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It was #1 by 1. The number-one ranked Memphis Tigers were down by seven points with just seconds to go but somehow managed to pull ahead and beat their basketball archrivals, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, by just a single point. With less than half a dozen regular-season games left, we don't need any more heart-stoppers like this one.

The Memphis Zoo recently acquired a new attraction, and he's quite a celebrity. The Komodo dragon, which recently called the Los Angeles zoo home, made the news several years ago when he chomped down on the foot of San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein, the husband of actress Sharon Stone. The couple was on a private tour of the zoo, and the giant lizard apparently thought Bronstein's feet looked like his favorite food: white mice. The toe-nibbler's name used to be Komo. Memphis zookeepers plan to call him Jeff. Maybe we should call him Chomper.

In the old days, thieves used getaway cars to make their escape after committing bank robberies, holdups, and other crimes. With criminals getting younger and younger, it only makes sense that they have to make do with what's available. Cops recently arrested a 19-year-old and are looking for two other teens who have been assaulting people on sidewalks and in their driveways and then pedaling away on their bicycles. It's only a matter of time before criminals start using strollers.

We will never understand our judicial system. A Memphis woman kills her allegedly abusive boyfriend — a police officer, by the way — by shooting him multiple times in the back, and she lands a two-year sentence. Meanwhile, another woman is facing up to 12 years in prison when her car runs off the road — apparently by accident — and strikes two motorcycle officers, killing one of them.

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