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VOL. 129 | NO. 178 | Friday, September 12, 2014

Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

Mob Effect

Poplar Plaza attack, response highlight host of civic issues

For much of the week after the Saturday, Sept. 6, mob attack at the Poplar Plaza shopping center, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has resolutely kept his focus on the incident.

Legal Issues Await Mob Attack Investigation

Memphis police could make more arrests in the Poplar Plaza mob attack, but investigators believe they have the teenagers who started the riot on the parking lot of the Kroger supermarket Saturday, Sept. 6, that injured three people.

Pain Treatment Center to Open Second Locale

Comprehensive Pain Specialists, a national player in the field of medical pain treatment centers from Nashville, has signed a lease for 4,713 square feet in Healthcare Realty Trust’s building at 8000 Wolf River Blvd.

Rain Brings Flash Flooding, Evacuations and Damage

Shelby County emergency responders began totaling up the damage from flooding Thursday, Sept. 11, across the county following a morning of rain.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 46%

EVENTS

ANF Architects will host an opening night reception for the Memphis Camera Club’s “Places We Worship” Friday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ANF, 1500 Union Ave. Visit anfa.com.

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Council Bogs Down in Health Insurance Numbers

When Memphis City Council members meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, they will still be considering alternatives to the health care insurance plan changes they approved in June.

Education Secretary Calls for System-Wide Reforms

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saw much that he liked in Memphis Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the end of his three-day “back to school” bus tour of schools in three states.

SPORTS

Cardinals Finding Way Back to Playoffs

Everyone always says the expectations are highest in their clubhouse. But when the St. Louis Cardinals say it, well, it has a certain depth. The past decade has seen seven playoff trips and two World Series championships. And this season, the Cardinals are hunting their fourth straight Red October.

Wade: NFL Has Addiction Problem

Wading in with thoughts on several topics … So a former FBI director will investigate how the NFL handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case – the tape that commissioner Roger Goodell says he never saw until recently – and here’s what I wonder about the state of our society:

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

At the Counter

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control.

Door Opener or Doorstop

When I talk with millennials who have recently graduated from college, one thing is clear: They’re struggling to figure out what exactly to do next.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Haslam to Swear in Lee as Tennessee Chief Justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam plans to preside over an investiture ceremony for Sharon Lee as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court in Knoxville next week.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

RadioShack Warns of Possible Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) – RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can't rework its debt or find another way to ease a cash crunch.

Applications for US Unemployment Rise to 315,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

US Budget Deficit Dips to $128.7 Billion in August

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government ran a lower budget deficit this August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008.

Lawmakers to High Court: Protect Pregnant Workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty. They say the protections are needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

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