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VOL. 129 | NO. 66 | Friday, April 4, 2014

Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

Museum Milestone

National Civil Rights Museum begins new chapter

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs

The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.

Steiner Resigns as CEO of GTx

Dr. Mitchell Steiner has resigned effective Thursday from being CEO and vice chairman of GTx, the Memphis-based company he co-founded.

Harris Files Ford Challenge at Deadline

Memphis City Council member Lee Harris is challenging Democratic state Sen. Ophelia Ford in the August primary for District 29, the Senate seat held by a member of the Ford family since 1975.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
69°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 35%

EVENTS

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

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New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

SPORTS

Cardinals Expect ‘Good Things’ to Happen Again

At grantland.com, the writer said the St. Louis Cardinals have even more depth than last year’s team, but then he went on to pick the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series.

Grizz Running in Mud

So the group text came in a little before midnight after the Grizzlies’ horrible excuse for a basketball game at Minnesota against the Timberwolves.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Where There’s Smoke

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat.

Going Back to Graduate School

“Should I go back to graduate school?” This is a question many professionals wonder about each day. If you’ve struggled to find a new job in the difficult economy, you may be seriously considering it.

STATE GOVERNMENT

For-Profit Charter Schools Bill Fails in House

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal to allow charter schools in Tennessee to be operated by for-profit groups failed in its final committee vote Thursday before reaching the House floor for debate.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Service Firms Grow More Quickly, Boost Hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. service firms expanded more quickly last month as new orders rose and hiring increased, a positive sign the economy is rebounding after an unusually cold winter.

US Trade Deficit Hits $42.3 Billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.

Report Says Blacks, Latinos Losing Economic Ground

WASHINGTON (AP) – African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Bill Extends Tax Breaks for Wind Farms, Filmmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wind farms, NASCAR tracks and filmmakers would keep their treasured tax breaks as part of an $85 billion package of temporary tax cuts passed by a key Senate committee Thursday.

REAL ESTATE

US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing Up Rents

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

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