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1. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 02, 2017
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.
2. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation
- Monday, December 12, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
3. Crime Commission Leaders Talk About Focused Five-Year Plan
- Friday, October 28, 2016
The new Operation: Safe Community five-year anti-crime plan should be released in November and it will likely be a more focused set of goals and objectives. That’s what we heard as The Daily News Editorial Board talked with Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission president Bill Gibbons and crime commission vice president for Social Engagement Harold Collins.
4. A Tasteful List 2016
- Friday, September 16, 2016
MEMPHIS BY THE BITE. Presenting the sixth serving of the Tasteful List, updated for 2016 – alphabetical local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion – the only things easy to swallow in an election year.
5. Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83B, Marking End of an Era
- Tuesday, July 26, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.
It is the second time in as many years that Verizon, extending its digital reach, has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star. The nation's largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year.
6. Eulogy for a Copywriter
- Friday, July 08, 2016
A LOSS FOR WORDS. We lost a good one two weeks ago. Good man. Good son and husband, father and grandfather, brother and friend. Good citizen and arts supporter. Good mentor to students and adviser to college presidents, Episcopal priests and copywriters.
7. Insulting In Style
- Friday, May 27, 2016
INTELLIGENT INSULTS. CLEVER COMEBACKS. As we brace for this summer’s political conventions and a general election that promises to raise the lowest levels of public discourse to new heights, I thought I’d share some of my favorite exchanges collected over the years to remind us that we can do this sort of thing with style.
8. Careful What You’re Being Sold
- Friday, March 18, 2016
ZOO DOO IS BACK. In the early ’90s, an enterprise started in Memphis to market recycled zoo dung – talk about organic – called the Zoo Doo Compost Co. A pungent and powerful fertilizer, raw product supplied seven days a week, a clever name, a great promotional headline, “Gardeners Love This Crap.”
9. A Great Zoo. A Great Embarrassment.
- Friday, December 11, 2015
IF YOU CAN PARK A HIPPO, YOU CAN PARK AN SUV. “Finally,” the young TV reporter said, “somebody who’s happy with the zoo.”
The zoo’s general manager was involved in controversy, his vision in question. The reporter found plenty of people at the zoo gate ready to feed the GM to the lions, but Nora and I were the first he talked to who liked the guy and he wanted a little balance for his story. You remember balance? Good reporters used to have it, and this guy was good.
10. Mining Crap
- Friday, October 02, 2015
SO MUCH CRAP. SO LITTLE TIME.
Since I allowed Apple to plant iOS 9 on my phone, on my iPad and in my psyche, my email is a crap shoot, iTunes is no longer playing my song, Siri won’t speak to me, Firefox won’t let me on my own home page and U-verse goes south daily.
11. Two Tasty Stories on the Side
- Friday, September 25, 2015
A STORY IN EVERY BITE. Last week’s column reminded me of a couple of stories about food. My main editor – my wife – reminded me that I’ve told them before. That happens a lot. It’s about to happen again. Just think of them as second helpings.
12. A Tasteful List 2015
- Friday, September 18, 2015
MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fifth helping of the Tasteful List, updated for 2015 – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.
Could I get another napkin over here?
13. Apple: Sales for Latest iPhones May Surpass Other Models
- Tuesday, September 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Preorders for its latest iPhone have been so strong that Apple expects to surpass last year's record, when it sold 10 million phones during the first weekend.
Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Saturday.
14. A Steeple in Hell
- Friday, September 11, 2015
THE CHURCH OF GROUND ZERO. Headed to my desk, I passed a photograph on the wall. I pass it several times every day, but when I typed 9/11 at the top of the page, the date this column would run in The Daily News, I realized what the column would be about:
15. Always Coming Home
- Friday, September 04, 2015
MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating.
16. Hey, I’m Back Here
- Friday, August 07, 2015
HOT? GET IN LINE. I have three absolute favorite expressions for hot – everyone who lives in the grits belt needs at least one.
