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Brad's afternoon edition
* Golf ball-sized hail just fell in Boulder, Colo. Too bad it wasn't snowball-sized hail; then Colorado fans would've picked it up and heaved it in the direction of the nearest football field.
* About an hour before Mitt Romney's appearance at Council Bluffs' Bayliss Park on Friday, the line to get in was short. A little tip to the Romney team: In order to get people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area excited about an event, it's best to include at least a brief fireworks demonstration.
* A new restaurant called Blatt Beer and Table is opening near TD Ameritrade Park. For now, it will have a limited menu but offer Zesto ice cream and beer. Note to all Omaha restaurant owners: So long as you have Zesto and beer, food is unnecessary.
* After walking out of the Staples Center for a cigarette during the Stanley Cup Finals, Charlie Sheen was banned from re-entering. Hasn't there been enough rioting surrounding the Stanley Cup without this?
* President Obama wrote a note to excuse a fifth-grade Minneapolis boy from class after the kid skipped school to attend an Obama speech. After the jobs report last Friday, the teacher said she's going to need to see a note from someone of higher authority.
* Actor Chuck Norris was involved in the Wisconsin recall election. I'm all for this, if it means he's too busy to make any new Chuck Norris movies.
* It appears that Mitt Romney may be making some promises to major supporters. For example, if Romney is elected, the Supreme Court will convene inside Trump Tower.
* Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley has married a plastic surgeon. I'm guessing they were introduced by Nancy Pelosi.
* A private company is going to send a man to Mars by 2023. I realize Mark Zuckerberg is unpopular with Facebook shareholders, but I didn't realize it had come to this.
* Buick launched a series of ads aimed at luring younger buyers. Now Buick is targeting drivers in their early 70s.
* Producers of "Dancing with the Stars" announced a huge shakeup in the way the stars are chosen. Apparently, producers are no longer going to skim though a 1984 issue of TV Guide.
* A second giant sinkhole has forced another family in Florida to move out of its home. The good news is, at the present rate, in approximately 60,000 years Florida will completely disappear.
* The Major League Baseball draft just ended. It went 40 rounds. During the draft, Omaha went through two school superintendents and three police chiefs.
* Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been sentenced to 180 days in jail. Raiders management isn't calling it a jail sentence. No, it's "a fan bonding opportunity."