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VOL. 133 | NO. 66 | Monday, April 2, 2018

Holder: After King, Political System is 'Far From Fair'

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a University of Memphis and National Civil Rights Museum symposium Monday, April 2, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped create “a new country” in 39 years of life but that “it is necessary to be indignant and be impatient” 50 years after King’s death.

The Week Ahead: April 2-8

Hello, Memphis! We celebrate the courage of a man this week who improved the lives of so many. The somber occasion of remembering his death 50 years ago should not overshadow the admiration we have for someone who refused to not speak up against obvious injustices in spite of the danger it put him in.

EDGE Sets Date to Vote on Graceland Expansion Plans

The Economic Development Growth Engine board has set a date to vote on Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Graceland expansion plans.

Heritage Trail Loops Open Amidst MLK50 Preparations

As city crews were moving the Mountaintop sculpture into place at the new MLK Reflection Park and the nearby I Am A Man Plaza was getting one last patch of cement Friday, March 30, a tour bus came through as preparations were being made for the city’s MLK50 observances.

Nashville-based Trust Company Opening Memphis Office

Pendleton Square Trust Co., a Nashville-based independent trust and family office company, has hired an executive away from First Tennessee Bank to help launch and open an office in Memphis in the coming months.

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EVENTS

Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road, will host a discussion on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling Zivotofsky v. Kerry Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Leo Bearman Jr. of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC will lead the discussion of the ruling and its implications for American-born and Israeli-born Jews. A one-hour Tennessee Continuing Legal Education credit is available for $10. Sign up at timemphis.org or call 901-761-3130.

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SPORTS NOTEBOOK

Baseball's Back and NCAA Not Ready to Pay Players

Babe Ruth and Shohei Ohtani. In the same sentence. In baseball’s record book.

Last Word: MLK 50 Arrives, Heritage Trail and Medical Marijuana's Comeback

This will be a big week in the national spotlight for the city. But whenever someone with a megaphone like a newspaper or a television station says that in Memphis there is something that happens that gives me pause and I think gives a lot of other Memphians pause. Some of us start to open the floodgates of our long-held need to please at all costs.

Around Memphis: April 2, 2018

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

New Apartments Coming to Broad, Clark Tower Inks Another Tenant

A multifamily project planned for Broad Avenue could provide the housing element that takes the arts district to the next level. -
In many ways the Broad Avenue water tower has become the defining emblem of the iconic arts district, but the empty warehouse it sits on stands in stark contrast from the vibrant shops, restaurants and art galleries that line the more developed south side of the street.

Don't Like Medical Marijuana Bill? Just Wait for Next Version

Legislation decriminalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee could return to its original form, setting up a state commission to oversee use of the drug to treat debilitating illnesses. Any such move also could bring lobbyists back into the fold after they dropped support of the bill when its sponsor, Rep. Jeremy Faison, abruptly changed the bill and left onlookers flabbergasted.

MLK 50

MLK 50 Years Later

Why the spring of 1968 in Memphis remains relevant

Bernard Lafayette remembers being in Memphis April 3, 1968, and a dejected Martin Luther King Jr. being roused from his room at the Lorraine Motel to speak at Mason Temple on a rainy night.

The Aftermath: Memphis' Political Journey Since 1968

For 50 years and counting, April 4 has been an important day in the life of Memphis.

MLK50 Events: A Roundup of Memphis Happenings

Here's a selection of events in Memphis marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 3 is the 50th anniversary of King’s last speech – the “Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple, while April 4 is the 50th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

Editorial: 50 Years After King's Death, What Have We Learned?

When sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were crushed by a garbage truck compactor on Feb. 1, 1968, it sparked a 64-day strike that reverberated throughout Memphis and beyond.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Two New Food Concepts Coming to Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse is set to add a pair of new food concepts to its tenant mix this summer. Global Cafe, an international food hall where a mix of cuisines will be prepared by three immigrant food entrepreneurs and their staff, and Lucy J’s Bakery, which specializes in custom event cakes and fresh baked goods, will open in part of the space now occupied by Curb Market.

Massive Mixed-Use Project Slated for Broad Avenue

In many ways the Broad Avenue water tower has become the defining emblem of the iconic arts district, but the empty warehouse it sits on stands in stark contrast from the vibrant shops, restaurants and art galleries that line the more developed south side of the street.

Coletta to Lead Changing Riverfront Development Corp.

The new president and CEO of the Riverfront Development Corp. will oversee changes in the organization that runs the city riverfront under a contract with the city. The changes include more of an emphasis on raising private money for the city’s riverfront plan as well as a name change to be announced later.

Explore Bike Share Reveals Station Locations

The launch of Explore Bike Share is getting closer with the nonprofit revealing Wednesday, March 28, the locations of the stations for the 600-bike system.

Head of American Home Shield Leaves as Spin-Off Continues

The head of the American Home Shield division of Memphis-based ServiceMaster has left the company as it continues the process of spinning off from ServiceMaster.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers OK Bill to Ban State Money to Abortion Providers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It's up to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam whether to sign legislation seeking federal approval to ban TennCare payments to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, for non-abortion services.

STATEWIDE

Audit: Tennessee Valley Authority's $17M Planes Unjustified

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The $17.7 million the Tennessee Valley Authority spent on two corporate planes was not justified, an internal audit said.

Ex-Tennessee Teacher Who Fled With Teen Wants to Change Plea

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An ex-Tennessee teacher who fled with a 15-year-old student last year and set off a 39-day nationwide manhunt has asked to change his plea in federal court.

US NEWS

AP-NORC Poll: 50 Years After MLK, Civil Rights Goals Unmet

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Walmart Reportedly Eyes Deal With Insurer Humana

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Small Business Dilemma: Raise Prices or Absorb Inflation?

NEW YORK (AP) – Higher energy prices and borrowing costs make it more expensive than last year for Bill Savickas to operate his wholesale produce business – especially since it's hard to pass the increases on to his customers.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Trump EPA Expected to Roll Back Auto Gas Mileage Standards

DETROIT (AP) – The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration's plans to combat climate change.

TECHNOLOGY

Selfie Medicine: Phone Apps Push People to Take Their Pills

SEATTLE (AP) – Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor's orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.

Facebook Exec Disavows His Own Provocative Memo

NEW YORK (AP) – The author of a provocative Facebook memo declaring that growth is justified even if it costs lives says he doesn't actually agree with the memo and wrote it to provoke debate.

HEALTH

Buzzkill? Coffee Cancer Warnings Could Go Beyond California

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's fair to say that a lot of people awoke Friday to a headline that might have jolted them more awake than a morning cup of joe: A California judge had ruled that coffee sold in the state should carry a cancer warning.

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