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VOL. 131 | NO. 106 | Friday, May 27, 2016

Heat's David Fizdale Accepts Offer to Become Grizz Head Coach

Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale has accepted the Memphis Grizzlies’ offer to become their head coach and agreed to a four-year contract, according Yahoo! Sports.

Laser Quest Closing In Poplar Plaza

Laser Quest, a longtime tenant in the Poplar Plaza shopping center, is set to close on Sunday, May 29.

Shelby County Schools Wraps Up a Calmer, But Still Eventful, Year

Given the last six years of historic change in public education locally, you could be forgiven if you thought of Friday’s half day of classes for Shelby County Schools as the end of an idyllic school year.

THDA to Resume Apartment Inspections

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency plans to inspect at least a dozen apartment complexes in Memphis where federal subsidies pay tenants’ rent.

Last Word: Before the Rain on Beale, No More Laser Quest and School's End

Just before the rain moved in and local TV just got all silly about it, David Fizdale was taking a look around Beale Street. And he got recognized and even posed for a few selfies.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
9.0°F
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Wind: North at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 73%

EVENTS

The Metal Museum will celebrate International Blacksmithing Day on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free museum admission and blacksmithing demonstrations and competitions throughout the day at 374 Metal Museum Drive. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule.

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THE TIPPING POINT

Rose Guiding Memphis Symphony to Firm Financial Footing

What is classical music good for? How can it remain relevant in the 21st century? For most people, these are abstract questions – but for Gayle Rose, they couldn’t be more pressing.

SPORTS

Bartlett Native Wright Makes MLB Debut at Dodger Stadium

When Daniel Wright stepped up on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to make his major-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds the other night, a crowd of thousands was watching. And more than a dozen family members and friends from Memphis and Jonesboro, Ark., were there to root for him.

Cyclist Lucky – And Better Than Ever

Phillip Poux smiles a lot these days. He laughs a lot and practically gushes about the Wolf River Greenway and the joy of riding his road bike in a safe and scenic environment.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Downsize Your Expenses, Not Your Home

Ray’s Take Millions of baby boomers are approaching, or have arrived at, retirement. Some may find themselves looking around their large homes where they raised their families and deciding they don’t need all that room anymore. The kids have grown up and moved out (maybe) and the money from a sale could really bulk up their retirement funds. It may also be time to consider a downstairs bedroom and other considerations for the next phase in life.

Insulting In Style

INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam Used Private Email Server for Official State Business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and top aides have used the Republican's personal email server to communicate about official business.

STATEWIDE

Dollar General Q1 Profit Beats as Customers Spend More

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General on Thursday posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit as more customers spent more.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

McDonald's CEO Says Company is Making Changes Customers Want

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's, under intense pressure in a competitive industry, sought to reassure its shareholders Thursday that it is making changes to its food and service that customers want.

Gawker May Be Looking to Sell After Losing Hulk Hogan Case

NEW YORK (AP) – The embattled online media company Gawker Media has hired an investment banker to explore its options, including a possible sale.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft, Facebook Team Up to Build Undersea Internet Cable

Microsoft and Facebook are building a new underwater Internet cable that will cross the Atlantic Ocean, carrying customers' data between North America and Southern Europe.

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FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 6 101
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 1,205
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BUSINESS LICENSES 0 74 240
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 1 338
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