News - Monday, May 10, 2010
University of Memphis: Devin Jefferson was convicted of felony murder in the death of football player and student Taylor Bradford. More reports from WREG, WMC, Eyewitness News and Fox13. Bradford’s mother speaks; more from Eyewitness News. Spring 2010 was the largest commencement in the school’s history.
Memphis Police Department: A thin appearance of impropriety between a cop and a company doing business with the department.
Shelby County: The Commercial Appeal, focusing on the new Republicans on the County Commission, calls the incoming Commission “cantankerous”. The current Commission meets today. A dispute on County v. City-County funding of the schools and their districts.
Flooding: Last week’s floods disrupted rail service into Memphis; some may be out six weeks. Free legal advice is available for flood victims. US Senator Lamar Alexander is still criticising the US Army Corps of Engineers for their handling of some dam overflows. The Tennessean has a special report on how they did their job. FEMA help is on the way. A second shelter and a third shelter have been opened for victims of the flooding. The Sunday night update from Shelby County EMA.
Memphis in May: In the wake of a disastrous Beale Street Music Festival, the Daily News looks at “where it’s been and how it’s doing”.
Politics: The magic powers of the National Rifle Association. Did their meeting with Republicans really matter? US Representative Steve Cohen has introduced legislation that would limit the size of banks. When is a tax not a tax? A sneak preview of the Republican plan for the State’s budget.
Main Street Journal May 2010 Issue: Table of Contents is here. Editor and publisher Jonathan Lindberg hopes you remembered: On Voting.
Main Street Journal: Jonathan Devin tries to wrap his head around the gender-swapped production of Julius Caesar from the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
David Kernell: The convicted hacker would be retried on the one mistrial-ed charge if defense attorneys get retrials on his two convictions.
Aerotropolis: The Memphis Airport Area Development Corporation has chosen a consulting firm to complete a commercial corridor feasibility study.
The Streets: Parts of Poplar near Ridgeway and Yates will experience lane closures off and on this week.
Mississippi: Using recycled hair to clean up the Gulf oil spill. More from WREG. Governor Haley Barbour wants six counties in north MS declared Federal disaster areas. Timber damage estimated at $3.7 million.
Fayette County: A school closing has set off a debate on desegregation.
Business: The cotton industry is wrestiling with “sustainable” v. “organic” lables. Simon Property Group has dropped its bid for its rival mall owner. Last week was hard on Memphis’ publicly traded companies. Rum Boogie willl celebrate their 25th anniversary next month.
Levitt Shell: Last year’s successful schedule is being tossed aside this year.
Center City Commission: The keynote speaker at their annual luncheon this Summer will be former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin.
Survey Says: A Brookings Institution report calls Memphis a troubled “Industrial Core” community.
Arkansas: The president of Arkansas State University, Les Wyatt, is resigning.
Real Estate: More on the revenue and FFO gains for Mid-America Apartment Communities. Lyons Ridge Apartments, next to Carver High, will be “affordable senior housing” built from former public housing.
DeSoto County: A report from this year’s successful Mayfest in Olive Branch. A new anti-smoking law won’t change anything for two sports venues. Some up-and-coming bands wll be part of next weekend’s Hernando A’Fair. Toyota responds to the allegations from L&T Construction. More on the eCitation police ticketing system.
Census 2010: Response in Memphis still lags both state and national rates.
Picture of the Day
|Sylvie and her hat enjoy the weekend sun, from La Vie Quotidienne by Marilyn. © 2010.|
Opinion and Blogs
I Love Memphis: A buttery thumbs up for High Point Pizza. Combining FourSquare and National Tourism Week for savings.
Joe Spake’s Weblog: Getting to Memphis beyond the celebrity stuff.
Brain Release Valve: Why a book is perfect.
Barefoot in Memphis: On yard sales and pet peeves.
artbutcher: Heh-heh, we’re famous-makers here.
Andrew Earles: He’s decided to “re-learn” guitar but now he’s waffling on which guitar….
16 Balls in the Air: Why mothers matter.
Can’t Stop: Team McGraw makes the Big Time!
Commontaries: Rethinking Joe Ford.
Cute Stew: Sunday is for relaxing. (Might be NSFW because of one word in one image.)
Dining with Monkeys: Reintroducing the monkeys to buffet dining with the New Nam King on Summer.
Norococo: Another convert to Jerry’s Sno Cones.
Scribblescrawl: Baby Avan has a tiring day getting photographed. Your daily quotient of cute.
Urf! He has completed the unnamed writing project.
Mediaverse: New mother and her beautiful baby. Those eyes!
Former Mean Girl Seeks Same: The was the year of “the child” and her calendar is running out.
Downtown Memphis Download: A pair of reports from the Beale Street Music Fest last weekend. From Rebecca and (much longer) from Brian. With tons of pictures, too.
Fertile Ground: Community-supported agriculture has filled their pantry.
Just A Girl in the World: She goes to a Planned Parenthood party and gets star-struck. Twice!
MAKE IT HAPPEN: An interesting definition of “successful wife” for a beautiful day in Memphis.
Jackson Sun: Weather forced their newspaper to turn to other means of reaching their audience.
Memphis News: It’s time to rethink Memphis in May.
Commercial Appeal: Farewell to Judge Ann Pugh. Criticising the lobbyists they don’t agree with. Opposing “illogical, meaningless and wrong” votes when they don’t agree with them. Imperfect government surveillance and tracking is still good. But your rights shouldn’t be abridged, either.
Otis L. Sanford: The SEC went too far in its media crackdown.
Chris Peck: What’s he’s not saying is that mothers and kids also need fathers.
Gary Shorb: A partisan for local government reform argues for the Metro Charter Commission.
Kaylee Allen: A personal plea for more foster parents, especially for older children.
Wendi C. Thomas: The child of an immigrant suppoorts immigration reform.
Richard Locker: He doesn’t understand why legislators, during the worst recession and unemployment crises of the modern era, won’t impose new taxes and fees.
Geoff Calkins: Moms.