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1. Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.

2. Music City Christmas -

In years past, Carl Haley has offered his Grand Avenue transportation passengers the customary Christmas lights tour packages – about the same as other tours in Nashville – with a cruise by Opryland and a trip to a few choice, heavily decorated neighborhoods.

3. Jones’ Wide Net Gathers Old Friends, Top Prospects -

Butch Jones was sitting in the office of Knoxville’s South-Doyle High School athletic director and football coach Clark Duncan during a visit to see recruit Jocquez Bruce last winter.

4. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

5. Vols Resurrect Fond Memories of ‘Wide Receiver U’ -

None of the receivers on the University of Tennessee football team were born when the program was dubbed “Wide Receiver U” in the 1980s.

Guys like Tim McGee, Anthony Miller, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens paved the way for UT to become the premier destination for wide receivers seeking stardom into the 1990s.

6. Bigger, Better, Louder -

“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”

7. Central Defense Security Enhances Camp Program -

Central Defense Security has enhanced its yearly summer camp program for Memphis children.

The company, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, teamed up with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods for the third straight year to support the program, and the company sponsored more than 130 campers at 10 camps around the city.

8. ‘Sudden Change’ Means Little Job Security at University of Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE — Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday, Aug. 1.

Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.

9. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

10. We’re All Invited -

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader:

“We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”

11. Archer-Malmo Hits Record-High Headcount -

In terms of its headcount, Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo is at a high-water mark.

The agency’s growth – in everything from its creative talent to its physical footprint and client roster – hasn’t slowed down this year. In the second quarter alone, for example, archer-malmo added seven new hires, bringing its employee roster to a record high of 160.

12. Highway Crisis Looms as Soon as August, US Warns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can't quickly agree on how to pay for highway and transit programs, President Barack Obama and his top officials warned Tuesday.

13. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

14. Mo’s Bows Founder to Appear on ‘Shark Tank’ -

Memphis entrepreneur and Mo’s Bows founder Moziah Bridges will appear on the hit ABC show “Shark Tank” this Friday, April 25, and it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be dressed to the nines as he displays his typical pluck and sense of style to a panel of investors that includes Mark Cuban.

15. Congress is Giving States the Transportation Blues -

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

16. U of M to Host Girls’ Basketball Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

17. University of Memphis Planning Girls' Basketball Camps -

University of Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin will hold summer basketball camps for girls in third through ninth grades.

The camps begin with a one-day Elite Camp on June 18 for high school girls entering ninth to 12th grade. The Elite Camp will be held at the Larry Finch Center and University of Memphis Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

18. Justin Fuente Football Camps Schedule Set -

University of Memphis head football coach Justin Fuente will hold several camps throughout Tennessee this summer, starting June 2 with a one-day camp at the University of Memphis’ South Campus and the Murphy Athletic Complex. Additional one-day camps will be held June 3, 4 and 8.

19. Stage Door Opens Arts Opportunities to All -

In recreational sports, you might hear that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It is not so different in community theater.

“The ultimate goal lies in the process of theater,” said Brandon Kelly, artistic director for Stage Door Productions, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization housed in the Kroc Center of Memphis.

20. Varsity Spirit Keeps Parades Stocked With Talent -

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks more than just the beginning of the holiday season – it also kicks off a wave of parades across the world, from New York to Philadelphia to Houston to Florida to London.

21. Key Democrat Pushes Tax Reform Amid Partisan Bickering -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Democratic tax writer in the Congress is trying to jumpstart stalled efforts to rewrite the nation's tax laws. But he is running into the same kind of partisan roadblocks that plague most major initiatives in Washington.

22. Chasing Growth -

The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.

And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.

23. Catholic Charities Launches Program For Homeless Veterans -

This month Catholic Charities of West Tennessee launches a new program called St. Sebastian Veteran Services to provide critical assistance to homeless veterans and their families and to those facing imminent eviction or foreclosure.

24. Myers Attacks Life’s Curveballs in Book -

In the opening pages of his new book, “Hitting the Curveballs: How Crisis Can Strengthen and Grow Your Business,” Memphis entrepreneur Jay Myers is standing outside Yankee Stadium.

