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The Spirit of Memphis
 
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The Spirit of Memphis is strong, especially in a mother who managed to graduate from college 32 years later than planned and another mom who gave birth while in a coma. 

St. Jude Research Hospital leaders believe in the city, planning a $11.5 billion investment that will generate lots of jobs.

And the Chris Hope Foundation, founded by a UPS driver, provides housing for families of patients at St. Jude and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. 

As usual, athletes, ranging from a high school baseball player to the U of M men’s basketball team, are full of can-do attitude.

And talk about attitude: Al Green rolls up his sleeve to get vaccinated and urges others to do the same.

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Thirty-two years ago after quitting nursing school in her final semester, Penny Williams earned her RN degree in one of the first in-person commencement exercises in Memphis in more than a year.

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When Susie Espinosa went to the emergency room last May, she prayed she’d be home to her three children soon. Instead, she spent eight weeks in a coma. Her recovery — supported by an ICU nurse who’s also a mom — is a testament to the power of perseverance and love.

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People rolled their eyes when Arnold Perl said FedExForum would be built on time and on budget. And he was right. Perl died this week at the age of 81. He leaves behind a better and more optimistic city.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching its largest strategic investment in its nearly six decades in Memphis. 

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The Watts became a St. Jude family in 2018 when their daughter, now 4 years old, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Penny Hardaway hopes the Tigers will be able to build on what they achieved in tumultuous time.

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Best friend wants to honor Tim McCormack, who started taping ankles and cheering the team from the sideline in 1972.

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Junior shortstop Galvin Sims Jr. has plenty of pop at the plate and a flashy game that has attracted plenty of interest.

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Former assistant Ben Pirmann took charge of 901 FC in September and guided it to historic victories in two of its final three games.

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The venerable Al Green shows his comedic side while getting his second vaccination shot Thursday at Saint Francis, then woos others to follow suit.

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