- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014
John Stamos lights up Elvis Presley’s Graceland

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Sporting Elvis Presley-like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley’s home-turned-museum in Memphis.

An avid fan of the King, Stamos joined hundreds of fans who watched yellow, red and blue lights illuminate the large front yard of Presley’s former home. Stamos was joined by young patients from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at the lighting ceremony.

Stamos, perhaps best known for roles on TV shows such as “General Hospital,” ”Full House” and “ER,” told The Associated Press in an interview after the ceremony that he wore the sideburns for his appearance at Graceland. Presley often wore long sideburns.

“It’s so funny. I had a beard, and I was like, ‘I better shave this and I’ll keep the ‘burns in tribute,” Stamos said.

When asked if he styled his hair a little higher in honor of Presley, who wore a pompadour, the quick-witted Stamos joked, “This is a new wig. I put a special wig on for tonight.”

Stamos has close ties to Graceland: His voice is featured on the iPad tour of the home. He remembers dressing up as Presley during an episode of “Full House,” and, while visiting Graceland in the 1990s for a TV special, he even got to play one chord on Presley’s piano.


Nashville immigrant hopeful about opportunities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - At 52, Martha Lugo’s back has begun to hurt from her job cleaning houses. Still, she continues to work hard to provide for her two daughters, one a senior in high school, the other a senior in college. Lugo also volunteers as an interpreter for Catholic Charities and tutor for GED classes.

In many respects, the Nashville resident is an ideal citizen - but she’s not a U.S. citizen. That means Lugo also lives with a constant fear that the tiniest infraction, like going slightly over the speed limit, could upend her entire world.

Like an estimated 11 million others, she is in the country illegally.

“I’ve been here nearly 25 years and haven’t been able to find a way to get legal status or even permission to work,” Lugo said. (She speaks English well, but the interview was conducted in Spanish.)

That could change this spring, when President Obama’s new plan for administrative relief takes effect.

The measure could help Lugo stop living in fear of deportation, get permission to work legally and maybe even return to Mexico for the first time in a quarter century to visit her 90-year-old father.


2 inmates who escaped from jail recaptured

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) - A pair of inmates who escaped from a south-central Tennessee jail have been recaptured.

WSMV-TV in Nashville reported (https://bit.ly/1zKfQPThttps://bit.ly/1zKfQPT ) that police found Brandon Grant and Shawn Luce Friday afternoon, about 90 minutes after they used a door left open during repairs to leave the Coffee County Jail.

They were found a mile away in a wooded area. Some nearby residents spotted the men and police gave pursuit on foot.

A nearby school was locked down during the manhunt.

Grant was arrested for violation of the sex offender registry.

Luce was arrested for firing several shots near local police during a domestic violence dispute this summer. He is being held on numerous charges.


Rape investigators collect Tennessee players’ DNA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - According to search warrants, Knoxville police have obtained DNA samples from two suspended Tennessee football players as part of an investigation into a reported rape and sexual assault of two 19-year-old women.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1v5bmmP) reported Friday that, according to the warrants, both players complied with a judge’s order Tuesday that they submit to DNA swabs at the police department.

Knoxville police have said the two players - linebacker A.J. Johnson and cornerback Michael Williams - have been identified as subjects of the investigation.

Neither player has been charged or arrested.

One woman says Johnson and Williams raped her at a Knoxville apartment early Sunday. A second woman says she was sexually assaulted by Williams at the same location.

The university has suspended Johnson and Williams from all team-related activities.

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