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It's hard to believe, but it seems we are actually saying adios to Pau Gasol, who was one of the charter members of the Memphis Grizzlies. Rumors had persisted that the Spaniard wanted to be traded, but most people assumed it would never happen. But now Pau is going to the L.A. Lakers in exchange for about half a dozen other players. It's safe to say the team won't be the same without him.

It was an anxious time for people in Midtown for a few weeks, as a gang of shotgun-wielding bandits committed a series of robberies in the Rhodes College area. Police finally nabbed the crooks before anyone got shot, but the most depressing thing about the whole affair may have been the ages of the robbers. The youngest was 13, and it's believed the eldest was no older than 16.

Someone at the Memphis Board of Education decided the city school system needed some brand-new — and very expensive — digital copiers. So they turned in a purchase order signed by school board attorney Percy Harvey, and sure enough, an office supply company delivered three copiers worth more than $515,000. The only problem was, Harvey had been dead for a year, and the signature on the purchase order doesn't remotely match Harvey's real signature. It's not exactly setting a good example for students with all this cheating, is it?

A local furniture store has come up with an unusual promotion: Any furniture you buy is free if the University of Memphis makes it to the Final Four. We hadn't really thought about purchasing a La-Z-Boy, but the way the Tigers are playing, we sure wouldn't mind having one — or two, or three — for free.

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