My third favorite is Halle Berry hot – substitute your mercury raiser.
17. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store
- Tuesday, July 21, 2015
41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store
Sale Amount: $5.7 million
Sale Date: July 10, 2015
Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.
18. Proton’s Weaver Wizard of Tech Innovation
- Saturday, June 13, 2015
On any given day, business executives, scientists and chemical engineers from across the U.S. and around the world come to East Tennessee to see for themselves the renewable energy technology developed by Lenoir City-based Proton Power Inc.
19. Listen for Home
- Friday, June 12, 2015
WHEN YOU’RE HOME, YOU CAN HEAR IT. I was recently reminded of a story I heard from an actor friend years ago when he was in town for a commercial I was making. His name was Robert Lansing – if you’re old enough, you’ll remember him from TV’s “12 O’Clock High.”
20. A Measure Of Truth
- Friday, June 05, 2015
A MEASURE OF JOURNALISM. As I wondered what to write about while on vacation, I was bailed out by New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan and my friend Jay Martin, who sent me her article. Ms. Sullivan upon ending her teaching stint at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism left these parting words for her students:
21. Stock-Buyback Programs Hit Record Pace
- Saturday, May 30, 2015
If this was a poker game, it could be said that American companies are doubling down – repurchasing their own stock at a record pace instead of betting on new, outside investments.
TrimTabs Investment Research calculated that companies had announced plans to buy back $133 billion of their own stock in April. That was a new monthly high.
22. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Smart Mirrors Boost Sales
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.
23. Because I Say So
- Thursday, April 02, 2015
“Ipsy dipsy!” shouts Ann Marie, Marlo Thomas’ character in “That Girl.” Trying to impress a judge in court, she mispronounces “ipse dixit.” Meaning “he, himself, said it,” this Latin phrase connotes a dogmatic, unsupported assertion.
24. Tax Refund Advances Appeal to More Cash-Strapped Americans
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.
25. Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014
- Wednesday, February 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.
26. Fast-Food Resolution: Transform Junk Food Image
- Monday, January 05, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.
As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives and other ingredients customers find objectionable.
27. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays
- Friday, December 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?
The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.
28. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.
29. Chattanooga Airport Passed Over for Grant
- Wednesday, October 22, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga Airport officials say they'll continue trying to recruit airlines for nonstop service between Chattanooga and New York and Houston after being rejected for a $750,000 federal grant.
30. Different Windows, Same Views
- Friday, October 17, 2014
THIS MORNING. THIS TOWN. This morning, I woke up in a challenged neighborhood. You know the challenges well.
The population is declining and aging – talking about the good old days, bemoaning the present, fearful of the future. The city is trying to reinvent itself – built on a booming business now faded and all but gone. Young people aren’t returning. One major employer dominates and other jobs are mostly in government or in lower-paying positions in service or tourism. People outside the city point to it as the source of the area’s problems.
31. Tourette Help
- Tuesday, October 14, 2014
In sports talk radio, questions are a good thing. They don’t have to bring solutions, after all, just open the gates to discussion and debate.
Craig Carton, who is co-host of WFAN’s morning show, “Boomer & Carton,” in New York, is comfortable with that format in that setting.
32. Procter & Gamble Cancels On-Field NFL Promotion
- Monday, September 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.
33. A Tasteful List 2014
- Friday, September 05, 2014
MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.
34. Curtains Up
- Tuesday, August 12, 2014
As counterintuitive as it might sound, the more digitized and interconnected people get, the more they seem to appreciate the handiwork of Dan McCleary and the fellow live theater proponents who work with him.
35. Locally Grown Foods Look to Bigger Business
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.
36. 32 States Trail US as a Whole in Job Recovery
- Thursday, July 03, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.
In May, the overall economy finally recovered all 9 million jobs that vanished in the worst downturn since the 1930s. Another month of solid hiring is expected in the U.S. jobs report for June that will be released Thursday.
37. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services
- Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.
38. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing Lure Interns With Perks
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) – Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing sweeten already lucrative job offers in Seattle with subsidized, furnished housing. Transportation is covered from anywhere in the country, including airport food, baggage fees and taxis. There's free breakfast and dinner, biweekly housekeeping, a private party with Macklemore and Deadmau5.
39. I’ll Be Back
- Friday, June 06, 2014
MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. I’m on vacation, but I’ll be home soon, and here are some thoughts about that I first shared a couple of years ago.
Right now, I’m probably on the beach, keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you were so worried about a couple of days ago. Staring at it properly is a big job – big enough that making sure you don’t miss the next dolphin breaking the surface or the next crab making a break for it is more important than whatever you were doing last week. That’s pretty much the way the dogs look at it, too. We don’t miss a thing.
40. SEC Network Poised to Take Over
- Friday, June 06, 2014
Wading in … and wondering what an eventual deal between the SEC Network and DirecTV will mean for me. Will my bill go up 10 percent? Fifteen percent? Twenty percent?
Will I have to drink only domestics in brown bottles? Give up the ESPN of coffee (Star----)?
41. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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.
42. Another Five-Peat
- Thursday, March 27, 2014
“Never in the history of competitive crossword puzzle solving has there been a rivalry like the one between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.” Thus begins a write-up of last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament at time.com.
43. Health Law Concerns for Cancer Centers
- Thursday, March 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation's best cancer hospitals are off-limits.
44. Economic Club Names Tucker Executive Director
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
Just because she took a voluntary buyout from FedEx in December doesn’t mean Laurie Tucker is ready to slow down.
45. Federal Health Care Sign-Ups Pass 1 Million Mark
- Tuesday, December 31, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) – The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.
46. Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence
- Friday, November 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.
47. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Life is good for America's super wealthy.
Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.
48. A Tasteful List Updated for 2013
- Friday, September 06, 2013
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Hello, my name is Dan and I’ll be your server.
Presenting the third edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2013 – second and third helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion.
49. US Home Sales Dip But Remain Near 3.5-Year High
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of previously occupied homes slipped in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million but remain near a 3.5-year high.
The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales fell 1.2 percent last month from an annual rate of 5.14 million in May. The NAR revised down May's sales, but they were still the highest since November 2009.
50. Retailers Report Strong Gains for June
- Friday, July 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – June sales heated up for stores, in a sign that Americans likely will continue to spend during the important back-to-school shopping season.
U.S. retailers reported their strongest sales gains since January, as shoppers, enticed by warm weather and an improving economy, took advantage of summer discounts.
51. Hattiloo Another Step in Square Comeback
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
The latest milestone in the comeback of Overton Square came the weekend of the Tony Awards in New York City with the groundbreaking for the new Hattiloo Theater.
For Ekundayo Bandele, the founder of the black repertory theater company who named it for his two daughters, the groundbreaking on what is now a parking lot fronting on Cooper Street represented a milestone for theater in Memphis.
52. I’m Lucky to Know Bea
- Friday, April 12, 2013
REMARKABLE CONNECTIONS. After last week’s column, Bea dropped me a thoughtful email note as she often does about whatever I’m writing about. My story about Linda Courtney and her son Bill struck a common chord, and Bea wanted to share.
53. Housing, Manufacturing Give US Economy Lift
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Gains in housing and manufacturing propelled the U.S. economy over the winter, according to reports released Tuesday, and analysts say they point to the resilience of consumers and businesses as government spending cuts kick in.
54. Feyer Cruises to Fourth ACPT Title
- Thursday, March 21, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is like an annual meeting for the cruciverbalism industry. At the 36th installment of this event, the three-peat crown wearer, Dan Feyer, a pianist from Manhattan, pretty much went wire to wire.
