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VOL. 131 | NO. 136 | Friday, July 8, 2016

Strickland and Rallings Urge Peace and Calm At End of Violent Week

Memphis Police are “doubling up” on patrol for now, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Friday, July 8, and are sending more officers to respond to calls in the wake of a sniper attack in Dallas Thursday evening that killed five police officers.

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.

Democrats Feud Over Settlement With Former Chairman

Local Democratic party leaders had trouble just taking a vote Thursday, July 7, as the group met for the first time since party chairman Michael Pope signed off on a settlement with former chairman Bryan Carson over missing party funds.

Education Leaders Reboot TNReady Tests, Re-Examine Process

The disastrous rollout of the new TNReady student achievement tests has gone from finding a new test vendor to a re-examination of the role such testing plays in public education.

Saint Francis Affiliate Opens on Summer Avenue

Saint Francis Medical Partners – the affiliated physician network of Saint Francis Healthcare, which includes Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett – has opened a new 10 exam-room practice on Summer Avenue.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: West at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 74%


POTS@TheWorks will present the premiere of “Moonvine,” a winner of the 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition, Friday, July 8, through July 31 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.

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Snapshot: A Different Kind of Balling

The University of Memphis’ 49-year-old Richardson Towers dormitory is preparing to meet the wrecking ball, just months after the Centennial Place residence hall opened at Patterson Street and Norriswood Avenue. Students began moving into Centennial Place in January.

Last Word: Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minneapolis

As I write this, I’m wondering if something else will happen once it goes up on our website that will render this irrelevant by the time you read it.


Download Your Shelby County Aug. 4 Sample Ballot

You’ve registered to vote in the August elections – now what? Perhaps you are still deciding whether you will cast your ballot during the July 15-30 early voting period or be a traditionalist and vote on Election Day Aug. 4.


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.


Hogue Aiming for $125K Payday At World Long Drive Championship

He is in a crisp shirt and pants, nice golf shoes, and of course there’s that cool Callaway golf bag sitting nearby. The guy looks serious. And at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Will Hogue is more than just a picture of fitness. He’s cut.

Conley + Parsons = Renewed Belief for Grizz

At the end of his essay for the playerstribune.com, in which free agent Mike Conley discussed why he returned to Memphis on a five-year max contract worth $153 million, he wrote the following:

Cards' Carpenter Goes On DL; Diaz Named Replacement All-Star

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals will have to make do without All-Star second baseman Matt Carpenter for an extended period. They've struggled plenty even with Carpenter in the lineup.


Eulogy for a Copywriter

A LOSS FOR WORDS. We lost a good one two weeks ago. Good man. Good son and husband, father and grandfather, brother and friend. Good citizen and arts supporter. Good mentor to students and adviser to college presidents, Episcopal priests and copywriters.

Carrying Debt Into Retirement

Ray’s Take: In a perfect world, when we retire, our debt should already be “retired.” 


Wendy's Says More Than 1,000 Restaurants Affected By Hack

NEW YORK (AP) – Wendy's said hackers were able to steal customers' credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought.

AAA Auto Club Says Not All Gasoline Is The Same

Many motorists are clogging their car's engine by not using gasoline with enough added detergents.


Survey: US Businesses Add Decent 172,000 Jobs in June

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. companies added 172,000 jobs last month, according to a private survey, a sign that hiring may have recovered after a slowdown in April and May.

US Claims for Jobless Aid Fall, Sign of Employer Resilience

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that U.S. workers still have job security despite recent tremors in the global economy.


US Gives Tentative OK to Flights to Cuba From 10 US Cities

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.

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