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1. Amid Competition, Verizon Loses Key Customers for First Time -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back unlimited data plans to counter smaller rivals.

2. Who Will Grab the Spotlight in Vols' Spring Game? -

Tennessee completes its fifth spring practice under head coach Butch Jones on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. with the DISH Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.

It’s merely the beginning as the Vols prepare for the 2017 season.

3. Senate Panel Favorably Recommends Gorsuch for Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Senate panel favorably recommended Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, sending the nomination to the full Senate for what is expected to be a partisan showdown – and eventual confirmation.

4. Last Word: Gas Tax Conflict, Redbirds Changes and Hidden Office Space -

The CEO of Memphis-based AutoZone, Bill Rhodes, among the corporate leaders meeting with President Donald Trump recently to urge him to abandon plans for a border tax. This is the tax on goods imported to the U.S. from other countries that U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says also has some opposition among Republicans in D.C.

5. AT&T-Time Warner Deal May Have Easier Path to Approval -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner may be getting an easier path to approval after the chief telecommunications regulator says it isn't likely to review the deal.

6. The Week Ahead: January 10-16 -

Good morning, Memphis! Just as the weather here can go from frigid to balmy in a matter of days, the mulching of Christmas trees clashes with the Boys of Summer this week. Plus, the Tennessee General Assembly kicks off its new session, and Paradiso is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…   

7. Innovation or Monopoly? Panel Looks at ATT-Time Warner Deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?

8. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet -

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

9. Five Learning Strategies for Resilience In the Business Consolidation Age -

Global competition is heating up and a wave of consolidation is sweeping various industries, from the tech economy to the old economy. Google and General Electric continue to master their domains and expand their reach. Microsoft bought LinkedIn and Bayer is looking to buy Monsanto.
On Wall Street, the five largest banks have increased their share of banking assets from 25 percent in 2000 to 45 percent today. AT&T, America’s second-largest wireless-telecom firm, is looking to buy Time Warner, the country’s second-biggest media firm. Big companies have reaped enormous efficiencies by creating supply chains that stretch around the globe. They hope to realize immense gains by controlling complementary assets, as AT&T is looking to combine distribution with content. 

10. Disney Embraces Streaming as Ratings Sag -

NEW YORK (AP) – As more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.

The Walt Disney Co. once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, preferring old-fashioned cable subscriptions. Its investors are fretting over ratings as more people cut the cord and cancel cable or satellite service. NFL game viewership is also down, and the contentious election drew viewers away from Disney networks like ABC to cable news networks.

11. FCC Concerned About AT&T Exempting DirecTV From Data Caps -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators say that they are concerned that AT&T's exempting its DirecTV unit from cellphone data caps could hurt competition.

AT&T lets customers watch video on DirecTV apps on their AT&T cellphones without eating into monthly data allotments. It's expected to do the same with an upcoming, $35-a-month TV streaming service called DirecTV Now.

12. Companies Set Monthly Record for Mergers, Acquisitions -

U.S. companies are cutting merger deals at a record pace even though antitrust regulators have moved to oppose several recent high-profile combinations.

So far this month, companies have agreed to mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $251 billion, financial-information provider Dealogic said late Friday. That surpasses the previous record of $240 billion in July 2015.

13. Eric Clapton Sued by Musician's Estate Over Iconic Song -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist.

A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song "Alberta" to Huddie Ledbetter – better known as Lead Belly – in the 2013 re-release of Clapton's "Unplugged" album, when the credit should have gone to Bo Carter, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/2e3xcEY).

14. Comcast Fined $2.3M to End Probe Into Mischarging Customers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Government regulators are fining Comcast $2.3 million, saying the cable giant has charged customers for stuff they never ordered, like premium channels or extra cable boxes.

15. Pandora Takes on Spotify, Apple With New Streaming Services -

NEW YORK (AP) – Pandora will soon take on Spotify, Apple Music and others in an extremely competitive field with its own, $10 monthly streaming music service, and a cheaper version as well.

16. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

17. Hulu Dropping Free Video As It Prepares Cable TV Alternative -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.

Hulu said Monday that free episodes — typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show's current season — will be gone from the site within a few weeks. Instead, it is making free episodes available through Yahoo in an expansion of a distribution partnership the internet company has had with Hulu.

18. Last Word: The One Before November, Defining The Outsider and Stock Exchange -

Election Day arrives in Shelby County.

And this election cycle, in the shadow of the November Presidential general election, has turned out to be pretty interesting.

19. Time Warner Invests in Hulu in Win for Cable Cord-Cutters -

NEW YORK (AP) – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.

