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When it was announced that my colleague Chris Herrington was leaving his post as the Flyer's film/music/Grizzlies guy to become the Commercial Appeal's entertainment editor I'll admit to having some mixed emotions. I was proud of Chris, obviously, but also concerned for my own job since Herrington's renowned competence might result in fewer opportunities to take pot shots at the daily.
After reading this inarguable but no less cringe-inducing headline I'm almost sad that CA didn't poach a couple of our copy editors while they were at it.
Yeah, I know, I know. This headline sounds like it came from The Onion. But it's actually inspired by a piece at The Onion’s informative music and entertainment website, the A.V. Club.
An A.V. Club writer has fact checked singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, most famous for the song “Walking in Memphis.” Here's what we learn:
"[Cohn] made the trek [to Memphis] in 1986 and did, in fact, go to Graceland, heard Al Green preach the gospel, and saw W.C. Handy’s statue. He even watched a little old lady named Muriel Wilkins play the piano, and then had a long chat with her after about life, love, and religion.
What he didn’t do, though, was see Elvis Presley’s ghost.”
Well, that settles that.
It begins with this tweet...
For some perspective, the average owl weighs between 3 and 5 pounds. There was a photo too. Sort of.
According to Fox 13's Lauren Lee the owl is a dirty rotten thief who will steal your hat. And your earbuds.
It will also snatch your squirrel. Or your dog that looks like a squirrel.
So lock up your squirrels. Or your squirrel-dogs. Stay indoors and stay tuned to Fox 13 (or at least Lauren Lee's Twitter feed) for further Monster Owl developments.
You'll also want to track down all the responses to Lee's report. And read them aloud.
We always thought Divine was from Baltimore. Oh well, she'll make a great addition to the Tiger lineup. Or she would if Harris Glenn Milstead hadn't died in 1988.
Well, this was an unexpected opening quotation for page one of the CA's business section...
And yes, tragically, it's a "small business" story.
Sometimes it's best to quote a source indirectly. "Hunt and peck," seems to be the preferred way to describe site-and-stab typing skills. And if poultry's your thing, "chicken peck typing" might also used.
Kudos to Channel 5 reporter Jason Miles for showing so much restraint with this Tweet...
Which directed followers to this headline.
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According to a report from The Commercial Appeal, a recent storm left at least one Elm down in a private driveway near Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown. The situation was so dire Howard Klink, a 48-year-old "landscapist" with Woodland Tree Service was called in to clear the debris.
“I’ve worked outside all my life, so it’s just second nature," Klink was quoted as saying.
"Tree service responds to fallen elm," by an uncredited reporter, is tree service reporting at its finest, you'll want to read every word. And there aren't that many, really.