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1. Last Word: Scooter or Bike, Clapp's Flip and Found Memphis Belle Footage -

If this past weekend is any indication, Bird scooters are a thing in Memphis and they have also had a spillover effect in increasing the use of Explore Bike Share which has about a three-week head start. In many Downtown locations the scooters and bikes are in close proximity to one another. And that was offering some choices to those looking for a quicker way around in the heat. Well dressed wedding parties just a bit early for the ceremony in Court Square -- scooter. Intrepid explorers in t-shirts, cargo shorts and floppy hats regarding the sites to be seen in Memphis as Lewis and Clark -- bike.

2. Motte Joins Univ. of Memphis Baseball Staff -

Former Major League Baseball player Jason Motte, who won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, has joined the University of Memphis baseball staff as the director of player development.

“(Motte’s) knowledge of the game, his impact on people, and the positive influence he will have on our players are all things that make this a great staff addition,” Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock said in a statement. “After observing Jason’s rise from minor league catcher to nine-year major league veteran and World Series Champion closer, he has the work ethic and diligence to make in immediate impact.”

3. Why Many Americans Aren't Benefiting From Robust US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – "The economy," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, "is doing very well."

And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent – the lowest since the 1960's. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for homes is strong. Household wealth is up.

4. A Trade War Looms as Trump Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Imports -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump brought the world's two biggest economies to the brink of a trade war Friday by announcing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports to take effect July 6.

5. Memphis Seminary Pres. To Resign July 31 -

Memphis Theological Seminary president Dr. Jay Earheart-Brown recently announced his intention to resign his post effective July 31 after serving in the position for more than 13 years.

The MTS board of trustees plans to name an interim president by the first of August. The interim president will serve while a search is undertaken for the next full-time president.

6. Grizzlies’ Henry to Attend World Cup Training Camp -

USA Basketball has announced Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Myke Henry will be part of the roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that gets underway Wednesday, June 20, in Houston, Texas.

7. Vanderbilt’s Late Turnaround Sets Stage for Next Year -

The history of Vanderbilt baseball since coach Tim Corbin took over in 2003 is tremendous.

In 16 seasons, the Commodores have produced nearly 700 victories, advanced to eight NCAA super regionals and played in three College World Series – winning one.

8. June 15-21, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1971: Fred Smith incorporates in Delaware a company he calls Federal Express Corp.

Source: “Absolutely Positively Overnight” by Robert A. Sigafoos

9. Editorial: Memphis’ Sports Heritage Tells Enduring Story -

How many Memphis sports franchises can you name? How many tickets to NFL exhibition games did you buy up to the city’s last push for an NFL team more than 20 years ago?

To some, the answers to those questions are a roadmap to a single pro franchise in an enduring league.

10. Dream Redux -

On a recent afternoon at AutoZone Park, manager Stubby Clapp’s team had a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Assigned the task of getting the last three outs: veteran big league closer Greg Holland, he of 186 career saves and three All-Star appearances, and on this day pitching for the Memphis Redbirds on a rehab assignment.

11. Longtime Elvis Drummer D.J. Fontana Has Died -

D.J. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday.

Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering complications from breaking his hip in 2016.

12. Grizzlies’ Henry to Attend World Cup Qualifying Camp -

USA Basketball has announced Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Myke Henry will be part of the roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp that gets underway Wednesday, June 20, in Houston, Texas.

13. Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk -

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.

Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released Thursday. About two decades ago, it was nearly half.

14. Bittersweet Memories -

DOWN HOME UP THERE. We drove to Syracuse recently to visit our daughter and son-in-law. She’s taken a marketing and communications job with the university and he’s moving his sales career up there as well.

15. UT’s Holdsclaw Finds Joy in Finding Herself -

Identity is the fundamental premise of the human condition. Who are you? Until that’s comfortably resolved, nothing else is able to fall into place.

It’s a harsh lesson Chamique Holdsclaw has had to wrestle with during a major portion of what has been a somewhat turbulent four decades of her life.