The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV. Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners, the way Hulu does.

20. And Now It's Comcast vs. The Wait for the Cable Guy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Did you hear the one about the cable company that's actually improving customer service? The punchline: Comcast and its rivals say it's no joke.

These companies have poured hundreds of millions into new tools and staff to de-agonize the process of getting cable TV, Internet or phone service. It's part of a yearslong effort to assuage customers as the specter of "cord-cutting" – dumping cable for Netflix and the like – haunts the industry. More than 2 million customers have fled from cable and satellite over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan, and the pace has been accelerating.

21. Last Word: At The Gates of Graceland, Domestic Violence at SEC Days and October -

Black Lives Matter at Graceland on Tuesday – the latest chapter in a story arc that is moving fast.

22. BRIDGES Celebrates Retirement of CFO Bob Rogalski -

The BRIDGES mission is as clear as it is bold: “To unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.”

But every bridge needs support. For 11 years, Bob Rogalski has served as the nonprofit’s vice president of finance and CFO. He is retiring on June 30, the end of BRIDGES’ 2016 fiscal year. Endowment earnings for this fiscal year were $720,000 and next year’s endowment should be around $765,000, Rogalski said.

23. Say Goodbye to Time Warner Cable: Sale Leads to Name Change -

NEW YORK (AP) – Soon you'll have a new cable company to hate. It'll take some practice, but in time you'll get used to swearing at Spectrum.

Time Warner Cable, the largest cable provider in New York and Los Angeles, among other markets, was just bought by Charter Communications Inc., which has mostly operated in the Midwest. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also bought Bright House Networks Wednesday. That makes Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S. Over the next year and a half, Charter will phase out the Time Warner Cable and Bright House names in favor of its own brand, Spectrum.

24. Born to Play Football, Paxton Lynch Just Changing Leagues -

The player can’t tell you how it all started, not really. Neither can the player’s first coach and probably not the player’s dad.

No, to get to the root of things you turn to mom. Because mom will remember the details. And so as the countdown to the Thursday, April 28, NFL Draft turns from days to hours – experts of one stripe or another projecting how high former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will be taken – it’s good to step back for a moment.

25. NCAA Tournament Deal With CBS, Turner Extended Through 2032 -

NEW YORK (AP) – With eight years left on their deal to broadcast the NCAA Tournament, CBS and Turner are tacking on another eight.

The extension announced Tuesday goes all the way through 2032. The length of the contract is not unusual for college sports these days, though with the NCAA facing legal challenges on multiple fronts, a lot can change in 16 years.

26. Butch Jones Builds for Championship Run With Staff Tweaks -

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones got serious about taking the next step with his football program not long after his team’s 45-6 victory over Northwestern in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl.

Jones fired defensive coordinator John Jancek on Jan. 6, and three days later hired his top candidate for the opening, Bob Shoop of Penn State.

27. 2015 Market Winners, Losers: Tech Soars, Old Guard Stumbles -

NEW YORK (AP) – In a flat year overall for stocks, there was still plenty of excitement to be enjoyed – or endured – by 2015's biggest winners and losers.

It was a year to make old guard companies shudder.

28. Pfizer, Allergan in Deal Talks to Create Drug Giant -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Pfizer and Botox maker Allergan are discussing a potential deal that could be the biggest of 2015, a year marked by a rapid-fire pace of megadeals, particularly in health care.

29. This week in Memphis history: October 23-29 -

2014: Grand opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe at the northwest corner of Second and Beale streets in what was the original Lanksy Brothers store. The original Hard Rock had been at the southeast corner of Beale and Rufus Thomas Boulevard.

30. Media Stocks Slammed as Pay TV Bundle Starts Unravelling -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Signs that pay TV's pricy bundles of channels are starting to unravel are starting to take a toll on major media companies.

Media stocks were hammered for a second day Thursday as Viacom's underwhelming earnings gave investors another reason to sell, after industry bellwether Disney earlier in the week trimmed a profit outlook due to more people cutting the cord on pay-TV packages.

31. AT&T-DirecTV Deal Set to Close After Approval From FCC -

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission.

The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers.

32. Beware of Potential Buyers at Your Door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

33. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Controversial Execution Drug -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

34. Gannett Completes Split of Print, Broadcasting Divisions -

McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Gannett has completed the split of its print and broadcasting divisions into separate companies.

The broadcasting and digital arm, which will be called Tegna Inc., will run the company's television stations and websites such as CareerBuilder. It will also include Cars.com. Tegna will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday under the "TGNA" ticker symbol.

