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1 Kroger plans to add minor-medical clinics at 10 Memphis-area stores within the next few months. First, grocery stores added bank branches and now doctors' offices. What's next? A quick stop at the dentist to work on that root canal while you're waiting in line to buy a six-pack?

2 Memphis and Shelby County schools closed early last Friday because of threatening weather. This is a first, and we fear it may become a trend. We're all for protecting the children, but if a tornado is on the way, wouldn't it be safer for them to stay in a sturdy school building than desperately trying to drive home with Mom as the funnel cloud closes in?

3 Desperate for a winning basketball season like the University of Memphis enjoyed this year (well, except for getting booted out of the NCAA tourney by those UCLA rascals), the North Carolina State University Wolfpack has their sights set on a new coach -- namely, our own head Tiger, John Calipari. By the time you read this, we may know whether or not they got their claws into him.

4 Government and FedEx officials squired the vice premier of China around Memphis last week, hoping to solidify our city's commercial ties with the world's most populous nation. A spokeswoman for the Chinese delegation observed that Memphis "has many ancient buildings and a lot of history." Considering that China is more than a thousand years older than the Bluff City, we wonder if something was lost in translation. Surely what she meant to say was "fairly new buildings" and "a brief history."

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