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Why Memphis loves its Grizzlies

Originally Published: May 13, 2011
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

MEMPHIS -- For those of us who do not call Memphis home, President Obama's upcoming visit to Booker T. Washington High School on Monday seems like just a kind gesture for a city that's been a bit under water, literally and figuratively.

We've all seen the pictures of submerged neighborhoods and lost farmland caused by the rising Mississippi River. With Memphis already handcuffed by a 26 percent poverty rate, reportedly fewer than a hundred of the city's residents hit the ...

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