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1. The NCAA decides that Native-American images and mascots are offensive and can't be displayed during post-season play. That doesn't seem to affect any teams around here, but it's only a matter of time, we fear, before PETA tries to tackle the U of M Tigers.

2. The unofficial vote tally shows that Ophelia Ford has apparently won - by just 20 votes - the Democratic primary for the Senate seat vacated by her brother. John Ford, you recall, has resigned in the wake of the Tennessee Waltz scandal. Looks like the people in District 29 are happy to trade in one Ford for another.

3. A national survey shows that Memphis has some of the lowest-priced parking in America. That's certainly the main reason we live here.

4. Developers present innovative new concepts for the Mid-South Fair property. Attendance at Libertyland has dropped over the years, and other fairground facilities have deteriorated. Options include converting the property to parkland or residential uses. Maybe we should just move Confederate, Jefferson Davis, and Forrest parks there, statues and all.

5. Local utility bills could rise 75 cents a month after officials decide to impose a countywide "vector control" fee. That's a fancy term for mosquitoes and rats, people, and we'd gladly pay 75 cents to get rid of them. n

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