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1. Last Word: Shutdown Over?, Glen Farms Plans and Billy Richmond - Wing Guru -

The federal government shutdown for many of us outside the Beltway amounted to a message on a website saying the agency we were looking up was closed Monday. And Monday was the third and final day of the most recent shutdown. But the immigration policy known as DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – is the issue to be explored by Congress in the three weeks that the continuing resolution covers. It’s an issue that there has been plenty of local discussion about

2. Solar Industry on Edge as Trump Weighs Tariffs on Panels -

DALLAS (AP) – Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn't bring on an eclipse.

Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump's call on whether to slap tariffs on imported panels.

3. The Week Ahead: Jan. 22-28 -

Good morning, Memphis! Both the City Council and County Commission take up votes this week with wide-ranging impact, Grizzlies fan favorite Shane Battier returns for the annual Staxtacular fundraiser, and the University of Memphis Tigers get a chance to redeem themselves against Cincinnati. Check out what else should be on your radar in The Week Ahead...

4. Facebook to Emphasize 'Trustworthy' News Via User Surveys -

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys.

In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds.

5. Last Word: Snow Week, Liberal Arts and Their Critics and Tunica Casinos -

Snow Day 3 as this becomes a snow week for many of us. Granted one of those days was a federal holiday in which the temperature was above freezing and the sun was out. During the second consecutive snow day Wednesday for Shelby County Schools students, Candous Brown, a teacher at Raleigh Egypt High School held class anyway via Facebook.

6. Verizon Pushes Further Into Sports Streaming With NBA Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Yahoo users will be able to stream eight basketball games for free under a new deal with the NBA.

Verizon, which owns Yahoo, is hoping to use sports to build a digital ad business to rival Facebook and Google. The company now lets anyone watch NFL games on a mobile Yahoo app; before games were limited to Verizon customers. Other major tech companies including Facebook and Amazon are also bidding for sports streaming rights.

7. Around Memphis: Jan. 15, 2018 -

Here’s a look at Memphis-related news from around the web...

Stan Bronson Passes Away Tuesday: ‘Most Durable Batboy’ served the Tigers baseball program for 56 seasons
GoTigersGo.com

8. Q&A: What Facebook's Shift Could Mean to Users, Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – In coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have "meaningful" conversations with – something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which "Big Bang Theory" character you are.

9. Facebook Edits Feeds to Bring Less News, More Sharing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful."

By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely on Facebook to share their content.

10. Vendeville Leads New Leaders at Teach For America -

When Cara Vendeville was little, her brother was littler. One day, in the family’s home in Cleveland, Ohio, Vendeville and her brother decided to play a game of school. Most kids might have lost interest and wandered off to some more exciting activity, with better toys. Vendeville, determined, set to work writing lesson plans.

11. Shot Fired From Memphis Ignites Civil War Rematch -

Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest died in 1877, but 140 years later some people just can’t let their hero or the Old South go away.

In fact, the state Legislature is set to reignite the Civil War – to some degree – in 2018. We hope no gunshots are fired.

12. Apple Investors Urge Action to Curb Child Gadget Addiction -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

13. SCOTUS to Hear Case Disputing Warrantless Motorcycle Search -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Do police have the right to go on private property – uninvited and without a warrant – to search a vehicle?

That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to answer when the court takes up the case of a Virginia man who was arrested after a police officer walked onto his driveway and pulled back a tarp covering a stolen motorcycle.

14. City Council to Consider Ideas to Mitigate Kroger Closures -

Memphis City Council members will talk Tuesday, Jan. 9, about the decision of Kroger’s Delta Division to close two of its Memphis stores in 3 1/2 weeks.

The sudden announcement could create food deserts in those areas of the city and make it difficult of recruit replacement stores.

15. Parks Closed By Police On Eve of Saturday Protest Plans -

Memphis Police shut down two Memphis parks Friday, Jan. 5, in advance of planned protests Saturday by groups opposed to the Dec. 20 removal of Confederate monuments from both parks.

