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VOL. 129 | NO. 237 | Friday, December 5, 2014

Obsidian Kicks Off Pro Bono Project

Obsidian Public Relations has kicked off the 2014 edition of its annual pro bono public relations project, the goal of which is to use the agency’s expertise to make a big impact for a local nonprofit.

Building a Framework

Efforts continue to boost minority business expansion

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

Basar: Fairgrounds Likely to Be Tied to Schools Funding

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar says the commission likely will consider linking an endorsement of the city’s plans for Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation to school funding when it takes up the measure at the Monday, Dec. 8, commission meeting.

Anixter Moving Memphis Distribution Operations

A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.

Downtown Grocery Expanding to Cooper-Young

City Market Groceries & Deli is preparing to expand beyond Downtown. The grocery is adding a new Cooper-Young location, at 836 S. Cooper Street. City Market just signed a lease there, confirmed owner Hamida Mandani, who said Adam Slovis represented City Market.

Local Weather
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Wind: Variable at 3.5 mph
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EVENTS

Art for Life’s Sake will present a holiday blues concert Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk, 310 Beale St. The concert will include an array of blues music by famous local and international blues artists. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit artforlifessake.org.

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Memphis Protesters Stage Solidarity 'Die-In'

Around 70 people took part in a “die-in” protest this afternoon at the National Civil Rights Museum. The protest over the police deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City and the grand jury investigations that led to no criminal charges in each case came together just 12 hours earlier through social media.

Tennessee Promise Mentors Prepare for Work

As high school seniors are getting answers back from the colleges they have applied to, a group of volunteer tutors are about to guide another group of seniors through the complex process of stepping into higher education.

SPORTS

On Trial: Tigers Basketball Has Much to Prove

Down by 11 points to Stephen F. Austin with less than two minutes to play, the final result probably was inevitable. But inside an emptying FedExForum, there were a precious few Tiger fans hanging on to the last strands of hope.

Playoff Committee Plays Political Football

Just to be sure I hadn’t lost my mind, I checked the NFL standings. In every division, the team – or teams – with the best record occupied first place. I found this amazing.

Q&A: Kedren Johnson, University of Memphis Junior Guard

Fast Facts: 6-foot-4, 229 pounds; transferred from Vanderbilt after sitting out a year; averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 assists as a sophomore; aspiring rapper, he is up front about loving music more than basketball.

Grizzlies' Gasol has Bone Bruise in Right Knee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has a bone bruise in his right knee and is questionable for Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Just for Pun

SUFFERING FOOLISH. Just when you think your cold is getting better, it snot. If you think that’s bad, I’m just getting started.

Don’t Stop Your Job Search During the Holiday

One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift. We decide companies aren’t hiring anyway, and we move on to other things. We begin to focus on putting up decorations and buying gifts.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds of US Jobs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.

Starbucks to Push More Food, Offer Mobile Ordering

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

HEALTH CARE

Average Affordable Care Premiums Going Up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) – Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

REAL ESTATE

Troubled US Homeowners Get More Government Relief

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeowners whose mortgages were modified to stave off foreclosure could next year receive an additional $5,000 reduction in their loans from the government, the Treasury and Housing and Urban Development departments said Thursday.

TECHNOLOGY

Barnes & Noble, Microsoft End Nook Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Bookseller Barnes & Noble said Thursday it is ending its commercial agreement with Microsoft for its Nook e-book reader ahead of its planned Nook spinoff.

Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays

NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

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