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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Gov. Heineman is right when he says our taxes are too high. Nebraska is one of a handful of states that still imposes its own death tax. It's always a little off-putting when a representative of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce shows up at the funeral parlor asking for his cut.
* As the blizzard of the Millennium bears down on New York, New York City is kicking off Fashion Week. Apparently what's in this year are parkas, snow shoes, earmuffs and thermal underwear.
* Photos of the "two cuddliest sheepdogs ever" have gone viral. Oh, great, now this means nobody will be watching the State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
* President Obama just attended the National Prayer Breakfast. There have been so many cuts in Washington, it's now a continental breakfast. There's a toaster, some OJ, cereal and Styrofoam bowls.
* Chris Christie said: “I'm the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life.” This may be the worst kick-off slogan to a presidential campaign ever.
* Christie told a former White House doctor who evaluated his health after watching him on TV that she's a “hack” and should just shut up. The good news is, even after saying these things, Christie has retained his title “Most Tactful Resident of New Jersey.”
* Iran launched a monkey into space. You know your space program is lacking when you have to make your shuttle telescopes in the shape of bananas so your astronaut uses it.
* During his interview with the alleged Manti Te'o's hoaxer, Dr. Phil made him cry. He showed him highlights of the Notre Dame game with Alabama.
* A U.S. surfer broke his own world record by riding a 100-foot wave. He said he owes it all to being in the right place at the right time after that Omaha water main break.
* Omaha ranks 17th in the nation for bedbugs. I'm not sure which is more disturbing -- that we're 17th in bedbugs or second in number of mayoral candidates.