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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

 
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Calkins: After a year of emptiness, baseball has returned to AutoZone Park
 

Sure, there was a rain delay. But after 610 days and nights without baseball in Memphis, what’s another two hours? It was a wet (but glorious!) night at AutoZone Park as the Redbirds made their return. 

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Update
Masks, restrictions likely up to best judgment come May 15
 

Mayor Harris is gathering more advice this week, including hearing from the municipal mayors. 

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Update
Davis confirmed as new Memphis Police chief
 

Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis became the new leader of the Memphis Police Department Tuesday, May 4, in a council vote that was almost unanimous.

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Memphis City Council opposes Scott Street closure
 

Council unanimously approves a resolution opposing the proposed configuration that would eliminate Scott Street’s southern connection to Poplar Avenue.

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City Council, pipeline companies working out terms of truce
 

On Tuesday, both sides in the pipeline dispute agreed to put their actions on hold until July.

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TRA softball team powering its way into the postseason
 

Time spent in the weight room has transformed Rebels’ offensive production.

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Germantown Planning Commission approves second water tower
 

Germantown Planning Commission moved the city’s second water tower forward. The commission spent most of the 35-minute meeting discussing art guidelines.

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City shuffles mix of bonds for Accelerate Memphis slate
 

The council also approved a new seven-year lease between the city and the Withers Collection Inc., which has been behind on its rent.

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Update
City revs up vaccination effort with chance to win Camaro
 

Or a Chevy Colorado, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Altima

The sweepstakes is open to any Shelby County resident who has received any coronavirus immunization, including those who have only received one shot.

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Landmarks Commission won't control Crosstown Mound for five years
 

The council approved the larger Crosstown overlay district without the 9-acre mound Tuesday, May 4, in the first of several votes on the blueprint for control of design standards by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

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Arlington approves first reading of town's FY22 budget
 

Arlington officials approved the new fiscal year budget on first reading, increasing the amount by $1.3 million. The property tax rate will be decided late next month.

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State approves Collierville Virtual Academy
 

Collierville Virtual Academy prepares to move forward offering off-campus learning for the 2021-22 school year after its application was approved by the state.

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Recruiting notebook: Tigers shift focus to Syracuse forward
 

The Tigers are pursuing a big in the transfer portal while two of their commitments are shining on the travel circuit.

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Archimania's 'World Changing Idea’: Make Cooper St. a carbon-neutral corridor
 

The firm has run a yearlong experiment after buying and renovating a 64-year-old Midtown building for its new office. It concludes that spending the money to make an older building zero-energy, zero-carbon pays off sooner than you may think.

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Calkins: Dancing back to No. 1
 

How Memphis POM regained its place as the best dance team in the land

After an eight-year drought, Memphis Pom won a national championship in hip-hop. The inside story of how Memphis reclaimed its spot atop the dance universe.

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Former Louisville standout to lead Lausanne girls hoops
 

Sara Hammond holds the Louisville career record for most NCAA Tournament games.

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U of M to recognize graduates at Liberty Bowl
 

Graduates and guests must arrive one hour before the ceremony start time. Health protocols will be in place.

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Horrell named Southwest Tennessee Superintendent of the Year
 

Lakeland Schools System Superintendent Ted Horrell has been named the 2021 Southwest Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.

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Coronavirus: New cases drop below 90
 

About 800 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, as of Monday, according to state data.

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Herrington: Yes, the Grizzlies are in a funk. Good luck figuring out why
 

The issues seem innumerable, and the solutions few and far between.

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UTHSC offering free, addiction symposium online
 

Two-hour event looks at issue from multiple perspectives.

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US to shift vaccines amid waning demand
 

The change from a by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines has dropped nationwide.

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New evidence surfaces in 16-year-old murder case
 

Vern Braswell, a former elementary school principal, has been in prison for 16 years after being convicted of killing his wife. New evidence has surfaced that his supporters hope is enough to get him released or a new trial. 

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Opinion: Memphis should invest in blighted housing
 

Blighted properties cost the city, rather than bringing in tax revenue. The city pays dearly for police, fire, board-up, lot clearing and other services required for abandoned properties.

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Controversial protest measure stalls in legislature
 

A bill that would give drivers immunity for hitting protesters in some instances is not moving forward this year.

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Special Report
The Politics of Phonics: Phonics fundamentalists and balanced literacy true believers
 

Most educators agree reading instruction in the earliest grades should include phonics, but that’s where the disagreements begin.

 
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The Politics of Phonics: How a skill becomes a law
 
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Business
 
Hollywood-scale film lot planned for Memphis
 

The application states that the 85-acre filmmaking studio will rival any facility in Hollywood, Atlanta or London.

 
Memphis airport offers new flights to Mexico
 
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Sports
 
Box score: Grizzlies 109, Raptors 99
 

May 8, 2021: Grizzlies 109, Raptors 99

Related story:

Jackson starts, Melton catches fire as Grizzlies beat Raptors

 
Memphis men's tennis defeats Ga. Tech, advances at NCAAs
 
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Food
 
What? You heard: Whataburger is coming back to the metro area
 

Whataburger is coming back to the Mid-South: One will open in Southaven in late 2021.

 
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Suburbs
 
Lakeland approves initial phase of Athletic Park construction
 

Lakeland moves forward on initial phase of its athletic complex with two soccer fields and a parking lot.

 
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Neighborhoods
 
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Whoa. Careful. Mind the 'baby grass' at Overton Park, please
 

Careful where you step, please. Baby grass is growing on the Overton Park golf course.

 
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Arts & Culture
 
Oh, snap: This week's best photos
 

Our favorite images feature the outdoors, except for a picture of barbecue but hey, it’s barbecue and this is Memphis so we roll with it.

 
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Opinion
 
Letter to the Editor: Moving Juneteenth from Church Park dishonors a Black hero
 

“Redemption” cannot be obtained by moving the Juneteenth celebration from Church Park to Health Science Park.

 
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Podcasts
 
PAC, Salinas to bring 'Fuerza' to state's Latino Democrats
 

On The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, the two-time Democratic nominee for the Tennessee General Assembly talks about the new Latino Democratic political action committee Fuerza, for which she serves on the board.

 
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