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VOL. 132 | NO. 195 | Monday, October 2, 2017

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U of M Law School Forum Tuesday on Confederate Monuments

City of Memphis chief legal officer Bruce McMullen and Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade will talk about the city’s efforts to remove Confederate monuments in city parks Tuesday, Oct. 3, during a panel discussion at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

The forum on the legal issues surrounding the controversy is sponsored by the law school and the Black Law Students Association. The panel also features state Sen. and law school professor Lee Harris and Tami Sawyer of Take Them Down 901, the group seeking the immediate removal of the monuments.

The discussion at 11:30 a.m. will be moderated by law school associate professor Daniel Kiel.

– Bill Dries

Royal Studios Releases Details of 60th Anniversary Events

Royal Studios has unveiled artist lineups and other details for two upcoming music events celebrating the famed studio’s 60th anniversary.

One is a free concert Oct. 14 at the Levitt Shell, the other a ticketed event Nov. 18 at the Orpheum Theatre. The Oct. 14 concert will celebrate some of the modern sounds of Memphis being recorded at the studio, with performances by Barbara Blue, Devil Train, Deering and Down, Joe Schicke, Gangsta Blac, Keia Johnson, Mike Doughty, Uriah, The Rusty Pieces, Lil Al and G Rube, and more.

The Nov. 18 bash at the Orpheum celebrating “Sixty Soulful Years” will include the Hi Rhythm performers as house band for the evening. Drummer and producer Steve Jordan will serve as the evening’s musical director, with other performers set to be announced soon.

– Andy Meek

Trenary Named to FAA’s Management Advisory Council

Phil Trenary, former CEO of Pinnacle Airlines and current Greater Memphis Chamber President & CEO, has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s 13-member Management Advisory Council (MAC).

The MAC advises the FAA's senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning, and regulatory matters. Created by the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996, the MAC meets quarterly.

MAC members serve three-year terms in a voluntary capacity and retain their public and private sector positions.

– Don Wade

Tigers’ Rupert Dismissed From Football Team

Safety Shaun Rupert has been dismissed from the University of Memphis football team, a statement from the university said, for a violation of team rules. The move comes after his arrest Thursday, Sept. 28, for stealing watches, an Xbox and a computer from another student’s apartment on May 25.

A Memphis police affidavit said Rupert was charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Rupert, a fifth-year senior from Montgomery, Alabama, had started the first three games of the 2017 season and made 14 tackles and intercepted one pass. His playing status going forward was uncertain after leaving the Southern Illinois game Sept. 23 with a significant injury.

Rupert confessed his role in the incident to investigators Thursday. A second man had not yet been charged.

– Don Wade

Fratelli’s Cafe Under New Ownership

Fratelli’s Café, the eatery inside Memphis Botanic Garden, has a new owner. Kris Shelby has become the sole proprietor of the lunchtime café, which specializes in fresh soups, salads and sandwiches.

Shelby says she wants to expand the menu with new soups and desserts as well as a few gourmet coffee options. On the catering side, she plans to focus more on box lunches and getting the word out that Fratelli’s delivers.

She’s also in the process of freshening the look of the cafe.

“Being situated between the water garden and the sculpture garden, Fratelli’s Café has some of the most amazing and lush views that you can find in the city,” Shelby said in a release. “Over the next few months, I plan on continuing to incorporate plants and garden-themed items into the restaurant to give it a fresh look."

Fratelli’s was founded by Sabine Bachmann and Malcolm Aste and originally was located Downtown at 513 S. Front St. The cafe moved to Memphis Botanic Garden in 2004.

– Daily News staff

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