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Brad's morning edition
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* A study is under way to settle on Omaha's preferred mass-transit upgrade. Mayor Jim Suttle was on hand to cut a ribbon, as this is Omaha's 1,000th all-time mass-transit study.
* A little mass-transit trivia: If you laid all of Omaha's mass-transit studies end to end, they would reach Jupiter.
* I hereby call for a study to determine why we have so many mass-transit studies.
* In a salute to Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne, a flotilla of 1,000 vessels sailed down the River Thames past iconic landmarks culminating in a huge concert by Elton John. This is expected to be the biggest celebration until Omaha does its thing before the 100-meter breaststroke prelims at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
* Meanwhile, in their salute to the queen, Cayman Islands officials released a turtle. Guess who may have a bit of an inferiority complex today.
* Today's acronym update: OPS, which now stands for Officials Pass on Sebring.
* On a highway in western Pennsylvania, rush-hour traffic was backed up because two cows were mating in the road. OK, that's one thing. But then state police held up traffic for another 20 minutes so the cows could spoon.
* I had this observation about the various recall elections around the country: This may be the only nation where it's easier to mount a recall than it is to vote an incumbent out of office.
* Experts say the Bob Kerrey-Deb Fischer campaign will not deal with scandal, controversy or name calling, and it will be about the issues. Which immediately sent a generation of voters scrambling for their dictionaries to see exactly what this word "issues" means.
* After conceding the Wisconsin recall election, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was slapped by a supporter. This is when you know there's acrimony in politics: Candidates get slapped by their own supporters.
* Coming on the heels of the "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries, cable television is focusing on another, even more bitter feud: "Obamas & Clintons."
* The Major League Baseball 40-round draft just ended. Some say there's not enough talent to support a 40-round draft. There may be something to that. In round 40, Kevin Costner was selected.
* Someone paid $4.4 million for Babe Ruth's old jersey. It was authenticated due to the beer, tobacco and sweet roll stains.
* It's been discovered that 10 years ago the L.A. Coliseum, home of USC, was used to film a pornographic movie. I only hope being linked to something as corrupt as USC athletics doesn't tarnish the image of pornographic movies.
* In soccer, the U.S. and Canada played to a 0-0 tie in a match marred by all 108,000 fans in the stadium nodding off.