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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Jean Stothert's husband has been ousted from his job as a volunteer consultant for the Fire Department. Either this was party politics at its worst, or somebody decided they didn't want a tuxedo-wearing Fire Department consultant.
* Tropical Storm Alvin is gathering strength in the eastern Pacific. People may pay more attention to these dangerous storms if they weren't named after lovable chipmunks.
* Thursday has been a slow day at the White House. Only three new major scandals erupted.
* Good news in unemployment. It's up by one after the acting head of the IRS resigned.
* A possibly-pregnant Beyonce canceled a concert after a doctor ordered her not to sing. OK, I understand Beyonce wasn't allowed to sing, but why did she have to cancel the concert?
* TV star Jane Levy from the show “Suburgatory” is getting divorced after seven months of marriage. Kim Kardashian asked her: “What’s your secret to making it work?”
* NBA owners voted Wednesday on the future of the Sacramento Kings. Before the vote, one owner wanted to get away from it all in a place of quiet solitude -- downtown Sacramento during rush hour.
* In the NBA playoffs, LeBron James has had to defend Nate Robinson. If you missed it, just Google “Elephant smothers gnat.”
* Faith Hill is leaving “Sunday Night Football” and will be replaced by Carrie Underwood. This is sort of the United States’ version of selecting a new pope.
* Some Jacksonville fans presented a petition to the White House, asking President Obama to force the Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow. Timeout. Don’t you think we should let the president first worry about the looming nuclear threat in North Korea and then find Tebow a team?
* Three Ohio State assistant football coaches received salary bumps and are now earning more than $500,000 per year. To make it affordable, the governor of Ohio will be working for tips.
* According to a report, Geno Smith dropped in the draft because he is a "spoiled, pampered brat," quoting an anonymous source. When the New York Jets said they thought he’d be a good fit for their team, they weren’t kidding.