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Generous citizens quickly chip in and replace the $7,000 stolen from a MIFA employee who was taking the cash and checks to the bank. Now that's the Christmas spirit!

A Horn Lake artist gets the attention of the Ripley's Believe or Not folks by painting -- and selling -- rather nice landscapes using nothing but fingernail polish because she likes the glossy look. Elvis Presley, Kemmons Wilson, Fred Smith -- ours has always been an area known for its innovations. Guess we'll just add Mary Lola Scott to the list, too.

When a customer drives away

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from the pump without paying for his gas, the station owner pulls out a gun and shoots the back tire of the Jeep. After all, this IS Memphis. The man speeds off anyway, but is quickly nabbed by the police, who also charge the shooter with firing a weapon inside the city limits. He argues that he aimed carefully at the tire, and it wasn't "no Annie Oakley-type shot." But we're not so sure. With all this gunplay on a daily basis in Memphis, our city is beginning to look like someplace out of the wild, wild West.

Memphian Elizabeth Bolden dies at the age of 116, officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world. She leaves behind children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren, and even great-great-great-great grandchildren -- an astonishing 567 descendants. Those family reunions must have been pretty hectic: How would you ever know if you were going to have enough food?

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