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1 The Voodoo Music Experience, scheduled for October 30th in AutoZone Park, is losing much of its mojo. Half of the two-day event will now take place in New Orleans, as originally scheduled. Oh, and to please everyone who thought "voodoo" was evil, the Memphis event has been renamed the Southern Comfort Music Experience. Happy now?

2. Scientists are now warning that the dreaded avian flu could possibly be spread to humans by creatures that are common in these parts -- ducks. Yikes. We don't know what can be done for Ducks Unlimited, but we hope The Peabody is giving their red-carpet waddlers plenty of Tamiflu and keeping the fountain water warm.

3. The Shelby County Grand Jury indicts almost 70 individuals -- the most indicted in one case -- for embezzling $130,000 from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Law enforcement officers say that the participants (who were written reimbursement checks for dental work they had never done) all knew each other or were related in some way. Some friends and family networks you just shouldn't sign up for, no matter what they're giving away.

4. Former county mayor Jim Rout has been asked to explain how he spent $25,000 on what seems to be personal expenses -- including a wedding party. Before he resigned as a result of the Tennessee Waltz probe, former state senator John Ford was fined because he spent 10 grand of the state's money on -- yes -- his daughter's wedding. According to Emily Post, weddings are supposed to be paid for by the bride's family -- not the taxpayers.



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