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Quote o' the Week

Elvis pal and former head of the Memphis Music Commission Jerry Schilling recently told an AP reporter: "It was the creative disappointment that killed Elvis. The drugs were just a Band-Aid." So remember, kids, just say no to Band-Aids.

Suspicious Minds

Is there something wrong with President Bush or is he just too casual for his own good? A recent AP article examined several recent events from the president's visit to Graceland with Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi to his failed attempt to give German chancellor Angela Merkel a neck rub during the G8 summit. Experts blamed the president's quirky sense of etiquette on everything from his Texas roots to his baby-boomer ethos. P.M. Forni, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, explained Bush's strange behavior by saying that the president came of age at a time when "respect for authority was plummeting." The article concluded that the president's behavior simply reflects the "casual mood of the times."

Will this assessment quell the local rumor that President Bush is trying to sell Memphis to Japan in exchange for more Japanese ground support in Iraq? Probably not.

Crystal Balls

Celebrity psychic Uri Geller has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the former owners of Elvis Presley's East Memphis home breached an eBay contract to sell the property.

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Curiously, the famous seer -- who wanted to turn Presley's first house into a museum reflecting the King's spiritual nature -- never saw that one coming.

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