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VOL. 133 | NO. 68 | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Anniversary of King's Assassination Marked With Marches, Rallies

Several thousand people marching under the banners of unions and civil rights organizations marched peacefully Wednesday, April 4, from the headquarters of the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.

King's Children See New Movements, Same Challenges 50 Years After Mountaintop

The bright and multi colored lights at Mason Temple Church of God In Christ gave way for a few minutes Tuesday, April 3, to a single white spotlight on the empty pulpit of the South Memphis church and a recording of part of the speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered from the pulpit 50 years ago Tuesday.

Lomax Commits to Memphis Tigers, Hardaway Staff Hire May be Near

Penny Hardaway’s first commitments as head coach at the University of Memphis are his son, Jayden, and East High point guard Alex Lomax. Jayden announced his commitment Tuesday, April 3, and Lomax made his official through social media early Wednesday morning.

County Commission Approves Contract Moratorium

Shelby County commissioners approved a moratorium Monday, April 2, on all county contracts and budget amendments worth more than $50,000 through the end of August.

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Dead for the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – One of the lead sponsors of a medical marijuana bill in Tennessee has withdrawn the measure after telling lawmakers that the legislation has been so watered down that passing it would actually be more harmful, especially to patients.

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EVENTS

The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery will stage an “I Am A Man” Reenactment Photo Shoot Wednesday, April 4, with the lineup starting at 8 a.m. at Fourth and Beale streets. The picture will re-create photojournalist Ernest C. Withers’ iconic “I Am A Man” photo from the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike. Register in advance at the Withers Collection, 333 Beale St., or online at 2018mlk50.com.

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‘Revolutionary Times’

King's daughter still processing his death, learning to grieve

The youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hopes to prove him wrong in only one respect. The Rev. Bernice King has been talking about the quote from one of her father’s now institutionalized speeches for at least the last two years.

Last Word: Mason Temple 50 Years Later, Medical Pot Dies in Nashville and Fire

Mason Temple still looks pretty much the same as it did in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came there to give what would be his last speech – the Mountaintop speech – the night before his assassination. Tuesday evening, 50 years to the day that King gave that speech, the Church of God In Christ sanctuary was awash and aglow in multi-colored lights as a capacity invitation-only crowd gathered to mark the occasion.

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.

Rekindling of King's 'Poor People's Campaign' Takes Shape

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Civil rights leaders are reviving an economic justice campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was planning when he was killed 50 years ago.

Data Back Up AP Poll: Little Progress on Civil Rights Issues

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., American perceptions of progress toward racial equality remain largely divided along racial lines, a recent AP-NORC poll shows.

SPORTS

Redbirds Again Will Have Multiple Top Prospects

Tuesday was Media Day at AutoZone Park for the reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds. And some of the players who helped win that title were back; others likely will be.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Former FHN Communications Chief Launches New Venture

Back in the summer, Memphis-based First Tennessee Bank was listed as the fifth most reputable bank in the nation in a report from the industry-focused news publication “American Banker.”

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Perry Leading Fire Museum Forward as Executive Director

Shannon Perry became executive director of the Fire Museum of Memphis earlier this year, a role that brings her back to the institution she helped launch in the 1990s, when she served as its first curator. As executive director, Perry is the Fire Museum’s only full-time employee, and she handles a range of functions – including its collection, exhibits and facilities, budgets, fundraising, public relations, special events, staff and volunteers – while also working directly with the museum’s board.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Transparency Helps Build A Diverse Workforce

Diversity is one of the most important issues companies are focused on today. LinkedIn recently found that more than half of companies say they are very or extremely focused on diversity. This is good news, especially when you consider the World Economic Forum recently estimated it will take 217 years for women to reach complete equality in pay and employment opportunities.

Geofencing is Gaining Ground

While marketers anticipate that e-commerce will continue to push retail boundaries throughout 2018, mobile commerce is a large factor in that boundary movement, widely due to advanced interest in geofencing.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Legislature Passes Plan to Help Domestic Violence Victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would make it easier for domestic violence victims to get off the cellphone plans of their abusers and have rights transferred to themselves.

Legislature Advances Bill to Sell Liquor on Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A move to allow liquor sales on Sunday in Tennessee is gaining momentum in the state Legislature.

Bill to Arm Tennessee Teachers Fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would arm some school teachers in Tennessee failed Tuesday after heated debate from state lawmakers, including several Republican gun rights advocates.

Tennessee Lawmaker Running Again Despite Allegations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee state lawmaker has announced that he is running for re-election despite being mired in scandal after three of his former teenage basketball players accused him of sexual misconduct when he was their coach about three decades ago.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

GM to Halt Monthly Sales Reports and Switch to Quarters

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors says it will stop reporting its sales figures every month and instead will post the numbers each quarter.

Tesla Raises Production but Falls Short of Model 3 Goals

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc. increased production of its Model 3 mass-market car in the first quarter but still fell far short of the numbers it promised last summer.

Facebook Asks Users If They Think It's 'Good for the World'

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is asking users whether they think it's "good for the world" in a poll sent to an unspecified number of people.

MEDICAL NEWS

CDC: Drug-Resistant 'Nightmare Bacteria' Pose Growing Threat

"Nightmare bacteria" with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-a-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases are becoming, health officials said Tuesday.

Midlife 'Wealth Shock' May Lead to Death, Study Suggests

A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

States, Cities Sue US Over Census Citizenship Question

NEW YORK (AP) – Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.

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