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Elvis sweats, Cohen tweets, and Dr. King

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Neverending Elvis
Walgreens stores are pretty much all the same. And with some small exceptions, they all carry the same basic stuff. Except, of course, for the Walgreens in downtown Memphis, where you can by a white Elvis-inspired sweatsuit.

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Last week, U.S. representative Steve Cohen visited Joe Scarborough's Morning Joe show to talk about his roller-coaster ride of believing he had a daughter, then discovering via DNA testing that she wasn't really his daughter, then tweeting that an African-American tow-truck driver, upon hearing about the congressman's very bad week, announced, "You're Black! Yo." Cohen defended the tweet and tried to put it into a broader context or to at least make it sound like something Stephen Colbert might say.

"I said, it's just been hell," Cohen told Morning Joe viewers. "He [the tow driver] goes, 'Man, you're black.' And I took it as a compliment. I hear it in Memphis all the time. My constituents don't look at me as a white person."

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Public Art
Why is Dr. King yelling at a college graduate in this new mural on the Greenlaw Community Center? And more importantly, what's he saying?

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