News - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Memphis Sands Aquifer Lawsuit: The US Supreme Court denied Mississippi’s appeal of a lower court ruling on rights to the water source that sits under us. In short: Tennessee and MLG&W won. More from Eyewitness News, WMC, the Commercial Appeal.
Memphis Animal Shelter: While Mayor A C Wharton was able to fire shelter Director Earnest Alexander, three other top employees have been on paid suspension during the investigation into problems there.
Shelby County: The County Head Start program received $1.6 million for fighting infant mortality. Wal-Mart is teaming up with the Health Department to offer free H1N1 flu vaccines; a list of participating stores. A look at various programs and initiatives to fight unhealthy lifestyles.
MCS Funding: The Memphis City Council is preparing to make cuts to find the money to pay the Memphis Schools system.
Memphis Fire Department: Eyewitness News uncovers a double standard in obtaining certifications for firefighters.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton: WREG’s Mike Matthews interviews the mayor on criticisms of his management style, especially at the Animal Shelter.
Navy Corpsman Xin Qi: The Commercial Appeal has a little bit more on the Cordovan’s death in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Harold Ford Jr: Ford continues to criticise senior NY Senator Charles Schumer and calls junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a “parakeet”.
Business: Sitel has trimmed over 400 employees, although more than half were seasonal workers; more in the Business Journal, WREG and the Commecial Appeal. Medtronic is buying Italian firm Invatec, maker of stents and vein-opening balloons. Surface Dynamics will build a $5 million facility in Bartlett, thanks to a PILOT.
Delta Air Lines: They are spending $1 billion to upgrade their aircraft.
Smith & Nephew: They have closed the deal on the former Harrah’s HQ building on Goodlett Farms Road.
American Advertising Federation: The local chapter will host a luncheon on Thursday with James Edward Datri, their national president, as keynote speaker.
Mississippi: A report from Iraq and the MS Army National Guard unit posted there. The Clarksdale Animal Shelter was raided over the weekend and will likely be permanently closed; its director, Cathy Phelps, has resigned. More from WMC and again, WREG.
Methodist University Hospital: Their innovative “cooling therapy” for heart patients will be extended to their other local facilities.
UPDATED: Main Street Journal January 2010 Issue: County Commissioner Mike Ritz The MED offers some avenues for The MED to explore. Publisher Jonathan Lindberg looks into health care reform. Also, Joe Saino asks if you’ve ever done any boondoggling? The Table of Contents is here.
Regional Medical Center Funding: The Shelby County Commission voted to give them $10 million. Which will keep The MED funded until June 30. They will again ask the State to help with funding. More from WREG and the Commercial Appeal. Next stop: The Memphis City Council.
Earthquakes: Scientists at the University of Memphis’ Center for Earthquake & Research Institute disagree with a new study saying the New Madrid Fault Zone is quieting down.
Memphis City Schools: The application process for student/school transfers opened Monday. More from WREG and the Commercial Appeal. The Daily News’ Bill Dries previews today’s City Council meeting and how the Council will go about paying MCS.
Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons: He met with US Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss juvenile crime and delinquency prevention.
Metro Charter Commission: They will begin work as task forces supplemented by citizens.
Politics: RedState’s Matthew Hurt handicaps the US 6th District race to replace Bart Gordon. And Ken Whitehouse scans the gubernatorial race for the Nashville CityPaper. How disheartened are the state’s Democrats?
BlueCross/BlueShield: Much more on the theft of 1.6 million files on 57 hard drives. Half-a-million customers may be at risk; the company is offering them credit monitoring. No signs of identity theft yet.
Tea Party Nation: Another sponsor, the National Precinct Alliance, has withdrawn support from the upcoming convention “amid growing controversy”.
St Jude Children’s Hospital: They are teaming up with Washington University School of Medicine to sequence the genomes of hundreds of children with pediatric cancer. More from Fox13, the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal.
Desoto County: A MS Department of Transportation meeting on light rail and public busses as alternative transportation only drew a dozen interested people. Republican State Senator Alan Nunnelle kicked off his campaign against Democrat and current 1st District Rep. Travis Childers in Southaven.
Science and Trust: The Daily News talks with local scientists and researchers about the repercussions of Climategate and other science scandals on their work.
Tennessee Supreme Court Board of Professional Responsibility: They publicly censured to Memphis attorneys — Paul Forrest Craig and Lenal Anderson.
Ripley: The Daily News travels to the seat of Lauderdale County to examine its efforts to keep alive in the face of many problems.
Previously Posted: More on the state’s frighteningly high rate of bacterial infection among the sick already in hospitals.
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|She’s travelling in New Zealand and went bungee jumping; from Life Is Awesome by Mary Thompson. © 2010. Click here to see the whole incredible sequence!|
Opinion and Blogs
Persian Pit Bull: Travelling to Daytona for a wedding, with pictures. And then the wedding itself. And more pictures!
short + rose: Make your own peanut butter chocolate cups and rice pudding.
The Conservative Zone: Air America finally goes away.
The Adventures of Pete Big Bear: A very Memphis weekend indeed!
One Half Amazing! Bob’s blog is growing and changing to suit you better!
Tennessee Conservative: Mick reviews N. T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus.
Chick Chat: Looking closely at women’s issues in The Vagina Monologues. (via the Commercial Appeal)
A Right Perspective: Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts should be a wake-up call for Democrats. (via the Commercial Appeal)
moremittenz: When people from very different social scenes collide.
Memphis Matters: A handful of short vignettes on why people fall for Memphis.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Your odd but useful advice for the day: Videotape yourself swimming.
LeftWing Cracker: “It’s election season again.” Seems like it never ends.
Just A Girl in the World: Three-day weekends, Irish guys, brunch and intoxicating colognes, and the return of Mr Risky Business. Then, it’s Saturday 2, with more Irish men, much drinking and yes, Mr Risky Business is back.
16 Balls in the Air: Ole’ Blue Eyes is fearless and joyful. And loves his dog.
55-40 Memphis: Your deep thought for the day.
Squeaky Wheel Seeks Grease: Gun safety should always yield to common sense and responsibility.
The Suggs: It’s OK, y’all go ahead and brag.
Bigger Than Your Head: The wine of the week.
Blue Collar Republicans: Catching Republican 8th District candidate Steve Fincher in a tight spot.
Born-Again Hippies: Thoughts on President Obama, new Senator Scott Brown and the people of Massachusetts.
Dining With Monkeys: A friendly review of Central BBQ from Team Oster.
Haaaaave You Read My Blog? If you are using any of the passwords on this list then you need to change it ASAP!
Jen-sized: Her blog got hacked hard and she has some advice for ya.
(Lang Wiseman) Random Thoughts: A pair of quizzes with a point attached.