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Tony Brown badly injured

Tony Brown badly injured

Famed Music Row producer Tony Brown suffered a severe head injury while leaving a Los Angeles restaurant Friday, and is listed in critical condition in UCLA’s Medical Center. Brown, a senior partner at Universal South’s record label here, is widely considered one of the most talented figures in the music industry nationwide. Much of his career has been spent at MCA, where he was president. He left there to start his new label, with veteran Tim DuBois, just over a year ago. Brown’s wife, Anastasia, and the couples’ children have flown to L.A. to be with him.

Giving them fits

The state’s yet-to-be-instituted lottery is being hammered out before our very eyes. The state’s attorney general has ruled unconstitutional a plan for legislators to hand out excess lottery funds to educational projects in their districts. The idea was pretty much 100 percent pork, seeing as how the lawmakers could have given the monies to anyone they wanted. Meanwhile, state House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh is trying to broker a compromise in the dispute between state Sen. Steve Cohen and the governor about who appoints the lottery oversight board. The governor wants more appointments than the legislature; Cohen wants the legislature to have more than the governor. Naifeh’s plan would allow the House speaker, Senate speaker and governor to each make appointments. And all three officials would have the right to veto selections by the others.

Davidson A.M. turns one

The Tennessean section that has brought you such riveting headlines as “I’ve learned a lot in year in the life of Bellevue” and “Railway museum offers Easter Bunny Excursion” had its first birthday this week. Keep up the fine work!

Looks like this war is about over

Everyone would agree that it’s still ugly over in Iraq, but most of us seem to have started going about our lives without the television on all the time. Members of the 101st Airborne from nearby Clarksville who specialize in crowd control and military policing are said to be preparing for an increased role in the conflict. For the rest of us, it seems as if it’s mostly back to the daily grind of life as we know it.

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