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Avenue Cue

An impatient Washington Post food blogger had a smoky bone to pick with Chris George, the tight-lipped owner of Memphis Barbecue, a soon-to-be-opened rib joint in Crystal City, Virginia. When George, a veteran of various D.C.-area eateries, refused to talk at length about his secret rubs and down-home recipes, the blogger had this to say: "[George] did allow that he will serve wet and dry ribs, which, this being a Memphis-style barbecue restaurant, is a little like the owner of a burger joint saying he will sell burgers." Snap.

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According to an article in USA Today, the young whippersnappers of Occupy Memphis and their cranky-old-man counterparts in the Tea Party saw "eye-to-eye on some issues and clashed on others" at a recent summit. On one hand, both sides agreed that government is unresponsive to voters. On the other, "GET OFF MY LAWN!" Twenty-one-year-old Occupy Memphis speaker Tristan Tran described the meeting as "constructive," while 68-year-old Tea Partier Pete Dresser said it confirmed his belief that Occupy Memphis is "a ramshackle movement that is not organized."

Neverending Elvis

Jalopnik.com, a website featuring "daily automobile news and gossip for those obsessed with the cult of cars," recently featured a bright-yellow 1971 De Tomaso Pantera that Elvis Presley purchased for his girlfriend/Hee Haw honey, Linda Thompson. Blogger Matt Hardigree admired the Pantera's sleek European profile and its muscular 351 Ford Cleveland V8, but most of all he was impressed by a series of bullet holes that, according to Tom Kenny, collections manager for the Petersen Automotive Museum, where the car is on display, were the result of the Pantera's failure to start. Jalopnik's conclusion: "You don't show up the king, even if you're made of metal."

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