In recent months, air traffic controllers have let five jets approach the Memphis International Airport closer together than FAA regulations allow. One incident even took place during a training session, when two jets came within a mile of each other while landing, instead of the three miles required by the FAA. We can remember when one airline's slogan was "Fly the Friendly Skies," but this is getting a bit too close for comfort.
The Regional Medical Center is aggressively pursuing ways to partner with another health-care organization that is more financially stable. The Med's money woes stem from several sources, including an increase in uninsured patients. As a result, it's been bleeding money, so we hope somebody can find a way to bandage this much-needed facility.
President Bush has named former Memphian Margaret Scobey the U.S. ambassador to Egypt. Before that, Scobey served in Syria, Israel, Kuwait, Yemen, and Pakistan. Compared to those countries — none of them exactly known for their stability — Egypt should be like a vacation. At least we hope so.
While police were interviewing the victim of a carjacking, the suspect happened to drive by, and police set off in hot pursuit. He was caught and is currently facing a wide range of charges. We had always read that bad guys return to the scene of the crime, and we guess it's true.