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1. Dilemma for Fed chief: High inflation and a surging virus -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long ago, anticipation was high that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell might begin to sketch out a plan this week for the Fed to start pulling back on its support for an economy that has been steadily strengthening.

2. New challenge for the Powell Fed: A strengthening economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past year, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has expressed a wish for more rescue spending from Congress, better control of the viral pandemic and clear evidence of an improving economy.

3. Common sense caves in fight with ‘God-given liberty’ -

They’re relatively rare, thank goodness, which makes them stand out even more: People in the grocery store, pharmacy or wherever who refuse to even pretend to wear masks.

I’m not talking about the folks with a mask below their nose, whether by ignorance or passive aggression. They occupy a separate, slightly lesser, category of human scourge.

4. AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

5. Federal Reserve expands Main Street program to smaller firms -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will reduce the minimum loan level in its small business lending program and waive some fees to try to boost participation in a program that has so far provided little assistance to struggling companies.

6. Facebook: Fake pages from China tried to disrupt US politics -

Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries.

The U.S.-focused activity was just a "sliver" of the accounts' overall activity and gained almost no following, Facebook said. Their primary focus was Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

7. Distrust of authority fuels virus misinformation for Latinos -

MEMPHIS (AP) — When Claudia Guzman suspected she had caught the coronavirus, her friends and family were full of advice: Don't quarantine. Don't get tested. A homemade tea will help cure you.

8. Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate's Biden probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before last week's intelligence assessment on foreign election interference, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson was facing criticism from Democrats that his investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine was politically motivated and advancing Russian interests.

9. Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate's Biden probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before last week's intelligence assessment on foreign election interference, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson was facing criticism from Democrats that his investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine was politically motivated and advancing Russian interests.

10. Fed's program for loaning to Main Street off to slow start -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Haith, owner and CEO of a Denver-based restaurant chain called Teriyaki Madness, is in an unusual position for people like him: He's making money through food delivery and pickup and wants to borrow funds so he can expand.

11. Baker Donelson elects 2 Nashville shareholders -

Baker Donelson has elected 15 new shareholders across the firm, including two attorneys in its Nashville office: Anita Beth Adams and Megan M. Sutton.

A member of Baker Donelson’s Health Law Group, Adams concentrates her practice on advising clients on practice acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. Her clients include physician practice management companies, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers and individual physicians.

12. Fed enters a risky new world with 'Main Street' loan program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. economy sinking into a severe recession, the Federal Reserve is set to launch a high-risk program through which it will lend money to small and medium-sized companies outside the banking industry for the first time since the Great Depression.

13. Walking is big winner of virus-induced shutdown -

Walking, the original means of locomotion, nowadays offers an additional and equally beneficial function: The power to keep us from going stark-raving nuts. Maybe. I hope.

Walking’s value to physical health has long been celebrated. That’s why, with contemporaries left and right undergoing knee replacements and zero desire to do so myself, I had recently substituted brisk treadmill walking sessions at the Y for the pounding runs of younger days.

14. Dodson Parker adds Walker as associate -

The Nashville law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC has added James Walker to the firm as an associate.

Walker will focus his practice on business services, nonprofit law and appellate litigation.

15. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

16. Bradley welcomes 5 new associates -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added five associate attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office. They are:

• Bethany Breeze Davenport, tax and bankruptcy practice groups. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. She is a graduate of Transylvania University.

17. Number of migrants waiting at US border surges to 40,000 -

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Cameroonian men who share 10 mattresses on the floor of a third-floor apartment above a barber shop walk every morning to the busiest U.S. border crossing with Mexico, hoping against all odds that it will be their lucky day to claim asylum in the United States. Their unlikely bet is that a sympathetic Mexican official will somehow find a spot for them.

18. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2019 -

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

19. More to Belle Meade sales than premium commissions -

After completing their real estate courses, passing the state real estate examinations and receiving their real estate licenses, many agents set their sights on Belle Meade.

Long known for its affluence and – for years – the home of the highest-priced houses, these newbies feel the area will become their primary source of revenue.

20. FBI chief: No evidence of illegal spying on Trump campaign -

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray said Tuesday that he does not consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be "spying" and said he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

21. Smith elected president of Tennessee Medical Association -

Kevin Smith, M.D., Ph.D., MMHC, FACP, has been elected president of the Tennessee Medical Association and will take office in May.