16. Carpenter Talks Strikeouts, Coaching and the State of Baseball -

Of all the starting pitchers that followed Bob Gibson to the mound in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, perhaps none came as close to matching Gibson’s fierceness as Chris Carpenter did. In nine seasons with the Cardinals, he won a Cy Young Award, a franchise-high 10 playoff games, and was part of two World series-winning teams (2006 and 2011) and four National League pennant-winning clubs.

17. Startups Dive Into 2018 Summer of Acceleration -

Now in their fourth year as partners on the Summer of Acceleration entrepreneurial program, EPIcenter, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks Foundation are helping to foster success for promising startup companies across different industries.

18. Harris and Lenoir Clash in First General Election Mayoral Debate -

The two contenders for Shelby County mayor on the Aug. 2 ballot differed Wednesday, June 13, on leadership experience and whether county government has been breaking ground on important issues or has taken too long to act on those issues.

19. North American Trio Beats Morocco to Host 2026 World Cup -

MOSCOW (AP) – North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

20. Changes Coming Quickly to Riverfront -

Changes are coming fast, if tentatively, to the most identifiable part of the Memphis riverfront – the part between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and the southern end of Tom Lee Park.

21. Memphis Seminary President To Resign July 31 -

Memphis Theological Seminary president Dr. Jay Earheart-Brown recently announced his intention to resign his post effective July 31 after serving in the position for more than 13 years.

The MTS board of trustees plans to name an interim president by the first of August. The interim president will serve while a search is undertaken for the next full-time president.

22. Tesla Cuts 9 Pct. of Workforce in Bid to Post a Profit -

DETROIT (AP) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk's promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year.

23. Medgar Evers' Legacy Honored, 55 Years After Assassination -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and other places in the state are honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 55 years after he was assassinated.

24. Are You Reaching Generation Z? -

There is a large group of prospective customers your marketing efforts are probably missing. They are age 22 and younger and have never known a world without the internet or smartphones. They are Generation Z, and if you are not speaking their language, it’s time to start. This unique cohort is expected to make up about 40-percent of all consumers by the year 2020.

25. The Secret To Networking -

The story I’m about to share is very common. A job seeker recently came to me with a problem. They’d been looking everywhere for the right job. Finally, they found it. It was just what they were looking for, and their skills were a perfect match. Even better, a close friend should be able to be their advocate. It seemed to be a slam dunk opportunity, but then, something went wrong. The close friend didn’t follow through. They really let the job seeker down. It was terribly confusing and disheartening.

26. Ole Miss’ Thornberry Eyes U.S. Open As Contender -

Last June, Braden Thornberry made his PGA Tour debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and acquitted himself so well that he placed fourth – the highest finish by an amateur in the event since 1965. Thornberry received an exemption to enter this year’s tournament and finished in a tie for 26th.

27. Tentative Tom Lee Park Plan Adds Trees and Festival Infrastructure -

There is a plan to add more trees to Tom Lee Park and other amenities and still keep the park as the home of the Memphis In May International Festival with some of the festival infrastructure becoming permanent.

28. Johnson Wins Final FESJC, Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind Sunday, June 10, and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

29. Last Word: The Heat and The Memphis Identity and Stackhouse to Grizz -

What is it that draws us to social events outside when it is this hot? This is a topic where the specifics counsel against generalities. So it could be argued that the beckoning of summer heat – pre-summer heat in this case – that smothers you after greeting you like a brick wall at any door opening is an indication of the degree to which you are of Memphis.

30. Dustin Johnson Wins Last FESJC and Takes Over No. 1 World Ranking -

Dustin Johnson had a sizable lead. Only a couple of holes remained in the final round of Sunday’s FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind and a victory would push Johnson from No. 2 in the world rankings to No. 1.

31. Around Memphis: June 11, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out…

32. Vaping Essays: E-Cigarette Sellers Offering College Scholarships -

A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping.

33. Going Global -

Over the past two years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has extended its global reach in a variety of ways, forging new partnerships and alliances to further research efforts for pediatric cancer and blood disorders while investing more than $1 billion to substantially grow its Memphis headquarters.

