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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Memphis' Logan Guleff Wins MasterChef Junior

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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Eleven-year-old Logan Guleff is $100,000 richer this morning, after winning FOX's MasterChef Junior on Tuesday night. Guleff was chosen for the show from a pool of 20,000 contestants, and week after week, the bow-tied kid-chef made his way to the top by wowing judges with his innovative, gourmet meals.

Guleff's winning meal was an appetizer of grilled shrimp prawns with smoked saffron aioli and olive tapenade and an entree of salt-crusted branzino with chimichurri sauce.

The Flyer's sister publication, Memphis Parent, interviewed Guleff earlier this week, just a few days before his big win was revealed. And food writer Pam Denney has more details on the Memphis Magazine website.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wharton, Wingstop, and Rick Ross

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM

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Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is slated to give a key to the city to Rick Ross Wednesday at one of the rapper/chicken wing magnate's newly opened Wingstop locations, in perhaps what will be one of the most Memphis things that has ever happened.

Ross announced earlier this week that he was expanding his franchise by 25 locations. Two new Wingstop locations in Memphis have brought the franchise total here to five. The Union Avenue location opened in June and the Bartlett Boulevard location opened in May.

“Not only is it growth for us, but also growth for the community, providing jobs, good food and a family environment for the people of that city," Ross said in a statement. "We definitely look forward to continuing to help grow the Memphis area.”

Wharton is slated to "bestow Ross with a symbolic key to the city honoring the economic and community contributions the Wingstop locations have provided for the city." That transaction will come at a grand opening event at the new Union location Wednesday.

"It’s a huge honor for me and my team to have Mayor Wharton give me the key to the city," Ross said. "In every city we open a Wingstop, it is our goal to make a positive impact."

Ross, the Grammy nominated, platinum-selling rapper, was born in Coahoma County, Miss., in 1976.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sebelius Lauded in Memphis Visit

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was far away from tense Congressional chambers filled with pointed criticisms Friday as her Memphis visit felt at times more like a pep rally.

The secretary’s event at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library was a push to get residents enrolled in a health insurance plan in the one-month-old Health Insurance Marketplace.

The new, government-run health insurance “store” is a product of the Affordable Care Act. The marketplace has been a source of intense scrutiny this week by Republicans who have pointed to the failures of healthcare.gov, the marketplace’s online home, as a systemic failure of the health care law overall.

Sebelius took full responsibility and apologized to the country for the site’s failures in testimony Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose members grilled her in sometimes-heated exchanges. The failures also account for a growing number of GOP leaders calling for Sebelius’ resignation.

But nearly 1,000 miles away from the halls of Congress, Sebelius was welcomed in Memphis to raucous applause, standing ovations, and local leaders calling her “our general” for health issues and a “warrior” for health care advocacy.

Sebelius first met with local stakeholders — politicians such as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Congressman Steve Cohen, public health officials, pastors, and CEOs - in the library’s Memphis Room. She then addressed a standing-room-only crowd of locals who had come to either hear the secretary speak or to get help signing up for health insurance.

She apologized again Friday for the “frustrating” process for those trying and failing to get health care at healthcare.gov. She also gave a tongue-in-cheek apology for the 2008 University of Kansas win over the University of Memphis in the NCAA championship, which happened when Sebelius was governor of Kansas.

Officials constantly reminded the crowd and the media that the marketplace is one month into a six-month open enrollment period, which ends March 31st. Wharton noted that critics lambasted the launch of the Social Security program, which is now considered essential to many.

Cohen said Republicans are using the Affordable Care Act to undermine and politically damage President Barack Obama and that nearly 88,000 Memphians will be eligible for coverage through the marketplace.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sebelius' Memphis Trip To Come After Tough Testimony

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Memphis Friday promoting the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace.

The event is designed to help Memphis-area residents get enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, a product of the Affordable Care Act. The event will feature federally trained marketplace Navigators and other counselors to aid in the application process.

Sebelius’ trip to Memphis will come after she testifies Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the new healthcare law and especially the problems that have plagued the rollout of healthcare.gov, the online home of the insurance marketplaces.

National GOP leaders have harshly criticized Sebelius on the rollout and have called for a Government Accounting Office investigation of some of her fundraising efforts supporting the ACA.

Friday’s event runs from 1 p.m. — 4 p.m. at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar.

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