Let Me(mphis) Google that for you

Google released its 2014 trends report today. Here’s what Memphis had on its mind, based on the fastest-rising search requests of the year.

  1. Ebola
  2. Robin Williams
  3. World Cup
  4. iPhone 6
  5. 2014 calendar
  6. Credit Karma
  7. Google Drive
  8. Ariana Grande
  9. Jennifer Lawrence
  10. Megashare

As for the city’s top image searches in 2014, Ebola came in at first (search that one at your own risk), followed by Iggy Azalea and Frozen.

You can dig into all of Memphis’ top searches here.

Heads-up about St. Jude Marathon street closures/traffic delays

Memphis Police have issued an advisory about traffic related to the St. Jude Marathon tomorrow. Rolling street closures start at 6 a.m.

Here’s the advisory, followed by course maps … Read more »

Everything you need to know before you vote

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Click here to view/download your sample ballot.

Early voting is underway through Oct. 30 in advance of the Nov. 4 election day. Here is the sample ballot from the Shelby County Election Commission for you to mark with your choices and use when you vote. (You are going to vote, aren’t you?)

Here are a few more things you need to know:

• WHAT: A few highlights from this year’s ballot: the races for governor, U.S. Senate and House; four state Constitutional amendments; and, depending on where you live, wine in grocery stores (Memphis, Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Millington) or liquor by the drink (Lakeland).

• WHEN: Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 30 

• WHERE: 21 polling sites across Shelby County (view the list here). You can vote at any of the 21 locations, no matter where you live.

• WHAT YOU NEED: State or federal photo ID – driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.

Want even more info? Check out the Shelby County Election Commission website at ShelbyVote.com. And follow @tdnpols for early voting updates, election night returns, and all the other political news you need to know.

Memphis Groups Holding Rally for Israel Tonight

The Memphis Jewish community along with other representatives from the Memphis area plans to hold a rally in support of Israel tonight at 5:30 at Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road.

The event comes as Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a fierce military struggle for a few weeks now. The rally will last one hour and will include remarks from Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Dr. Keith Norman of First Baptist Church-Broad, Church Health Center executive director Dr. Scott Morris, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth, and Rabbi Shai Finkelstein of Baron Hirsch Synagogue.

“The Rally of Solidarity and Support of Israel” is being sponsored by the Memphis Jewish Federation, which serves as the local Jewish community’s central planning body.

Wharton discusses the rape kit backlog on MSNBC

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was on MSNBC Thursday, May 29, with Ronan Farrow to discuss the city’s untested rape kit backlog and announce a $750,000 challenge grant from the Plough Foundation. To receive the grant, the city must raise the gap between the $2 million it has now and the estimated $6 million needed to clear the backlog.

Also look for Wharton’s comments as Farrow presses him on how the backlog came to be.

Dansette

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