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There was possibly a substantial amount of buzz last week among Harold Ford Jr.'s supporters after information kinda sorta broke suggesting that the outgoing congressman may or may not run against incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander in 2008. According to the AP, Ford definitively refused to confirm or deny a report that he told a group of elementary school students that he might probably run again for the Senate in two years. The story's source material may or may not have been posted by 6-year-old blogger/media analyst Scooter McMegageek.

Grateful Undead

Last week The Commercial Appeal referred to Billy Lee Riley, the Sun Studio recording artist best remembered for "Red Hot" and "Flying Saucer Rock and Roll," as "the late" Billy Lee Riley. Although the original rocker is still alive and kicking, the CA report may have been referring to Memphis musicians' inability to start a show before midnight.

Ag Noir

This week's prize for creative agriculture reporting goes to AP scribe Elliot Minor for sharing this quotation: "It's an extremely competitive weed. ... It's an efficient ... bad weed." Admittedly, Palmer amaranth, an herbicide-resistant variety of pig weed that can grow an inch a day even in drought conditions, is the biggest threat to the cotton industry since the boll weevil. And it will never, ever be any good.

Sunday Christians

According to various reports, Highland Heights resident Michelle Johnson promised an undercover officer posing as a hit man $1,600 and some good nookie to shoot a woman twice in the heart and once in the head, then told the officer she had to go to church. It's believed that Johnson, who thought her intended victim had posted nude pictures of her on the Internet, will either stand trial or replace Karl Rove as political adviser to President Bush.

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