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* On the first day of spring on Tuesday, weather in Omaha was cool, cloudy and miserable. Just to clear up some confusion: Those days when we had brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures? That was winter.
* There was a high-speed chase in Lincoln on Wednesday. It was NU basketball officials trying to sign a new coach, but he made it across the border.
* The Denver Broncos held a press conference to introduce Peyton Manning. So far so good: He made it through the entire press conference without one neck surgery.
* Tuesday was the first day of spring. It feels like spring in Omaha. It was great to wake up and hear the zebra mussels chirping.
* The New England states are offering a regional lottery where the winner receives $1,000 per day for life. In Omaha we call that "the police chief's pension."
* The Nebraska Legislature and Gov. Dave Heineman have agreed on a "less ambitious" tax cut plan. Why is it every time our state Legislature gets something accomplished, nine times out of 10 the phrase "less ambitious" appears in the sentence?
* Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary. After it was clear he had won, Romney thanked the voters of Chicago. To communicate with them, he conducted a seance.
* After taking Illinois, Romney said that Rick Santorum will need "an act of God" to win the nomination. By using the phrase "act of God," Romney is cleverly comparing the Santorum campaign to a natural disaster.
* God immediately said, "Leave me out of this."
* According to a Pew Center poll, there are subtle signs that Republican voters are tiring of the primary process. For example, instead of choosing a particular candidate, two-thirds of voters are writing "whatever" on their ballots.
* President Obama sent Iran a tough message on YouTube. Social media is all well and good, but this could be the first president to tweet that we're at war.
* The Obama YouTube message to Iran could have huge historical significance. Seventy percent of Americans said if Obama re-edits the video and adds a funny cat falling off the Oval Office desk, they're willing to check it out.
* There's speculation that there may be talks regarding a "backroom agreement" of some sort between Santorum and Gingrich for Gingrich to withdraw. So far there's no agreement, as Santorum is refusing to pay off Newt's Tiffany's card.
* According to a report, President Obama is detached and aloof from Senate Democrats. Obama said that's nonsense, and he hosts Senate Democrats at intimate gatherings all the time. So what if they have to wear name tags?
* Rick Santorum called for outlawing teleprompters. If Republicans and Democrats both get their ways, we'll live in a nation where some drugs are legal but you can do hard time for getting caught with a teleprompter.
* Gingrich called for tracking illegal immigrants using a tracking system similar to those used by UPS and FedEx. You would just have to stamp everyone in Mexico with a bar code.
* CNN is rumored to be acquiring a new online site for $200 million. If CNN wrote a $200 million check, I assumed it'd be to the Obama Administration.
* An 81-year-old woman won the $336 million Powerball lottery. A bit of unsolicited advice: Go with the lump sum payment instead of the $100,000 per year for life.
* At McDonald's in Austria, a new deep-friend McRib topped with bacon debuted. I'm just sorry that Dr. Kevorkian didn't live to see this one.
* The Hubble telescope has identified a new planet that's almost exactly like Earth. It's actually an improvement over Earth, because the new planet doesn't have a Nancy Grace show.
* In his divorce from Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries is representing himself. You know the old adage: "Anyone who represents himself has a fool for a client." That's not to be confused with that other adage: "Anybody who'd marry a Kardashian is an idiot."
* Let's see what's going on in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, aka "the Ohio state championships."
* Sometimes I think we tend to lose sight of the true purpose of the NCAA Tournament. Remember, it's not who wins or loses, but how well we can promote Ashley Judd's new ABC series.
* The New York Mets have agreed to pay $162 million in the Madoff case. The Mets are upset because the organization could have used that $162 million to pay an oft-injured pitcher who'd start three games over the next six years.