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'Zombies' converge in Memphis for annual walk

(Photo by Nikki Boertman /The Commercial Appeal)

May 30, 2014

Instead of crawling out of a cemetery or breaching a biohazard quarantine, living-dead enthusiasts Jordan Geiger and her fiancé Robert Frost arrived to the annual Memphis Zombie Walk in their 2001 Acura. After parking in front of the U.S. Post Office on GE Patterson and Second Street, they joined the growing crowd of participants at Navy Park smearing faux gore on each other.... Read more

Vietnamese Buddhist temple celebrates new construction on Saturday

June 13, 2014

Tu Nguyen, 35, and Mghia Mgayen, 57, help build a wooden awning between the temple and the monks' living quarters. Read more

Students fight to keep historic dorm

Mar. 25, 2015

The historic "E" shaped dormitory will close at the end of this semester much to the disappointment to those who live there. Aoife Whiteacre, 20, resident assistant in Mynders stands in front of a portrait of Elisabeth Mynders, daughter to the University of Mmephis's first president. Some say Mynders' ghost roams the halls… Read more

As one of first black Memphis officers in 1949, Williams helped blaze a trail

(Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/The Commercial Appeal)

June 20, 2014

Sitting in his office at his Whitehaven home, retired police captain Jerry D. Williams recalls his years with the Memphis Police Department. Williams, 87, is one of two surviving members of the city’s first 13 black policemen. He served from 1949 to 1980... Read more


All clear, no shooting at Navy Yard

July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – After locking down the Washington Navy Yard for hours amid reports of a possible shooting Thursday morning, officials said there had been no shooting at the site of a mass murder two years ago. At a press conference nearly four hours after the first call to police, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier confirmed there was no shooter and no casualties. Read more...

Despite assassinations, Libyan women seek place in government

Aug. 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – Until the night Libyan lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead, the people of Benghazi thought they were still safe from assassination behind the concrete courtyard walls and thick wooden doors of their own homes. In the summer of 2014, women who might have been targets still feared being shot in their cars or while walking down the street – but not in their houses, said Wafa Bugaighis, chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Libya in Washington and Salwa Bugaighis’ first cousin. Read more...


Ride shares Uber and Lyft drive in Memphis with looming cease-and-desist

July 14, 2014

Uber and Lyft drivers defy city's cease and desist letter and keep hauling Memphis passengers Monday. Lyft and Uber continued to drive customers in Memphis Monday, despite the city sending a cease-and-desist letter last week. City officials said they weren’t cracking down on the upstart ride services because they

Demolition will open way for small Downtown park on Madison | Park will appear where Anderton's once stood

July. 18, 2014

The purchase of 151 Madison comes at a time when entrepreneurs have brought new life to Madison storefronts. In a Downtown where one fifth of the office space stands vacant, a big bank and local merchants have allied to bring life to a little boarded up piece of Madison.

Veterans grill VA officials at Cohen town hall

June 27, 2014

SDeck for this story can go in right here herer Deck for this story can go in right here herer Vietnam veteran Archie Collins pulled a respirator mask off his face and shouted at three officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs who attended U.S. Rep Steve Cohen's VA

Two teens charged with attempted murder in South Memphis police shooting

June 25 2014

Two teenagers were arrested on charges of evading arrest and attempted first-degree murder after suspects fired at police officers following a traffic stop. Two teenagers were arrested on charges of evading arrest and attempted first-degree murder after suspects fired at police officers following a traffic stop. Police

City shelter re-opens after parvo strikes twice

June 16 2014

The city-operated animal shelter will reopen Tuesday after discovery of the life-threatening parvovirus for dogs led to euthanizing more than 10 animals this past weekend, according to a series of emails and press releases from the facility's leadership.


’50s-era bonds inadequate for 21st century oil, gas wells

Exploding airbags still a mystery, Takata tells Senate

Comedian influences Ag Bill, members of Congress say

Victims’ families push Senate for immigration crackdown

A year later, thousands of children still wait for their day in court


Blue flu? Dozens of Memphis police call in sick

July 5, 2014

Nearly 200 Memphis police officers called in sick over the last few days, forcing police brass to redeploy officers and request assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. All of this comes after the Memphis City Council approved the mayor's proposal to cut retiree health insurance subsidies in June. The proposal also increased premiums for employees and retirees.

Sun Studio marks anniversary of Elvis record€'That's All Right'

July 5, 2015

Fans celebrated the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley's recording of "That's All Right" at Sun Studio on Saturday. That's all right, Mama Every year Donnie and Colleen Adkins drive 750 miles from Michigan to Memphis for Elvis Week. But on Saturday, the couple made a special trip to


Rapists could see little punishment in university system

Oct. 29, 2015

How the University of Memphis deals with sexual assaults on campus varies, and is usually hidden from public view. f the sexual assault survivor chooses to not report the crime to police, then how (or if) the university punishes an alleged attacker will likely remain a secret. Understanding the University’s closed-door policies on sexual assault when police are not involved is crucial because for every victim of sexual violence that goes to the police, there likely are dozens who remain silent.

Frats ordered to stop all events after altercation at step show

Nov. 10, 2010

Two fraternities at the University of Memphis are being told they cannot hold social events on campus after a homecoming step show Thursday that ended in a confrontation and evacuation of the Rose Theater.Some are even suggesting that the university treats members of the mostly black NPHC fraternities more harshly than fraternities in the mostly white Interfraternity Council.

Ludacris will perform at U of M Homecoming

Nov. 5, 2015

With less than 24 hours till show time, it is also unknown how SAC was able to get 'Luda' to agree to play. SAC shared the news just before 8 pm Thursday, but the concert is scheduled for 7 pm Friday.

Student government backs LGBT office on campus

Oct. 30, 2015

Student government is pushing to create a new office of gender and sexuality at the University of Memphis. The proposed office is much needed and long overdue, advocates say. While the groups like the Hispanic Student Association and African Student Association get support from the U of M’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT and woman rights groups have no such advising hub

Protestors march through University demand living wage from U of M and fast-food giants

Apr. 16, 2015

Students and workers at the University of Memphis joined a nationwide protest Wednesday, seeking to shame fast food restaurants into paying employees at least $15 an hour.

University and ex-employee make final arguments in termination appeal —lawsuit still pending

Jan. 21, 2015

Accusations of discriminations and incompetence were exchanged between the University of Memphis and one of its former employees, Curt Guenther, during day three of a wrongful termination hearing.Although these statements were closing arguments, it’s most likely not the last time these charges will be made.

Student government seeks new parking app

Sep. 22, 2015

Students willing to pay for garage parking may get a new phone app that will tell them which lots are full.Student government is working with campus parking services to develop the app, said David Knowles, president of student government, during Thursday’s student senate meeting.