook for the Mid-South, where attendees learned about facing a “long grind,” compared with last year’s theme, “an era of less.”

51. Adding Some Soul to School -

Last week we focused on attracting, developing and retaining knowledge workers and leaders in our city and noted that it takes each of us doing our part for Memphis to succeed. This week let us spotlight an organization that is dedicated to preparing students for success in college and life in an academically rigorous, music-rich environment: The Soulsville Charter School.

52. Boehner: War Drawdown Savings Can't Go to Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With a special deficit-reduction supercommittee floundering, the top Republican in Congress warned Thursday that he won't permit savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for President Barack Obama's jobs spending agenda.

53. City’s Story Recounted in ‘Memphis 101’ -

A cross-section of native Memphians and Memphians by choice spent the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 9, exploring the stories that shaped the city during “Memphis 101,” a free, public event held biannually at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

54. Wealth of Experience -

Paul Tudor Jones loves the feel of newsprint in his hands.

Get a newspaper business veteran talking – especially one from the pre-digital business, when the typing on newsroom keyboards sounded more like a clacking – and they can still hear the sounds, smell the ink and see the bustle. And they’ll tell you so.

55. Raviolo Remains Popular Choice at Restaurant Iris -

Another entry in the occasional “Signature Dish” series.

Let’s settle one thing first. Kelly English, owner and chef of Restaurant Iris, is the brother of Todd English, but not the Todd English who’s a celebrated chef in New York and the owner of a string of famous restaurants. No, it just happens that Kelly English has a younger brother whose name happens to be Todd. “If you ask me if I’m Todd English’s brother and I say ‘yes,’ well, I’m not lying,” he said recently at the Midtown restaurant. “I’m just not saying which Todd English it is.”

56. TDN Preps For 125th Anniversary Celebration -

The city’s oldest locally owned media outlet will celebrate 125 years of Memphis news coverage with an anniversary celebration at Memphis Botanic Gardens’ Hardin Hall on Nov. 1.

The evening event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music, and guests will be invited to explore the newspaper’s rich legacy through a timeline that began in 1886, including front pages dating back to the 1920s.

57. Analysis: Democrats Hit Reset on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Weary of getting pounded over the new health care law, Democrats are hitting the reset button for next year's elections.

They're changing the subject to Medicare.

58. Obama: Congress Has No Reason to Wait on Jobs Bill -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Imploring Congress to follow his lead, President Barack Obama on Tuesday lobbied lawmakers to adopt his nearly $450 billion jobs plan, promising it would help workers in the construction industry and rebuild schools in crumbling condition. Said Obama: "My question to Congress is, what on earth are we waiting for?"

59. Obama Would Hike Taxes to Pay for his Jobs Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already rejected, and he accused them of political motives if they still refuse to go along.

60. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle: From the Book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill” Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

61. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Nancy Williams, executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. For reservations, email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

62. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council will serve as host for a breakfast Wednesday, July 27, at 8:15 a.m. at One Commerce Square Annex. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will speak. Cost is $5. For reservations, call 818-2400.

63. Planners Discuss Future of Uptown West -

Butterflies to jobs to fountains. Those were among the one-word suggestions for the Uptown West area Thursday, June 30, at the first of three public hearings held by a steering committee to guide future development of the area.

64. Naturopathy Gains Popularity in Fighting Illnesses -

After being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2003 and undergoing surgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor and part of his large intestine, Memphian Chris Wark shocked and disappointed his friends and family members when he defied doctors’ advice to undergo chemotherapy.

65. Breaking Bread -

A diverse cross-section of Memphians broke bread together this week at Caritas Village, a community cultural center in the heart of Binghampton, while participating in meaningful dialogue centered on the future of health care, particularly as it affects those living in poverty.

66. A Monument to Fallen Officers -

Last week, we discussed the Memphis Police Foundation, which is helping to fund essential equipment and training for the Memphis Police Department, while also serving as the conduit to construct a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city. This week, let us spotlight that monument: the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial.

67. Events -

The Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the Germantown Business Expo and Power Breakfast Tuesday. The breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m. at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. The business expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. For more information or registration, call 755-1200.