More than a dozen police cars were around Health Sciences Park and a single police car was in Memphis Park before 9 p.m. Friday evening. Signs were posted in each park at different entry points reading "Park Closed Today" and "No Trespassing" and warnng against loitering and carrying firearms.

16. Last Word: Saturday In The Parks, The Citizen and Kroger Backlash -

No protest or march permits applied for at City Hall as of Thursday morning in anticipation of a Saturday Confederate monuments protest, according to city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen at Thursday’s taping of “Behind The Headlines.” Our discussion included lots about the city’s move toward taking down the monuments Dec. 20 and what could happen next. Also, McMullen tells us there were some other nonprofits that talked with the city about Health Sciences and Memphis Parks before Memphis Greenspace. The show airs Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WKNO TV.

17. A Fantastic Year for Fund Investors: Everyone's a Winner -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes, everyone's a winner. Last year was one of those times for mutual-fund investors.

Nearly every fund made money during 2017, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable years in history for investors as improvements in corporate profits and economies around the world lifted markets. Even some of the biggest laggards of recent years shared in the gains, including funds that focus on Latin American stocks, commodities and other niches.

18. Facebook CEO's 2018 Challenge: Fix Facebook -

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg says his "personal challenge" for 2018 is to fix Facebook.

The Facebook CEO has declared a goal each year since 2009. Past challenges have included wearing a tie every day, learning to speak Mandarin and eating meat only from animals he killed himself.

19. Memphis Leaders: Avoid Parks During Protests -

City leaders are urging Memphians to avoid two city parks and a third area Saturday, Jan. 6, after several groups indicated they plan to protest last month’s removal of Confederate monuments. However, city chief legal officer Bruce McMullen said at a Thursday morning taping of the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines” that no group had applied for a city permit to hold a march or demonstration.

20. Mayor Says Memphis 'Will Be Prepared' for Statue Protests -

If opponents of the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments follow through on plans for a Memphis protest Jan. 6, Mayor Jim Strickland said city government will be ready.

21. Strickland Touts 'Solidarity' Around Confederate Monuments Removal -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland marked the halfway point in his four-year term of office Monday, Jan. 1, by calling on citizens to make use of the “spirit of solidarity” shown in the removal of the city’s two most visible Civil War monuments just before Christmas.

22. Decade Since Recession: Thriving Cities Leave Others Behind -

As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.

In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district – and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you look, there are signs of a thriving city: Building cranes looming over streets, hotels crammed with business travelers, tony restaurants filled with diners.

23. US Stocks Mount Milestone-Shattering Run in 2017 -

Taken a look at your stock portfolio lately? It's a good bet it's racked up solid gains for the year.

Wall Street has taken stock investors on a mostly smooth, record-shattering ride in 2017. The major stock indexes made double-digit gains for the year, led by Apple, Facebook and other technology stocks.

24. Courier Company’s Name Used in Job Scam -

Email job offers to work for Able Express Courier Service, a Memphis delivery business, are a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.

The fake job offers are going to those who have posted their resumes on legitimate job search sites. They offer jobs receiving and reshipping merchandise the BBB says may have been stolen or purchased with stolen credit cards.

25. Small Retailers Capitalized on Strengths for Holiday Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Independent retailers who've had a successful holiday season say they took advantage of the fact that there are strengths in not being huge.

Store owners report they were able to change pricing and other strategies quickly. Many offered customers more personal service and a warmer atmosphere. And they said they used social media tools designed for smaller companies, including inexpensive ads on Facebook.

26. College Students Come Up With Plug-In to Combat Fake News -

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage.

27. Facebook Improves How Blind Can ‘See’ Images Using AI -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired – almost nonexistent.

28. The Week Ahead: Dec. 25-31, 2017 -

Good morning, Memphis, and a very Merry Christmas! Gifts are unwrapped, holiday cheer is spread, and now we start looking forward to the Liberty Bowl – featuring our own University of Memphis Tigers – plus a whole slate of New Year’s Eve events happening around the city. Check out all our top picks for what to do in The Week Ahead...

