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VOL. 127 | NO. 244 | Friday, December 14, 2012

One MPD Officer Killed, Second Shot

Memphis police say one officer was fatally shot and another wounded early Friday.

Musical Heritage

Blues Trail latest connector to city’s rich music history

There was a moment at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the large crowd at The Peabody hotel got a sense for how much depth the city’s musical heritage has and what a complex story it can be.

Official: 27 Dead in Connecticut School Shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.

Achievement School District Adds Six Schools

The Achievement School District will double in size in Memphis with the 2013-2014 school year.

Suburbs to Discuss Schools Agreement

There will be plenty to discuss Friday, Dec. 14, when suburban leaders sit down with their attorneys to talk about some kind of agreement on the terms under which schools in the six suburban municipalities will be part of the merged Shelby County public school system.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
63°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

NEXUS is accepting applications for its Memphis mentors awards through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Categories include outstanding male and female mentors, NEXUS alumni mentor, mentoring organization/nonprofit and mentoring industry/company. Winners will be announced Jan. 29. Visit nexusleaders.org.

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Levenger Leases Up EastPark IV

A Delray Beach, Fla.-based specialty retail company is relocating its Memphis distribution warehouse within the Southeast submarket.

Delta Buys Stake in Virgin Atlantic, Holds Investor Day

On the heels of agreeing to buy a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for $360 million on Tuesday, Delta Air Lines Inc. held its annual investor day conference on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Atlanta and detailed the restructuring of its fleet, which will affect flights between Memphis and Birmingham.

Grace St. Luke’s Adds ‘Little Lukers’ Program

Next year, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School will welcome a new group of students onto its Midtown Memphis campus: 2-year-olds.

International Paper to Remain in Memphis

It looks like International Paper won’t have a political fight on its hands after all. The company has decided on trying to complete a deal with local economic development that would include incentives to help IP keep and expand its headquarters presence here. Those incentives would include multiple 15-year tax freezes on new and existing buildings, a more palatable proposition than a 30-year tax freeze that it looked at one point like the company was interested in, according to sources.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Grizzlies CEO Levien Longtime Fan of Memphis

The first time Jason Levien visited Memphis, it was the summer of 1996. He was here to help his friend and law school classmate Harold Ford Jr. run for Congress, so Levien helped him campaign – and slept on Ford’s sofa.

SPORTS

Louisville Game Opportunity to Widen Margin for Error

There are several ways to measure the magnitude of a college basketball game. First, will the outcome echo through the rest of the season and resonate with the NCAA Tournament Committee come March?

Local Students Give Back With Literacy Program

A lot of people have good ideas that could change the world, or at a little piece of it. But often those ideas never quite turn into action.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Give a Reboot This Year

REBOOTS FOR EVERYBODY. As I sat there on hold – again – listening to synthesizer Gap crap, or a good beat slowly beat to death, or Barry Manilow at the Copa, the Copacabana – I was reminded of a Lily Tomlin line from years ago, “I had a terrible dream last night. I dreamed that the man who invented Muzak invented something else.”

The Gift for Those Who Have Everything

What do you give someone who has everything? It’s the holiday season, time for us to reach out to those we know, love and respect offering gifts as a token of our feelings. Some of us get creative, finding the perfect gift. Others of us struggle, uncertain as to what would be the right gift. Some of us are fortunate enough to have the challenge of finding the right gift for the person who has everything.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Obama: Fiscal Cliff Deal is 'Work in Progress'

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says a fiscal cliff deal is "still a work in progress" as an end of the year deadline rapidly approaches.

HEALTH CARE

Dozens Sue Pharmacy, But Compensation Uncertain

NASHVILLE (AP) – Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

Federal Review of Tobacco Products Grinds to a Halt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Talk about a smoke break.

Study: People Worldwide Living Longer, But Sicker

LONDON (AP) – Nearly everywhere around the world, people are living longer and fewer children are dying. But increasingly, people are grappling with the diseases and disabilities of modern life, according to the most expansive global look so far at life expectancy and the biggest health threats.

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