25. Grandparenting 101 -

Susan and I had a crash course in grandparent training a couple of weeks ago, keeping 6-month-old Anna Clary for a weekend. This was an independent-study course, and we gave ourselves passing marks. However, I’m always in search of materials to study for the next phase of grandparenthood.

26. Martin’s Program Keeps Girls Engaged in STEM Fields -

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit providing girls ages 6-18 with after-school and summer programs, field trips and college tours.

27. Haunted History -

WORRY ABOUT THE DOGS. Depending on who’s talking and when, history around Fort Pillow changes.

At the time of this story, it was called the Cold Creek Correctional Facility, a minimum-security operation that included farming about 6,000 acres in Lauderdale County. Next it was called the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, next door to something called the West Tennessee High Security Facility, now the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. Folks around there just call the whole thing the farm. When you’re driving a van full of scouts to camp at Fort Pillow State Park, you make a left off 51 at Henning and drive right by all of it.

28. Johnny Football Frenzy Knows No Bounds -

HOOVER, Ala. – This being SEC Media Days and him being Johnny Football, the blitz was inevitable. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel moved from room to room while grown men and women toting microphones, cameras and tape recorders pursued him like so many bad actors fulfilling the clichéd media moment in a made-for-TV movie.

29. Events -

The Metal Museum will host a reception for “Metal Museum Apprentices: Then and Now” Friday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 8. Visit metalmuseum.org.

30. Central Defense Security Raises Money for City Camp Program -

Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised more than $10,500 to support the Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program, which is hosted at community centers around the city.

31. Should Kids Work? -

Ray’s Take Like it or not, eventually most kids are going to have to enter the workplace, so why not let them learn something about the “real world” while school is still their main focus? After all, learning to balance work and other pursuits is central to a successful life.

32. Central Defense Security Raises Money for Camps -

Central Defense Security, a leading provider of business, retail and warehouse security, raised more than $10,500 to support the Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods’ Summer Day Camp program, which is hosted at community centers around the city.

33. Blank Joins WKNO-FM As News Director -

Christopher Blank has joined WKNO-FM, the Mid-South affiliate of National Public Radio, as news director. Blank, who has produced feature stories for the station since 2011, will oversee local news production for “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

34. Eureka Encourages Girls to Explore STEM Fields -

A small group of girls huddled around a car-like robot with long sensors as they worked on making sure the car will be able to complete a programmed route at an exhibition next week.

“Try this in front Dennisha,” said Ashley Jones, as she handed Dennisha Williams a small gray wheel.

35. Events -

The Daily News will present Literatini, benefiting Literacy Mid-South, Thursday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will include martinis and food, an auction, live music and a wine pull. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

36. Events -

The University of Memphis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a business boot camp information meeting for active and retired military personnel Monday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the Family & Support Service Center on the Naval Support Activity Mid-South base, 5722 Integrity Drive. The boot camp kicks off with skills-building classes Saturday, June 22, at The University of Memphis. For details, email kcnklnpn@memphis.edu or call 678-5266.

37. Summer Travel Forecast: Better, but No Blowout -

NEW YORK (AP) – This summer, high rollers are flying to lavish hot spots for their vacations. The rest of us are driving to less luxurious places like nearby campgrounds.

The good news: At some U.S. campgrounds these days you get live bands, air guitar contests and chocolate pudding slip 'n slides.

38. Memphis in the Meantime -

The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.

39. House GOP Gears Up for Debt Showdown This Summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get ready for another debt showdown this summer. House Republicans are preparing for one.

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill Wednesday to protect Social Security recipients and investors in Treasury bonds if the government hits the limit of its borrowing authority.

40. Good Times for All -

There will be kickball games, limbo dances, arts and crafts, and a talent show. There will be all of that and more at the sixth annual Camp Good Times residential summer camp May 30 through June 5 at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Millington.

