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Broadband and Elvis

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"While we continue to review the decision, it appears to halt the promise of jobs, investment, and opportunity that community broadband has provided in Tennessee and North Carolina." — Federal Communcations Commission Chair Tom Wheeler responding to a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of a state's right to halt job creation, investment, and opportunity by limiting/preventing municipal broadband expansion.

Neverending Elvis

By the time this issue hits stands, another Elvis Week will have come and gone. That means global media will have been flooded with stories about Memphis, the King of Rock-and-Roll, and people who like to dress up like the King of Rock-and-Roll.

While most columns were pretty standard fare, there were some nasty little oddities. People Magazine ran an exclusive excerpt from the autobiography of Elvis' girlfriend Linda Thompson, wherein the former Hee Haw Honeys cast member dishes on Elvis' drug and diet issues and claims to have saved her drowsy beau from drowning in a bowl of chicken soup.

Thompson's account: "As I held his head up by his hair, he had chicken soup and noodles all over his face. I started to clean his throat, literally pulling out chunks of food." Ew.

Similarly, the Syracuse Post-Standard ran an article slugged "'Fat, puffy, has-been' Elvis Presley shredded by Syracuse reporter 40 years ago." It was all about how 40 years ago, Dale Rice, a reporter for The Post-Standard, wrote a column about how Elvis was a "fat, puffy, has-been," and fans took such offense, the paper had to write an editorial asking readers and fans to let the controversy die. "What I wrote was representative of an emphasis on journalism in the post-Watergate era," Rice was quoted as saying. "There was a real effort to tell what you saw as the truth, to write things the way you saw it."


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