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VOL. 117 | NO. 57 | Friday, March 21, 2003

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House passes

House approves

bankruptcy bill

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 Commission.

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, 273-0014.

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 31.


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, 578-9346.

PROPERTY SALES 69 357 17,741
MORTGAGES 66 403 20,438
BUILDING PERMITS 208 696 36,641
BANKRUPTCIES 52 210 11,374