41. Camp Good Times Holds Annual Crawfish Boil Benefit -

The staff of Camp Good Times is hosting its third annual Crawfish Boil & Beer Bust Benefit on Saturday, April 6, from noon until 6 p.m. at Neil’s, 5728 Quince Road.

42. Koury’s Success Defined by Partnerships, Programming -

Heather Baugus Koury has been executive director of the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter for more than a decade, and although she was just named to the distinguished status of Honorary AIA, she’s never considered becoming a practitioner.

43. AIA Memphis Director Given Honorary Membership -

Heather Baugus Koury was recently named Honorary AIA for The American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed on a person outside the architecture profession.

Membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. During her 10-year tenure as executive director of AIA Memphis, Koury has enhanced the chapter’s programming and its involvement in community outreach programs, including the Distinguished Architects of the World speakers series, the Discovering Architecture summer day camp for high school students, and the Junior Girl Scout Architecture Badge Camp.

44. AIA Memphis Director Given Honorary Membership -

Heather Baugus Koury was recently named Honorary AIA for The American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed on a person outside the architecture profession.

Membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. During her 10-year tenure as executive director of AIA Memphis, Koury has enhanced the chapter’s programming and its involvement in community outreach programs, including the Distinguished Architects of the World speakers series, the Discovering Architecture summer day camp for high school students, and the Junior Girl Scout Architecture Badge Camp.

45. 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.

46. Medtronic Foundation Gives Grants to 11 Nonprofits -

The Medtronic Foundation has awarded $260,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit groups serving people in Memphis and the Mid-South.

A group of Memphis Medtronic Spinal employees review and award the funds. The 11 recipients are Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, Emergency Services Program; Memphis Food Bank, Hunger’s Hope Food Distribution; The Pink Palace Museum; Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Sound Beginnings Family Training Program; Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Summer Camp Program; Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South, BizTown; Porter-Leath Children’s Center, Pre-School/Headstart Program; Craigmont High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; Hamilton High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; St. Mary’s Episcopal School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; and Horn Lake High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team.

47. Medtronic Foundation Awards Grants to 11 Nonprofits -

The Medtronic Foundation has awarded $260,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit groups serving people in Memphis and the Mid-South.

A group of Memphis Medtronic Spinal employees review and award the funds. The 11 recipients are Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, Emergency Services Program; Memphis Food Bank, Hunger’s Hope Food Distribution; The Pink Palace Museum; Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Sound Beginnings Family Training Program; Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Summer Camp Program; Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South, BizTown; Porter-Leath Children’s Center, Pre-School/Headstart Program; Craigmont High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; Hamilton High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; St. Mary’s Episcopal School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; and Horn Lake High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team.

48. Indie Memphis Festival Gets a Tech Feel -

Based on a lineup the nonprofit organization released, this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival will feel a lot like the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

It’s a reflection of the digital convergence of film, music and interactive media. Adding a kind of innovation and technology focus to the festival is something organizers have wanted to add for a while, according to Indie Memphis board president Iddo Patt.

49. Investor Day Arrives for ZeroTo510 -

The first entrepreneurs to go through the ZeroTo510 business accelerator program are 24 hours away from their moment of truth.

Six medical-focused startups that participated in the first phase of the entrepreneurship boot camp, launched earlier this year by Memphis Bioworks Foundation and Innova, will pitch their concepts to investors Thursday, Aug. 16, in the hope of securing funding that takes them to the next level.

50. House Committee Approves Normal Trade With Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee on Thursday approved legislation to end Cold War restrictions and normalize trade with Russia as U.S. business groups pressed for quick congressional action.

51. Shared Resources -

The ABA Place is a labor of love for founder Jenni Helms, the busy working mother of a 9-year-old boy with autism.

What started a little more than six years ago as a play date for children with autism spectrum disorders has grown into a comprehensive nonprofit program that actively serves more than 70 special-needs children.

52. Law Firm Ensures Children Enjoy ‘Worry Free Summer’ -

For five years, Daniel Law Firm has been providing Memphis children and parents with a Worry Free Summer Camp.

53. Enriching Experience -

In addition to having surpassed its ticket sale goals for the 2011-2012 season that just ended, Germantown Performing Arts Centre continues to expand its arts outreach efforts to youth and adults throughout the Memphis area and beyond.

54. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its annual conference Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Blvd. The topic is “Powerful Networks: Nonprofits, Social Media and Community.” Cost is $120 for members, $160 for nonmembers and $65 for students. Visit npexcellence.org or email info@npexcellence.org.

55. Events -

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly luncheon Tuesday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. University of Memphis head football coach Justin Fuente will speak. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Register at southavenchamber.com or by contacting Ginger Adams at gadams@southavenchamber.com or 662-342-6114.

56. Memphis Excellence In Fundraising Pitches -

Here are the ABCs of making a fundraising pitch. Keep it short, clear and simple. Tell people what you are raising money for and how their gift will make an impact.

Here’s a local example. Returning to our workout program means, for us, returning to the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Before we could even get in the door we knew fundraising was in full swing. We saw a more-than-life-sized fundraising “thermometer” and the names of people and families who had donated as we entered the facility.

57. Breaking Free With The Salvation Army -

Last week we offered a prayer of support and a personal “thank you” to our military and all of the other brave men and women, who place their lives on the line each day to protect our freedoms. This week let us highlight an organization that is known for “doing the most good” and working everyday to fight hunger, homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse: The Salvation Army.

58. 100 Years Later, Girl Scouts Still Relevant -

We live in an interesting time: Facebook and Twitter, economic crises and polarizing political debate. Every day there is something controversial to read about. Our children are exposed to the world earlier, and the importance of their actions – and ours – is being scrutinized. In such an incredibly confusing time to grow up, Girl Scouts have become more relevant than ever.

59. Liddon Solves Problems for Relocating Companies -

When Robert Liddon began as a clerk at Heiskell Donelson after his second year in law school in 1974, there were about 25 attorneys.

Now the firm known as Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is made up of about 600.

60. Spring Break Service -

Like many college students, Annie Marcum and Lisa Stockdale of South Carolina’s Clemson University had planned to spend spring break enjoying the beach.

61. Architecture Camp Slated for June -

Discovering Architecture Summer Camp – a summer day camp for high school students interested in learning more about the art, science and practice of design – is slated for June 4 to 16.

62. Grizzlies Hope to Reward City With Parade -

If you can’t be a little naïve and overly optimistic before the season starts, then when can you?

Yes, the NBA lockout delayed the start of the season – to Dec. 26 in San Antonio for the Grizzlies – and shortened the schedule to 66 games.

63. Still a Newspaperman -

Faith, family, philanthropy, a love of basketball and a passion for the newspaper business are the foundations of Memphian John Paul Jones’ life.

64. Dean Motivated to Make Memphis a Better Place -

As the new executive director at Literacy Mid-South, Kevin Dean is continuing a mission he started 10 years ago that has been the theme of every job he has held – eliminating poverty.

65. Wildly Popular -

Many Memphians are unaware that the Memphis Zoo they visited when they were children is a completely different zoo today, thanks to more than $90 million in renovations since the early 1990s.

The story of the zoo began in 1906 with a black bear named Natch, a retired baseball mascot. Today, the Memphis Zoo spans 70 acres and is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 500 species.

66. Need Not Apply -

If America’s busted housing market is the ghost of recession past, then teenagers flipping burgers, selling clothes at the local mall or filling internships are in danger of becoming the ghosts of that downturn’s future.

67. It’s a Family Affair – Reunions and Giving -

Part one of a two-part series Summertime is the time for family reunions. If you’ve been to one you know they can be expensive. But they’re also priceless. Reunions bring together families across the generations to celebrate history, to take pride in accomplishments and to pass down family history and traditions.

68. Churches, National Orgs Support St. George’s Camp -

St. George’s Independent School’s Camp Dragon was made possible this summer by the support of three churches and two national organizations despite the bad economy.

The summer camp was designed for urban students enrolled at the school’s Memphis campus. The entities supporting the Camp Dragon this summer include: The National Association of Episcopal Schools, Calvary Episcopal Church, Holy Communion Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese’s Church Home Grant.

