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T he summer heat has melted a few brains. That's how it appears if you read through the dotty stories in this week's Weekly Wire. Not that I'm complaining -- they're very entertaining. After all, it's not every week you get to read about the adventures of Shirtless Man. Speaking of shirtless, we've also got a story about the 20,000 members of the Rainbow Family, a freaky group of hippies who really know how to enjoy their summer vacation. And isn't it high time somebody settled this "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" debate once and for all? (I've lived in desert climates, and let me tell you, sometimes it's the heat, dammit.) Finally, if you're looking for a dose of insanity and your video store has rented out all its copies of Sam Fuller's "Shock Corridor," we've got something better. Although everybody wears shirts, this inside look at the world of mental health care is nonetheless fascinating.

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Political Dressing [9]
74 years ago this week.
— Sue Schuurman, WEEKLY ALIBI
Odds & Ends [10]
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [11]
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia.

Now What? [12]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.

Volume I, Issue 53
June 8 - June 15, 1998  
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Orderly Conduct [2]
The life of a mental-health worker isn't necessarily sane. A first-person account.
— Michael J. Woods, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
The Adventures of Shirtless Man [3]
Summer is descending, and soon the men without shirts will be everywhere. One writer goes, um, undercover to learn about life among the bare-chested.
— Christopher Davis, MEMPHIS FLYER
Rainbow's End [4]
The freak flag will be flying over Arizona this summer, when the 20,000-member Rainbow Family gets together.
Accidental Spammer [5]
The confessions of a spammer.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE

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Word Games [8]
John Bridges with a remembrance of spelling bees past.
Strange Bedfellows [6]
The gay community lost a friend when Barry Goldwater died.
— Mubarak S. Dahir, MEMPHIS FLYER
The Burning Question [7]
So which is it? The heat or the humidity? Two writers square off on the question of the season.
— Bruce VanWyngarden and Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER

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