35. Nashville’s Long, Hot, Delicious Summer -

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

It offers jewel-toned tomatoes for slicing and piling onto BLTs.

36. Audio Overkill? Some Question Benefits of 'High-Res' Music -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.

It's a digital format that packs nearly seven times the data found on CDs, touted as producing crystal-clear sounds with a sharpness that'll blow consumers away. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music compressed into formats like MP3s or Apple's AAC.

37. Charter Buying Time Warner Cable as TV Viewers Go Online -

NEW YORK (AP) – As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

38. Media Heads Rule Ranks of Best-Paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

39. Methodist North Gets New Development Official -

Methodist North Hospital has a new program director of community development.

Ashante Hodges will be responsible for helping expand Methodist North’s service area and the coordination of community outreach activities, among other things.

40. Methodist North Gets New Development Official -

Methodist North Hospital has a new program director of community development.

Ashante Hodges will be responsible for helping expand Methodist North’s service area and the coordination of community outreach activities, among other things.

41. What’s Next? -

When Steven Baldwin started his freshman year at Austin Peay State University in 2012, he had a smart, carefully considered plan for his future.

42. Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion in Mobile Video Bet -

NEW YORK (AP) – After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too.

As its phone business slows down, the nation's largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it can find growth in mobile video and advertising by buying AOL, one of the Internet's oldest brands, which has been through its own share of transformations since introducing much of America to the online world nearly a generation ago.

43. ESPN Suing Verizon Over Unbundling of Its Sports Channel -

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FiOS TV.

44. Comcast Abandons Time Warner Cable Bid After Gov't Pushback -

NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.

A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.

45. Disaster Drought Might Net Insurance Savings -

I should probably knock on a rather large piece of wood as I write this, perhaps a California Redwood, but here goes:

In 2011, following the Great Flood of 2010, there was lesser flooding that affected a much smaller area. Then there was the hailstorm in 2012 that resulted in new roofs for thousands – if not tens of thousands – of homes in the area.

46. Teammate’s Death Looms Over UT’s Tennis Season -

Tennessee senior Mikelis Libietis sits on the bench before a match on Court 1 at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center and is reminded of one of his greatest losses.

Not a tennis match.

Court 1 is named “Sean Karl Court” in memory of Brentwood’s Sean Karl, former University of Tennessee tennis player who died Nov. 16, 2014 of cancer. He was 20.

47. $1 Million-Plus Sales Reach New Heights in 2014 -

As 2014 comes to a close, the “Where does it end?” question is becoming more and more a part of the conversation.

And based on the past, it is a logical concern as buyers are being forced to pay more and more for houses with demand high and inventory low.

48. Obama Steps Into Divisive Debate on Net Neutrality -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.

49. Obama Calls for Tougher Internet Regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

50. Everyone Wants Locker to Succeed, But Can He? -

Perhaps the best thing that Jake Locker has going for him right now is Coach Ken Whisenhunt’s profession of faith.

There is no question that virtually everyone at St. Thomas Sports Park is pulling for Locker to make good in his final chance to be the Titans long-term answer at quarterback.

51. Tigers Look for Hollywood Script -

The Memphis Tigers and their long-suffering fans were excited. Who could blame them?

For the list of things we should never take for granted in Memphis includes low humidity, years without city elections, and wins by the local college football enterprise.

52. Redbirds Prepare for Playoffs Appearance -

First-year Memphis Redbirds general manager Craig Unger grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan and he spent the last five years working in the team’s front office. He even wears a huge World Series ring from the team’s 2011 championship.

53. Redbirds’ Easley, Scruggs Enjoy Stellar Season -

Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty. Those were the St. Louis Cardinals’ hot outfield prospects stashed in Memphis at season’s start.

Taveras and Grichuk have shuttled between the Cardinals and Redbirds and both are with the big club as the Redbirds’ regular season winds down. Piscotty has stayed with the Redbirds, but throughout the year Cardinals general John Mozeliak openly has talked about having playing time in St. Louis for Piscotty in the near future.

54. Attendance Woes to Bring Changes at AutoZone Park -

As the Memphis Redbirds closed out their regular-season home schedule at AutoZone Park this past week, pitcher Tim Cooney set a franchise record with his 14th win and the Redbirds widened their lead over second-place Nashville in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

55. Consumers Driving Health Care Innovation -

Everyone in the U.S complains about health care – the rising costs of insurance premiums and co-pays, the lack of innovation, the poor experience at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and price of medications.