68. Obama Pivots, Eyes Medicare Changes, Tax Increases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forcefully rejecting Republican budget-cutting plans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed lowering the nation's future deficits by $4 trillion over a dozen years and vowed he would not allow benefit cuts for the poor and the elderly to pay for tax breaks for the rich.

69. Body and Soul -

From now through April 15, a cross-section of Memphians will pour into Calvary Episcopal Church each weekday at lunchtime to nourish their bodies with warm, home-cooked meals and their souls with the word of God and the fellowship of neighbors.

70. Good English, Plus ‘Who am I?’ -

True story. It happened in front of me.

The defendant, Ms. Martinez, who had recently moved to the United States from Argentina, was charged with failure to yield in connection with a motor vehicle accident.

71. Wealthy Treated Themselves During the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – The rich treated themselves like royalty this holiday season. That spun the holidays into gold for Tiffany & Co. and other high-end retailers.

72. Cohen Forecasts "Difficult" Year In Congress -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said earmarks have turned into “phonemarks” in the new Congressional reality. And that new reality will be “difficult” for the city.

73. 50-Year Niche -

Despite the sluggish economy, one Memphis-based, family-owned business continues to thrive.

While many competitors have either sold or liquidated their businesses, Delta Materials Handling Inc. is celebrating 50 years in existence.

74. Ramsey Hits Haslam, Wamp for Celebrities on Trail -

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bill Haslam and Zach Wamp are drawing on the help of some prominent friends as they hit the trail for the last days of the Republican gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee.

75. In Search of an Oasis -

Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.

76. Elena Kagan Chosen by Obama for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.

77. Gubernatorial Candidates Campaign Locally -

Three of the contenders for Tennessee governor – one Democrat and two Republicans – were in Shelby County at the same time this week.

Democrat Kim McMillan of Clarksville and Republicans Zach Wamp of Chattanooga and Bill Haslam of Knoxville had full schedules of public and private meetings with supporters, business leaders and undecided potential voters in the August statewide primaries.

78. Schools Face Big Budget Holes as Stimulus Runs Out -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's public schools are falling under severe financial stress as states slash education spending and drain federal stimulus money that staved off deep classroom cuts and widespread job losses.

79. Wamp Announces Musical Headliners for Fundraisers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp is lining up a series of upcoming fundraisers hosted by country and Christian music stars.

The congressman from Chattanooga announced Wednesday that six events in March and April will feature Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, John Rich, T. G. Sheppard, Paul Overstreet, Larry Gatlin and the Oak Ridge Boys.

80. Charter Commission Prepares for Nine-Month Mission -

The 15 members of the Metro Charter Commission will need some time to get organized before they wade into the details of what a consolidated local government should look like.

The group met for the first time Tuesday in the “historic courtroom” of the Shelby County Courthouse, a third-floor courtroom restored to its original early 20th-century appearance including a rubber-tiled floor.

81. 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.

82. FDIC Could Seek Bailout from Banks -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have approached big banks about borrowing billions to shore up the dwindling fund that insures regular deposit accounts.

The loans would go to the fund maintained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that insure depositors when banks fail, said two industry officials familiar with the conversations, who requested anonymity because the plans are still evolving.

83. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

84. Bad Economy Brings Out Scammers, Crackdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic downturn appears to be bringing out the worst in some people.

The Federal Trade Commission announced a major crackdown Wednesday on scammers trying to take advantage of people worried about the tough economy by promising jobs that don't exist, get-rich-quick schemes, debt-reduction scams and other phony services.

85. Foreclosure Crisis Hits All Sectors Of Community -

Not even the rich and famous are immune to foreclosure, as evidenced by a handful of mortgage defaults by high-profile figures during the past year.

Six months after Isaac Hayes’ death, his Cordova home at 9280 Riveredge Drive was foreclosed and sold back to Regions Bank for $712,000, half of what the soul singer paid for the property in 2002.