29. Monuments Moment Spans Generational Lines -

Van Turner Sr. celebrated his 73rd birthday Wednesday, Dec. 20, as his son, county commissioner Van Turner Jr., was somewhere near the epicenter of the most significant chapter of the city’s long-running controversy over Confederate monuments.

30. Facebook Signs Deal With Music Label Universal Music -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and record label Universal Music Group have signed a multiyear deal that will let Facebook users share videos that have the label's music in them.

Right now, if Facebook's regular users upload videos that contain Universal's music, the videos will get taken down. Universal, a unit of French media conglomerate Vivendi SA, has rights to music from artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber.

31. Facebook: Social Media Scrolling Can Make You Feel Bad -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.

32. Disney-Fox Deal May Create a New Nerdy Nirvana -

MENLO PARK, California (AP) – The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

33. The Week Ahead: December 18-24 -

Good morning, Memphis! Winter officially begins this week, and Santa’s making one last pass on his naughty-or-nice list (though we know you’ve all been good this year). Check out a couple of ways you can give back – plus more fun happenings you need to know about – in The Week Ahead...

34. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre Group and Memphis arts community will host the second annual Midsouth Arts Against Hunger food drive benefiting Mid-South Food Bank through Wednesday, Dec. 20. Patrons who donate at least one nonperishable item will receive a voucher for free admission to see a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Donations will be collected at the Orpheum box office and Halloran Centre lobby Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the day of the event; tickets for the screening also are available for $5 cash only at the Orpheum box office. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details.

35. Tavis Smiley, Suspended By PBS, Vows to Fight Back -

NEW YORK (AP) – PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.

36. Disney Buying Large Part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

37. Events -

Ballet Memphis will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 15-17, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. The production features more than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians and vocalists. Tickets start at $10. Visit balletmemphis.org.

38. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the National Black MBA Association will host its annual holiday soiree and toy drive Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fox and Hound, 5101 Sanderlin Ave. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers, and attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org for details.

39. Arkansas Panel Clears Way for New Ten Commandments Marker -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas commission cleared the way Tuesday for the installation of another Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol, after a prior marker was shattered when a man crashed his car into the monolith than 24 hours after it was put in place.

40. Best Places To Work in 2018 -

For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.

41. Soon You Can Watch the NFL Free on Your Phone on Yahoo -

NEW YORK (AP) – Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo's app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.

42. Events -

Talk Shoppe will hold a citywide networking party Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. All Memphis-area networking organizations are invited. Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

43. Last Word: Haslam and Cohen on Tax Reform, More than Food and Charles McNutt -

For some of you this is not the week before the week before Christmas. It is Star Wars week, as the latest sequel in the sci-fi series begins its run in theaters across the country. Along those lines, there is a social media slide show of 1970s images of George Lucas telling the story of what an uphill climb the original Star Wars was – the making and the distribution. And around Planet Memphis, the premiere certainly wasn’t that big a deal. There was an advance screening at the old Memphian theater – now the Circuit Playhouse – that didn’t draw a whole lot of attention.

44. Net Neutrality Fans Speak Up as FCC Set to Strike Down Rules -

NEW YORK (AP) – Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.

This week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

45. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park hosts Walkin’ + Woofin’ Night Monday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park, 6903 Great View Drive N. Starry Nights will be closed to cars; Hyde Lake Wheel House will be open for bike rentals. Admission is $5 per person. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org for a list of Mistletoe Village activities and other details.

46. Events -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church will host “Noel! Noel!” Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at MBCC’s Midtown campus, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Christmas celebration will feature chart-topping soul singer Avery Sunshine and other local and national artists. Cost is free. Visit theblvd.org or call 901-729-6222.

47. Events -

Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church will host “Noel! Noel!” Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at MBCC’s Midtown campus, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Christmas celebration will feature chart-topping soul singer Avery Sunshine and other local and national artists. Cost is free. Visit theblvd.org or call 901-729-6222.

48. Facebook Launches Parent-Controlled Messenger App for Kids -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is coming for your kids. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents.

