1. In the past week a former Memphis police officer is charged with conspiracy and theft. Another former officer lands in jail for lying to federal agents. A Germantown officer is relieved of duty after being charged with public intoxication. And a sheriff's deputy is accused of storing drugs for a suspected drug dealer. Wait a minute. Aren't these supposed to be the good guys?<p> 2. Robert Murray Bohn, a native of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, is found guilty in federal court of all sorts of crimes, including racketeering, money laundering, and mail fraud as part of a lottery scam. The mastermind of the scheme was a man from Canada, where marketers convinced elderly U.S. citizens to buy tickets in foreign lotteries. And since the tickets and other materials were sent via FedEx, the feds in Memphis began investigating. Hey, Vanuatu was one of the Survivor locations. Guess the feds outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted Bohn.
3. The NBA issues a dress code to all players, demanding that they wear nice clothes off the court, no sunglasses indoors, and all sorts of other odd requirements. We just hope they don't make the Grizzlies start wearing those too-short shorts like players did in the 1980s. NBA rules only allow one ball on the court.
4. Federal and state agencies have so far rejected five proposals from local emergency management officials that would help prepare citizens here in case of a major earthquake. They are presently pondering a sixth. Oh, well. It's been 194 years since one of the worst quakes in American history hit this area, so what's the rush?