86. Wright Medical Poised for Growth -

Wright Medical Group Inc. will introduce new products in the year ahead as it continues to expand its manufacturing operations, said Gary D. Henley, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

87. Cook Leaves Long Shadow in Local Broadcast Community -

To many Memphians, Fred Cook’s voice was rich and full, and he spoke with authority.

There was a time when that voice seemed to be everywhere.

88. Alexander: Financial Crisis Could Affect VW Plant -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that Volkswagen's new plant in Tennessee could be affected if the country's financial crisis isn't resolved.

Alexander, R-Tenn., said he was told by executives at the recent opening of Volkswagen AG's new American headquarters in Virginia last week that the German automaker's credit branch is having trouble securing the $300 million it borrows each month to make car loans.

89. AP-Yahoo News Poll: 9 in 10 Hit Hard by Gas Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Like a plague that does not discriminate by economic class, race or age, soaring fuel prices are inflicting pain throughout the U.S. Nine in 10 are expecting the ballooning costs to squeeze them financially over the next half-year, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday.

90. Ford Trial’s Nuances Appear Made for TV -

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi told a federal court jury last week that the trial of former City Council member Edmund Ford Sr. would, in part, be about “a corrupt environment” at Memphis City Hall.

91. Peeples Promoted to Administrator At Methodist Alliance Health Services -

Trip Peeples has been promoted to administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Infusion division.

Peeples has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for seven years, most recently serving as corporate director of finance and reimbursement and interim chief financial officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital.

92. Shoemaker Financial's Allen Earns Circle of Excellence -

Frank Allen, a certified financial planner and financial adviser with Shoemaker Financial, has achieved the Circle of Excellence award from Securian Financial Services for his performance in 2007.

93. Updated History of Memphis Legal Profession in the Works -

Someday soon, while sitting in your lawyer's waiting room, you'll be able to brush up on local history.

The Memphis Bar Association is sponsoring the publication of an updated history of its own, an exhaustive tome with hundreds of photos, a 70,000-word story and in-depth profiles of local law firms.

94. Delaware Plan Could Reorder Presidential Primary Race -

Memphis attorney John Ryder saw lots of rain during a trip to Maui earlier this month. Despite the rainy weather in Hawaii, Ryder told legislative and political leaders from several Western states that he sees clear skies ahead for a reordering of the presidential primary process starting in 2012.

95. Republicans, Democrats at Odds Over Paying for Middle-Class Tax Relief -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans say it's OK not to cover the $50 billion in revenue losses from Congress' annual alternative minimum tax fix to save millions of families from higher taxes - even as the GOP president counts on revenues from that higher levy to reduce the red ink in his budget.

96. Investors See Ingredients of Black Monday in Today's Markets, Also Differences -

NEW YORK (AP) - "We who are about to die salute you."

A wary Art Cashin heard this phrase in its original Latin - morituri te salutamus - from a fellow trader and student of the classics early on a day 20 years ago that would earn the ignoble title Black Monday and serve as a lesson about the fragility of rising stock markets.

97. Gingrich: Thompson Presidential Bid Could Keep Him Out of Race -
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that a White House bid by fellow Southerner Fred Thompson would make him less likely to join the race.

"If Fred Thompson runs and he does well, then I think that makes it easier for me to not run," Gingrich said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "On the other hand, just given what you've seen with (John) McCain the last few months, how can you predict?"

98. NY Company Brings Brisk Pace To Whitehaven Developments -

Monday morning was a whirlwind for New York developer George Fakiris.

Though Fakiris wasn't in town, his company Apollon Group LLC within a short span opened the sales office for one of its Whitehaven apartment-turned-condominimum properties and began construction on another.

99. One More Time -

Memphis long has been known as the home of the blues - and it's no wonder, considering the city's rich musical history.

It's home to Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion, B.B. King's Blues Club, Isaac Hayes' restaurant in the Peabody Place mall and Beale Street, among other venues.

100. 'Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning's End' -

Each time a modern historical figure dies - Pope John Paul II a couple of Aprils ago, for instance, or Princess Diana of Wales in August 1997 - I can't help thinking of a variety of snippets from popular culture, flickering strobe-light style across my mind's eye or my inner ear.