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Vigil Commemorates Elvis’ Death

Priscilla Presley, left, and Lisa Marie Presley speak to fans gathered at a candlelight vigil at Graceland, Elvis Presley's Memphis, Tenn. home, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Elvis Presley fans numbering in the thousands outside Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of his death got quite the surprise Wednesday evening when the King's former wife and daughter — Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley — showed up for the annual candlelight vigil at the cultural icon's estate in Memphis, Tenn. Mother and daughter have largely avoided the hoopla surrounding the Aug. 16, 1977, death that has turned into an annual celebration of all things Elvis but remains a personal time of pain for them. This year's anniversary was different, however. “I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come down here tonight,” Lisa Marie told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. “I love you very, very, very much”/Los Angeles Times. More here.

Question: Which Elvis Presley song do you consider is his best ever?

‘Add The Words’ Group Plans Vigil

The “Add The Words” campaign, which has pushed unsuccessfully this year for lawmakers to consider legislation adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act to ban discrimination on that basis in housing and employment, will hold a vigil on the Statehouse steps on Thursday evening to “shed some final light on a dark legislative session,” the group said in a news release. It's asking supporters to bring flashlights, cell phones or other non-flame producing light, as open flames aren't allowed on the steps/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you want the Idaho Legislature to “Add the Words” any time soon?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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