49. Facebook's Sandberg Warns of Backlash Against Women -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sheryl Sandberg warned of a potential backlash against women and urged companies to put into place clear policies on how allegations of sexual harassment are handled.

In a Facebook post over the weekend, Sandberg said that she has experienced harassment while doing her job but never by anyone she's worked for. She did note, however, that in each instance the harasser had more power than she did.

50. The Week Ahead: Dec. 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis! The holidays are in full swing, and several events this week aim to help you make a dent in your shopping list while also supporting local artisans and small businesses. Check out the details on those, plus our entertainment picks and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

51. Events -

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend races take place Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at Second Street and Monroe Avenue. Race registration is closed, but spectators are welcome to bring signs and cheer for runners. Some streets will be closed or have limited traffic access during the race. Visit stjudemarathon.org for a street closure list and other details.

52. Events -

Circuit Playhouse will present “The Santaland Diaries” Friday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 23 at 51 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

53. Memorial Announced for Victims of Tennessee Wildfires -

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost.

Nicole Ogle, chairwoman of a memorial committee, announced a permanent memorial for the people who died and a tribute for the first responders.

54. Last Word: 'Coach Killer', Collierville's Industrial Growth and Ice Cream & Soup -

Lots of discussion the day after his firing about David Fizdale’s value off the court for the city and just where that fits with whether the Grizz win or lose and who is held responsible when they lose too much. Losing too much is what the Grizz front office said caused the change and not Marc Gasol being a “coach-killer” to quote Grizz GM Chris Wallace. And this is not just a Memphis discussion. LeBron James on the Fizdale firing via CBSSports. This was before James got ejected from a game Tuesday evening for the first time in his career.

55. Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide.

Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves. The new feature is intended to detect such posts before anyone reports them.

56. The Week Ahead: Nov. 27-Dec. 3 -

Good morning, Memphis! Still recovering from your turkey hangover? Get out of the house this week and enjoy the official start of the season with a range of holiday events – including Starry Nights’ Tacky Holiday Sweater Night and Choose901’s holiday pop-up shop – then get out there and cheer on your St. Jude Memphis Marathon runners. And that’s just a taste of what’s going on in The Week Ahead...

57. Uber Reveals Cover-Up of Hack Affecting 57M Riders, Drivers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers.

58. Did You 'Like' Russian Propaganda? Facebook Will Clue You In -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won't show users if they merely saw – or even "liked" – posts from those pages.

59. Small Retailers Aim for Emotional Ties Big Chains May Lack -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some smaller retailers will tug at shoppers' heartstrings during the holidays, trying to create an emotional experience or connection that a big national chain might not provide.

60. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly Friday, Nov. 24, through Tuesday, Dec. 29 (closed Nov. 27). Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, enjoy live holiday music, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

61. Events -

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park will be open nightly Friday, Nov. 24, through Tuesday, Dec. 29 (closed Nov. 27). Drive through the annual holiday light display, then stop by Mistletoe Village to meet Santa, visit the Starry Petting Zoo, shop local artisans, enjoy live holiday music, and more. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/starrynights for hours, details and tickets. 

62. Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend – but not by choice.

Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes.

63. Politics or Policy? Behind the Dispute Over AT&T-Time Warner -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T is vowing to fight the U.S. government to save its $85 billion bid for Time Warner, after the Justice Department sued to block the deal on grounds it could hike television bills and hamper innovation.

64. Week Ahead: Nov. 20-26 -

Good morning, Memphis, and congrats to the University of Memphis Tigers on clinching the AAC West Division championship! The holiday season “officially” arrives with Thanksgiving this week, and there’s no shortage of reasons to get out of the house. From tree lightings to post-holiday hikes and much more, we’ve got you covered in The Week Ahead…

65. The Next Four Years -

A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.

“Next four years,” was how it began.

66. Playing It Safe -

Ray’s Take: With the rise in major hacking instances, it’s more important than ever to be safe, savvy and vigilant when it comes to online accounts. Not only were there major hacks to some of the big-box stores like Target and Home Depot, but they also happened at sites that are perceived to be much more secure. Like Experian – and the federal government. Remember the hack into the personnel database?

