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VOL. 35 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 8, 2011

Locked out?

Millions at stake as NFL cities face work stoppage, loss of revenue

It’s easy to dismiss the NFL lockout as billionaire owners vs. millionaire players. What’s more difficult is having sympathy for either side.

Business lessons from Fab Four

When local real estate guru Richard Courtney followed his dream of writing about his passion, The Beatles, out came a book about passion, business acumen and life lessons that surprised even those close to the Fab Four.

Business bankruptcies on decline

The large number of business bankruptcies handled by local law firms is on the decline, a possible sign of an improving economy. However, the number of personal bankruptcy cases continues to rise.

GREEN BUSINESS

LEED certification pays off in occupancy

Big industrial developments often inspire people to sit up and take notice. But “wow” doesn’t always translate to signed leases.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

The 37th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is set for Thursday, 7-8:30 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and the Nashville Choir will be featured. Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Rom Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell also will participate. Tickets: $35, $350 for table of 10. Information: tennesseeprayerbreakfast.com

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GET A JOB!

Internships offer key advantages

Gaining an advantage over the competition is important in business. It also is also important in obtaining a job. Whether you are looking for a first-time job a new employer, working as an intern can help you land a job with an employer of choice.

NEWSMAKERS

VUMC’s Pinson named to health care honor roll

C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System, was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of the “130 Hospital and Healthcare System CEOs to Know.”

I SWEAR

OMG! OED likes initialisms

Never let it be said that the “Oxford English Dictionary” staff is unaware that some people want to mark themselves as – well, what would the word be?

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

From a shark tale to strawberry mousse

It was “Shark Week” at our house earlier this month. “The Most Dangerous Catch.” “Jaws.” “The Shark Tank.” If it had to do with sharks, Don and I were on a high alert.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Bill to require photo ID from voters passes House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots passed the House on Thursday despite a legal opinion from the state's attorney general that the Republican-led effort would violate the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

Bill to allow guns on campus clears House panel

NASHVILLE (AP) — A measure to allow faculty and staff to carry handguns on the campuses of Tennessee's public colleges and universities cleared its first legislative committee on Wednesday.

Wine bill fails in House subcommittee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A House subcommittee has rejected a proposal to allow Tennessee supermarkets to sell wine.

Attorney General: Voter ID requirement unconstitutional

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Attorney General Bob Cooper has issued a legal opinion that a Republican-led effort to require photo identification to vote would violate the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

Bill to ban pets in drivers' laps fails in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A bill seeking to ban pets from riding in drivers' laps has failed for the year.

Bid to eliminate Tenn. motorcycle helmet law fails

NASHVILLE (AP) — The latest effort to rescind Tennessee's motorcycle helmet law for adult riders has failed for the year.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville plans to be 'greenest' city in Southeast

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has announced a plan to make Nashville the "greenest" city in the southeast.

Nashville radio tower gets historic designation

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville radio tower for WSM that has broadcast the Grand Ole Opry since the 1930s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

REAL ESTATE

Gov't orders 14 lenders to reimburse homeowners

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Wednesday ordered 16 of the nation's largest mortgage lenders and servicers to reimburse homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon. -

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Oil slips to near $106 as traders book profits

Oil prices slid toward $106 a barrel Thursday as traders booked profits on recent gains, but remained well supported on indications that the two-month crude rally hasn't yet undermined consumer demand.

Processing delays slow foreclosure activity in 1Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lender processing delays reduced the number of U.S. homes taken back by banks in the first three months of the year and contributed to a sharp drop in properties entering the foreclosure process.

US economic stress eased in February

Thanks to lower unemployment and fewer bankruptcies, the nation's economic stress edged down in February as all but five states strengthened from January, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis.

BP faces protests at shareholder meeting in London

LONDON (AP) — BP's annual shareholder meeting got off to a rowdy start on Thursday as crowds of protesters watched over by police held noisy demonstrations outside the venue.

Hasbro 1st-quarter profit drops 71 percent

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Toy maker Hasbro Inc. said Thursday its first-quarter profit tumbled 71 percent as weakness persisted in games, puzzles and its girls' toy lines. The company also invested in new product development and spent on staffing its joint-venture TV station.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Obama: Cut spending, raise taxes on the wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama coupled a call for $4 trillion in long-term deficit reductions with a blistering attack on Republican plans for taxes, Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, laying down markers for a roiling debate in Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign to come.

Congress voting Thursday on budget-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are ready to vote on legislation cutting almost $40 billion from the budget for the current year, but President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are both eager to move on to multiyear fiscal plans that cut trillions instead of billions.

Watchdog: Treasury risks overpaying law firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department paid out more than $27 million to law firms overseeing the financial bailouts without requiring detailed bills or questioning the incomplete records that the lawyers provided, a government watchdog says.

Poll: Are your taxes fair? Most say yes

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the complaining this time of year, most Americans actually think the taxes they pay are fair.

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