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Brad's morning edition
* There were storm warnings for parts of Nebraska on Wednesday. We need the moisture so bad, residents were huddled in their basements on their phones going, “There's lightning and thunder and wind and hail - it's great!”
* The rain seems to have missed the Omaha area. With the climate we've experienced this summer, now the big concern is sandstorms.
* Due to the heat in eastern Nebraska, lemonade stands run by children have been quite common. Talk about an awkward incident. A local TV news station visited one lemonade stand just as Mayor Suttle showed up to collect the 9-cent restaurant tax owed.
* Starting Friday at 5 p.m., some lanes on Leavenworth Street will be restricted and motorists are advised to avoid Leavenworth, something I've been doing since 1968.
* A man is accused of driving a Prius to Village Pointe to deliver marijuana. Of course, because it's Village Pointe, the marijuana was marked up 30 percent.
* The Olympic opening ceremonies will feature a British actor reciting Shakespeare. If it was in the U.S., we'd see Paula Abdul reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
* The U.S. Olympic team outfits consist of white pants and blue blazers. Six NBA players opted out of the Olympics because they didn't want to be caught dead dressed like that.
* There will probably be beautiful pageantry and incredible costumes at the opening ceremonies. Because it's in London, no one will see a thing due to the fog.
* Mitt Romney is attending the opening ceremonies and may meet Queen Elizabeth II. There's concern she'll take offense when she learns Romney's house is bigger than hers.
* Many of the gold-medal winners will be meeting Queen Elizabeth II. A quick lesson in Royal etiquette: It's considered improper to address her as “Liz” or “Two.”
* The concern going into the Olympics is that NBC is solely focused on good ratings. There may be something to that, because the network just petitioned the International Olympic Committee to change the 1,500-meter run to a sing off.
* In the spirit of the Olympics, Dwight Howard is now demanding to be traded to either the Dominican Republic or Indonesian national teams.
* Big Ten media days are getting under way. The World-Herald is offering extensive coverage. Look for our seven-part interview with Goldy Gopher.
* Now that stricter drug testing is in place, no American was even in contention to win the Tour de France. The potential punch lines here include: A) "You do the math." B). "You connect the dots." C). "Coincidence? I think not." D). The ever popular, “Well duh.”