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Brad's afternoon edition
* The Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way in Washington, D.C. I think it's great that officials wait for two days after Congress breaks for recess to hold the bee, so our elected officials don't look stupid compared with a group of 10-year-olds.
* A 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles. I'm trying to confirm that the NCAA selection committee was jumping up and down in excitement when members learned that not only does Creighton have to play No. 2 national seed UCLA in L.A., but that third base may be moving during the game.
* The "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries received record-high ratings for cable. If you know anything about how cable TV works, you realize this means the miniseries will be rerun 9 zillion times between now and the end of the world.
* John Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of campaign-finance charges. Edwards is philosophical. Thirty years in prison is still better than what he almost got - four years as vice president.
* Edwards isn't too concerned. Even if he's sentenced to 30 years, he'll still be out in time to see the last game of the 2012 NBA finals.
* At least two members of the Edwards jury were warned to stop flirting with Edwards. I still think there is a problem. During deliberations, the jury asked the judge for a clarification: Does the defendant prefer being addressed as "money honey" or "sweetie pie"?
* It's a new low for the judicial system when jurors are this close to providing conjugal visits for the defendant.
* In the Indianapolis 500, the winning car averaged 167.7 mph, a record that is expected to be broken by the presidential candidates leaving Iowa once the election is over.
* During a baseball game at Busch Stadium, a streaker ran on the field. It was sort of like the Go Daddy ads during the Indianapolis 500, only with less skin.
* Whenever a fan runs on the field, TV cameras immediately turn away to preserve the integrity of Major League Baseball. For the same reason, cameras are gonna begin cutting away whenever a Minnesota Twin is at bat.
* The Ohio State athletic director self-reported 12 more secondary violations. You know what you call it when Ohio State reports another 12 violations? "A slow Tuesday."
* A "psychic pig" is making predictions before European soccer matches. This is not to be confused with the hedgehog the Europeans use to make their economic forecasts.
* I'd poke more fun at the European psychic pig if I didn't live in a country that uses a groundhog to make long-range weather forecasts.
* Tulsa is getting a team in the new Bikini Hockey League. Women in bikinis on ice. Or, as that's traditionally called, "August in North Dakota."