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Ups and Downs

The Zippin Pippin, Elvis' favorite wooden roller coaster, is making headlines after Green Bay officials announced that installation costs would be $500,000 more than originally expected, bringing the total cost of construction to $3.5 million. Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt says he still believes in the project and is confident that private donations will cover the shortfall. According to the Victoria Advocate, Pippin supporters are counting on the attraction to bring big crowds to Bay Beach Amusement Park when it opens.

You know, if it works out for Green Bay, Memphis should really look into getting one of those.

Christmas Balls

Look at poor Bernard Mario Johnson. He looks sad because he's become the latest victim in the culture war on droopy drawers. Johnson was arrested in a Memphis Walmart on Black Friday, because his visible red holiday underwear disturbed shoppers. The shoppers clearly have never visited peopleofwalmart.com and didn't know what to expect from their experience. At least Johnson, unlike many of the characters photographed for the website, was wearing underwear.

King Clone

While on the topic of Elvis' favorite roller coaster and peopleofwalmart.com, Elvis Presley Enterprises has announced that "due to the overwhelming response and success," it will host a fifth Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

By Chris Davis. E-mail him at davis@memphisflyer.com.

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