(MEMPHIS) -- You can't call it anything less than a huge success ... this year's Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. Promoters tell the Commercial Appeal that a record 165,000 people attended concerts on Friday and Saturday and Sunday's events were near sell-outs.
The only reason that this year's event did not outsell last year's was that rain dampened some of the outdoor venues. It was the 26th time the city had rallied to honor its jazz music heritage. The events were held, some in the mud, at Tom Lee Park.
The festival operates mainly through the corporate and business sponsorships of many local groups and companies. Although the rain caused a downturn in food and drink sales, festival-goers say they will be back next year for the 27th event ... praying the weather is better.
(TACOMA, WASH.) -- The major art museum in Tacoma gets a new curator this week. The facility says the Tacoma Art Museum's new curator-in-chief is Patricia McDonnell. For nearly a dozen years she has served as an art curator and professor in the Twin Cities.
Now, according to the Washington state facility, she arrives at a time of transition. It will be McDonnell's job to oversee the completion and opening of a new building. She was on staff when the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis went through the same growing pains.
McDonnell has a doctorate in art and is said to be an expert on modern painters.
(DENVER) -- Although nursing is one of the most respected of all jobs, it's a tough assignment with long hours and low pay. That's why many American cities are facing nursing shortages. One particularly hard-hit city is metropolitan Denver.
The Post says a shortage of trained nurses there has caused some hospitals to turn away patients because the patient-to-nurse ratio has gotten too high.
Many facilities, though, have filled their units to capacity and have lived with the specter of less care because of fewer nurses to go around.
Some hospitals, including one in Denver run by a local university, have been relying on a patchwork quilt of regular and part-time help. It can cost as much as $70 an hour to provide nursing care in some intensive care units.
(SEATTLE) -- The ongoing debate about the possible future of a monorail system in Seattle continues, but it would appear that some definitive progress is being made. As with the planning for any mass transit system, one major question has been "Which part of the city to serve first?" Now, according to the Post-Intelligencer, it would appear that a route from the central city through Ballard to West Seattle is the initial choice for construction.
The final decision could be made in about two months with plans of putting the question of increased taxes (to pay for the project) to the voters in November.
Meanwhile, there are many questions to be resolved as to where a westward route would actually be placed. Alternative routes have good and bad points, both in ease or difficulty of construction, needs of riders and of course, cost.