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It's no secret that many American businesses, including newspapers, have been outsourcing work to Third World countries. We had no reason to suspect that The Commercial Appeal was engaging in this practice until a headline appeared on their Web site a little over a week ago: "June 29 is last day to apply for be city schools interim boss." Please for you to make papers by this delighted date.

Ask the Kid

Cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly, beer and barbecue. Some flavors seem to go together. Take the partnership of Memphis' colorful golf pro John Daly and Kid Rock. The two became friends seven years ago after Daly bought $4,000 worth of merch at a Kid Rock concert. Here are a few things Rock told the Detroit Free Press about his BFF.

— "I've never seen him play. He hits balls off Coors Light cans at my pool. I've seen that — that's fun. He's the only real pro out there, when it comes down to it: a star."

— "When you're on the road ... you start to get in trouble when you don't have anything to do. You're sitting in a hotel room, waiting for the next round. You play golf for, what, four hours? What do you do for the other 20 hours in a day? Sleep for eight of them. That leaves a whole bunch open. You get in trouble."

Fighting Words

In honor of Independence Day, online travel agency Cheaptickets.com recently identified the best places in America to eat barbecue. Memphis is ranked 10th, behind New Orleans, Kansas City, and Little Rock. But the biggest insult is ranking New York City — where zoning and vertical architecture prevent pit smoking — as the number-one spot to eat barbecue in the United States. That could be true, we suppose, if the 'cue is FedExed from Memphis.

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