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Memphasis > An Uncommon Man In Common

February 3rd, 2011

AN UNCOMMON MAN IN COMMONThe first one was in the former Barksdale police station, a mounted police station complete with a stable and cells. Kids playing horse replaced the horses. Cells became offices, and the squad room turned into a classroom. A pool table took the place of the sergeant's desk, kids doing homework replaced cops doing paperwork, and those with nowhere to go and nothing ...

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Memphasis > The Right Call

January 27th, 2011

AN EASY CALL TO MAKE.Howard took his phone out on his porch overlooking the Little Red River in Arkansas and called me. "The band wants to throw Jimmy a party," he said. "Can we make that happen?"A few months ago, I wrote a column about a friend with cancer and the comfort of cheeseburgers. A couple of weeks ago, just before he left town to have major surgery, we had a helluva ...

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Memphasis > The No Voting Machine

January 20th, 2011

THANKS, GUYS, BUT WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.For the first half of the 20th century, one political machine with one man firmly at the controls ran Memphis. Not only did Boss Crump decide who got elected, appointed, fired and indicted around here, he pretty much did that for the whole state, and wielded considerable influence in the national Democratic Party. Memphis Mayor for six years and ...

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Memphasis > Testing The Possible

January 13th, 2011

SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS. THIS IS A TEST.My first day each year in elementary school. Another year older, another grade, another teacher. The lined paper was blank, waiting. The big pencils and the bright, colorful books were new, waiting to be introduced, like that little girl over there and that skinny kid behind you. The school was the same but everything was different, even new, and everything ...

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Memphasis > A Stand-Up Vote

January 6th, 2011

THIS SCHOOL FIGHT IS OURS TO WINSomebody else started it.The school bully tried to take our lunch money one too many times, and this time, he got his clock wound.David Pickler's plan – pursued for years – to divorce 70% of Shelby County's school children and run off with the 30% with the most money has backfired. I call it Pickler's plan because he's gone to great ...

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