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Guy on Date Breaks Biggest Unwritten Rule Ever: Cops

Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of stealing car for another date

(Newser) - From the annals of classy guys: A Tennesee man is accused of stealing a woman's car to use on a date with her godsister that same night, the Commercial Appeal reports. Kelton Griffin, 21, allegedly took out Faith Pugh last weekend in her black Volvo because he had no... More »

Dedicated Students Change Teacher's Snow Day Plans

Memphis English teacher Candous Brown led a Facebook Live class after students asked for help

(Newser) - To teach or not to teach—that is the question. And Candous Brown chose "to teach" on Wednesday morning, even though her school in Memphis, Tenn., was closed for a snow day. WREG notes that the English instructor at Raleigh-Egypt High School was still in her "kitty-kat pajamas"... More »

Police Probe Man's Claim That Wife Died on Graceland Visit

Authorities in Tennessee have no record of her body

(Newser) - Police in Ohio are investigating what happened to a woman who went with her husband to see Elvis Presley's Graceland, the AP reports. The woman's husband told police in Hartville that they were in Memphis, Tennessee, just over a week ago when she died in a hotel parking... More »

Confederate Statues Taken Down After Memphis Sells Parks

Davis, Forrest statues came down soon after sale

(Newser) - Two Confederate statues came down in Memphis on a dramatic night that had been months in the planning. Statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest were removed from two parks Wednesday night after the city sold the parks to a nonprofit called Memphis Greenspace Inc.... More »

Ex-Wife Arrested on Suspicion of Murdering NBA Player

She's 2nd person arrested this month in killing of Lorenzen Wright

(Newser) - A NBA player's body was found in a field in Memphis, Tennessee, more than seven years ago. On Friday, authorities arrested his ex-wife in connection with his murder. Fox 13 reports Sherra Wright was arrested Friday at her home in California on suspicion of first-degree murder. She's also... More »

Bankruptcy Makes Debt Worse for Many Black Americans

System popularized in 'bankruptcy capital of US' is spreading

(Newser) - Quick, name a type of bankruptcy. Odds are you went with Chapter 7—the most common type of bankruptcy filing in most of the US. But in the South, more debtors choose Chapter 13—in Memphis, the "bankruptcy capital of the US," 75% of debtors choose Chapter 13—... More »

Film Series Pulls Gone With the Wind for 'Insensitive' Portrayals

After 34 years, Memphis theater will cease summer viewing

(Newser) - A Memphis theater is being both cheered and jeered for its decision to pull its annual summer viewing series of the 1939 Academy Award winning-film Gone With the Wind. Per Deadline , the Orpheum Theatre has been increasingly called out on social media for showing the antebellum classic, with critics concerned... More »

Rapist Finally Done In —by His Dentures

Thomas Maupin pleads guilty to 2001 rape in Memphis

(Newser) - While in prison for a murder for which he was twice convicted and later acquitted, Thomas Maupin had a set of dentures made. Years later, that set would become a key piece of evidence helping to put him behind bars again. According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, dentures... More »

Driver Pulled Over by Cop Finds Out About Surprise Passenger

A man who'd apparently passed out on his trunk and gone for 14-mile ride

(Newser) - Perhaps Carl Webb was expecting to hear that he had a broken taillight, or that he'd been speeding. Instead, the police officer who pulled him over on a Memphis interstate Thursday had this to say, per FOX13 : "I'm not messing with you. There's a body on... More »

10 Fattest Cities in America

Jackson, Mississippi, takes the top spot

(Newser) - WalletHub has ranked 2017's fattest cities in America, and—as the US is once again the fattest country in the world—possibly the fattest cities anywhere. More than 70% of Americans over the age of 15 are considered overweight or obese by one metric. WalletHub ranked 100 of... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

The 5 Best, Worst US Cities for Veterans

Scottsdale is the place to be

(Newser) - Veterans in some Texas cities appear to be living a sweeter life than those in other parts of the country, according to WalletHub . The site gave cities a score out of 100, based on 21 factors of "veteran-friendliness," including the availability of VA services, veteran income, the veteran... More »

Justin Timberlake's Voting Selfie Could Land Him in Jail

He'd be the 1st person prosecuted under a new Tenn. law

(Newser) - Justin Timberlake rocked the vote Monday in Memphis, but he could soon be rocking a prison cell thanks to a Tennessee law that prohibits taking pictures or videos inside polling stations, TMZ reports. According to CNN , the superstar flew to his hometown Monday to vote, taking a selfie in front... More »

Woman Shocked by Horny Burglars

She caught the suspects making sweet love on her couch

(Newser) - Chocolate, Barry White, oysters ... burglary? It appears breaking and entering is the hot new aphrodisiac after a Tennessee woman returned home after a weekend away to find a couple getting down on her couch. "It's like they just had a big old nasty party," Jamie Barnes tells... More »

AC Cord Blamed for Fire That Killed 9

Sole survivor is fighting for his life

(Newser) - A faulty power cord to an air-conditioning unit was the cause of a horrific blaze that left Memphis firefighters in tears Monday, officials say. Six children and three adults died in the blaze, which the Memphis fire department says was the city's worst since a gas explosion killed 11... More »

Firemen Weep at Scene of Fire That Killed 5 Kids, 4 Adults

Fire officials say it was worst blaze city has had in almost a century

(Newser) - What local fire officials are calling the worst fire in Memphis, Tenn., in almost 100 years swept through a one-story home Monday, killing nine people, including five kids, USA Today reports. Per the Commercial Appeal , the city's fire director, Gina Sweat, confirmed the deaths at a press conference and... More »

14 Injured When Thrown From Ride at Tennessee Fair

Victims were riding the spinning Moonraker at the Delta Fair

(Newser) - Police in Memphis say 14 people were injured when they were thrown from an amusement ride at Tennessee's Delta Fair, the AP reports. Shelby County Sheriff's office spokesperson Earle Farrell says 14 people were transported on Saturday afternoon to local hospitals from the fair. Farrell says they were... More »

Family Doesn't Understand Why Mom Killed 4 Kids

7-year-old managed to escape

(Newser) - The horrific murder of four young children in suburban Memphis on Friday is a complete mystery to those who knew Shanynthia Gardner. The 29-year-old is accused of killing 4-year-old Tallen Gardner, 3-year-old Sya Gardner, 2-year-old Sahvi Gardner, and 6-month-old Yahzi Gardner with a butcher knife, the AP reports. A fifth... More »

Family Sues TSA After Teen Cancer Patient Assaulted

'One of them slammed her down … there was blood everywhere'

(Newser) - A Tennessee family is suing after they say TSA agents and airport police assaulted their disabled teenage daughter, WREG reports. Hannah Cohen and her mom Shirley were traveling home to Chattanooga after Hannah's final treatment for a brain tumor in June 2015. According to the Guardian , Hannah had made... More »

Mom in Custody After 4 Kids Stabbed to Death

All were under the age of 6

(Newser) - "It's really beyond words, quite frankly," says a commissioner in Tennessee's Shelby County. He was referring to the stabbing deaths of four siblings, all under the age of 6, in suburban Memphis on Friday, reports NBC News . Their mother, 29-year-old Shanynthia Gardner, is in custody facing... More »

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