County mayor A C Wharton was initially scheduled to attend, but he will be in Nashville instead ...
The House of Representatives followed suit on Friday and agreed to the Senate bailout bill passed overwhelmingly on Wednesday. The House thereby reversed its action on Monday when a prior version of the bill was defeated.
President Bush has indicated he will sign the bill promptly.
The vote was 263-171, with 63 Democrats and 108 Republicans voting no. (For comparison's sake, the vote on Monday was 208-225, with 95 Democrats and 133 Republicans voting no.)
Between Monday and the Senate vote various amendments were added, notably the raising of the FDIC ceiling from $100,000 to $250,000 for insuring bank deposits, as well as various tax-break "extenders." Those additions, as well as the chilling losses suffered on Wall Street after Monday and the virtal shutown of credit markets seemed to have made the difference.
The Grand Jury indicted Dexter Cox, 19, for the following charges: First degree murder and theft of property over $1,000. Cox is charged with shooting and killing Edward Vidulich, an off-duty Memphis police officer, on January 28, 2008 inside the victims home located on Shiloh Drive.
According to the affidavit of complaint filed in the case, Cox was in possession of the victim's stolen handgun when he was arrested on January 30. The victim's sport utility vehicle was also stolen and found burned on the day of the murder. Cox is also charged with shooting and killing Herbert Wooten and shooting and injuring Barbara Wooten on October 25, 2007 at the victims' home located on Pinedale Avenue. According to the affidavit of complaint filed in this case, Mr. Wooten was shot while sitting on the front porch after he was approached by a suspect who inquired about a treadmill the victim was selling. According to the affidavit, Mrs. Wooten was inside the home and went to the front door after hearing the gunshots. She was shot through the door and injured.
Cox is also charged with the murder of Gwendolyn Cherry. Police officers responding to a report of a shooting on Riney Street found Cherry dead under the homes carport. The medical examiner ruled Cherry's death a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.
Memphis police arrested Cox on January 30, 2008 for murder of Edward Vidiluch. During that investigation, homicide detectives identified Cox as a suspect for the other murders. Cox is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond on each of the indictments.
Read more about Bo Bo and Jo Jo (and Poochie the Memphis wonder dog) at Vance Lauderdale's Memphis magazine blog.