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Silence!

WMC weatherman and wrestling announcer Dave Brown retired this week. Let's have a moment of silence as we ponder this fuzzy picture of Dave moderating a heated exchange between Adam West's Batman and Jerry Lawler in a Superman costume.

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Tough Love

The Rev. Steve Montgomery got Facebook-stern with Fly on the Wall because, like everybody else in Memphis, we noticed a naked lady stopping traffic on Union.

Unlike everybody else in Memphis, we only shared a photo of the woman's feet and wondered what she might be doing with a nearby bag of charcoal.

"Her name is Marilyn," Montgomery posted on social media. "She suffers from alcoholism and mental illness. At Idlewild, we have loved her, fed her, counseled with her, tried to refer her for some help, cautioned her, and have even had to use 'tough love' at times. For we dare to believe that beneath all that brokenness is a beloved child of God ... For we are all broken in one way or the other. Some are able, with our privilege, to hide it better than others."

You'll get no arguments here. Mental illness is a tragedy exacerbated by bad information and worse public policies. We wish only the best for Marilyn. Having said all that, we've still got no idea what she was doing with that bag of charcoal.

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