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A national survey shows that Memphis ranks almost dead last — second only to Kansas City — in the number of people who ride bicycles to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just one-tenth of 1 percent of Memphians peddle to work, which works out to about 14 people. But considering that Memphis has the nation's — if not the world's — worst drivers, who can blame them?

It looks like Memphis City Schools superintendent Carol Johnson will take a similar job in Boston, though she repeatedly assured the school board she had no plans to leave Memphis. Her predecessor, Gerry House, left MCS years ago to take a job with the Institute for Student Achievement in New York. With all the good school systems up there, can't those Northerners find their own people without stealing away ours?

Malco suspends a projectionist after he posts a not-so-glowing review of the new Fantastic Four movie on the popular Internet blog Ain't It Cool News. Apparently Jesse Morrison — who watched the movie during a private trade screening — didn't give it a thumbs-up, and Malco officials weren't pleased that the review also ran before the local media had a chance to see the film. In the future, we fear, projectionists are going to have to wear blindfolds, and all our calls for "Focus!" will be ignored.

A Memphis firefighter is arrested when he tries to sell a hand grenade to an undercover officer. We have many questions about this transaction: Where did he get the grenade? Why did the buyer say he needed one? And how did they decide on a price of $200?

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