Smith practices primary care and teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was previously in private practice at Saint Thomas West Hospital, including six years in solo practice.

22. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for December 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, December 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

23. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

24. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for August 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, August 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

25. LBMC recognized as No. 43 accounting firm -

Brentwood-based LBMC, PC., has been named as a 2018 Top 50 accounting firm by INSIDE Public Accounting.

The publication ranked the company No. 43 in its 2018 Top 100 largest accounting firms in the U.S. list based on the firm’s revenue and growth of approximately 12 percent.

26. $1 million-plus Middle Tennessee residential sales for Q2 2018 -

Residential real estate sales, Second quarter 2018, of $1 million of more for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

27. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for May 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, May 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

28. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

29. Patterson names Levy managing shareholder -

Ryan Levy has been named managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law. He also serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Levy focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. He has represented international and domestic companies as both plaintiff and defendant in matters involving chemical formulations and related properties; large-scale industrial equipment; processes for roadway design; automotive equipment; and various software ranging from web-based protocols to automated detection systems.

30. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for July 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, July 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

31. Nashville lawyer named TBA executive director -

The Tennessee Bar Association has named Nashville lawyer Joycelyn Stevenson as its new executive director.

A shareholder with Littler Mendelson PC with a practice focused on labor and employment law, Stevenson has been a leader in the Tennessee legal community, serving as president of both the Nashville Bar Association and the Lawyers’ Association for Women - Marion Griffin Chapter. She is the first African-American woman to lead both organizations and will be the first African-American woman to direct the TBA.

32. Health Care Council selects senior director -

The Nashville Health Care Council has promoted Katie Schlacter to senior director of communications and content strategy.

Schlacter, who previously served as director of communications, joined the Council staff in 2012. In her role as senior director, she will continue to lead all communications activities on behalf of the Council and its initiatives, while playing a strategic role in directing content for the organization’s extensive events and offerings.

33. Walker to chair Tennessee Economic Partnership -

Clay Walker, CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership of the Tri-Cities region, has been elected 2017 chair of the board of directors for the Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP), the statewide public-private partnership that markets the state of Tennessee as a premiere place for business.

34. Fast-paced banter, pop allusions lift Gilmore Girls -

“Gilmore Girls,” a show that ran on the WB, and the CW, from 2000-2007, has been streaming on Netflix since July of this year. I like it. I like the fast-paced dialogue, the pop culture references and the less-burdened Lauren Graham.

35. Stories told in three lines at haiku conference -

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that traditionally was written in three lines, featuring two images juxtaposed.

Always with a syllable-count of 17, parsed as 5-7-5. There are other rules as well.

36. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for September 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

37. What kind of chump confuses champ and chomp? -

A few years back I wrote a column in which I noted that champ at the bit had been used in my daily paper. Twice in one day. In different articles, a few pages apart.

The first was a quote from a coach: “[O]ur guys are champing at the bit to get back on the court.” The second usage was in a headline. Another team was said to be “champing at the bit in the NCAAs.”

38. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for July 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, July 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

39. Lonely-hearts ‘Lobster’ finds at least one fan -

In a dystopian future era, applicable law dictates that if you are single after a certain age, you must take up residence in The Hotel for 45 days. If you don’t fall in love with someone in that time period, you will be transformed into the beast of your choice and released into the wild.

40. Markets, bookies put money on Britons remaining in EU -

LONDON (AP) — Financial markets and bettors put their money on Britain's voting to remain a part of the European Union on Thursday in a historic referendum that threatens to undermine the experiment in continental unity launched in the aftermath of World War II.

41. Is it no ‘Ifs, ands or buts’ or ‘ifs, ans or buts?’ -

A wordier version of this column ran in 2008. That would have been shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a certain editorial in which it asserted that to say there are “no ifs, ands or buts” is wrong. The correct phrase, it averred, is “no ifs, ans or buts.”

42. Who said that? Some old saying not really so old -

I wrote a couple of columns in October 2008 that, taken together, set forth a quotation and then endeavored to correctly identify the source thereof.

That quotation – “I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day,” attributed to one Terri Guillemets – may be found throughout cyberspace to this day.

