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VOL. 123 | NO. 102 | Friday, May 23, 2008

‘Not Guilty’ Eclipses Week of Ford Trial Highlights

Outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Hardy Mays Wednesday afternoon, reporters waiting for word of a verdict in the Edmund Ford federal corruption trial reflected on memorable phrases uttered during the court proceedings.

Lamar Ave. Hotel Developer Struggles for Approval

Local cab business owner Jay Kumar has tried for two years to build an upscale, 35-room motel along Lamar Avenue, a project for which he estimates spending $2.5 million. And because he temporarily failed to get the final approval from city officials that he needed this week, he’s still trying.

Church of Scientology Sold, Will Be Converted to Home

The Midtown property housing the Church of Scientology Mission of Memphis at 1440 Central Ave. has sold for $635,487 to David Slaughter, the church’s trustee or “mission holder,” and Bennetta Slaughter, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

Masson Ready to Direct Shelby Farms’ Future

Rick Masson said he is humbled by his new position as the first permanent executive director of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages roughly two-thirds of the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park. He begins the post July 1.

Jobless Claims Drop To Four-Week Low

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid off workers filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest level in a month.

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EVENTS

Memphis in May will present the 2008 AutoZone Sunset Symphony Saturday at Tom Lee Park. The park will open at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or www.memphisinmay.org. Tickets also are available for $8 at the gate.

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Legislature Passes $27B Budget, Adjourns for Year

NASHVILLE (AP) – The state Legislature adjourned for the year after lawmakers passed a $27 billion state budget that cuts jobs and education and health care spending to fill a nearly half-billion-dollar revenue shortfall.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 79 396 11,921
MORTGAGES 90 443 13,870
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 10 70 1,928
BUILDING PERMITS 191 975 25,139
BANKRUPTCIES 56 289 7,762
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 184 4,083
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 166 4,847
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 81 2,625

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