34. June 8-14, 2018: This week in Memphis history -

1977: Former president Gerald Ford, playing in the pro-am event of the Danny Thomas Golf Classic, hits a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Colonial Country Club with a five-iron shot that hits the green six feet from the flag and rolls in. The tour professional in the group is Ben Crenshaw. On the ninth hole, Ford hit three straight bunker shots.

35. Editorial: St. Jude Reaches for Memphis’ Boldest Vision -

There aren’t too many physical reminders of the star-shaped building that housed the original St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the early 1960s, other than the statue of St. Jude himself.

36. Dobbs Gives Back to Family That Embraced Him -

No matter where life takes him, Joshua Dobbs will always find his way back to Knoxville.

The former University of Tennessee quarterback holds a special place in his heart for the city and the relationships he made as a Vol.

37. Drive, Chip & Putt … for a Lifetime -

Where this golfing thing goes, Tommy Kellum doesn’t really know. His daughter Elizabeth has been playing since she was 6 years old and she has some talent.

38. Golfers Take Aim at FESJC While Looking Toward WGC in 2019 -

For Daniel Berger, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind is the happiest golfing place on earth.

39. Last Word: The Commutation, Tuition Freeze and Blackburn and Sundquist -

Alice Marie Johnson walked out of a federal prison in Alabama Wednesday after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for dealing drugs and laundering money as part of a Memphis drug ring with Texas connections in the 1990s. Johnson’s release came the same day that President Donald Trump commuted her life sentence less than a week after he met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian West who appealed for Johnson’s release. Here is the Associated Press story.

40. Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets -

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.

41. Doing It All: FESJC volunteers leave no stone unturned -

In 2009, Brian Gay won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He got the big check, more ranking points and all the acclaim that goes with winning a PGA Tour event. And no doubt, any FESJC volunteer that crossed his path that year did right by him. Picked him up and got him to TPC Southwind on time, delivered cold water on the golf course and on and on.

42. Starbucks CEO Schultz Stepping Down, Mulling 'Philanthropy to Public Service' -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks Corp.'s Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman of the coffee company he helped transform into a global brand, and says public service may be in his future.

43. Dustin Johnson Heads FESJC Field -

The last FedEx St. Jude Classic will not be without star power. In the tournament’s final year under the current format before converting to the World Golf Championships - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2019, the field will feature World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 9 Brooks Koepka and No. 15 Henrik Stenson (rankings through June 3).

44. Rare Treedom Art Adorns St. Jude Land -

An international award-winning art installation has a new home in Downtown Memphis. Treedom Memphis – a “functional” piece of art designed by the Parisian architectural firm Atelier YokYok, officially opened Saturday, June 2, on A.W. Willis between Second and Third streets.

45. Indeed Unveils New Products For 2018 -

I recently had the opportunity to attend Indeed Interactive in Austin, Texas. Indeed.com is the world’s largest job website. It’s like the Google of job searches. Indeed Interactive is the annual conference where thousands of human resources professionals come together to learn about the latest updates to the website and to job seeking this year.

46. Last Word: One for Graceland, Randy Boyd in Millington and Green Eyeshades -

From the distance of 50 years – half a century – it’s hard to relate what it was like to grow up in the 1960s – in particular the year 1968 in a city that figured prominently in the year’s turbulent trajectory.

47. New iPhone Features to Include Ways to Use It Less -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Apple introduced new controls for limiting how much time customers spend on their devices as the company tackles criticism that its devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting.

48. Trump Says US Farmers Will Be Treated Fairly in Trade Talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on Monday, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated "unfairly." The president vowed to turn the tide and break down large trade barriers with top trading partners.

49. Microsoft Embraces Collaboration in $7.5B Deal for GitHub -

Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for the popular coder hangout GitHub as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun.

CEO Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs Microsoft with the "world's leading software development platform," a destination where developers around the world go to share and review each other's code.

50. Technology and Communication: Keep it Human -

The more things change the more they stay the same. Yes, technology is transforming all aspects of our lives. Our relationships, work environments and community engagement are not the way they once were. Smartphones, social media, video conferences and webinars are just a few of the new methods.

