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Brad's afternoon edition
* On Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate provision of President Obama's health care l. Obama was so thrilled, he's thinking of inviting the justices to a $20,000 per plate dinner and discounting their prices to only $10,000 per plate.
* Regular daytime TV viewers were dumbfounded by the Supreme Court decision. "When are they going to throw a chair, or take a paternity test?"
* Critics complain that the networks turned the Supreme Court decision into an event to appeal to daytime television viewers. Was it really necessary to put Kelly Ripa and Matt Lauer in judicial robes?
* After the Supreme Court immigration ruling, it may be left to the state legislatures to make the hard decisions. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to leave something this important in the hands of the Nebraska Legislature, a group that often appeared in over its head debating unwanted kissing.
* Now that she's officially announced she's leaving the "Today Show," Ann Curry is going to drop completely out of sight for a while. So it sounds like she's joining "CBS This Morning."
* I think this is telling - to report on Tropical Storm Debby, NBC sent Ann Curry to Florida to be lashed to a tree.
* If you've missed any of the postrace press conferences at the Swim Trials, I'll catch you up: Being here “is an amazing experience. Everyone is awesome. It's gnarly, cool, and really, really sick.”
* Between races at the Swim Trials, 6-foot flames shoot from the pool deck. This demonstrates the difference between the Swim Trials and the College World Series. At the CWS when you see 6-foot flames, you know the brats are cooked.
* These are not to be confused with the 8-foot flames that shot from UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman's ears when he heard BCS presidents approved a college football playoff.
* A Creighton grad completed something called a “death race” back east. And even he's not returning to Omaha yet - it's too hot.
* In Douglas County, a couple weeks ago man got out of jury duty because he had poison ivy. The down side is that now 90 percent of people called for jury duty are scratching themselves.
* In Spain, elected officials participated in a Naked Bike Ride. There's nothing like a country hovering on the brink of financial collapse where elected officials are seen riding bicycles nude.
* The Charlotte Bobcats hired a new coach, former St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap. Remember that name ... actually, you probably don't have to remember it.
* I read that an American spy satellite may be launched. So it sounds like the New England Patriots minicamp is in full swing.
* In a big upset, Venus Williams lost in the first round at Wimbledon. This was attributed to her repeatedly stepping on the 12-foot feathered boa that was part of her outfit.