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VOL. 131 | NO. 146 | Friday, July 22, 2016

Q2 Data Show Strong Memphis Economy

From lending activity to bank data to anecdotal evidence from businesses in the area, the Memphis economy seems to be moving into the summer months from a position of strength.

Astor Collection Documents Four Decades of Memphis’ Gay Community

Vincent Astor knows his way around the Memphis-Shelby County Room at the Memphis Public Library’s Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

Edge District Could See ‘Banner Year’

Two recently approved projects will bring more than $300,000 in public projects to the Edge District.

2nd Bona Fide Blues Festival Keeps Lineup Local

John Gemmill, the president of the Memphis Blues Society, says there is a standard look to blues festivals – a poster with a guitar player and “fill-in-the-name-of-the-city blues festival,” and a lineup that includes performers from all over the place.

Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
61.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: South at 15.0 mph
Humidity: 35%

EVENTS

Copeland Coaching will host a Building Your Personal Brand Workshop on Friday, July 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St. Topics will include resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn, business cards, networking and more. Cost is free. Visit facebook.com/copelandcoaching for details and to RSVP.

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Feds Investigate Shelby County Schools Over Migrant Bias

The largest public school district in Tennessee is under a federal civil rights investigation into bias allegations surrounding district officials' treatment of migrant children from Central America and their parents, U.S. Department of Education officials said Wednesday.

STARTUP CONFIDENTIAL

Egwuekwe: ‘Expand Your Networks’

As a kid growing up in Memphis, Meka Egwuekwe remembers his first computer clearly: It was from Texas Instruments, the kind Bill Cosby was selling on TV. He played games for six months, then, bored, he pulled out the instruction book and began learning to program in a language called BASIC. 

THE TIPPING POINT

Jones Teaches Tech to Underrepresented Minorities

On a blistering Friday in early July, in a colorful classroom at Lester Community Center, 25 middle-schoolers are getting a crash course in data encryption. “Who can tell me the difference between a black-hat hacker and a white-hat hacker?” asks Audrey Jones, standing at the front of the room.

SPORTS

Will Mariota’s Second Season Resemble Luck or RG3?

The Tennessee Titans’ offensive playbook has been rewritten. The verbiage for calling plays has been edited. The line has been revamped with three new starters.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

We Are They

THERE IS NO OTHER, OTHER THAN US. They came for them. They came for us.

Emotions of Retirement – Are You Ready?

Ray’s Take: How prepared are you for the emotional side of retirement?

MEMPHIS AREA

Former Leader of Memphis Gang Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say the former leader of a Memphis street gang has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Business Leaders Offer List of Corporate Best Practices

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Billionaire Warren Buffett and several other prominent business leaders have released a group of recommendations for improving corporate governance.

Domino's Says Key US Sales Figure Jumped Nearly 10 Percent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Domino's said its sales jumped 9.7 percent at U.S. stores open at least a year in the second quarter, boosted by the convenience of its digital ordering options and loyalty program.

CONSUMER NEWS

GM Recalls About 308K Cars; Air Bags May Not Work in Crash

DETROIT (AP) – General Motors is recalling nearly 308,000 older Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. and Canada because the air bags might not inflate in a crash.

TECHNOLOGY

McDonald's Joins ‘Pokemon Go’ Craze Hoping to Catch the Wave

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's will become the first major corporation to collaborate with the makers with the wildly popular "Pokemon Go."

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 331 19,904
MORTGAGES 0 391 23,305
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 83 8,387
BUILDING PERMITS 0 338 40,366
BANKRUPTCIES 1 232 13,336
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 76 6,213
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 125 13,120
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 4,936

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