55. Viewer Mail Always Appreciated
- Thursday, March 14, 2013
“My wife and I enjoy your sense of humor,” the note began. “You write the funniest things!!” Double exclamation point? I like that!! “We read your column in the Memphis paper!! The voice mail one was a scream. The Mrs. has a question. Since you are a judge, professor and wordsmith with your columns, where do you get all this time?”
56. Madewell Coming to Saddle Creek
- Friday, February 08, 2013
The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown will soon gain another national retailer with no other presence in Tennessee.
Madewell, a subsidiary of J. Crew Group Inc., has signed a 3,061-square-foot lease in The Shops of Saddle Creek North, 7509 Poplar Ave., in part of the space that was previously The Gap in between James Avery Jewelry and Brighton Collectables.
57. Filling the Voids
- Saturday, February 02, 2013
Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.
Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
58. Broad Stroke
- Thursday, November 29, 2012
When Nicole Phillippe, of Memphis, decided to take a leap of faith and open an art gallery, the first thing she did was break the rules.
“Everyone usually tells you to narrow down to a specific market, but I wanted to reach out to a wide market. I wanted to create a place for everybody,” said Phillippe, owner of Allie Cat Arts at 961 S. Cooper St. “So many people told me it couldn’t be done, but I just said, ‘I’m going to make it work.’”
59. Visions of Grace
- Friday, November 16, 2012
CHICKEN WIRE AND TIFFANY. This Saturday, seven windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany are open at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and his brilliant lamps shine through Jan. 13 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
60. Senior Care Management Solutions Promotes Williams
- Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Darla Williams has been promoted to health care administrator at Senior Care Management Solutions. In her new role, Williams will play a critical role in overseeing and customizing clients’ daily care plans to fit their specific needs.
61. Story on the Side
- Friday, September 21, 2012
A STORY IN EVERY BITE. As I listened, I remembered comedian David Brenner discussing directions in the South. He noted that directions come with a story, and they may include turn left at the three-legged dog, and that everything comes with grits.
62. The Heart Beats
- Friday, September 14, 2012
THE HEART BEATS. AGAIN. A lifetime ago, screwdrivers with lifetime guarantees came from an art moderne castle, and screwdrivers with orange juice came from the only other Friday’s outside of Manhattan.
63. A Tasteful List 2012
- Friday, September 07, 2012
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. So many of you seemed to salivate over last year’s Tasteful List, I’ve updated it for 2012. While reduced some, make no mistake, there’s nothing dietary about it.
64. LSI Buys Flex Space to Expand
- Friday, August 24, 2012
A northeast industrial flex warehouse in Appling Center Industrial Park has been snatched up by an expanding Bartlett-based engineering firm.
Larry W. Bailey, trustee of the Bailey Children’s Trust, bought the 30,397-square-foot facility and its 2.55 acres at 2756 Appling Center Cove for $1.5 million.
65. John or Bill
- Friday, July 20, 2012
A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR, SAVE AROUND HERE. If William Faulkner looked out the window on this cloudy day he would see the still and always green magnolia leaves still and always sad still and always there still and always reminding remanding back still and always back in the sunless indolent superheated moment between a dark brooding now the even darker starker truth of then and the oppressive promise hanging in the coming storm of repeating the moment still and always the same.
66. Weather Alerts Coming Soon to Smartphone Near You
- Friday, June 29, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more – free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system.
67. Eggs And Elmo Take Me Back
- Friday, June 22, 2012
PERFECT REMINDERS. I’m reminded. He stared at the target, and on this particular night it seemed larger than ever. He got his signal – same as before – bring the heat. As soon as he let it go, he knew that’s the best I got. Nobody’s touching it.
68. US Consumers Hold Back, Even as Gas Prices Fall
- Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lower gas prices in April weren’t enough to embolden U.S. consumers to spend much more elsewhere.
The Commerce Department said retail sales rose only 0.1 percent last month. After excluding gasoline station sales, consumers increased their spending on retail goods by just 0.2 percent.
