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Floods and Greenlines and Strip Clubs! Oh My!

A look back at the highlights and lowdowns of 2010.

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January

— After a $42 million makeover, the old Front Street post office reopens as the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law.

— Local garage rocker Jimmy Lee Lindsey (aka Jay Reatard) is found dead in the early hours of January 13th in his Cooper-Young home. An autopsy report shows that he died of cocaine toxicity.

February

The Memphis City Schools Board rejects a Memphis City Council proposal to pay the district $38 million to make up for a $57 million cut in school funding in 2008. Months later, the city is still working out how to pay the district the full $57 million.

— Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mayor Jim Schmitt offers to buy the Zippin Pippin. Elvis' favorite roller coaster should be open to the public at its new home in Green Bay's Bay Beach Amusement Park by next May.

March

— Mayor A C Wharton asks Memphians to send letters to the editor to Forbes magazine in response to the publication's labeling Memphis the third most miserable city in the U.S.

— Memphis Animal Services hires new shelter director Matthew Pepper of Shreveport, Louisiana. Pepper replaced former director Ernie Alexander, who was fired and indicted for animal cruelty after an investigation found starving and sick animals at the shelter.

April

— The Newspaper Guild of Memphis launches a "Save Our CA" ad campaign to inform readers about The Commercial Appeal's outsourcing of jobs.

— A federal jury fails to reach a verdict in the case against former Memphis police officer Bridges McRae. McRae was charged with violating the civil rights of Duanna Johnson, a transgender woman, after McRae was caught on camera beating her in the Shelby County Jail. In August, McRae pleads guilty to the charges.

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May

— Parts of northern Shelby County are severely flooded after torrential rains fall on a large portion of the state on May 1st. Nearly 200 people in Millington are sent to emergency shelters after their homes are submerged in water.

June

— CVS Pharmacy files a development proposal for the Union Avenue United Methodist Church property, leading to a months-long battle with preservationists. In December, Judge Walter Evans denies a request to stop the sale (and eventual demolition) of the historic church.

— Memphis-based FedEx announces that it will extend employee benefits to domestic partners of gay employees beginning in January 2012.

July

— Former Memphis Grizzlies basketball player Lorenzen Wright's bullet-riddled body is discovered in southeast Memphis, days after he called 911. His death raises questions about the effectiveness of the 911 system.

— Over the course of two days, two inmates break free from guards at the Regional Medical Center of Memphis. Keshun Douglas, 23, escapes the prison van while it is unloading outside the Med, and Mario Jackson, 23, overpowers deputies in the Med's prison ward.

August

— Following a July pit bull attack that killed 71-year-old William Parker, the city's chief accounting officer George Little proposes a bounty on stray dogs.

— Mayor A C Wharton announces that the city will build a skatepark in Midtown's Tobey Park.

September

— The city hires Kyle Wagenchutz as its first bike/pedestrian coordinator. Wagenchutz will update Memphis' long-range transportation plan.

October

— The U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will not hear an appeal of strict regulations for sexually oriented businesses passed by the Shelby County Commission in 2007. The rules, which ban alcohol, nudity, and customer contact at strip clubs, may go into effect in early 2011.

— The first seven miles of the Greater Memphis Greenline bike path — from Tillman to Shelby Farms — opens to the public. Cyclists and joggers rejoice.

November

— A proposed ordinance protecting city employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression fails on its second reading at a Memphis City Council meeting.

— The Memphis City Schools Board threatens to surrender its charter after the Shelby County Schools Board indicates it might seek special-school-district status. In December, the MCS board votes in favor of surrender.

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December

— Memphis city councilwoman Barbara Swearengen Ware pleads not guilty to charges of official misconduct. Ware is accused of using her position to bypass motor vehicle inspections.

— District Attorney Bill Gibbons announces that he'll resign to take an office in Governor-elect Bill Haslam's cabinet. Current deputy district attorney Amy Weirich will take his place, making her the first woman to hold that office.

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