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VOL. 126 | NO. 187 | Monday, September 26, 2011

CA Moves Forward With Pay Wall

The E.W. Scripps Co. has selected its largest-circulation newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, as a guinea pig market for a paid digital content plan.

Be Prepared

Former Giuliani aide preaches preparedness to LPBC crowd

In remarks to the National Press Club in Washington earlier this month, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani singled out two people in his administration as being largely responsible for helping him make it through a day that started like any other day in 2001 but changed the course of the nation’s history before it was over.

NYC Investor Jones Recalls Memphis Roots

Decades before he worked his way to the top of the financial world as a billionaire hedge fund manager and influential market guru, Paul Tudor Jones had an early affinity for the newspaper business.

Uptown on Agenda in Carpenter’s Final Meeting

Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter will take his last votes as a commissioner Monday, Sept. 26, ending a five-year and one-month stay on the county’s legislative body.

Daily News Seminar to Focus on Green Issues

In business these days, it’s all about the green. From economic development to real estate construction, public and private initiatives focusing on sustainability are reshaping the way business is conducted.

Local Weather
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The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will hold its monthly meeting and educational program Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station Branch Library, 5094 Poplar Ave.

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Fitch Affirms Debt Ratings for FedEx

CHICAGO (AP) – Fitch Ratings on Friday affirmed the debt ratings for FedEx Corp. and its Federal Express Corp. unit, a day after the package delivery company reported better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter results.

City Hopes Rewards Program Key Out of Poverty

The same month local leaders began an effort to end homelessness in the next decade, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and his administration kicked off a similar effort to reduce the level of poverty in the city by 10 percent over the next 10 years at a rate of 1 percent a year.

Theatre Memphis Delves Into Real Estate

David Mamet’s profane and powerful “Glengarry Glen Ross” gets a sharply edged treatment at Theatre Memphis’ Next Stage.

Ghost River Canoe and Kayak Takes Clients on Wolf Adventures

Mark Babb, owner of Ghost River Canoe and Kayak Rentals, is an adventurer. He’s a firefighter with the Collierville Fire Department, and when he’s not on duty, he’s busy floating the Wolf River, running, cycling, hiking and sailing.


Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.


Beginning A Sales Position

One of the better-paying positions in business, big or small, is outside salesperson. It is also one of the scariest. If you get past scary, which takes months, you set yourself on the way to business success and prepare well for ownership and CEO positions.

Corporations Critical To Community Success

Last week we showcased three University of Memphis programs that offer your business tremendous partnership and growth opportunities. This week, as we officially mark our one-year anniversary with this column, let us examine the growing desire from consumers for companies to be engaged and committed to the success of our community.


Hot Commodity

Modern-day ‘gold rush’ speaks to nation’s precarious financial footing

Standing on a sidewalk that faces Germantown Parkway, across from the entrance to Bellevue Baptist Church, a man wears a gold-colored track suit and backwards cap while waving an oversized sign in the shape of an arrow that announces to passing motorists, “We Buy Gold. Highest prices paid.”

Complex Economy Yields Golden Lesson

There are few commodities in our world economy that come with as many motivations attached as gold.

Museum’s Metalsmiths Ready to Repair

The Metal Museum’s largest annual fundraiser invites Memphians to have their trash turned back into treasures.

Asian Palace Scripts Inspiring Tale of Survival

Many of the stories that I have written over the past two years have reiterated the litany of loss in local restaurants closing because of the economic recession of 2008 and 2009 and in succeeding years during what the government should be embarrassed to call the recovery.

Blended Calif. Wine Perfect Aperitif Choice

Pine Ridge Vineyards, founded in the Napa Valley in 1978, has built a sustained and justified reputation on its stately, long-aging cabernet sauvignon wines. I bet more people, that is to say, more casual wine drinkers, know the winery for an unusual little wine concocted in the early 1990s as an experiment.


ACLU to Honor Political Veteran Jane Eskind

NASHVILLE (AP) – Jane Eskind of Nashville, the first woman to win a statewide election in Tennessee, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Civil Liberties Union on Dec. 8.

Haslam Introduces Obama at Education Announcement

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday joined President Barack Obama for a White House announcement that states will be given more freedom to opt out of key parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law.


UBS CEO Gruebel Faces Board Amid Huge Trading Loss

SINGAPORE (AP) – UBS Chief Executive Oswald Gruebel, under pressure after a rogue trader lost $2.3 billion of the Swiss banking giant's money, kept silent Friday after facing the institution's board of directors in Singapore.

Dish Takes Blockbuster Shot at Reeling Netflix

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Blockbuster video store chain is seeking some revenge against old nemesis Netflix by offering a less expensive way to watch videos online and rent DVDs through the mail.


Obama Lets States Opt Out of Federal School Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled "failures," state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.

House Approves Bill to Delay, Scrap EPA Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House on Friday took another swipe at the government's ability to control air pollution, passing a bill that would delay or scrap rules to reduce mercury and other harmful air emissions.

Senate Blocks House Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic-led Senate blocked a House bill Friday that would provide disaster aid and keep government agencies open, escalating the parties' latest showdown over spending and highlighting the raw partisan rift that has festered all year.

SEC Head Under Fire as Ex-Official Says he Got OK

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers after a former top commission official said he was cleared to work on how victims of Bernard Madoff's scheme should be compensated, even though he benefited financially from Madoff's scheme.


Fannie Mae Cited for Failing To Stop Robo-Signing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fannie Mae missed chances to catch law firms illegally signing foreclosure documents and its government overseer did not take the right steps to ensure Fannie was doing its job, according to a federal watchdog.


U.S. Court of Appeals Hears Health Care Law Challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) – A conservative-leaning panel of federal appellate judges raised concerns about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul Friday, Sept. 23, but suggested the challenge to it may be premature.

AP IMPACT: Hospital Drug Shortages Deadly, Costly

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications.

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