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A mericans aren't known for dealing with death well, so there's a billion-dollar industry that steps in to take over. But some people question whether these businesses are acting in the best interest of the mourners.

Once the nation's most famous millionaire, Curtis Sharp now toils in near-obscurity in Nashville, after a whirlwind of limos, red carpets, alcohol, and women, bad investments, extreme generosity, and excessive spending.

Victoria Tane wants to be a hair accessories millionaire. So she travels back and forth to home-shopping giant QVC to hawk her products on the air.

Plus, philosophy from "Babylon 5," flying the angry skies, runaway moms, and more.



Columns
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Letters at 3AM [5]
Returning to the end of the beginning.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Fly the Angry Skies [6]
Much of the blame for the anger and frustration of the flying public has to be placed with the airlines, who've turned flying into a nightmare.
— Cap'n O, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
The Runaway Mom [7]
A rare trip to the movies yields maternal insights.
— Margaret Renkl, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Shaken... and Stirred [8]
The 2000 Mazda MPV minivan.
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [11]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 

Volume III, Issue 9
August 23 - August 30, 1999  
 
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Grave Decisions [2]
If you're going to die—and let's face it, you are—then you'll have to have a funeral of some sort, with all sorts of costs incurred—costs that critics of the funeral industry say are overinflated.
— Joe Tarr, METRO PULSE
 
Cashed Out [3]
In 1982, Curtis Sharp won $5 million in the New York State Lottery and became a celebrity overnight. But after years of living the high life, he settled in Nashville, adrift and in debt.
— Beverly Keel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Dreams on Consignment [4]
A Massachusetts inventor hawked her revolutionary headband on the QVC shopping network, she didn't get rich -- but she got hooked.
— Lisa Birk, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds & Ends [9]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Mr. Smarty Pants [10]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.
— R.U. Steinberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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