43. Here’s the beef with court's definition of sandwich -

“Dictionaries are mazes in which judges are soon lost.” Thus said Judge Richard Posner (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) in a review of “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts” by Justice Antonin Scalia and legal lexicographer Bryan Garner.

44. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2016 -

Romance can be found all around, in quiet, 50-seat rooms and bustling of-the-moment hot spots. It’s all about the food, the ambiance, the service and, most importantly, your companion for the evening.

45. Experience schadenfreude arguing epicaricacy -

Writing in the November issue of The American Lawyer, a quartet of byline authors put forth: “Among big-firm lawyers, the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial [which, after four months of testimony and 21-days of jury deliberation, ended in a mistrial] has produced reactions ranging from introspection to schadenfreude.”

46. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for September 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

47. Cruciverbalist community loses a star in Reagle -

Reflecting at the end of an era: Park City, Utah. January 20, 2006. Susan and I clamber onto the bus that stops at the edge of the snow-filled parking lot.

We remain standing, as the bus is full. We’re trying to explain to the driver that we’ve no idea where we are and only a faint idea of where we’re going.

48. Who could reject scholarly history of dirty words? -

It’s been said that the Web is a Mecca for writers who are not good to start with and don’t know how to rewrite, revise and edit.

An apt quote on this concept may be found in the current I Swear Cross-plug – uh, Crossword.

49. Harbison takes office as TBA president -

Nashville lawyer William L. “Bill” Harbison has been installed as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Harbison was elected vice president in 2013 and served in that role during the 2013-2014 bar year. He served as president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

50. Taking exception to NY Times crossword critique -

“Ipsy dipsy!” shouts Ann Marie, Marlo Thomas’s character in “That Girl.” Trying to impress a judge in court, she mispronounces ipse dixit. Meaning “he, himself, said it,” this Latin phrase connotes a dogmatic, unsupported assertion.

51. Language purist no fan of ‘dictionaried’ words -

I am blessed to have as a regular reader one Kathy Young.

Kathy keeps the books at Palmer Brothers, a commercial real estate firm in Memphis that turns 103 years old this year. Evidently, she gets a break for a few minutes each week, picks up the Memphis News and finds herself reading “I Swear.”

52. Brit Cumberbatch delivers world-class apology -

“We use the term ‘people of color’ in America. Is that immensely different to what he said? I don’t think so ….” David Oyelowo, British actor currently playing Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in “Selma.”

53. Different from or different than? A difference? -

I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?”

54. Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions -

Top November 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

55. Hanto will lead pediatric liver transplant program -

Douglas Hanto, M.D., Ph.D., the new associate director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, will work with the departments of Pediatrics and Surgery to develop a comprehensive pediatric liver center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

56. Quotations fly in Shakespeare elevator challenge -

The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!

This is a recycle, even though I’m not on vacation this week. As I wrote in June 1995, “With a deadline every week, I occasionally find it necessary to tell a story only because it cries out to be told.

57. Cox to lead Vanderbilt’s trans-institutional genetics -

Nancy J. Cox, Ph.D., professor of medicine and human genetics and chief of the Section of Genetic Medicine at the University of Chicago, has been appointed founding director of a new genetics institute at Vanderbilt University.

58. Try to work ‘hobbledehoy’ into your daily conversation -

Regarding the recent Faulkner column, Tracy writes that she got “a solid feel for the place and the time of year. Thank you for not honoring your subject by writing paragraph-long sentences with intricate layers of subordination.”

59. Brown down but Davidson group ready to step in -

DAVIDSON, N.C. – A few years ago, Brown University had the largest puzzle-related student activities organization in the country. Its Puzzling Association, with more than 30 members, met weekly to solve, discuss and construct.

60. Faulkner’s inspiration no match for iPhone glitch -

OXFORD, Miss. – We are at Rowan Oak, Susan and I – 719 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Miss., USA.

Once the home of William Faulkner, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author, and his family for over 40 years.

61. Go back and turn on those Friday Night Lights -

A football spirals in slow motion across the Texas sky. The state championship hangs in the balance. Spoiler alert: If you’ve not watched “Friday Night Lights,” go watch it – all 76 episodes – and then return.

