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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* The U.S. Senate is voting on whether to charge an Internet sales tax. I'm against anything that has the potential to drive more people into Walmart on Black Friday.
* Obama gave the commencement speech at Ohio State University. In a sign of the times, this was the first commencement address featuring a GOP rebuttal to everything the president said.
* At the Berkshire shareholders meeting, Ndamukong Suh participated in a newspaper tossing contest against Kathy Ireland, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. For a guy who recently competed in a jackknife/belly flop competition vs. Louie Anderson, this almost seemed normal.
* Lindsay Lohan has reportedly returned to rehab. By this point I'm guessing she didn't need a GPS to find the place.
* "Iron Man 3" did great business over the weekend. That's probably due to the marketing slogan, "Not quite as stupid as Iron Man II."
* Omaha received a high grade on a new air quality survey. This will serve us well on the two days per year the weather is nice enough to step outdoors.
* Sarpy County is taking steps to keep out strip clubs, adult motels, pornographic theaters, cabarets and “sexual encounter centers.” Oh, great, now what are Gretna city officials supposed to do in their downtime?
* If Sarpy County does ban strip clubs, adult motels, porn theaters, and sexual encounter clubs, it can forget about ever landing a Democratic National Convention.
* According to a report, the average cost of going to a high school prom in 2013 is $1,139 per attendee. This is why unpopular students often achieve the most financial success in life. Coming out of high school they have a $1,139 head start from the prom that they didn't attend.
* The average kid is spending $1,139 on the prom this year. Only in America do kids spend more on prom than their parents have saved for retirement.
* A cat flew 3,400 miles inside a passenger's suitcase on a Cairo-to-London flight. After exiting the plane, the cat was reported to be hungry, slightly dehydrated, confused and mildly traumatized. That's pretty much the condition of anyone leaving coach section.
* “American Idol” may oust Ryan Seacrest. That's how show business works. One day you're hosting one of the most popular programs in America, the next you're competing in a dive off on “Splash” against Keshia Knight Pulliam.
* Kim Kardashian is reportedly trying to stay low-profile at airports by hiding her baby bump under feathers. I'm thinking that looking like a 5-foot-3 ostrich isn't the best way to keep a low profile.
* The Kentucky Derby has been called “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” I disagree. I think the most exciting two minutes in sports is the length of time between when a Kentucky basketball recruit arrives on campus and when he makes himself eligible for the NBA draft.
* The Kentucky Derby featured horses named Oxbow, Orb, Golden Soul and Verrazano. Once again accentuating the fine line between race horses and the names celebrities give their offspring.
* Shaquille O'Neal ran around the TNT set in his underwear. This is why we need former athletes on set during the playoffs, for this kind of deep insight.