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VOL. 127 | NO. 53 | Friday, March 16, 2012

Resignation Signals Change for Reform

Irving Hamer made at least two, possibly three comments about a co-worker’s breasts last month at a private party.

Airport Concerns

Airport Authority board discusses changing landscape

When U.S. Airways opens its three daily nonstop flights to Reagan National Airport in Washington out of Memphis in about a week, Memphis International Airport officials will celebrate.

Former Cleo Site Sells For $2.6M

A Memphis-based buyer has bought more than 1 million square feet formerly occupied by Cleo Inc. gift-wrapping company in Airport Industrial Park Section A for less than two-thirds of the listing price.

Schools Merger Delay to be Discussed

The schools consolidation planning commission will at least talk about the idea of putting off the merger of Shelby County’s two school systems for another year.

Courthouse Basement Floods

The heavy morning rains Friday, March 16, caused flooding of the Shelby County Courthouse basement and forced the postponement of cases to be heard in the civil divisions of Shelby County General Sessions Court.

Testimony Ends in Fed Drug Trial

After five weeks of testimony, the last witness testified Wednesday, March 14, in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court.

MEMPHIS STANDOUT

Sister Joan Byrne Finds Calling in Memphis

When Sister Joan Byrne completed her high school education at a boarding school run by the Irish Sisters of Mercy in County Westmeath, Central Ireland, she made the biggest commitment of her life: to stay on and join the religious order.

SPORTS

Believe Memphis? Not if Lakers in Town

The evening started with such a great vibe. FedExForum public address announcer Rick Trotter just mentioned the visiting Los Angeles Lakers and sweet boos rained down onto the court.

Heart Same As Head In Picking Games

One of the beauties of the NCAA Tournament is the more you know, the less you know. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins knows more about the game than most of us could forget and he believes Kentucky will win this time.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

It’s True – No, Really

IF YOU WANT TO HELP, STOP. My high school classmate, Donna Davis, and I are doing an intervention. We’re asking our other classmates, and yours, to stop sending helpful, lifesaving email. Tell us what you’ve been up to … briefly … maybe even something … a little something … about your children/grandchildren or your plastic/heart/knee/hip surgery, but, please God, stop spreading the dismal fog of spreading germs and apocalyptic prophecy.

What Are Your Legal Responsibilities?

Part one of a three-part series What legal issues should you be aware of regarding your involvement with nonprofit organizations?

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Factories Help Job Recovery Endure in March

WASHINGTON (AP) – A resurgent U.S. job market that has lifted the economy appears to be enduring.

Nucor Says Supply, Prices to Hurt Q1 Earnings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Steel maker Nucor Corp. predicted Thursday that its first-quarter earnings will fall short of last year's as prices have deteriorated since January with more inventory in the marketplace from domestic mills and imports.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Popular Small Business Bill Hits Senate Obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) – It might seem a recipe for success: Legislation to help small businesses raise capital passed the House last week with 95 percent of lawmakers voting for it and President Barack Obama's support. But in today's Congress, nothing comes easy.

REAL ESTATE

Tenn. Among States With Foreclosure Spike in Feb.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation's states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo due to delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims.

TECHNOLOGY

Heavy Demand Expected as iPad Goes on Sale Friday

NEW YORK (AP) – Let the wild rumpus start.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 218 10,440
MORTGAGES 91 293 13,620
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 3 46 2,690
BUILDING PERMITS 0 393 24,700
BANKRUPTCIES 62 184 10,076
BUSINESS LICENSES 25 62 3,798
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 90 338 14,895
MARRIAGE LICENSES 10 68 3,235

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