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From one Memphian to all the others: Welcome home

You’re reading the first issue of The Daily Memphian. This is no small thing. The people, the effort, the money and resources that had to come together to make this possible cannot be underestimated. But now we’re here.

Cost of traffic fines, fees limiting opportunities for thousands of Memphians

About 18,000 times each year, the state of Tennessee suspends the driver’s license of a Shelby County resident for failure to pay traffic fines and fees, according to data obtained by the nonprofit advocacy organization Just City. A disproportionate number of those drivers are black, making the fines a social justice issue, said Just City executive director Josh Spickler.


Logistics industry relieved as Lamar construction approaches

It’s hard to say who’s happier to see light at the end of the tunnel for the Lamar corridor’s infamous gridlock. Is it owners and operators of trucks that clog the commercial artery and feeder streets, burning fuel, polluting air, wasting drivers’ time and slowing the movement of goods?

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Opinion

By Otis Sanford

Sanford’s goals: Inform, enlighten and provoke (when necessary)

It was unusually cold in Memphis – even for the dead of winter – with a couple inches of fresh snow on the ground when I checked in at the metro desk of The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 10, 1977, for my first day as a general assignment reporter. My initial assignment, of course, was to write a weather story. Then as now, even a minor snowfall is a serious disruptor in Memphis and front-page news.

By Michael Nelson

Author appearing Monday urges free speech – even on college campuses

“Liberal science” is one of those terms that sort of makes sense after somebody takes 10 minutes to explain it but seems baffling on first hearing. Is it an oxymoron – science isn’t supposed to be ideological, right? Or is it, as conservatives might fear, science from the left end of the political spectrum?

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