51. Demystifying the Path of B Corp Certification -

From the Conscious Capitalism 2018 Conference, the largest gathering of conscious capitalists dedicated to elevating humanity through business. Practicum: B Corp 101, led by Kim Coupounas, director, B Lab.

52. Garcia Blisters Final Racing Segment to Claim His First Victory -

They got heat. They got history. But for most of 3,000 or so fans who made their way to steamy Memphis International Raceway Saturday, they got a welcome dose of NASCAR. And they want more.

As the 95-degree temps faded into twilight, Ruben Garcia Jr. of Mexico went from patience to pounce mode in his Max Spiegel Toyota to capture the Memphis 150 presented by AutoZone.

53. Facebook Kills 'Trending' Topics, Tests Breaking News Label -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.

The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world.

54. Apple Set to Preview Updates for iPhones, Siri and More -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Apple is expected to preview new capabilities for its Siri digital assistant and showcase other upcoming software features to help build anticipation for the next iPhones.

55. From Distillers to Farmers, Trade War Would Cause Casualties -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss.

56. The Week Ahead: June 4-10 -

Good morning, Memphis. Or should we say, “Hush, y’all.” It’s time again for the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament, a Memphis tradition that spans 60 years and has been funneling millions of dollars into the doors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

57. St. Jude Announces $100M Global Outreach Initiative -

Memphis-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is rolling out a $100 million initiative to expand its global outreach and advance the survival rate of children with pediatric cancer and blood disorders around the world.

58. Air Service Returning To Tunica Airport -

Tunica Airport is bringing back regular scheduled air service through a new partnership with Ashley Air and Travel.

Starting July 1, Ashley Air will provide service to four new markets: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Orlando and St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida.

59. Tacos 4 Life Opening First Tenn. Location in Jackson -

Tacos 4 Life, an Arkansas-grown taco restaurant with a mission to help end world hunger, is opening its first restaurant in Tennessee in Jackson as part of the Columns II development. The restaurant is expected to open in late June.

60. Tacos 4 Life Opening First Tenn. Restaurant in Jackson -

Tacos 4 Life, an Arkansas-grown taco restaurant with a mission to help end world hunger, is opening its first restaurant in Tennessee in Jackson as part of the Columns II development. The restaurant is expected to open in late June.

61. Sears to Close Another 72 Stores as Sales Plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears will close another 72 stores as sales shrink and losses grow, an announcement that has become a familiar refrain as the company retrenches.

The beleaguered retailer, which operates Kmart and Sears stores, said it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning a profit, and the majority of those locations will be shuttered soon.

62. Let’s See What You Got -

THE REAL GAME. I’ve handled two kinds of Canadian Grizzlies. The first furry transplants played football in the World Football League, changing one of their two names from Northmen to Southmen when they arrived here from Toronto, and keeping their Grizzlies name/mascot/logo, too. I inherited all that as their ad agency.

63. Freedom for All? Not if You’re A Back-up Center at Alabama -

In 1969, the St. Louis Cardinals decided they wanted to trade seven-time Gold Glove outfielder Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Flood had helped the team win the World Series in 1964 and 1967. But the Cardinals believed his best days were behind him.

64. Virtually Famous -

Grizz Gaming’s Mehyar Ahmed-Hassan (AuthenticAfrican) gets the ball beyond the arc, dribbles, hesitates, and then accelerates around the defender and drives all the way to the rim for a one-handed dunk. It appears effortless and the longer you watch the avatar that is AuthenticAfrican on the NBA 2K court, the clearer the conclusion becomes:

65. EMS Ready To Double Footprint In Bartlett -

After holding on to an adjacent parcel of land for more than a decade next to its facility in Bartlett, medical device manufacturer Engineered Medical Systems LLC is gearing up for a major expansion of its facility. The company is investing $10.5 million in a move that will create 40 new jobs.

66. Air Service Returning To Tunica Airport -

Tunica Airport is bringing back regular scheduled air service through a new partnership with Ashley Air and Travel.

