Fly on the Wall 

Got Back

In advance of her December back surgery, Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove told Eyewitness News 24/30 that she abused alcohol and pain pills.

"My problem was pain," she said, blaming her recent run-ins with the law on her doctor's inability to make an exact diagnosis. In addition to DUI-related misdemeanors, Fullilove is also accused of obtaining a fake Tennessee driver's license. In Fullilove's defense, it can be a real pain finding somebody to drive you to Tunica.

Verbatim

"Frankly, I don't know why you wouldn't charge more," E.W. Scripps senior vice president of newspapers Mark Contreras said about why the larger, supplement-stuffed Thanksgiving issue of The Commercial Appeal cost as much as a Sunday edition.

Season's Beatings

According to a report by Fox 13 News, "Black Friday brought out the rowdy side of a Memphis Toys 'R' Us crowd. ... There were even allegations of people in the crowd being armed with tasers and pepper spray."

Five paragraphs later, Fox reporter Jill Monier repeated, "Some say people lined up shopping carts to keep the late arrivers at bay while others were reportedly armed with tasers and pepper spray." Later, it was finally noted that police "could not corroborate reports of people ... armed with tasers and pepper spray."

Elvis Claus

Sirius XM chief executive Mel Karmazin recently said that in spite of the auto industry's ongoing hardships, holiday sales of Sirius XM Radio players are "on target." Karmazin credits the company's success to an advertising campaign featuring a basketball legend, a dead comedian, a dead rock-and-roller, and Howard Stern. When asked how much it cost to bring Michael Jordan, Richard Pryor, and Elvis Presley together, Karmazin answered, "a lot of millions of dollars."

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