Fly on the Wall 1421 

A silly subhead, a shady Elvis impersonator, and a liquor thief

Awkward Files

Social media-sharing reorganizes old-school media content in ways that aren't always ideal. Photos might be unrelated or randomly cropped, and, as in this case, a reporter's opening sentences may be repurposed as an awkward subhead. Commercial Appeal scribe David Waters penned a lovely story about retiring educator Rita Grivich. The column's sharable form was slugged "She teaches deaf students and she's Italian."

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Neverending Elvis

It's true what they say. Elvis is everywhere. He's most recently been connected to the Panama Papers, a monumental document leak detailing attorney/client information related to hundreds of thousands of offshore shell companies. Of course, it's not the real Elvis who's been taking care of shady business but one of his many impersonators. In addition to performing Elvis tributes in his $3,500 jumpsuit, New Zealand-based entrepreneur Darryl Jensen drove a taxi and operated businesses related to "energy therapies" and "interactive soul healing." Two bankruptcies later, the man who would be king was more than $200,000 in debt. His home was listed as the registered address for Basil Al Jarah of Iraq, who's been described as the bagman in an oil industry bribery and corruption scandal.


Is Delta Airlines flight attendant Rachel Trevor the not-very-smart Robin Hood of airplane bottle liquor sales? The 28-year-old Memphis woman was arrested for stealing approximately 1,500 itty-bitty bottles of booze from Delta and selling them on Craigslist for a buck a piece. The liquor has been given an in-flight value of $12,000.

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