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The Week in Review

Metro - Spirit of Memphis
 
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This month, a “little” Downtown institution got a closer look, the Memphis Zoo has a new furry friend, and Jared Boyd brought us a look into the history of one of Memphis’ most enduring rap anthems. All that, and more, below. 
 
 
Subscribers only A documentary on WKNO tells the Little Tea Shop's story
 

The restaurant serving Southern comfort food has been a Downtown institution for 102 years. 

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Subscribers only Young pup learns the truth: It's a zoo out there
 

North, a 1-year-old golden retriever, wears a bright yellow cape as he makes the rounds at the Memphis Zoo where curator Courtney Janney is training him to be a Canine Companions assistance dog.

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Trick competition convenes skaters, bikers, roller bladers
 

Artist David Yancy III invited extreme-sports athletes to Raleigh skatepark to encourage camaraderie and sportsmanship during the pandemic.

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Memphians for America sells out of flags, draws new volunteers
 

Leaders of the half-century-old organization, challenged by shrunken membership, expected Saturday's annual U.S. flag sale to be its last. But the customers had other ideas. 

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'Nobody Needs Nobody': Oral history of Memphis' enduring rap anthem
 

Memphis rap's impassioned ode, Playa Fly's 1998 single "Nobody," is arguably as popular today as it was more than 20 years ago. Artists and experts share the story behind its staying power.

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Subscribers only Vada was a ballplayer, I was a kid, and that was enough
 

A black baseball player near the end of his career and a white kid not old enough to drive a car. What could they possibly mean to one another? More than they could have imagined. 

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Cobblestone landing project will leave 160-year-old stones unturned
 

The design includes two pedestrian overlooks on the west side of Riverside Drive at Monroe and at Union and a six-foot-wide, wheelchair-accessible walkway on the eastern, upper edge of the landing between Court and Monroe.

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Musicians earn tips on virtual concerts with Crosstown Arts platform
 

Against the Grain offers Memphis-area musicians a place to post performance videos. The service has earned nearly 150 musicians a total of more than $19,000.

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Subscribers only Deepr app shines light on creators behind the music
 

Memphis native Austin Webster founded an app that recognizes the music users are listening to and uses the song’s credits to develop playlists based on the key songwriters, producers and contributors behind the scenes.

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