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Eat it: Sure, Alfred Packer ate people -- but he didn't murder them. That's the conclusion of a group of Mesa State College scholars who've been studying the site where Packer and his pals spent a long, cold winter 127 years ago, with only Packer emerging alive. In the years since, the only thing more controversial than Packer's appetite was the spelling of his first name. His infamy only enhanced his status at the University of Colorado, though, where he served as inspiration for Alferd Packer: The Musical (note alternate spelling), produced by then-CU film students Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and is also commemorated at the school's Alferd Packer Grill.

Not all celebs are so lucky. Coach Gary Barnett may be having a winning season with the Buffs this year, but he lost his namesake restaurant at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston, Illinois, just blocks from Northwestern University, the school he ditched for Boulder. What had been Gary Barnett's is now known simply as Coaches.

How quickly they forget: Remember the shark hysteria this summer that had the national media in a feeding frenzy and vacationers afraid to set foot off beaches from Virginia to Florida?

The terrorist attacks had already stamped out coverage of more recent stories that once might have been considered big news; now they're even beginning to erase our memories. Submitted for your consideration, this correction printed in the October 14 issue of The New York Times: "An article on Sept. 16 about New York's resilience in the face of the attack on the World Trade Center, citing other incidents of unexpected violence around the nation, misstated the site of the 1999 high school shooting in Colorado. The incident, in which two students killed 12 students, a teacher and themselves, occurred in Littleton, not Littlefield."

And now for an update on FrankBenét Ramsey...

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