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Brad's morning edition
* A lane of Dodge Street from 69th to 70th Streets is closed for three days. It's expected to have less of an impact than the last time a Dodge Street lane was closed, which means traffic will only be backed up to eastern Kearney.
* The Mars rover Curiosity traveled a distance of 354 million miles. That's so far that as it hovered over the red planet at 12:31 a.m. Monday, the late-night psychic on KFAB was beginning to fade out on the rover radio.
* In a nice lead in to the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, OPS board president Freddie Gray just skated by with a vote of 8-4.
* NBC is being criticized for using Ryan Seacrest during its Olympics coverage because he's not knowledgeable about the events. Take the women's 400-meter hurdles, which I'm pretty sure is not called “The Run for the Roses.”
* A reporter for the London Independent newspaper has been suspended by Twitter for violating Twitter protocol. As we went to press, it was unclear whether he spelled a word correctly or used a comma in the right place.
* There is video of the queen checking her nails as the British team enters the stadium at the opening ceremonies. Call me cynical, but I'd rather rewatch this than the finals of the 100-meter dash.
* More information is coming out about Sarah Palin's weekend visit to Cabela's in La Vista. Apparently, she and husband Todd asked for the “helicopter hunting” section of the store.
* Palin and Deb Fischer met for lunch at the Summer Kitchen Café. I guess they couldn't get a table at Chick-fil-A.
* Because it was Palin's treat, the two dined on fried moose.
* The new college football season is about to get under way. Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced a new rule stating that any players caught holding hands in the huddle are to be ejected immediately.
* Mitt Romney is campaigning in Iowa on Tuesday. Or does that go without saying?
* Objecting to the stated unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, an Obama official said the actual unemployment rate is 8.24 percent. I believe this official is the new Secretary of Nitpicking.
* Mitt Romney's high school freshman year report card has been made public. It's now official. Because not only is being president the toughest job in the world, but now that your high school report cards become public, nobody will ever run for president again.
* Romney's lowest grade was in French – he got a C. Democrats are suggesting that if Romney tries to tell the president of France, “Nice to see you for a third time,” he may end up saying, “How about we start World War III on Tuesday?”
* The boy band 98 Degrees is reuniting. The members' careers have cooled so much that now they're known as 49 Degrees.
* The eyes of Canada were on the U.S.-Canada women's soccer match on Monday. Not that Canadians are into soccer – it's just that there's nothing else to do up there.
* A U.S. Olympic judo competitor was disqualified after testing positive for marijuana. Authorities got suspicious when on his bio he listed his top achievement as having watched “Dude, Where's My Car?” seven times.
* The Olympics is getting tough on athletes who test positive for marijuana. OK, here's another reason to not send NBA players in the Games.
* There was a shocker in the pole vault. I guess the real shock is that NBC even aired the pole vault when the 7-meter synchronized interpretative jazz diving quarterfinals were under way.