Starting July 1, Ashley Air will provide service to four new markets: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Orlando and St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida.

67. Brown-Forman CEO to Retire at Year's End -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Paul C. Varga, who has led Brown-Forman Corp. for more than a decade, will retire at year's end, and will be succeeded as CEO by another executive at the spirits company best known for its Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey brand.

68. Exploring Kansas City’s Baseball, BBQ and Beer -

World War I was known as the war to end all wars, but with the Roman numeral, we know that’s not true.

The Great War, its more than 16 million estimated deaths and the people and places forever changed by it are memorialized at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Yes, Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Royals, Chiefs, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and its own version of barbecue.

69. Tackling Transit, Reappraisal at Once Not Smart -

Nashville’s Metro Council is taking the hit for falling asleep at the wheel in a period of unprecedented prosperity and waking up to a budget shortfall in mid-2018.

“We’ve been drunken by our growth and the label of the It City,” Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher admits. “But this is what happens in growth. It stabilizes.”

70. Experts: Starbucks Training a First Step in Confronting Bias -

Starbucks, trying to put to rest an outcry over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores, was set to close more than 8,000 stores Tuesday for an afternoon of anti-bias training, a strategy some believe can keep racism at bay.

71. Not So Easy: Trump's Trade Agenda Hits Stumbling Blocks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics.

72. Bayer Selling $9B in Ag Business Ahead of Monsanto Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government's demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker.

73. Self-Accountability Key to Sales Success -

I’ve always contended that there are few business professions as challenging as a career in sales, which is why it’s not at all surprising that more than 45 percent of salespeople don’t meet their annual quota, according to a CSO Insights performance management study.

74. The Social Media Tattoo -

Have you ever considered getting a tattoo? Or had a child ask you about getting one? If you have, you know it can be a tough decision.

Getting a tattoo is very personal. Tattoos are permanent. They have a personal meaning that often ties back to your beliefs or your experiences. If you decide to get a tattoo, you’ll consider where the tattoo will be located. You’ll decide if you want people to see it all the time or just some of the time, depending on which clothing will cover it.

75. Memphis Manufacturer Classic American Hardwoods Still Thriving -

Classic American Hardwoods could just as easily be called Classic American Success Story. The latter name fits just about as well as the former.

The privately held company in late April received the Small Business Exporter of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C.-based Export-Import Bank of the United States.

76. Week Ahead: May 28-June 3 -

Happy Memorial Day, Memphis! Once a grand hotel and commercial skyscraper to be located at the base of Beale Street near Riverside Drive, a scaled-back version of the One Beale project is still alive and goes before a key city board for a closing extension this week.

77. St. Jude Global to Extend Hospital’s Reach -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is hoping the announcement of its St. Jude Global initiative Thursday, May 24, is just the beginning of many new partnerships to come. The hospital is investing more than $100 million to expand its reach and advance the survival rate of children with pediatric cancer and blood disorders around the world.

78. State Approves Expansion Of Downtown TDZ -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone on Tuesday, May 22.

79. Chiozza, Players With Local Connection Workout for Grizzlies -

There was a time four years ago when Chris Chiozza’s dream was to stay home and play his college ball at FedExForum.

80. Businesses Need Purpose -

A talk from Haley Rushing, chief purposologist, The Purpose Institute, from the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference.

Why purpose? Humans need purpose and meaning in life. For every venture there are both extrinsic and intrinsic aspirations. Purpose is an intrinsic aspiration. Years of research has shown that those who have only extrinsic goals suffer from anxiety and depression. Yet, those who have intrinsic goals have very low levels of depression and anxiety.

81. Safe and Sound -

Entrepreneur Jim Turner is enjoying the recent growth of his MedixSafe drug security cabinet business, which sprouted from his successful security-based business, Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC). This year, MedixSafe will top $1 million in sales for the first time and will account for one-third of ESSC’s overall business.

82. Bitcoin Fans Rave, But Understand It’s Still a Risky Business -

By now, anyone who follows Wall Street even slightly has heard of cryptocurrency and its most famous spawn – bitcoin, which launched in 2009 but grabbed headlines last year for its wild swings in valuation.

