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It's starting to look like everybody is strenuously opposed to Sinclair Media's impending takeover of Tribune Media properties including Memphis' own WREG. Well, everybody except the FCC. Last week, the conservative media company NewsMax weighed in against the $3.9-billion deal; this week, Dish Network and the American Cable Association (ACA) piled on. The ACA issued a statement saying, "The combination of the two companies would create a broadcasting behemoth with unprecedented control over both the national and local television markets — inflicting tremendous harm to competition and consumers." The Dish Network's complaint took aim at Sinclair's tendency to determine local content at the corporate level, describing the pending Tribune deal as part of "a systematic assault against local content."

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Neverending Elvis

Billboard ran a story slugged "40 Years After His Death, Elvis Presley's Jeweler [Lowell Hayes] Reveals Untold Stories of the King." In a key passage, Hayes talks about Christmas Eve 1969, when Elvis escorted him into a stall in the men's room of the Memphian theater (now Circuit Playhouse) to look at potential gifts for friends and family. The king took his place on the throne and said, according to Hayes, "You can put your briefcase right here on my lap." He bought three rings.

Oregonlive.com ran with the headline, "'Don't you feel him?'1979 Elvis Presley seance drew thousands in Portland, but faked-death theories live on," which documented an attempt by a group of Portlanders to prove Elvis was really dead. Cue Twilight Zone theme music.

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