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Teachers and a parent at four different city schools are victims of broad-daylight carjackings. Police believe three of the crimes are

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committed by the same person, and the cars are usually abandoned nearby. We don't understand this. Who needs that many cars? We know Mayor Herenton wants to fight crime by adding police officers, but this one may be a job for the Mayor of Covington Pike.

A Raleigh woman gives birth and leaves her baby -- umbilical cord still attached -- outside her apartment building, where the child is found by another resident. Police somehow determine the mother had not actually abandoned the infant, but the case is turned over to the Department of Human Services. We may not know much about child-rearing, but we know this: You don't leave kids in parked cars when it's hot and you don't leave newborns outside when it's cold.

Sometime this month, the Memphis Zoo expects to greet its one-millionth visitor. To celebrate, they plan to give away a prize package that includes a trip to Seattle. Gee, that doesn't really say much for Memphis, does it, when the best prize they can come up with is a trip to another city?

Memphis announces plans to annex three adjacent communities, a move that would increase our population by some 42,000 people. There's just one problem, and it's the usual one: Many of those residents don't want to be annexed. You know, when Andrew Jackson, James Winchester, and John Overton laid out this city back in 1819, do you think they had this much trouble getting people to live here?

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