56. Gannett Splits Publishing, Broadcasting in Two -

NEW YORK (AP) – The game of survival is on for newspapers, as USA Today owner Gannett on Tuesday became the most recent major media entity to say it will divide its print and broadcast divisions into separate companies.

57. Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

58. More 'Headline-Grabbing' Corporate Deals Expected -

LONDON (AP) – More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.

That's the conclusion of business consulting firm EY, which says the value of takeover deals announced in the first half of 2014 struck its highest level since the end of the boom years in 2007.

59. Tommy John Surgery Growing More Common -

Envision a baseball board game with dice and a spinner in which players try to go from Little League to pitching and winning Game 7 of the World Series.

Let’s call our fictional game “Bringing the Heat.” One can imagine positive squares where players learn “you just struck out 12 in a game, move ahead two spaces” or “you just had your fastball clocked at 94 MPH as a junior in high school, move ahead three spaces.”

60. Time Warner Completes Time Inc. Spinoff -

Time Warner Inc. said Monday that it completed the spinoff of magazine publisher Time Inc. into a separate, publicly traded company, as it focuses on its other media properties.

61. Online Pirates Thrive on Legitimate Ad Dollars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

That's the conclusion of several recent reports that shed light on Internet piracy's funding sources.

62. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013 -

NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.

Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.

63. Antitrust Experts: 2 Big Deals Better Than 1 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger – the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable – makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.

64. AT&T Aims for TV's Future With $48.5 Billion DirecTV Deal -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – AT&T says it views its planned $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV as a way to help redefine the video entertainment industry, giving it opportunities to bundle services and tap into growing Latin American markets.

65. AstraZeneca Rejects $119 Billion Offer From Pfizer -

LONDON (AP) – The board of AstraZeneca on Monday rejected the improved $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, a decision that caused a sharp slide in the U.K. company's share price as many investors think it effectively brings an end to the protracted and increasingly bitter takeover saga.

66. Netflix Raises Prices By $1 for New Subscribers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.

The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $8 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix's existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.

67. Amazon Snares Classic Shows in Deal With HBO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

68. AutoZone Park Field to Get Makeover at Season’s End -

This season the Memphis Redbirds are celebrating their 15th year playing at AutoZone Park and the stadium at Third and Union is still a head-turner, even after all these years.

But the playing surface is also celebrating its 15th season and hasn’t been a beauty for a while now.

69. Netflix's Comcast Deal Improves Quality of Video -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Netflix's videos are streaming through Comcast's Internet service at their highest speeds in 17 months, thanks to tolls Netflix pays Comcast for a more direct connection to its network.

70. Taveras Aims to Prove Himself at Top -

Before every Memphis Redbirds season, there is picture day. On Monday, March 31, the Redbirds held an open workout at AutoZone Park, but first, players lined up like school kids in the first-base dugout to don a Redbirds jersey and cap and get their pictures taken.

71. Dish, Disney Deal Envisions Internet-Delivered TV -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

72. Netflix Reaches Deal With Comcast -

NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider.

73. Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers.

74. Comcast-TWC Merger Worries Consumers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

75. Comcast-Time Warner Merger Worries Consumers -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

76. Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies and create a dominant force in creating and delivering entertainment.

77. Negatives Aside, AOL CEO Posts Positive Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – You've got gaffes.

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn't one to mince words. Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement contributions in a lump sum at the end of the year. Armstrong had previously defended the proposal by citing the high cost care for two "distressed babies" born to employee families.

78. Hollywood Poised for Best-Ever Box-Office Year -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade of decline.

79. Experts: HealthCare.Gov Fix Needs More Time, Money -

NEW YORK (AP) – Technology experts say healing what ails the HealthCare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.

80. Comics Universe -

As he raised his four children, Joe Thordarson increasingly thought about the important roles that art and literature played in education.

“I never felt art got the attention it deserved in a kid’s education, and any art you can encourage is good for their education,” he said. “Art and writing are so important and I wanted to encourage that.”

81. Cardinal Way Has St. Louis Back in Fall Classic -

From 2002-2006, the St. Louis Cardinals had a farm director named Bruce Manno. He was a guy who had his own ideas on how things should be done. One of them was to require that all Cardinal minor-league players – from Rookie ball to Triple-A Memphis – wear their pants pulled up to their knees so their stirrup socks would show.

82. Redbirds Proving Key Role in ‘Cardinal Way’ -

The St. Louis Cardinals had just wrapped up one playoff series and were headed to the National League Championship Series with a roster mainly comprised of homegrown players.

