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Air Force One brings President George W. Bush all the way to Memphis to attend a $1,200-a-plate Republican fund-raiser for Senate hopeful Bob Corker. Even if only 100 people show, that's still $120,000. And if 1,000 people show, that's over $1 million. No wonder a recent USA Today story likened Bush to an ATM machine for Republican candidates. Cha-ching!

Two of the biggest events in

town -- the Mid-South Fair and the football matchup between the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee -- take place at the same time, resulting in a Saturday-morning traffic jam on just about every street leading to the Liberty Bowl. If that wasn't bad enough, the Tigers also found themselves in a jam, losing 41-7.

The Shelby County School system mails student report cards with the wrong grades. One of the clues that something was amiss? Many students flunked homeroom, where they don't even earn a grade. For this fiasco, we give a big "F" to the California-system company that handles this project.

Scientists now believe they have spotted the ivory-billed woodpecker in Florida. That's good news to the folks in Arkansas, who said they had seen the bird, once thought to be extinct, but had their claims disputed. We know our neighbors know their hogs and razorbacks; we think they know their birds, too.

To reduce crime, police have begun limiting access to Beale Street. We can remember a time when Beale was like an abandoned movie set, and we were desperate to get people to go there. Looks like we are victims of our own success.

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