67. Spin Street Music Store To Close in January -

Spin Street, the record store at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, is preparing to close its doors.

The store – which in recent years has expanded its product assortment extensively to include everything from toys and T-shirts to even drones – is holding a closing sale now. Signs advertise 30 percent to 50 percent off the original prices, and the closing is set for the end of January.

68. County Legal Dispute Latest In A Series -

As attorneys for Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration and the county commission were in Chancery Court Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Memphis City Council’s attorney, Allan Wade, was being honored for 25 years of service to the city.

69. FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.

70. New Looks Come to Snapchat and Twitter in Bid for More Users -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.

Twitter is rolling out a 280-character limit for nearly all its users, abandoning its iconic 140-character limit for tweets. And Snapchat, long popular with young people, will undergo a revamp in hopes of becoming easier to use for everyone else.

71. Last Word: Fairgrounds Surprises, Aquarium Reprise and Six Open Commission Seats -

There are lots of renderings and blueprints floating around this city of ours these days. Land opening up, locations changing, possibilities revealed, new uses for old places and old places giving way to new. So it’s not surprising to see some smaller changes that are nevertheless highly visible. Thus comes word with the new week that Spin City, the corner tenant at Poplar and Highland in Poplar Plaza, will close with the new year and Spaghetti Warehouse, on Huling Downtown, will close later this month in the week before Thanksgiving.

72. Memphis' Spin Street Music Store to Close in January -

Spin Street, the record store at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, is preparing to close its doors.

The store – which in recent years has expanded its product assortment extensively to include everything from toys and T-shirts to even drones – is holding a closing sale now. Signs advertise 30 percent to 50 percent off the original prices, and the closing is set for the end of January.

73. Week Ahead: November 6-12 -

Good morning, Memphis. The week starts off with the conclusion of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, followed by a plethora of cool things to do all week – including the Memphis in May barbecue cooking contest judging seminar. As usual, you rock, Memphis!

74. Last Word: Changes Behind Highland Row, Lee Harris Opens and Ron Olson Moves -

Shelby County Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer says the commission, through its attorneys, is in ‘the final stages of launching litigation” against big pharma over the opioid problem locally. And in a written statement Thursday she said she believes the litigation “will result in significant recovery for hundreds of millions of dollars that Shelby County has spent trying to heal, save, nurse and otherwise deal with the opioid crisis.” Shafer specifically announced the hiring on a contingency basis of a national law firm.

75. Under Pressure, Social Media Giants Acknowledge Meddling -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber intrusion was.

76. City Judges Timing and Steps in Fairgrounds Planning -

City of Memphis leaders likely will reveal a few new details when they present the draft plan for Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment at a Monday, Nov. 6, town hall meeting. But Mayor Jim Strickland’s administration took much of the suspense and speculation out of next week’s session Wednesday, Nov. 1, releasing details that show the administration’s general belief that a few steps still need to be taken before the city gets to a broad reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds.

77. City Fairgrounds Plan Keeps Coliseum on Hold -

When it unveils a general plan for Fairgrounds redevelopment Monday, Nov. 6, the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will put the emphasis on setting the stage for a fuller redevelopment.

78. Lawmakers Release Russia-Linked Facebook Ads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.

79. Events -

Mama Gaia will donate 25 percent of all sales made at both its locations Thursday, Nov. 2, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Crosstown Concourse location (1350 Concourse Ave., suite 137) is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the Overton Square location (2144 Madison Ave.) is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit mamagaia.net for details.

80. Events -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival 2017 takes place Wednesday through Monday, Nov. 1-6, featuring a wide selection of screenings at multiple venues; MLK50, a special program of films to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and highlight civil rights issues; special guest appearances; panels and talks; and a three-day Midtown block party. Festival passes and single tickets available. Visit indiememphis.com for a schedule.

81. Using Social Media in Your Job Search -

Social media isn’t part of a job search. In order to find a job, you only need a resume, business cards and a nice suit. Right? This was true – if you were looking for a job in 2001.