62. When is a word not really a word? Ask Webster -

If you’re passing through Aberdeen, North Carolina, you should have no trouble finding Railhouse Brewery on East South Street. Moore County’s only microbrewery stands in the middle of downtown, just a few feet from the train track.

63. Tee for 2? Why do golf ‘pairings’ come in threes? -

“Got a pair of nickels for a dime?”

“Sure. Here you go: five, 10, 15 cents.”

On Saturday of the U.S. Open, Frankie Frisco’s “Second Thoughts” column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette began, “Every golf tournament claims that pairings and tee times are mostly picked at random ….”

64. Urgent Team appoints chief financial officer -

Urgent Team, an independent operators of urgent care centers in the Southeast, has named Michael Mauldin as the new chief financial officer.

Most recently, Mauldin was chairman and CEO of Specialty Care, a global provider of specialized outsourced clinical services to hospital surgical suites. Previously he served as: CFO for DSI, a leading dialysis provider, CFO for MedTel International, a multi-national provider of diagnostic imaging, senior VP of operations finance for Renal Care Group, a dialysis company, and CFO for Saint Thomas Hospital.

65. What’s the connection between ‘civic,’ ‘citizen?’ -

I type in the word civics at OneLook Dictionary Search. Giving credit to “MacMillan Dictionary,” the site gives me “a school subject in which you study how government works and what people’s rights, duties and responsibilities are as citizens.”

66. Customized crossword content? Who had a clue? -

Dear Judge Vic, Do you believe in hiding messages in a crossword puzzle – like for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and such? Curious.”

“Dear Curious, Believe in it? Heckfire, I’ve seen it happen!” I’ve even done it myself. And will do it again. The question is when. And for whom.

67. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Nov. 2013 -

Top November  2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

68. Who wants to ‘kill all the lawyers?’ Not Henry VI -

One of my favorite quotes is from a Shakespearean play: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It gets me hot and bothered when people abuse and/or misuse this nugget of literature.

69. Worlds collide: Combining haiku, crossword -

HOT SPRINGS, ARK. – “Old Pond” cartoonist big hit at haiku Hot Springs: Jessica Tremblay.

November rolls in with hints of summer and winter. Autumn’s colors dot the hillsides surrounding historic Bathhouse Row. Amid falling leaves a dozen and a half haiku versifiers, from Boston to Memphis to Plano to Vancouver, descend upon the Arlington Hotel.

70. Vanderbilt chimes in on ‘me and him’ controversy -

The Pronoun Showdown continues. I started it some weeks back, asking which of two football coaches was correct, the one who said “between me and him” or the one who said: “between he and I?”

71. Exploring ‘subfrickative contortive case’ and males -

A while back, I cited a sports item in which two coaches were, respectively, if not respectfully, cited as having said that a matter was “between he and I” and “between me and him.”

72. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Sept. 2013 -

Top September 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

73. Surely me and you can sort out pronoun usage -

When it comes to words, I’m a big fan!

I’m pro-noun, and I love verbs. I’m all over prepositions. I’m bonkers for adjectives and dig adverbs deeply. There’s no question I think interrogatives are great … is there? Interjections? Bam!

74. Age of instant communication has 3-day lag time -

Bummer! I drove in from Tulsa a while ago. No big deal that my teammates and I suffered an ignominious defeat on the golf course this morning.

No big deal that I opted to not listen to the football game on the radio during the drive home, which might have made the drive seem briefer.

75. Figuratively, the worst-ever dictionary blunder -

Circa 1991, one of my golf buddies uttered a sentence using irregardless. Knowing what that meant, I didn’t challenge him. I figured someone else would. I was right, and he was able (at the other person’s expense) to point out that irregardless had been admitted to a certain dictionary the previous week. And thus was now part of his vocabulary.

76. A tale of two Rivieras, this one more upscale -

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – I never expected those other Rivieras to look anything like those here in the States. (See last week’s column or risk being lost while reading this one. Hint: I’m on vacation.)

77. Save the apostrophe! Now, please don’t misuse it -

Henry Chu of the Los Angeles Times reported in late March that “To grammarians’ delight, officials in southwest England who had considered expunging apostrophes from street signs threw out the idea … and vowed to follow the rules of proper English.” Ha! Good luck with that!

78. Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.

