Wednesday update

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I’m learning that the homeless community Downtown often refers to Court Square as “Squirrel Park.” Really, isn’t that a better name? There are apartments, hotels, restaurants, and hair salons on the square, but no courts. Most of those are a few blocks to the north on Adams, Washington, and Poplar.

Speaking of Downtown streets, Monroe Avenue is back open from Front to B.B. King. The block between Riverside and Front remains closed and will be for years for museum construction.

NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West has passed away at 86. West was GM of the Grizzlies 2002-2007 and was named NBA Executive of the Year for the 2003-2004 season.

Did you know the Renasant Convention Center has an email list you can subscribe to? Make sure you don’t miss out on any events… and as a bonus, they’ll keep you informed of Cannon Center events as well.

Speaking of the Cannon Center, Memphis Quartet Show will be there Thursday-Sunday. This gospel event will present 17 quartets over that period.

Billy Strings will bring new age-bluegrass to FedExForum December 6-7.

Bardog Tavern loves healthcare workers! They get 10 percent off breakfast and a morning happy hour with work ID. Don’t forget, Bardog opens at 7:30 on weekdays now.

Stats site FiveThirtyEight released its presidential election forecast yesterday. Unlike RealClearPolitics’ forecast, this one is based not only on polls, but also on statistical models of voter behavior. Some insights from the forecast as of this morning’s update:

  • President Biden is a 52/48 favorite to defeat the Trumpster and win a second term
  • There’s an 0.4% chance neither wins a majority of electoral votes, throwing the election to the House
  • Electoral vote forecast is Biden 273, Trump 265 (270 needed to win)
  • Pennsylvania is the current tipping-point state. Biden is predicted to win there 47% to 46%.
  • Arizona has the closest projected outcome of any state (Trump by 0.6%)

Flying Saucer has Dad Hats just in time for Father’s Day:

The 8-team College World Series is weird this year – only 2 conferences are represented with 4 teams each.

Blind Bear will have a watch party for the Florida State-Tennessee CWS game Friday at 6.

If you listen to the local police scanner, you know the intersection of Boyd and Tate is among the most dangerous in Memphis. It’s a mile southeast of Downtown, with Crump-Georgia-Walnut the closest major intersection. MPD targeted that area Friday, producing many arrests as well as gun and drug seizures.

The Grizzlies seek an executive suite and club box concierge and also an intern in communications and publications.

The Metal Museum seeks a part-time guest services assistant.

Joey Chestnut has been banned from the July 4 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating competition because he was signed to a sponsorship deal for Impossible Foods. They make a plant-based hot dog that competes with Nathan’s.

That’s it. Staying out again tonight probably. Back tomorrow.

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