69. Varsity Brands Merges with Herff Jones -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands Inc., a provider of education training and equipment for the school spirit market, has reached an agreement to merge with Herff Jones, a manufacturer and publisher of educational products, recognition awards and graduation-related items.

70. Community Service Paramount for Collins -

Elizabeth Collins is a partner at Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson and Mitchell PLLC, and her interest in community involvement combined with professional knowledge of the law has kept her with the firm for more than 20 years.

71. Debt Talks and Little Else on Washington's Agenda -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The debt showdown isn't just the dominant issue in Washington this summer – it's virtually the only one getting any attention in the nation's capital.

From the White House to Congress, the negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit have overshadowed or halted work on everything from job creation to the military conflict in Libya to education reform. And the debt debate has hamstrung President Barack Obama's ability to hit the road to campaign and raise money for his re-election bid.

72. Startup Creates QR App for Loyalty Cards -

A new mobile application from a Memphis tech startup aims to replace the loyalty cards that consumers keep stuffed in their wallets in the hopes of discounts and freebies down the line with something more convenient – and digital.

73. JA BizTown Shows Biz Ropes to Area Students -

So what would really happen if kids ruled the world? It happens all the time at Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc.’s JA BizTown where elementary and middle school students tackle the basics of running a business in a widget-free environment.

74. Summer Scholars Institute Under Way at U of M -

Shelby County Schools middle-school students begin a two-week summer camp Monday, June 13, emphasizing science, technology and math skills.

The fifth annual Shelby Summer Scholars Institute runs from through June 24 at the Fogelman Business College on the University of Memphis campus.

75. Pinched by Gas, Shoppers Pull Back Elsewhere -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are showing signs of pulling back on spending on discretionary items like clothing and home goods as gasoline and groceries eat up more of their paychecks.

Those pressures led many retailers on Thursday to report only modest revenue increases in May, the latest sign of the economy hitting a soft patch.

76. Training Ground -

The first thing many Memphis Catholic High School alumni notice is that the Midtown school hasn’t changed since they went there. But they do notice a difference in the student body. The private school had always been a mix of middle- and upper-class students – some with well-known last names and some who were children of blue-collar families. That changed in the 2006-2007 school year.

77. Obama: Raise Debt Ceiling or Risk Global Recession -

CHICAGO (AP) – Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit "could plunge the world economy back into recession," President Barack Obama declared Friday, and he acknowledged that he must compromise on spending with Republicans who control the House to avoid such a crisis.

78. Tenn. Shakespeare Co. Announces Summer Camps -

The Tenn. Shakespeare Co. is accepting applications for its three immersive Summer Play Camps, which will be at Germantown High School in June and July.

79. Young Life Supports Strong Community -

Last week we discussed a formal leadership program, Hutchison Leads, which is empowering young women and serving as a holistic model. This week let us explore Young Life (www.younglife.org), an organization that is expanding into our inner city through Memphis Urban Young Life and literally stepping foot onto local high schools to win the trust and offer support to youth who need it most.

80. Tame Inflation Gives Fed Ammo for Bond-Buying Plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumer prices barely changed for the third straight month, strengthening the Federal Reserve's hand at a time when it is defending a plan to boost the economy by buying more government debt.

81. Obama Looks to Boost Gulf Tourism With Family Trip -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is heeding his own advice to American vacationers, taking his family to the Gulf Coast this weekend to help the sagging tourism industry.

The president will arrive Saturday and spend just over 24 hours in the Panama City, Fla., area, a quick jaunt in contrast to the family's upcoming 10-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard, known as a destination for the wealthy and privileged.

82. Beyond the Stage -

People stumble across Hattiloo Theatre performances without getting near its playhouse.

The venue could be a library, a public park or even a chamber of commerce luncheon. Sometimes, you have to leave the stage behind to gain recognition, said theater founder Ekundayo Bandele.

83. Events -

The University of Memphis will host a computer science camp for girls Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the university’s campus. Only basic computer familiarity is required. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 678-5465 or e-mail info@cs.memphis.edu.

