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ReadLOCAL COMPANY BEEF WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON (Arts & Leisure): PISTOL CREEK JUNCTION — A local company has filed suit against English entrepreneur and billionaire Sir Richard Branson. According to papers filed yesterday with the Calabash County Clerk of Courts, RK Meat Packing is accusing the flamboyant businessman, best known as the founder of the Virgin Gro . . . .
ReadREALITY COMES TO MUDCAT FALLS (Arts & Leisure): HOLLYWOOD -- Unbeknownst to all except cast & crew, reality TV has come to Mudcat Falls as principal filming is already under way -- and has been for some time, now -- for Work Release, scheduled for airing on UPN this fall season. "We actually green-lighted this project and got started well over a . . . .
ReadWAR OF THE ROSES (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- The annual Calabash County Spring Home and Garden Show erupted in violence as two rival rose breeders, one armed with a patent lawyer and the other pruning shears, went after each other thorn and petal over alleged dirty tricks during the judging of the floral finals. The normally s . . . .
ReadEXPEDITION ENDS IN TRAGEDY (Arts & Leisure): TALLADEGA -- A National Geographic sponsored expedition ended in tragedy, when two researchers went missing and a sound man was seriously injured while on assignment in Alabama. Scheduled for airing later this year, the "Expedition to the Edge" episode was intended to explore "Darkest America" for . . . .
ReadAND THE BEAT GOES ON . . . (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- Like the lone Japanese soldier who fights on to hold his island, not knowing that World War II ended decades earlier, local Beat poet, Alec Stipplefurter, emerged from his cave-like basement apartment in the Barleycorn district of downtown for the first time in over forty years. "Ha . . . .
ReadLOCAL AUTHOR A LETTERMAN BLOCK BUSTER (Arts & Leisure): NEW YORK -- Local author Alec Stipplefurter's television debut came to a screeching halt with his arrest for assault last night, after attacking David Letterman with an eight-and-a-half pound manuscript, causing riot on the set of the Late Show and leaving the late night talk show host with a nasty . . . .
ReadLOCAL MAN SUES CLAP (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- Chester McFuddlespud, proprietor of the local Sid & Nancy Museum, has brought a civil suit against the Congress of Liars, Apostates and Prevaricators for fraud, misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices. According to court papers filed with the Calabash County Clerk of Courts, . . . .
ReadMFTV'S MISSILE MISSING (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- Sheriff's deputies were called up river to the La Fontaine Center for Alleviation of Announcer and Anchor Alliteration to investigate Saturday's suspected suspicious disappearance of Missile Smith, veteran MFTV news personality. Smith had quietly checked himself into the treatment c . . . .
ReadJUDGE SIDES WITH LAW AND ORDER (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- In a decision that has stunned legal scholars, experts and cable pundits, Judge Aristotle Needlemensch granted a defense motion for dismissal when the prosecution failed to present its case within sixty minutes in the murder trial of Edith Pickles-Smythe. District Attorney Jack Medd . . . .
ReadFROM SECOND CITY TO OUR CITY (Arts & Leisure): PISTOL CREEK JUNCTION -- Special Agents of the newly established Department of Homeland Security swooped down on a Pistol Creek Junction Speedway convenience store yesterday from unmarked Blackhawk helicopters, backed up on the ground by a platoon of tinted-out, unmarked, black Chevy Suburbans, to . . . .
ReadACLU CHALLENGES CALENDAR (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- The ACLU filed suit in Federal Court on behalf of local atheist Chester McFuddlespud to force the Calabash County Government into abandoning the Gregorian Calendar under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as a tacit and impermissible endorsement of religion. The Greg . . . .
ReadMTV TOP SECRET STUDY LEAKED (Arts & Leisure): NEW YORK -- A top secret study commissioned by MTV Networks to investigate and explain shifting viewership patterns is causing wide-spread alarm in the health, entertainment, insurance and legal industries, particularly with regards to a heretofore undiscovered causal link between boredom and morta . . . .
ReadSOCIAL WORKERS SCROOGE HOLIDAY SHOW (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- A special strike force from the Calabash County Department of Social Services swooped down on a packed Hoover High School Auditorium Saturday evening to close the drama department's holiday production of Oh Calcutta! A clearly perplexed Principal Essel Forskein was taken into custod . . . .
ReadBLACK HISTORY MONTH PROTEST (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- Protests over Black History Month came from an unexpected quarter, when a group of demonstrators, led by local second generation civil rights leader Reverend Montgomery Selma Jackson, marched outside the Calabash County Courthouse against February being the month designated to celeb . . . .
ReadMTV POLITICOS UNPLUGGED (Arts & Leisure): NEW YORK -- After airing only one episode, MTV has pulled the plug on the Truth to Power Hour, a supposedly hip alternative to the usually drab Sunday morning news talk shows, hosted by actor Sean Penn and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy, which featured a decidedly alternative viewpoint on c . . . .
ReadTHEEBOOK "PULLING THE PLUG" (Arts & Leisure): MUDCAT FALLS -- Despite the explosion in popularity of Facebook and Twitter, a local company, Piffle Inc., announced it has been forced to close down its innovative social media site, TheeBook. "It is an extremely competitive market," said Amos Stoltzfus, Piffle CEO. "We thought we had definitely f . . . .
ReadPOLL SHOWS PUBLIC MEDIA WEARY (Arts & Leisure): GREENVILLE -- A new Bob Jones University/Clear Channel/Luntz Research poll shows the American public to be more "media weary" than "war weary." In a survey of 1012 likely television viewers, less than one in five respondents expressed satisfaction with news media reporting. With an approval rating . . . .
ReadTHE GRINCH THAT SUED CHRISTMAS (Arts & Leisure): NEW YORK CITY -- In a surprise move the ACLU filed suit against the New York Times for violating the establishment clause of the First Amendment, specifically by accepting advertisements from retailers for Christmas sale items. "As the nation's so-called 'newspaper of record' the Times has occupies . . . .

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