69. Conspiracy Theory
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee joined 14 other states along with the U.S. Justice Department in suing Apple Inc. and major book publishers Wednesday, alleging a conspiracy to raise the price of electronic books they said cost consumers more than $100 million in the past two years by adding $2 to $5 to the price of each e-book.
70. Statues Give City Glimpse Of History
- Friday, March 30, 2012
STANDING FOR HISTORY. She’s tall and proud, sole representative of an all-but-forgotten people, standing alone where hundreds once lived in a village, where thousands once thrived in a nation. She nobly bears the weight of the loss of all of that, wrapped in skins against the lonely chill of that, and in images of all that has come to pass since her time. Silently and beautifully, she tells her story.
71. Obama's Health Overhaul Lags in Many States
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a reality check for President Barack Obama's health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.
72. Uninsured Turn to Daily Deal Sites for Health Care
- Monday, January 02, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist he didn't need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon.
Stella, a small business owner, canceled his health insurance plan more than three years ago when his premium rose to more than $400 a month. He considered himself healthy and decided that he was wasting money on something that he rarely used.
73. Holiday Shopping Season is Strong
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is wrapping up to be bigger than anyone expected. Now, retailers are holding their breath and hoping consumers will keep spending in the final days before Christmas.
74. BofA in $335M Settlement Over Countrywide Loans
- Thursday, December 22, 2011
Bank of America agreed to pay $335 million to resolve allegations that its Countrywide unit engaged in a widespread pattern of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers on home loans.
75. US Factory Output Declined Sharply in November
- Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. manufacturing output fell in November for the first time in seven months.
The decline was largely because factories made fewer autos. But production of home electronics, appliances and business equipment also dropped.
76. Memphis – With a Bow On Top
- Friday, December 09, 2011
GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself; don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish.
77. Cable Companies to Resell Verizon Wireless Service
- Monday, December 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Cable companies Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks are giving up on their dreams of creating their own wireless network, opting instead to resell Verizon Wireless service.
78. TVs are Hot Sellers This Holiday Season
- Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – In an unexpected twist, TVs are topping many Christmas shopping lists this year.
Wal-Mart says TVs are among the top gifts people are putting on layaway at its 3,000-plus U.S. stores during the holiday season. The Westinghouse 46-inch LCD HDTV that was on sale for half off at Target for $298 was a top seller during the start to the season last weekend. And Abt Electronics already has sold out of 55-inch Samsung LED TVs that were marked down by half to $1,099.
79. GM Willing to Buy Back Volts
- Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – General Motors will buy Chevrolet Volts back from any owner who is afraid the electric cars will catch fire, the company's CEO said Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, CEO Dan Akerson insisted that the cars are safe, but said the company will purchase the Volts because it wants to keep customers happy. Three fires have broken out in Volts after side-impact crash tests done by the federal government.
80. With Lockout Nearing End, Basketball Back in Focus
- Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for.
Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as Tyson Chandler and Nene were in the news after months of attorneys getting all the ink.
81. Fed-Up Consumers Planning for 'Bank Transfer Day'
- Monday, November 07, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – It's moving day for bank customers.
A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday.
82. Twitter Changes Business of Celebrity Endorsements
- Friday, November 04, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And reality TV star Khloe Kardashian soliloquized about the brand of jeans that accentuates the famous Kardashian derriere.
83. CSA Concerns Dominate Trucking Expo
- Friday, October 28, 2011
Much of the talk at the second annual Memphis Trucking Expo earlier this month at Agricenter International involved three initials: C-S-A.
CSA stands for the federal Carrier Safety Administration, whose system of regulations and inspections and driver records determine who gets to drive a commercial truck for a living in the U.S.
84. Just in Time for Holidays, a Bad Economic Mood
- Wednesday, October 26, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans say they feel worse about the economy than they have since the depths of the Great Recession. And it's a bad time for a bad mood because households are starting to make their holiday budgets.
