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1 Playhouse on the Square holds a fund-raiser "demolition party" and then tears down the decrepit old Robert E. Lee Antique Mall (originally built as a furniture store) at the corner of Union and Cooper to make way for its new 400-seat theater. We've heard of great performances "bringing down the house," but this takes that to a whole new level.

2 Heavy rains cause the University of Memphis Administration Building to flood, causing $50,000 in damages. Workers repairing the roof had left openings for rainwater to drain off. Just the opposite happened, and the rainwater drained in. Maybe the roofers should have waited a few weeks. Haven't they ever heard that ditty about April showers?

3 Dozens of students were let out of class early at Millington High School last week. Instead of getting a holiday, they were promptly arrested as part of a sting that helped police net more than 50 drug dealers -- many of them current and former students. Remember, kids, stay in school. And if it's not a holiday, be very suspicious when the principal says you can go home early.

4 Graceland says it has no plans to buy the Zippin Pippin or the Grand Carousel from Libertyland. Okay, then how about putting them both in Tom Lee Park? What a ride! What a view!

5 FedEx founder Fred Smith donates $10 million to the Memphis Zoo to help build Teton Trek, a showcase for wild animals of the Northwest. Now Memphians can see Grizzlies at the FedExForum or grizzlies at the zoo. We won't say which ones we think will be tougher.

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