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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* Good news: Street plowing in the Omaha area seems to be going well. Bad news: Many are without power, so they can't open their electric garages to get onto the freshly plowed streets.
* Not to worry. OPPD will tend to the power outages just as soon as executives complete their next 12 meetings on the latest proposed rate hikes.
* Air travel delays are affecting Christmas travelers. If you're flying into or out of O'Hare in Chicago, the delays will affect Fourth of July travel.
* According to Mayan prophecies, the world is supposed to end on Friday. I believe this will make Thursday the slowest day ever for the sale of strawberries.
* NASA announced that the world will not end on Friday. I don't think NASA should stop there. I'd suggest taking the 55-foot robotic arm and slapping some sense into folks claiming the world is about to end.
* In Lancaster County, thieves have been pilfering fir trees in rural area to serve as Christmas trees. Sounds like somebody doesn't have a proper grasp of the meaning of Christmas.
* A rubber nose that sticks to your shower wall and dispenses soap through a nostril in on sale. That's how it always goes. Six weeks ago you had all these plans for elaborate Christmas gifts to buy your loved ones, and now you're down to the nostril soap dispenser.
* In Puget Sound, a bottle with a note inside washed up on shore. It wasn't a stunt. Apparently, the guy who did this has Cox email service and it's the only way he could communicate.
* According to one estimate, milk may be selling for $6 per gallon next year. If you're shopping for a last-minute Christmas gift for Dad, I'd go with a dairy cow to keep in the garage.
* Miss USA won the Miss Universe pageant. There is some confusion. There were two Miss USAs entered. This, after Miss Mexico defected.
* Danica Patrick is getting divorced. The couple may have raced to the altar. Since it was a race, Danica finished 18th.
* After pleading guilty to driving with a suspended license, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will play in the Outback Bowl. Representing a Big Ten team in a bowl is now considered a form of punishment for lawbreakers.
* Wisconsin hired a new head football coach: Gary Andersen from Utah State. I think his biggest adjustment will be going from a state with ultra-strict liquor rules to standing in front of a student section that is basically 10,000 beer bottles with legs.