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VOL. 131 | NO. 86 | Friday, April 29, 2016

Broncos Draft Paxton Lynch in First Round

The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos traded up in Thursday night’s NFL Draft and selected former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round with the 26th overall pick.

Overton Greensward Overcast Weekend Offers Temporary Interlude

For a few hours Saturday morning, April 30, in Overton Park there was no one on the Greensward – no cars, no zoo crew, no protesters, no yoga class, no dogs or dog walkers. On an overcast day, there wasn't even a shadow to be cast.

Alternate Transit Options for Beale Street Music Festival

For those who plan to attend the Beale Street Music Festival this weekend but want to avoid the parking hassles, there are other options for getting there.

Memphis Zoo's New Attraction Takes High-Tech Dive Into Zambezi

On the African continent, the Zambezi River Valley is south of the savanna. At the Memphis Zoo, it is west of the savanna-like grassland environments where elephants, zebras and giraffes can be seen.

Last Word: The Draft, The Greensward-Council Footnote and The Zoo Beatles

I’ve never watched an NFL draft before Thursday evening’s in which Paxton Lynch, quarterback for the University of Memphis, was drafted by the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos as the 26th pick of the first round.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 10.4 mph
Humidity: 51%


Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, with special discounts, giveaways and events at Burke’s Book Store, 936 S. Cooper St., and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Among the highlights: participate in Litographs literary tattoo chain; purchase exclusive IBD books and art pieces; and visit both locations to be entered to win one of 10 prizes. Visit burkesbooks.com and thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com for full schedules.

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Grand Carousel’s New Home Ready for Construction

By mid-summer 2017, the historic Memphis Grand Carousel will be spinning in its new home at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

TNReady Contract Cancellation Deepens Complexity

When Measurement Inc. told state officials earlier this week that the company couldn’t get several million paper versions of its online student achievement tests shipped, the state went to Memphis-based FedEx to work around shipping limits.


Roster Remix? Grizzlies May Finally Shake Things Up

As amazing as it was that the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by using 28 players this past season, it’s almost more unbelievable that they had to sign eight different players to 11 separate 10-day contracts.

Dave Joerger: The NBA’s Invisible Man

Congratulations to Golden State’s Steve Kerr. You can’t say he wasn’t a worthy recipient for NBA Coach of the Year.


Does Your Company Website Need a Makeover?

You never get a second chance to make a first impression – and that concept also rings true for websites.

Tennessee Legislature's 2016 Session: Unbelievable

THE STATE OF UN. In this nadir of presidential elections with everyone awash in slimy sound bites, with Congress and a Supreme Court nominee stuck in the mud, it takes truly jaw-dropping state legislative idiocy to draw the attention of the national media, make the monologues of late-night hosts and inspire “Saturday Night Live” skits.

Re-Evaluate Your Cash Strategy

Ray’s take: When it comes to a cash reserve, the standard advice is three to six months of expenses. Do you think that’s enough? It might not be.


Verso Agrees to $10,000 Fine in Potomac River Latex Spill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Memphis-based Verso Corp. will pay a $10,000 settlement for two chemical spills that tainted the Potomac River last fall, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Comcast Buying Dreamworks Animation for About $3.55B

NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.

UPS 1st-Quarter Profit Rises 10 Percent, Beating Forecasts

DALLAS (AP) United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that first-quarter profit rose 10 percent to $1.13 billion, helped by an increase in both ground shipments and next-day air deliveries in the United States.

Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares

DALLAS (AP) – No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares – even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.


US Economy Struggles at Start of Election Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – It was not a great start for the U.S. economy.

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