In today’s wired world, many more options are available to you. Why not try them? After all, submitting your resume blindly just isn’t working. If you want to try something new, social media is a great place to start.

82. No-Sweat Market -

If the whole concept of “fair trade” seems a bit too remote in time and space, then Jackie Nerren has a recommendation that might allow you to better understand: one sip at a time. “Black Gold” is a 2006 Indie film about coffee growers in Ethiopia, where coffee accounts for 67 percent of the country’s foreign exports. In the U.S. and many other fully industrialized nations, coffee is big business. But the film details the struggle faced by some 70,000 famers receiving minimal payments for producing coffee beans – along the lines of 12 to 25 cents for every kilo picked.

83. Iditarod Sled Dog Race Engulfed in Dog-Doping Scandal -

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The world's most famous sled dog race has become engulfed in a doping scandal involving a four-time champion's team of huskies, giving animal rights activists new ammunition in their campaign to end the grueling, 1,000-mile Iditarod.

84. Man survives 9/11, Las Vegas shootings -

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mike Dempsey never thought he would be a part of a second national tragedy.

85. Memphis Hustle Open Training Camp -

The Memphis Hustle, the G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, were to open their 2017-18 training camp on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The Hustle’s roster is now set and it includes two former University of Memphis players on the roster in Austin Nichols and Trahson Burrell.

86. Hustle Single-Game Tickets on Sale Oct. 21 -

The Memphis Hustle, the NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, will begin selling single-game tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 season Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon. In addition, a presale will be available for Memphis Grizzlies MVPs and Memphis Hustle season-ticket members beginning Friday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m.

87. Coming Soon: A Selfie With Your Credit Card Application -

NEW YORK (AP) – The selfie is everywhere – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.

88. Senators Push For More Online Transparency In Elections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections.

89. Twitter Vows New Crackdown on Hateful, Abusive Tweets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users.

90. Memphis Hustle Single-Game Tickets on Sale Oct. 21 -

The Memphis Hustle, the NBA G League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies, will begin selling single-game tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 season Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon. In addition, a presale will be available for Memphis Grizzlies MVPs and Memphis Hustle season-ticket members beginning Friday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m.

91. Facebook Takes on Food Delivery, Challenges Uber and Others -

NEW YORK (AP) – Several online services already offer food delivery, but that doesn't mean Facebook won't jump on board anyway.

The social-media giant says ordering food for takeout or delivery is complicated. It promises to help save time by bringing existing food-delivery services into its app and partnering with some restaurants directly.

92. Freewheel Bike Tours Return to Medical District -

Freewheel, the community bicycling program of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission, has launched its third season of rides, which take place every Wednesday through Nov. 15.

93. Memphis Launches Public Campaign for Amazon Bid -

Memphis’ bid to land Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters got a new public component Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the launch of a social media push and the lighting of Big River Crossing in Amazon’s signature orange color to help raise the city’s profile amid intense competition.

94. Businesses Ask Supreme Court to Take Gay Rights Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some of America's most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration.

95. Freewheel Bike Tours Return to Medical District -

Freewheel, the community bicycling program of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission, has launched its third season of rides, which take place every Wednesday through Nov. 15.

96. AP-NORC Poll: Most Don't Want Young Immigrants Deported -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress.

97. Report: Google Uncovers Ads by Russian Operatives -

NEW YORK (AP) – Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports.

The Washington Post is reporting that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month. Social media companies Facebook and Twitter have already agreed to testify.

98. Real Newspapers, Real News -

“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

99. LinkedIn Lead Gen Best Practices -

According to HubSpot’s State of Inbound 2017, 63 percent of marketers find generating traffic and leads to be their biggest challenge. In that same report, sales representatives find identifying good leads as one of their primary struggles.

100. Google Spikes Free-Article Requirements on Publishers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google is ending a decade-old policy that required publishers to provide some free stories to Google users –though it's not clear how many readers will even notice, at least for the moment.