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VOL. 123 | NO. 38 | Monday, February 25, 2008

School Safety Rumors Addressed at Meeting

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin is used to knocking down rumors. It's part of the job description practically. And separating fact from fiction is a basic part of what any police officer does.

Memphian Wages Battle to Save Youth

A Washington Post headline two weeks ago described Memphis businessman Bob Compton as waging his own personal campaign to save America.

50 and Fit Takes Intimidation Out of Fitness

Mel Baddorf is a walking advertisement for his business, 50 and Fit, a fitness club for those who are 50 and older. He often tells customers he's lost 52 pounds since he opened the doors at the business almost a year ago.

To & Fro

Wharton Says County Budget Shortfall At $16.5 Million

At a hastily called afternoon press conference Friday afternoon, Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton Jr. recalled how his visit to Starbucks that morning was ruined when he picked up a copy of the New York Times. He was greeted with an article in the paper’s business section that mentioned his friend and fellow Memphis lawyer Stuart Breakstone.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
75°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity: 94%

EVENTS

The University of Memphis will host Ken Reardon of Cornell University today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 123 of the Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Reardon will present "Urban Design and Placemaking: The Emerging Role of Higher Education and Other Institutions in Neighborhood Revitalization." The event is free and open to the public.

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Medtronic Names Dzau to Board

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Friday it elected Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor of health affairs at Duke University and president and chief executive of Duke University Health System, to its board of directors.

Airlines Could Stay on Own, Seek Another Carrier if Deal Falls Apart

ATLANTA (AP) - Not too long ago, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. seemed all but certain to announce a combination soon.

County Commission Back Morgue Site, Prepares To Talk Spending Cuts

Shelby County commissioners gave their blessing today to a site for the new Regional Forensics Center. The resolution approved at today's session refers generally to county-owned land between Poplar Avenue and Washington Street that is now parking for Juvenile Court.

Chicago Partnership Enhances CBU Engineering Program

Engineers in Chicagoland soon will be able to work on their master's degree in Memphis, thanks to a new partnership between Christian Brothers University and Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

Survey: Community Banks Optimistic on Mortgages

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smaller banks nationwide were "mildly optimistic" a few months ago about increasing mortgage lending this year because they have largely avoided the high-risk loan business, a survey released last week shows.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 43 43 12,074
MORTGAGES 78 78 15,834
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 3,130
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 11,671
BUSINESS LICENSES 18 18 4,292
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 190 190 17,922
MARRIAGE LICENSES 43 43 3,711

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