Thursday, February 21, 2008

Inside This Week's Scene

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM

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Jeff Woods this week examines the growing culture war between Nashville's homeless and those with whom they share downtown. The yuppies, of course, have an advantage in that they've been able to co-opt local lawmakers and the business elite in a sort of controlled and systematic harassment of those who have nowhere to go. Check out Elizabeth Ulrich's follow-up piece to last week's cover story about sexual abuse within Southern Baptist Convention churches. This week, she attended an SBC committee meeting, and if you imagine a bunch of middle-aged white guys sitting around offering her sideways glances—oh, and one woman who gave those Baptist gents just what they liked by offering up an exemplary performance as a mute—you're on the right track. Also from Woods is a story about the nursing home industry trying to insulate itself from paying out damages for poor care. Maggots in an open wound? It's just the price of getting old. One executive, whose 2006 company profit was $600 million, argues that the industry may in fact be offering poor care because it's spending so much money defending lawsuits. Among other stupid human tricks, Confederacy of Dunces details Rep. Stacey Campfield's proposal to let faculty and students go packing on Tennessee's college campuses. Finally, yours truly takes on a couple of the General Assembly's dimmest bulbs, who want to make it even more difficult for kids in state custody to be adopted. UPDATE: In my haste, I forgot to mention our new sports column, Off Speed, written by the inimitable Steve Haruch, who is a sort of Scene renaissance man. It will appear in our pages regularly, though not necessarily weekly. In his debut column, Haruch examines Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and how it might apply to the recent UT-Rutgers game.

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