VOL. 117 | NO. 57 | Friday, March 21, 2003
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus
bankruptcy reform measure Wednesday, the seventh time such a measure has passed
in recent years. The bipartisan vote was 315-113, with 90 Democrats supporting
the bill. The bill (H.R. 975), which is virtually identical to last year's
conference report, now heads to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.
Floor debate before the final vote focused on themes
familiar to followers of the bill's history over the past three Congresses.
Proponents argued the bill would address overdue abuses and close loopholes
exploited by wealthy debtors who are gaming the system. Opponents criticized
the harsh effect of the bill's means test and other provisions affecting debtors.
Opponents also said the bill passed at a bad time due to the
impact of rising unemployment in the current down economy.
Memphis film forum
debuts at Malco Thursday
The Memphis film forum brings actor Morgan Freeman to
Memphis for the Memphis International Film Festival 4, which runs Thursday
through March 30 at Overton Square.
The festival opens at Malcos Studio on the Square with
Freemans newest film, Levity, which also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Holly
Hunter and Kirsten Dunst.
The screening also includes a retrospective of Freemans
work, sponsored by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television
Freeman will attend the opening night screening, which will
be followed by a question-and-answer session for festival pass holders.
Festival passes are available for $75 through the Memphis Film Forum office,
The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. on MIFF 4 screen A at
Studio On The Square.
Lenten series continues
with out-of-town guests
Calvary Episcopal Churchs 80th Lenten Noonday Preaching
Series continues next week, and its counterpart the Waffle Shop marks its
75th anniversary this year of feeding the men, women and children who take part
in the lunchtime tradition.
Volunteers from churches nationwide come to the church
throughout the series which runs through April 11 to cook, serve and host
in the Waffle Shop.
Services take place weekdays from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.
at the church, 102 N. Second St. Lunch is available daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. in the Waffle Shop downstairs.
Speakers through the end of March are: the Very Rev. Nathan
D. Baxter, dean of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.,
Monday; the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors, associate pastor at Idlewild
Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tuesday; the Rev. Sanders L. Willson, senior
pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Wednesday; the Very Rev. James
B. Lemler, dean and president of Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, Ill.,
Thursday through March 28; Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El
Scholar-in-Residence at the Congregation of Emanu-El in San Francisco, March
Tribute lunch to feature
Schwab Foundation leader
The Womens Foundation for a Greater Memphis presents the
2003 Tribute Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 25 at The Peabody.
Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, Charles Schwab Corporation
Foundation president, is the luncheon speaker. She established and now heads
the Womens Investing Network.
For tickets, call Courtney Staub or Darcy LaFountain,