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VOL. 131 | NO. 137 | Monday, July 11, 2016

Black Lives Matter Protest Draws Thousands In Memphis Protest Milestone

Four and a half hours after it began Sunday, July 10, the city's most significant and largest Black Lives Matter protest ended with police in riot gear slowly walking a group of around 100 protesters off the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and south on Front Street.

Parsons a Plum Terrific Shooter

Anna is a 29-year-old Grizzlies fan and she had gathered with other Grizzlies fans in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum to meet forward Chandler Parsons. Well, maybe not meet him – although Parsons was generous about signing autographs and letting fans take selfies with him – but at least get a glimpse of the most significant free agent to leave the competition and come to Memphis.

The Week Ahead: July 11-17

Time to get your week started, Memphis! Our look at the week ahead includes several chances to indulge your inner art patron – from hanging out with a local comic book artist to being on stage at the Orpheum – plus other need-to-know happenings you’ll want to check out…

Democrats Continue to Struggle With Dysfunction

As the local Democratic Party’s executive committee began assembling in a Midtown union hall Thursday, July 7, Cliff Lewis, a veteran of the group, said “the local Democratic Party is not dysfunctional” three times and clicked his heels together each time he said the words.

Last Word: The Path To The Bridge, Setting The Election Stage and Democrats

The Black Lives Matter protest that shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge Sunday was an unexpected milestone.

Local Weather
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A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 3.5 mph
Humidity: 88%

EVENTS

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, July 11, in Memphis University School’s Wunderlich Auditorium, 6191 Park Ave. Nora Tucker, manager and curator of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame, is the guest speaker. Visit wths-tn.org for details.

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Kroger Brings Online Ordering to More Memphis-Area Locations

Kroger suspected there was plenty of demand in the Memphis market for the online ordering system the grocery chain has been rolling out in recent weeks.

Police Camera Roll-Out Delayed By Technical Problems

The Memphis Police Department is slowing down its already much-delayed roll out of police body cameras and patrol car cameras because of technical problems and how the video is transferred for storage.

Grizzlies Introduce Free Agent Signee Chandler Parsons

Fans who had gathered in the lobby of FedExForum began cheering as soon free agent signee Chandler Parsons came into view – wearing a plum suit – and walking with Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace toward a table where they would sit and conduct a historic press conference.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

Scramble in the 8th District

Aug. 4 election features a 13-candidate Republican congressional primary

You might call it the calm before the storm. The Aug. 4 election, for which early voting starts July 15, is calmer than usual for the election cycle before a November presidential general election – the only election that more than half of Shelby County voters regularly show up for.

The Rest of the August Ballot

If all goes according to plan on the Aug. 4 election day, Linda Phillips hopes the result is that you don’t see her in any of the reporting on election night.

Editorial: What Is and Isn't on Shelby County's August Ballot

Elections are never just about the names on the ballot. Less-obvious factors always come into play, and when it comes to primary matchups – like many of the races on the August ballot – more decisions lie ahead in the general election.

July 8-14, 2016: This week in Memphis history

2015: Zimm the monkey escapes from her area at the Memphis Zoo.

LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR

Madison Hotel, Nearby Parcels Acquired by Chicago Firm

A Chicago-based hotel group has closed on its purchase of the Madison Hotel and several surrounding properties.

Humane Society Seeks New Leader After Terminating Director’s Contract

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County has terminated executive director Andrew Jacuzzi’s contract and retained Amy Howell as consulting interim director.

Greensward Partisans Turn Out Two Weeks Ahead of Council Votes on Settlement

The Overton Park Greensward wasn’t on the Memphis City Council’s agenda Tuesday, July 5. But there were plenty of partisan from the controversy in council chambers in what was a rehearsal for a council vote in two weeks on a settlement of the park’s parking problem.

Strickland Unveils Greensward Solution, Zoo Not Happy

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has put forth his plan to end parking on the Overton Park Greensward.

Gordon: ‘You’re Not Alone on Your Journey’

If you know anything about Kat Gordon at all, it’s likely the Technicolor version that’s clearest in press photos: There she is, gingham apron tied on, smile dazzling, holding a tempting plate of cupcakes or pie from her wildly popular bakery, Muddy’s Bake Shop, which now comprises two retail locations and a commercial kitchen and custom studio.

STATEWIDE

Authorities: Highway Gunman Motivated By Police Shootings

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) – A black Army veteran accused of shooting indiscriminately at passing cars and police on a Tennessee highway told investigators he was troubled by police violence against African-Americans, authorities said Friday.

3 Officers in Tennessee Disciplined for Social Media Posts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say three Tennessee police officers have been disciplined for making potentially offensive social media posts, including one that referenced a police-involved shooting in Minnesota.

HEALTH

Feds Ban Theranos CEO From Running Lab for 2 Years

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.

CONSUMER NEWS

Players in Hunt for Pokemon Go Monsters Feel Real-World Pain

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Beware: "Pokemon Go," a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, can be harmful to your health.

Consumer Reports: Samsung Phone Not Actually Water Resistant

NEW YORK (AP) – Consumer Reports says a Samsung phone that's advertised as being "water resistant" actually isn't.

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