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VOL. 132 | NO. 60 | Friday, March 24, 2017

Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

First Look at New Overton Square Restaurant Hopdoddy

Overton Square developer Loeb Properties and brg3s architects are moving forward with their plans to bring a Texas-based burger bar to Midtown.

Turner Seeks Study of Civil Rights Cold Cases

State Rep. Johnnie Turner can still feel the physical and emotional pain she endured for riding at the front of Memphis city buses while going home from LeMoyne-Owen College during the civil rights movement.

Binghampton Gateway Builds on Decade of Momentum

While construction recently began on the large-scale Binghampton Gateway Center and more development is on the way, the revitalization process to bring businesses and jobs back to the distressed Binghampton area began more than a decade ago.

Peabody Preparing For Rooftop Party Season

It might not be readily apparent from the modern party vibe and the current local bands who entertain the crowds, but The Peabody hotel’s annual rooftop parties – which kick off again next month – go back decades to the era of supper clubs and big bands.

Local Weather
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Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 34%

EVENTS

A Second Series Of Memphis 3.0 Public Meetings Begins Saturday, March 25, At 10 A.m. At Oakhaven High School, 3125 Ladbrook Road. The Comprehensive Planning Team Will Share Research That Has Been Conducted Since The First Set Of Rallies, Which Generated More Than 10,000 Comments, And Help Shape Priorities And Goals For Memphis 3.0’S Vision. Visit Memphis3point0.Com For Details And A Schedule.

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Last Word: Veep Visit, Women and Baseball and Civil Rights Cold Cases

Game time at FedExForum for the NCAA South semifinals and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be here to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs. The Butler mascot – a live bulldog – was already in town Thursday making the rounds. I think March Madness requires that all involved up their mascot game if they get this far. So UCLA, we expect to see a live bear roaming Beale Street. You might be able to work a deal with the zoo on this. But if there’s a cost split make sure you nail down those percentages.

Political Past, Present Meet as Wharton’s Portrait Joins Hall of Mayors

When A C Wharton Jr. was Memphis mayor, his relationship with the Memphis City Council wasn’t always good. And it would usually get worse whenever he’d call a press conference in the Hall of Mayors on a Tuesday the council was meeting. Some council members thought it was to draw attention from them.

Memphis Mayor's Office to Help Save Franklin's Birthplace

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.

SPORTS

Whether Toting Gloves or iPads, Women Have Role to Play in Baseball

First-year Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp has played and coached for Canada’s National Team. He understands, perhaps better than most do, that baseball’s stage extends beyond the major leagues and its minor league feeder system.

No Time to Rest: NBA Has a Problem

We know from Genesis 2:2 that on the seventh day God finished his creation and rested. So everybody needs rest.

Reflecting on 2017 Class, Looking Ahead to 2018

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, and the cycle never ends.

Another Quarterback Battle Brewing at Tennessee

The time has come to write a new chapter of Tennessee Vols football. Which quarterback is going to write it? With spring practice unfolding, it looks like a two-man race between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano – not necessarily in that order.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Veterans Balk at Proposed Tax Relief Method

Veterans in the state Legislature are balking at inclusion of a veterans tax relief plan in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, saying it should be removed to stand on its own.

Tennessee Senate Passes Bill to Punish Protesters Who Block Streets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.

House Passes Bill That Blocks Marijuana Decriminalization

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The House has voted on a bill that would block any efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana. The bill would nullify laws that Memphis and Nashville have passed that have reduced the penalty for weed in some cases.

House Panel OKs Bill to Require Seat Belts on School Buses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill to require Tennessee school buses to be fitted with seat belts by July 2023 is advancing in the House.

Bill Would Let Students Illegally in US Pay In-State Tuition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would let immigrant students who are in the country illegally pay in-state college tuition advanced in the Tennessee Legislature on Wednesday.

THE TIPPING POINT

Grizzlies Scholars Launches Next Generation of Leaders

Handing drums to a group of eighth-grade boys may not sound like the most relaxing way to spend a Saturday. But according to Frank Shaffer, it makes perfect sense.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

True Fakes

TRUISH. These days, fake news can seem so real, and real news gets more and more unbelievable.

Keeping Your Information Private (and Safe)

Ray’s Take We live in an increasingly online world. You can trade stocks, buy groceries, pay bills or order a ride, all on your computer or smartphone. Almost any financial transaction you need to make can be done in the comfort of your own home. With identity theft posing a real threat, keeping financial data private requires that consumers be proactive in the way they approach online security.

REGIONAL NEWS

Nissan Declines Talks With Union After Mississippi Rally

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)Nissan Motor Co. is declining to talk to union supporters about conditions at its Mississippi assembly plant.

AIRLINES

Virgin America Will Be the Latest Airline Brand to Disappear

DALLAS (AP) – After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America – their airline's name is being dumped.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Health Bill Vote Delayed in House in Setback to Trump, Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) – GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace "Obamacare," in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump in their first major legislative test.

Senate Votes to Undo Privacy Rules That Protect User Data

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

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