After two days of relatively peaceful protest, things heated up Wednesday. Religious and "patriotic" demonstrators clashed with young revolutionaries burning an American flag - as young revolutionaries will - and chanting, "America was never great." The police intervened, arrests were made, and the streets continued to swell with frustrated people who'd come to make their voices heard. Or to at least buy an obscene t-shirt comparing Hillary and Monica and various meanings of the word suck.
In the public square folk singers wailed off key and clowns expressed concern that Donald Trump was giving them a bad reputation.
American headlines have been full of racism and homophobia of late, but Cleveland's streets were a fetid stew of unfocused rage, sexism and commerce. One vendor pulled a pro-Trump Make America Great Again shirt over the Bernie Sanders shirt he wore a little closer to his heart. Meanwhile, a young woman defends herself from accusations: "I am not a whore!"
This is what it looked like. This is what it sounded like. This is Cleveland on day 3 of the RNC.
On Thursday, March 2, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a writ ordering a special election to replace ex-Rep. Mark Lovell in state House District 95. The primary election date is Thursday, April 27, and the general election will be held on Thursday, June 15. The Shelby County Commission may meanwhile proceed to name an interim successor.
The giant locomotive whistles, the inspiring speeches, the dazzling display of rainbow lighting on the Harahan Bridge at night, and the first treks across the bridge by foot and by bike are all embedded in Memphis history now, as the "Main St. to Main St. Multi-Modal Connector" project came to pass, linking Memphis to West Memphis, and both to the future.
(WITH SLIDESHOW AND VIDEO OF BRIDGE LIGHTS)