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Neverending Mongo

It's been a terrible week for Prince Mongo. Last week, District Attorney Amy Weirich's campaign mailers compared Memphis' perennial novelty candidate from another planet to the DA's current opponent, Carol Chumney. If that wasn't enough, a Florida newspaper serenaded the Southern-fried alien with Grinch-like glee: "It reads like a far-out version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas.' Six, four-foot piles of sand, six indoor plumbing devices, eight clotheslines filled with women's undergarments, 45 plastic flowers, 200 small toys." So began The Daytona Beach News Journal's coverage of Mongo's latest legal woes. Circuit judge William Parsons denied a motion to dismiss nuisance complaints stemming from Mongo's predictably outrageous lawn decorations.

The Going Rate

Meet 19-year-old Tony Hamer. He's the guy making the "like-you've-never-committed-a-crime-for-pizza" face in the mug shot below. Tony told police he didn't rob Domino's delivery guy Jose Reyes but was "present during the planning" and served as the lookout when Reyes was relieved of $20, his phone, and the pizza order. Hamer admitted to receiving a generous three slices as payment for his services. No stuffed cheesy bread exchanged hands.

Neverending Elvis

It's getting harder to separate real hoaxes from fake ones. Mastro Auctions, an Internet business self-described as "the world's leading sports and Americana auction house," has been indicted for allegedly selling fake Elvis hair and bogus baseball cards. This news comes in the wake of overstated media stories about a British artist breeding mice infused with Elvis DNA, which he obtained from hair purchased online.

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