84. Lawmakers Debate New Wall St. Rules -

The summer reading season is now in full swing, which can mean anything from a person tearing through the latest James Patterson thriller or curling up with a selection from classic literature they’ve always meant to finish.

85. Renaissance Avenue -

When Larry Schmitt bought a two-story building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street in 1993, he knew the place needed some TLC.

86. AP Survey: Recovery to Remain Sluggish into 2011 -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pillars of Americans' financial security – jobs and home values – will stay shaky well into 2011, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists.

The findings of the new AP Economy Survey, released Monday, point to an economic recovery that will move slowly and fitfully this year and next. As a result, the Federal Reserve will be forced to keep interest rates near zero until at least the final quarter of this year, three-fourths of the economists said.

87. Event Brings Awareness to MED Brain Injury Services -

The “Ride for Your Mind (and Walk for Thought)” on Saturday will raise money to prevent head injuries and help people cope with brain trauma.

The entry fee is $25 for bikers and $20 for walkers.

88. Former Banker Finds Professional Passion In Arts -

Pat Brown came down from a high-rise bank with the tumbling economy and found her footing beneath an old water tower.

89. County Mayor Race Clarifies With Byrd’s ‘Agonizing’ Decision -

A month before the filing deadline for the 2010 Shelby County primaries, and the race for county mayor is beginning to take shape.

And one of the candidates who weighed the race but got out – Bank of Bartlett President Harold Byrd – said something is missing from the field so far.

90. Davis-Kidd Holds Drive To Benefit Mid-South Reads -

Davis Kidd Booksellers will host its annual Reading Reindeer Book Drive to benefit Mid-South Reads, an organization dedicated to eradicating illiteracy.

Customers can purchase select titles and 20 percent of each purchase will be donated to Mid-South Reads, which will provide books for Camp Steady, a six-week summer camp for homeless children and at-risk youths. The camp will teach math, reading, language arts, social studies and writing skills.

91. Local Party Heads Look to New Gov’t Beginnings -

In a debate at East High School Tuesday night, Lang Wiseman and Van Turner engaged in their own version of the political showdown over health care reform playing out among national lawmakers.

92. Dixon’s Civil War Exhibit Punctuated by Whitman’s Poetry -

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is attempting to tackle the environment of the American Civil War through the eyes of an unconventional poet in the current art exhibition “Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era.” The exhibit, which opened last month, includes American masterpieces of the 1860s from collections across the country.

93. Microsoft, Yahoo Team Up to Ding Google With Bing -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and setting the stage for them to make a joint assault against the dominance of Google Inc.

94. Broadway’s Terron Brooks Guest at Stax Music Camp -

Broadway actor Terron Brooks will be the special guest artist at the grand finale of the Stax Music Academy SNAP! Summer Music Camp.

95. Daniel Law Firm Seeks Donors to Send Kids to Camp -

The Daniel Law Firm will offer people a chance to Adopt-A-Camper this summer by donating $81 for a child to attend summer camp for eight weeks beginning in June.

The law firm has committed to sending 40 children ages 5 through 15 to the Memphis Park Services Summer Camp Program for free. The camp runs each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 8 through July 31.

96. Congress Has Little Appetite For Health Care Taxes -

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

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

97. Events -

The Engineers’ Club of Memphis Inc. will hold its weekly meeting and lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Mark Lindstrom of ETI Corp. will present “Greenways and Trails.” Cost is $14. No reservations are required.

98. Local Shoppers Confirm Federal Reserve’s Outlook -

Debbie Bronson loaded up the back of her van with about $200 worth of toys on Wednesday within an hour of the Federal Reserve issuing a gloomy beige book report.

99. Le Bonheur Fundraiser To Feature Dancing Docs -

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and Dancesmith’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio will host its second Dancing with the Docs fundraiser Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St.

100. Blackburn Touts District, Blasts ‘Earth-First-Istas’ -

In a note to supporters on her campaign Web Site, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn casts herself as a champion of rural Tennesseans – and uses strong language to differentiate herself and her constituents from environmentalists and “liberal elites.”