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The Summers, Confederate parks, Elvis, and Lil' Buck

Not the Onion
This gem from the U of M student newspaper gets your Fly on the Wall's nod for headline of the week: "Local Band Changes their Sound."

The article introduces readers to the Summers, a local band changing their sound to something that is, according to the Helmsman, "different, still rock-based, but more mature." Here's hoping that this local band's new sound helps them to get a whole new kind of a thing going on.


Suggestion Box
Bruce Barry of Nashville Scene thinks Memphis wasn't being proactive enough in changing the name of Confederate-themed parks in response to the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013, which would make it illegal to change statues, monuments, nameplates, or plaques that memorialize war and warriors.

"The Memphis City Council is missing a real opportunity here," Barry wrote, suggesting that Forrest Park could have become Racist Nathan Bedford Forrest Park. "We could have also had 'Blow Me Jefferson Davis Park,'  'Ashamed to Have Been Part of the Confederacy Park,' or 'Ronald Reagan's Illegal Grenada War Park.'"


Neverending Elvis
We know he was a hip-swiveling corruptor of American youth in the 1950s, but was Elvis also a howling banshee or a wicked leprechaun? A new biography titled Elvis and Ireland aims to tell the King's story from an Irish point of view. The Irish Daily Star quotes the book's 29-year-old author Ivor Casey as saying, "Many priests roared that Elvis was slouched at the left hand of Satan with a distinctive plan for the corruption of the young people of Ireland.'"


Verbatim
"Meryl Streep, she learned a bug jump or two." — Memphis jookin' phenomenon Lil' Buck to Stephen Colbert. Buck was talking about his trip to China with Streep and Yo-Yo Ma.

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