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VOL. 133 | NO. 110 | Friday, June 1, 2018

Brooks Releases Feedback on Downtown Move

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art plans to use feedback from public sessions about its Downtown move to vet potential architects for the riverfront campus.

Parkland School Shooting Survivor Suggests FedEx Protest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – One of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors campaigning for gun controls has suggested he plans a protest against FedEx.

Big River Summer

West Memphis trail adds signage as summer approaches

There hasn’t been a formal opening ceremony for the part of the Big River Trail across the West Memphis flood plain on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River, part of a 7-mile loop bikers and hikers began using last fall.

EMS Ready To Double Footprint In Bartlett

After holding on to an adjacent parcel of land for more than a decade next to its facility in Bartlett, medical device manufacturer Engineered Medical Systems LLC is gearing up for a major expansion of its facility. The company is investing $10.5 million in a move that will create 40 new jobs.

Local Weather
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Wind: West at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 94%

EVENTS

Circuit Playhouse will present the regional premiere of “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” Friday, June 1, through June 24 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

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SPORTS

Virtually Famous

NBA 2K League Puts Video Gamers on Stage

Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican) gets the ball beyond the arc, dribbles, hesitates, and then accelerates around the defender and drives all the way to the rim for a one-handed dunk. It appears effortless and the longer you watch the avatar that is AuthenticAfrican on the NBA 2K court, the clearer the conclusion becomes:

Last Word: Big River Summer, AuthenticAfrican Revealed and 100 North Main

It’s the month that doesn’t have a festival with its name in the title, the month after the month that does have a festival bearing its name. It’s the month of heat and sun and heat lightning, lightning bugs and tourists and no school. Baseball before the All-Star break, politics past one set of primaries but before the other midterm primaries, budget seasons and the difference between the unrestricted fund balance and the restricted fund balance and patio society underneath the ferns. Welcome to June.

Mariota Still The Key To Titans’ Success

Say what you will about the Titans’ new head coach, the team’s pricey free-agent acquisitions and its talented draft picks during the offseason.

THE PRESS BOX

Freedom for All? Not if You’re A Back-up Center at Alabama

In 1969, the St. Louis Cardinals decided they wanted to trade seven-time Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood had helped the team win the World Series in 1964 and 1967. But the Cardinals believed his best days were behind him.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Let’s See What You Got

THE REAL GAME. I’ve handled two kinds of Canadian Grizzlies. The first furry transplants played football in the World Football League, changing one of their two names from Northmen to Southmen when they arrived here from Toronto, and keeping their Grizzlies name/mascot/logo, too. I inherited all that as their ad agency.

New 529 Plans Buy Education Options

Ray’s Take: Did you know that back in 1870 you could attend Harvard for a mere $150 per year, and for half that amount, you could attend Brown University? According to Best Colleges, college costs began to rise in the 1970s at a rate much higher than inflation, and this hasn’t slowed down.

STATEWIDE

Ex-Pilot Flying J President Seeks to Fire Attorney

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer wants to fire his trial lawyer now that he's been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Dollar General Q1 Profit Surges, But Still Short

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar General reported a surge in first-quarter profit, but inclement weather doused enough business to leave the retailer short of Wall Street expectations almost across the board.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Sears to Close Another 72 Stores as Sales Plunge

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears will close another 72 stores as sales shrink and losses grow, an announcement that has become a familiar refrain as the company retrenches.

Need an Entry-Level Job at a Store? It Can Be Harder Now

NEW YORK (AP) – Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald's to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn't have kiosks to take orders, people didn't use smartphones to pay, and job seekers did applications on paper.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

EPA Sends Fuel Economy Changes to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the White House a proposal widely expected to scale back future fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks.

Trump Revises Comey Firing, Giuliani Blasts 'Lynching Mob'

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he didn't fire FBI Director James Comey over the Russia investigation, despite previously citing that as the reason. His lawyer, meanwhile, blasted federal investigators as "a lynching mob" the Trump team will "knock the heck out of" in the end.

Official: 2 More Months to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – It could take up to another two months to fully restore power in Puerto Rico as crews across the U.S. territory prepare to strengthen its electrical grid amid a new hurricane season, the power company director told The Associated Press on Thursday.

LEGAL AFFAIRS

Harvey Weinstein Indicted On Rape, Criminal Sex Act Charges

NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein was indicted on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.

HEALTH CARE

Skyping the Doctor? Poll Shows It's Not Just for the Young

WASHINGTON (AP) – Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses – and to his daughter's smartphone – miles from his Maryland home.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 80 401 13,843
MORTGAGES 99 439 16,005
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 19 63 2,202
BUILDING PERMITS 233 998 28,755
BANKRUPTCIES 49 276 8,926
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 136 4,701
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 23 141 5,534
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 88 2,982

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