79. An easy way to pay where cash is king -

Customers who normally go to the MAPCO Express convenience store on East Thompson Lane for a bag of chips or a six pack can do something new – pay their bills.

The location is one of 37 MAPCO stores in Nashville and Memphis where self-service, reverse ATMs – machines that collect money instead of dispensing it – have recently been installed.

80. Times crossword clues can be surprisingly punny -

I’ve highlighted for the past two weeks some New York Times crossword clues that served to give crosswords a bad name. That is, obscure, nobody’s-ever-heard-of-’em words and their clumsy, who-gives-a-darn clues. My focus was exclusively on the Farrar and Maleska Eras, so called for the Times’ first and third puzzle editors.

81. Top residential sales for July, 2012 -

July 2012 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

82. Readers pitch in with their favorites -

Reader mail continues at a record pace. I love it!

Phil Newman wrote, “Enjoyed your ‘Check please’ column in the Nashville Ledger, but would submit that you left out one of the most famous usages of the phrase. In Dumb & Dumber, after Harry and Lloyd kill the bad guy accidentally by slipping peppers into his burger, Jim Carrey raises his head from the chest of the bad guy and says, ‘Check, please!’ Perfect line and timing.”

83. ‘Hopefully,’ this will end a long-running argument -

Near the end of a short essay, El Dorado, published in 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “… to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive ….” (Hint: The essay is not about travel at all. It’s about life.)

84. Check please! I'm not buying this story -

“Bill!” Have you ever noticed that in comic strips the punch line is often “Check please!”? Someone is at a restaurant, hoping to maintain control over a situation. It spins out of control … “Check please!”

85. Sperry’s offers old charm, new touches -

Years ago Frank and Julie Boehm carved their initials into the tabletop of their booth at Sperry’s Restaurant in Belle Meade. Married 25 years, you can’t see the etching anymore but you can still catch the couple in that same booth two or three nights a week at the Nashville institution. It’s their favorite spot, and has been since they first started dating.

86. Census: Widening income gap as blacks leave cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Affluent black Americans who are leaving industrial cities for the suburbs and the South are shifting traditional lines between rich and poor, according to new census data. Their migration is widening the income gap between whites and the inner-city blacks who remain behind, while making blacks less monolithic as a group and subject to greater income disparities.

87. Poems are good, but forewords are fantastic -

Unlike a day, a year, a month or a season,

A week hasn’t a name; what is the reason?

No quotation marks. The couplet is mine. Almost deep, but not quite. Consider the work that inspired the above (warning: it’s deeper):

88. Southeast Venture hires new property manager -

Lee White has joined Southeast Venture as property manager and will handle the day-to-day operations of over 400,000 square feet of office and industrial space located in Brentwood, LaVergne, Antioch, Belle Meade, MetroCenter, the Gulch and airport areas.

89. VUMC’s Stover receives Young Physician Award -

Daniel Stover, M.D., chief resident on the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is the recipient of this year’s Holt Young Physician Leadership Award presented by the Southern Medical Association.

90. As I lay dying for a grammar book -

One of Richard Lederer’s books is Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay (and that’s no lie). Subtitled Practical Advice for the Grammatically Challenged, it’s a good book to keep handy.

91. Big Easy. Haiku Society. Seriously. -

NEW ORLEANS – How can I not write about the Haiku Society of America’s South Region annual meeting in New Orleans?

How can I not?!

This event, largely planned by the New Orleans Haiku Society and its leader, Xavier University English Professor David Lanoue, was the focus of a recent road trip.

92. It’s a parapraxis, Dr. Fraud -

He intended to say, “I’m so glad to see you!” It came out “I’m so sad to see you!”

He was planning to break up with her and had worried for days over this moment.

93. 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?

Hip? Nah, that’s too ’50s. Mod? Nah, that’s too ’60s. Cool? Rad? In the know?

94. English as a butchered language -

True story. It happened in front of me.

The defendant, Ms. Martinez, who had recently moved to the United States from Argentina, was charged with failure to yield in connection with a motor vehicle accident.

95. Whatever happened to Horace? -

Where is Horace Rumpole when you need him most?

The barrister whose cases and antics entertained me (and millions of others) on PBS’s “Mystery” series for many years is not on the airwaves in these parts anymore.