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Political Pains

State senator Ophelia Ford was hospitalized this week after experiencing chest pains. Not to minimize the senator's obvious health issues, but one has to wonder if the latest round wasn't brought on by an interactive e-card circulating around Memphis featuring a cartoon of Ford spouting off some of her more infamous one-liners like, "You need to get knowledged" and "What you're saying ain't hittin' on nothin' with Senator Ford." The card originates from http://www.foxfunnies.com/.

Weird Marketing

A recent article about Northern Tool + Equipment, the toy store for tool lovers that took over part of the former Kmart in Summer Commons, revealed the company's curious Memphis marketing strategy. Unlike Lowe's and Home Depot, which cater to men and women in equal measure, Northern caters to a more testicular crowd. Roger Bunn, vice president of retail for Northern, told The Commercial Appeal, "We're after the blue-collar customer who works with his hands and even in his spare time, works a lot with tools. ... The Memphis market was a natural for us." Of course, if the execs at Northern are really as market-savvy as they seem to be and they really want to make Greasy McHammerpants a regular customer, they might want to change their name. "Southern" has a nice ring to it.

Hard Knocks

New rules enacted by Memphis City Schools mean expulsion for any student caught participating in gang-related activity at school or during a school-sponsored event. Some exceptions may be made for the Chess Club Disciples.

Speaking of Ophelia Ford, Chess Club Dicsiples

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