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LeBron James tops NBA jersey sales — again

Six titles in a row for LeBron James. No, not NBA titles. Six times leading the NBA in jersey sales, his third time as a Cleveland Cavalier.
The rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2014-2015 season.
Here is the Top 10:
1. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
3. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
4. Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
6. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
7. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
9. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
10. Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers

By team merchandise, the top five in sales were the Bulls, Cavs, Warriors, Lakers and Thunder.

IBM takes a big leap into health care via artificial intelligence

IBM is teaming up with a handful of companies including Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – to bring its Watson artificial intelligence system to the health industry.

Here’s why, per IBM: “With the increasing prevalence of personal fitness trackers, connected medical devices, implantables and other sensors that collect real-time information, the average person is likely to generate more than one million gigabytes of health-related data in their lifetime (the equivalent of more than 300 million books).”

The difficulty is in connecting those disparate pools of information with more traditional information sources like doctor-generated medical records, clinic research and individual genomes. To get a sense of what IBM wants to use Watson to do, by working with companies like Medtronic (plus Apple and others) IBM plans to leverage insights from its new Watson Health Cloud around the delivery of personal care management solutions for people with diabetes.

“The solutions will receive and analyze patient information and data from various Medtronic devices including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and use this information to provide dynamic, personalized diabetes management strategies to patients and their providers,” IBM says.

Indeed, the future of medicine involves data, and lots of it – analyzing it, making sense of it and using to create some intended outcome, more so than has ever been done before.

City & State extends hours

One of Broad Avenue’s newest retailers is going to be staying open longer.

City & State, the general merchandise store at 2625 Broad Ave., is extending its hours. Its new hours of operation:

Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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East Buntyn neighborhood gearing up for ArtWalk

The East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up once again for the East Buntyn Artwalk.

The sixth annual version of the festival that celebrates art and community kicks off April 18 (rain date, April 19), with homeowners hosting regional artists in their front yards. Those open-air galleries will display and sell work by neighborhood residents, as well as pieces by artists from around the Mid-South, representing an expected pool of over 60 artists.

St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott will serve as ArtWalk’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. There also will be a silent auction tent, live entertainment and food trucks like Lickety Split and Rock’n Dough.

Sponsoring partners for the free event are University Neighborhood Development Corporation, Highland Area Renewal Corporation and St. James Anglican Church.

Additional festival information and Artist Applications can be obtained by going online to www.eastbuntynartwalk.com or by visiting East Buntyn ArtWalk on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s a video of last year’s event:

Memphis street newspaper “The Bridge” celebrates second anniversary

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of “The Bridge,” Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

According to Caroline Ponseti, a Rhodes junior who helped found the paper, $32,000 has been put directly into the hands of the homeless as a result of “The Bridge.” And the paper’s top vendors make up to $540 per month.

“The Bridge” on March 25 will host a two-year anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave. that’s free and open to the public.

Dansette

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