83. Competition Not ‘Mane’ Idea Behind U of M Equestrian Club Team -

It’s heard over and over. Athletes and coaches waxing poetic about their amazing home field advantage. Or home court, ice, track, etc.

Then there are the members of the University of Memphis Equestrian Club team who will tell you they have a Home Sweet Home Barn advantage. One that goes far beyond the show ring.

84. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

85. International Paper Hopes for Talks In Deal to Acquire Smurfit Kappa -

After recently being given a June 6 deadline by the Irish Takeover Panel to make a final binding offer to acquire Europe’s largest cardboard box producer, Smurfit Kappa Group, Memphis-based International Paper Co. decided against a hostile takeover attempt and is instead hoping to open a dialogue with the company to determine a mutually beneficial path forward.

86. FedEx Rolls Out the Purple Runway For Its Next Generation of Pilots -

FedEx Express is paving a runway for the pilots of tomorrow – a direct pipeline to flying for the Memphis-based delivery services company on the Fortune 500 list.

The subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program this spring to address an industry-wide shortage of up-and-coming pilots.

87. TDZ Expansion Seen As Catalyst for 'Public Realm' Work -

In the five weeks since the Riverfront Development Corporation became the Memphis River Parks Partnership, Greenbelt Park on Mud Island and Martyr’s Park on the Memphis mainland have gotten some rehabbed park benches. The bench work includes the Bluffwalk as well as work on the RiverLine trail that runs behind the flood walls on the other side from the Pyramid.

88. St. Jude: $100M for Children With Cancer Global Outreach -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has helped with the treatment of thousands of cancer-stricken children around the world. Striving to reach so many more, the Memphis, Tennessee-based hospital announced a $100 million plan Thursday to expand its global outreach.

89. McDonald's Not Ready to Let Go of Plastic Straws -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns.

A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked for a report about the "business risks" of using plastic straws at the chain's 37,000 locations globally.

90. Trump Administration Explores Tariffs on Autos, Auto Parts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be "very happy" with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

91. Trump Cancels Summit, Citing 'Open Hostility' By North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by the North.

92. Plaque Shows Landmark Status for Civil Rights Leaders' Home -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The National Park Service has unveiled a bronze plaque showing that the Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers is a national historic landmark.

93. Buying a Second Home -

Ray’s Take: Buying a second home for personal use or as an investment has become one of the fastest-growing trends in the U.S. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 30 million Americans are expected to enter the second home market in the next decade.

94. Expansion Golden Knights Shine a Light on Hope -

Las Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley had a plan. It was an ambitious plan, but not a crazy plan. His expansion NHL team would strive to make the playoffs in three years and capture the Stanley Cup in six.

95. Schrock Building Game Around His Calling Card of Hitting -

Max Schrock can look at his current manager Stubby Clapp eye-to-eye – something he’s uniquely qualified to do – and see what he needs to do to take that last step up the baseball food chain.

96. Twitter to Add Special Labels to Political Candidates in US -

NEW YORK (AP) – Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where.

97. If Only Legislators Could Focus on Important Issues -

A year-old law enabling Tennessee colleges and universities to keep secret the “proprietary” fees they pay money managers for handling risky investments is likely to be reviewed this year.

98. Last Word: Bike Second Line Protest, Loeb's Portrait and SCS Budget Notes -

“Get on your bikes and ride.” The local bike share program begins Wednesday at 60 different Explore Bike Share stations at different points around town. The bike rental program is considered a milestone in the city’s bicycle culture. And like all milestones there has to be a ceremony. This effort to make it easier to mix bikes into your daily journeys will kick off Wednesday morning in Court Square at 9:30 a.m.

99. State Approves Downtown TDZ Expansion -

Plans for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s move Downtown and a new aquarium took a major step forward as the State Building Commission’s executive subcommittee approved the addition of Mud Island and the riverfront to the city’s Downtown Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) on Tuesday, May 22.

100. Trump Suggests Summit With NKorea's Kim Could Be Delayed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that a planned historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could be delayed. He said, "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out" for June 12.