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The Week in Review


There’s some resolution for a pair of Memphis-Shelby County Schools executives who had been under internal investigation for their conduct. The district announced Friday that John Barker, the district’s deputy superintendent for strategic operations and finance, is retiring. It also said Yolanda Martin, the district’s chief of human resources, is resigning. In announcing their departures, the district said it did not find any evidence of wrongdoing. 

The Twitter meltdown has been a sight to see — especially when viewing via Twitter. But if the social media platform suffers a partial or even total breakdown, its ramifications will be felt widely. In a pair of stories this week, The Daily Memphian looks at the vacuum Twitter could leave behind, especially as it relates to the way law enforcement and other official entities communicate information. 

In another set of stories, The Daily Memphian looks at problems within the state Department of Children’s Services, specifically from the perspective of its workers and the foster parents who support it. Staffers say they’re overworked and underpaid and describe a stressful environment, light on training but heavy on responsibility. 

And whether you’ve been listening to Christmas music since Nov. 1, or you’re hardcore against the idea of celebrating before the turkey is carved, the Whitehaven Christmas parade marched on this weekend. The beloved event — iced out by COVID-19 since 2019 — marks the beginning of the holiday season. Despite the tumultuous times the city has recently faced, Whitehaven resident and parade attendee Antonio Small said it was a good reminder of the strong sense of community at the heart of the Whitehaven area and the city of Memphis. — Metro editor Jane Donahoe

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What the new Twitter landscape will look like, if the platform survives its present challenges, has some concerned over its effectiveness as an information platform. 

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