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This is Brad's afternoon edition. Click here for Brad's morning jokes.
* Alaska Airlines will begin serving Omaha on Nov. 7 with a daily nonstop flight to Seattle. This will work out great for Omahans -- we can fly to a place that gets less rain than Omaha...
* Thursday morning's rainstorm offered another chance to play that popular new game in Omaha: Is it thunder or firecrackers?
* On the "Today Show," Paula Deen said: "I is what I is." That sounds like a Dr. Seuss book ... if Dr. Seuss had dropped out of school after the second grade.
* NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden could be stranded at a Russian airport for two months. That reminds me of the time I tried to catch a connecting flight at O'Hare International the day before Thanksgiving.
* The U.S. is calling on any country tempted to welcome Snowden to turn him away. The same goes for Dennis Rodman. Turn him away, too.
* In San Jose, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was booed after she called Snowden a criminal. Pelosi would have scowled at those booing, but the Botox made that impossible.
* In the wake of the NSA scandal, some Americans say that President Obama has turned into Dick Cheney. I think the major difference is Cheney is more critical of Republicans than Obama.
* President Obama bristles at suggestions he's like Dick Cheney. I think bristling at criticism may not be the best way to prove you are unlike Dick Cheney.
* Dennis Rodman said, if LeBron James played in the '90s, he'd have been just an average player. The scary part: That statement was made by the man we may be counting on to help us avoid war with North Korea.
* On Tuesday, Doc Rivers officially became the new coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Following tradition, five minutes later, the Clippers began a preliminary search for his replacement.
* Jon Bon Jovi's son is joining Notre Dame's football walk-on program. Dad is jealous because he realizes that NBC devotes more overall coverage to Notre Dame walk-ons than it rock stars.
* Illinois offensive lineman Tanner Farmer chose NU over Missouri. IN YER FACE, MIZZOU! ... Sorry, since Nebraska no longer plays Missouri, I had to do that one last time.