Last Tuesday, during the Elvis Week festivities, a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol once owned by the deceased King of rock-and-roll was stolen from the museum across the street from Graceland by a man wearing shorts and a camouflage shirt. News of the theft was reported by The Commercial Appeal, WMC-TV, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader of Pennsylvania, The Toronto Star, the BBC, CBS, The West Australian, Forbes, Boisie's Fox 12, WBOC-TV in Maryland, and hundreds of other media outlets around the globe. Ironically, the suddenly famous gun of Memphis' favorite son was later recovered from the business end of a portable toilet behind the museum. Although the firearm could not be reached for comment, its handlers say it is badly shaken but unharmed and recovering from its traumatic experience in the evidence room at 201 Poplar.
Last Friday, Shawn Klush, a jumpsuit enthusiast from Pittstown, Pennsylvania, became the first winner of the Graceland-sanctioned Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, winning $5,000 cash, a $5,000 Graceland shopping spree, a recording session at Sun, a contract to perform on a cruise ship, and a $3,000 gift certificate good toward the purchase of a new rhinestone-studded romper. In spite of Klush's good fortune, experts agree that the possibility of scoring a date with Ann-Margret seems unlikely.
Darrell Phillips, the director of new media for Memphis' Fox news station WHBQ, has been accused of hacking the inexplicably popular online community Fark.com and planting a Trojan virus capable of recording passwords. Phillips, the man responsible for the genuinely funny Fox Funnies, has yet to respond to interview requests. His silence has caused some to speculate that the generally excellent newsman may be farked.