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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* President Obama recently visited Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand. This was his "get out of town to avoid the fiscal cliff mess" tour.
* A search firm has helped whittle down the OPS list of potential new superintendents to 68 applicants. You can't blame 'em for being deliberate. After last time, the O in OPS stands for "Oops."
* It looks like two new schools are joining the Big Ten. The Maryland Terrapins and the Rutgers Tag-alongs.
* Nebraska has joined the secessionist movement; more than 2,000 signatures have been gathered. Signers are identified only by first initial and last name. Wait until The World-Herald investigates. We'll run a list of the signers' first, middle and last names, favorite colors, and who they voted for in the past nine elections.
* Nebraska has joined the secessionist movement. I think it would be a bit drastic for the entire state to leave the country. Is there any way that just the Legislature and OPPD can go?
* Texas, Florida and California are leading the movement to secede from the U.S. This reminds me of the scene in the movie when the Three Stooges moved out of the orphanage.
* Rex Ryan was voted the most overrated coach in the NFL. Which is especially embarrassing when you're not all that highly rated in the first place.
* There is concern the NHL lockout could lower the national profile of the sport. This means that on the national popularity scale, hockey could lose its precarious lead over badminton and jai alai.
* The Major League Soccer playoffs are under way. This shouldn't be held right after the WNBA playoffs. It's exhausting for Americans to have to ignore two postseasons back-to-back.
* Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got locked out of his team's locker room. You know you've had too much plastic surgery when your security guards don't recognize you.