It was a great week to be a basketball fan in Memphis. The
U of M Tigers — following a convincing win over Southern Miss and a North Carolina loss to Maryland — are ranked number one in the Associated Press poll for the first time in 25 years. Last time, the team held that ranking for just one week. This time, we think they'll carry it all the way to the Final Four. These Tigers have bite.
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the Minneapolis I-35 bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River last summer because of a basic design flaw. Hundreds of "gusset plates" — steel pieces that hold beams together — were only half as thick as they needed to be. Okay, until someone reassures us that the Memphis bridges also didn't use the wrong plates, we are not driving to Arkansas for a while.
State Senator Steve Cohen made an appearance on The Daily Show, where he chatted with correspondent Samantha Bee about his objections to the practice of "line standing." You see, this is where congressional lobbyists pay others to hold their place in line. Does this mean that Cohen crossed the writers' strike picket line?
Shelby County Sheriff's Department deputies charge a man with selling thousands of dollars' worth of counterfeit Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton items. Considering that he was offering these luxury wares from a folding table set up on Walnut Grove, we wonder what tipped them off?