There was rookie pitcher Michael Wacha, who had flirted with no-hitters in the regular season and in the NL Division Series. There was first baseman Matt “Big City” Adams, who stepped into the void created by Allen Craig’s foot injury. And there was 23-year-old Trevor Rosenthal, who was thrust into that all-important closer’s role late in the season.

83. Wealthy Business Executives Eye Political Races -

CHICAGO (AP) – He has never been elected to anything, not even "student council in high school," as he boasts. He has little patience for schmoozing. In dealing with people, he admits to being "pretty blunt" - more suited to running a large private equity firm, which Bruce Rauner did successfully for 30 years, than seeking votes for governor, which he intends to do in Illinois next year.

84. Closing Fannie, Freddie Could Boost Mortgage Rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

85. Obama Pitches Mortgage Overhaul as Housing Rallies -

PHOENIX (AP) – Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left "holding the bag" for the mortgage giants' bad bets.

86. Goal Remains the Same for All Redbirds -

Just a few days ago, Redbirds catcher Rob Johnson stood in the clubhouse at AutoZone Park and talked about the great year teammate Brock Peterson was having. Peterson, a first baseman, had just been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

87. Real Estate Rebound -

The residential and commercial real estate markets are slowly coming back, and residential and commercial real estate attorneys are seeing increased activity thanks to the surge.

Mid-South Title handles both residential and commercial matters, and the company is seeing a spike in activity, especially in residential, over the past 18 months.

88. Senators Propose Overhaul of Housing Finance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday proposed an overhaul to the housing finance system that would gradually eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored mortgage guarantee giants, and shift more mortgage and credit risk to the private sector.

89. Spotlight on Redbirds as Only Game in Town -

A year ago at this time, the Memphis Redbirds were in the midst of a season so bad they were already almost 20 games out of first place. It was, as infielder Ryan Jackson recalled, a “grind.”

90. In Need of Relief -

Perhaps it is only too appropriate that baseball is played without a clock. For securing the future of the Memphis Redbirds may require extra innings, not to mention extra effort.

The ballpark was on the leading edge of revitalizing Downtown when it opened in 2000 at Third and Union. This, of course, was “B.G.” in Memphis – Before the Grizzlies. Also, before FedExForum. The city was ready for something big and bold – something that showed Memphis could overachieve, not underachieve.

91. Time Inc. Cuts 500 People, 6 Percent of Workforce -

NEW YORK (AP) – Time Inc., the magazine unit of Time Warner Inc., says it is cutting 6 percent of its global staff of 8,000, or about 500 people.

92. Leading in New Times -

Keith Norman has heard the discussions about the generation gap and the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP.

93. Ticket Rush: Film Fans Hand Hollywood Record Cash -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

94. As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Voter Angst is Palpable -

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) – Five hundred miles from Washington, the lunch crowd at Robie's Country Store and Deli is filled with angst over America's elected leaders and their latest struggle to prevent a fiscal crisis.

95. On Economics, Foreign Policy, Corker Eager to Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Bob Corker is spending a lot of time lately talking to Democrats.

The freshman lawmaker from Tennessee unveiled his own 10-year, $4.5 trillion solution for averting the end-of-year, double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts and then spoke briefly last week with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Deficit-cutting maven Erskine Bowles had forwarded Corker's proposal to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

96. Things That Matter -

This morning I read in the news that John Gagliardi, the somewhat maverick coach of the St. John’s “Johnnies” Division III football team, is retiring after 64 years of coaching. In addition to holding the record for coaching longevity, there is one more little thing about Gagliardi that is worth noting. Let’s talk a little about football history.

97. Seely Sees Career at Memphis Area Legal Services as ‘Mission Work’ -

October was National Pro Bono Month in the legal profession, a time when attorneys are urged to use their knowledge for the greater good and help those in need.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has written that “a lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.”

98. FCC Lets Cable Companies Encrypt Signals to Foil Theft -

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators are letting cable companies scramble all their TV signals, closing a loophole that lets many households watch basic cable channels for free.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to lift a ban on encryption of basic cable signals, saying it will reduce the number of visits by cable technicians to disconnect service and reduce cable theft.

99. News Corp. Considers Split in 2 -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Under pressure to limit contagion from the British phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Tuesday that it is considering splitting into two publicly traded companies.

100. Warner’s Managerial Climb Comes Full Circle in Memphis -

The new Memphis Redbirds manager needs one of those veteran leaders, a guy who will willingly play multiple positions, a tough-nosed player between the lines, and a laid-back leader outside the lines who can discreetly take a young player aside.