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Living to see another day

Living to see another day

Seven-time murderer Paul Dennis Reid may be a madman. Or, he could be a genius pretending to be a madman. Quite a few theories bounced around the city this week after Reid escaped the death penalty with only hours to spare. Through Monday night, Reid had said he preferred to be executed and not pursue legal appeals. But when a federal appeals court halted his execution pending further research into his mental health, Reid interpreted the decision as a sign from God. At that moment he decided he would pursue his appeals. The decision could delay his execution for years.

Those pesky legislators delve into budget

Lawmakers are increasingly threatening to mess with Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposed cuts in state government. Top on the list of legislators’ concerns are the cuts Bredesen is making in state payments to local governments. Bredesen, who really doesn’t like people messing with his proposals, has begun responding to their threats this way: You cut what I’m cutting, and I’m going to cut deeper somewhere else.

A generous people in a generous land

A study published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy concludes that Nashville is one of the 10 most generous cities in the nation. The study, based on tax data of individuals making over $50,000 a year, showed Salt Lake City to be the most generous, with Nashville placing seventh. The stingiest city in America was Hartford, Conn.

Titans all smiles on draft day

Among the most interesting of the Titans’ draft picks—the team went for a corner back, running back and wide receiver in its first three picks—is a mammoth, 340-pound offensive tackle named Todd Williams, who holds two degrees from Florida State. The story is all the more remarkable because Williams comes from a severely disadvantaged background and was homeless for part of his youth. He said he earned his college degrees in criminology and sociology because, after football, he wants to help kids who grew up the way he did.

Gone golfing

As previously reported in the Scene, our esteemed editor Bruce Dobie applied some time ago for membership at the exclusive Belle Meade Country Club, where women are allowed only non-voting memberships and where the lone black member hails from Atlanta. Now, the club has accepted the amiable 45-year-old Cajun crack-up into their numbers. While many among us can’t muster the energy to care where Dobie chases his white ball with a stick, the development nevertheless has some Nashvillians talking about the inherent contradiction of an alternative weekly headman joining the city’s ultra-establishment patricians. Then again, the Scene is more weekly than alternative.

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