85. A Tasteful List
- Friday, October 14, 2011
A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still.
86. No Deal: NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season
- Wednesday, October 12, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.
There's a "gulf" that separates owners and players, and they will have to close it quickly to avoid further damage to the schedule.
87. Social Media, Mobile Tech on the Rise for Weddings
- Wednesday, October 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom's Facebook relationship change to "married."
88. TSC Brings ‘Something Wicked’ to Park
- Monday, October 03, 2011
The Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s season opens with an exploration of the human psyche amid war and supernatural intervention.
89. Last Borders Shoppers Wistful, Looking for Deals
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The scene this weekend at the last of the remaining Borders bookstores to close was more like a memorial service than a funeral. Shoppers reminisced fondly about their beloved bookseller rather than grieve its loss.
90. Coming Home
- Friday, September 09, 2011
MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. As you read this, I’m probably on the beach, keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you were so worried about a couple of days ago.
91. Retailers Post Strong June Sales
- Friday, July 08, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Colossal discounts enticed consumers to shop like it was 1999 last month. But higher prices ahead could cause the party to end soon.
Warm weather and discounts of up to 80 percent on summer merchandise helped retailers deliver the best revenue gains since June 1999 in what's typically the second-biggest shopping month of the year. But pressure on stores to pass along higher costs for everything from clothing and handbags to food has raised concerns that the momentum may not continue heading into the busy back-to-school shopping season.
92. Will’s Wisdom
- Friday, June 17, 2011
THE STILL-WISE WILL ROGERS. I share a sense of humor with Gene the stockbroker. I look forward to his emails. Funny is funny, and what Gene sends me is sometimes spit-out-your-coffee funny. I hasten to add they’re never about stock portfolios. They aren’t funny.
93. DuBois Pioneer In Biz Media
- Friday, June 17, 2011
When Barney DuBois helped spearhead the launch of the Memphis Business Journal in 1979, he had no way of knowing that his efforts would forever change the media landscape in the Mid-South.
94. American Express Rolling out First Prepaid Card
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – American Express is rolling out its first prepaid card aimed at the general market on Tuesday as it moves to stake a claim in the growing industry.
The announcement marks a notable departure for the company, which is known for catering to a more affluent clientele with its signature green charge cards.
95. Aflac Duck's New Voice From Minn. Sales Manager
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Aflac is betting a sales manager from Minnesota has the voice to drive the name "Aflac" into the recesses of your brain and keep it there.
Daniel McKeague, 36, a father of three from Hugo, Minn., beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the reinsurance company's duck mascot.
96. Day of Reckoning
- Friday, April 22, 2011
Memphis and Shelby County governments are in the process of taking a hard look at the benefits they’ve promised to start paying their several thousand employees once they retire – payments the employees will then get for the rest of their lives.
97. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Probably Doomed
- Thursday, April 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama revisited a key campaign promise when he hosted a White House meeting of elected officials and experts on immigration. But if a major overhaul of the nation's immigration policy is his goal, Republicans in Congress say he shouldn't hold his breath.
98. GM CEO Says Discounts Helped Sell More Cars in Q1
- Wednesday, April 20, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson said he doesn't regret the company's decision to increase spending on rebates and other deals earlier this year even though it has contributed to the company's tumbling stock price.
99. TSC Takes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Outside
- Monday, April 18, 2011
It has given Memphis the best of Shakespeare’s clowns, soldiers and politicians, and now the Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will add lovers to the list, presenting “Romeo and Juliet” in a new outdoor venue.
100. A Shared Journey
- Friday, April 15, 2011
True North. My oldest big brother fell recently. He took a header off the basement steps and landed on his hip. He lives in the Adirondacks, 15 miles from any group of anything larger than four, if you don’t count critters. His wife can’t pick him up, and their two labs, well-trained as they are, can’t fetch an orthopedist.