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VOL. 130 | NO. 11 | Friday, January 16, 2015

Plans for UT/West Institute for Cancer Research Unveiled

With an initial $2.5 million donation from the Plough Foundation, the West Cancer Center formally announced Thursday, Jan. 15, the creation of the nonprofit University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research at the center’s Germantown location on Wolf River Boulevard.

The Other Fellow

Book on Baker examines state’s changing political scene

Long before his death last year, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee was aware that other Republicans, including those who worked in his groundbreaking campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s, believed it was no longer possible for a political moderate like him to get elected in Tennessee.

Plans Emerge for Universal Life Building

In major Downtown news, the on-again, off-again redevelopment of the Universal Life Insurance Co. building Downtown appears to be on.

Strickland In Mayor's Race, Wharton Responds

After months of speculation, Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland confirmed Thursday, Jan. 15, he is in the 2015 race for Memphis mayor.

Tentative Deal Limits Role of Beale Street Development Corp.

In the beginning of the redevelopment of Beale Street, city leaders of the late 1970s put in place the Beale Street Development Corp. in a role they saw as a cultural guardian of the district between Fourth and Second streets.

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EVENTS

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s School will host an opening reception for “Earthbound Treasures: New Works by Tiffany Myers Foss and Katie Dann” Friday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Buckman, 60 Perkins Road Extended. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 13. Visit buckmanartscenter.com.

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ServiceMaster to Present Memphis Open

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be the presenting sponsor of the local Association of Tennis Professionals tour stop in February, it was announced Thursday afternoon at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

City Council Field at Six for Vacancy

With a new deadline for prospective City Council members to apply for the open District 7 seat, a total of six citizens had applied by the noon Thursday, Jan. 15, deadline for consideration by the Memphis City Council.

Start Co. Teams With Innova Memphis

Start Co. has a new partner that’s bringing new funding with them to bolster the venture development organization’s efforts.

SPORTS

Ohio State Alters SEC-Dominated Landscape

A year ago, Florida State put the chanting – “S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C! – on pause. Auburn, after all, came oh so close to winning the last BCS national championship game.

A Better Sports Village Than We Knew

When the historic 2014 University of Memphis football season was just getting started, hope and doubt were still equally matched opponents.

Q&A: Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies Guard/Forward

Fast Facts: 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year; 2000 Olympic gold medalist; won the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend in 2000; eight-time NBA All-Star; averaged more than 24 points in a season six times in his career; has averaged 19.8 points per game over his career; received NBA Community Assist Award in 2005; signed with Grizzlies this past summer as a free agent; cousin of former NBA player Tracy McGrady; ranks 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with more than 23,000 points; turns 38 on Jan. 26.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Who Are You?

KNOWN BUT NAMELESS. Who the hell are you? I’m not mad at you, I’m mad because I don’t know who you are and I should. No clue. Known you since the earth was cooling and I couldn’t come up with your name under Dick Cheney’s enhanced interrogation, not if I had to listen to Barry Manilow sing or Rush Limbaugh talk until I came up with it. You look so familiar we might be brothers … but I know my brothers. Their names are … give me a sec. I don’t have any sisters. I think.

What We Can All Learn From Techies

Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

STATEWIDE

2 PACs Fined by Tennessee Election Officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two political action committees have been fined by Tennessee officials who say the organizations didn't properly disclose information including donors and expenditures before elections last year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Despite Low Gas Prices, Gas Tax Hike Appears Unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs.

Obama Renews Push for Paid Leave for Working Parents

BALTIMORE (AP) – President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave.

HEALTH CARE

Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone? It's a Breeze

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – It's like OpenTable for medical appointments.

REAL ESTATE

US Foreclosures Fell in 2014 to Levels Before Housing Bust

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A healthier U.S. housing market and economy helped to winnow foreclosures in 2014 to levels not seen since before the housing bust.

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