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Notebook: Snoop Defends Performance; Top 30 Recruit “Will Never Forget” Performance

Everything in our lives is finally perfectly balanced. I hope things stay exactly like this forever

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The Rock Chalkboard

Top-30 soph. Gradey Dick will 'never forget' Late Night visit
Dick spoke highly of the KU basketball staff, including coaches Bill Self and Norm Roberts. (Ed Note - this is a VIP article but judging by the headline the Snoop concert worked)

Les Miles expects Carter Stanley to be healthy for Texas game
"I think the open the date came at a great time for the entire team. I think there will be some nicks and bumps that return to play," said KU coach Les Miles on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I think Carter Stanley, if we were playing this Saturday, he’d be playing. He got nicked, but it doesn’t appear to me to be anything of any duration, any length of time, so I think he’ll be fine when we next take the field."

Snoop Dogg says KU shouldn't be surprised by his Allen Fieldhouse show |
“And when you pay for Snoop Dog, you going to get Snoop Dogg.”

Leaner, more explosive Azubuike eager to bring rim protection to Kansas lineup |
“He’s lost (about) 40 pounds since the beginning of the summer,” Kansas coach Bill Self said recently during an appearance on 610 Sports Radio. “His body just looks terrific and he’s so much more confident now in large part because he’s in such good physical condition.”

Bits o Chalk

Oakland mayor says MLB commissioner warned city that A's could move to Las Vegas
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed in a television interview Tuesday that Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred warned city officials that the Athletics could relocate to Las Vegas if the city didn't drop its lawsuit to stop Alameda County from selling its share of the Coliseum to the team.

Rays chase Astros' Justin Verlander early en route to evening ALDS
Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch asked ace Justin Verlander to do something he had never done before. It might be a while before he asks him to do it again, not that he has any regrets.

Lakers' NBA Cares event in Shanghai canceled amid China rift
The NBA Cares event in Shanghai involving the Los Angeles Lakers was canceled Wednesday just hours before it was scheduled to begin, adding to the fallout from a recent tweet by Rockets GM Daryl Morey that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Jon Gruden on brother Jay's firing -- 'Welcome to the club, bro'
"I'm obviously very disappointed for my brother," Gruden said Tuesday during his weekly media conference. "It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, disappointed for him getting fired."

Eraser Dust

Syria: Kurds mobilize as Turkey poised for imminent attack
The Kurdish-led civilian administration in northeastern Syria issued a “general mobilization” call along the Syrian border with Turkey on Wednesday as Ankara poised for an imminent invasion of the area in the latest major escalation in the war-ravaged country.

MAPS: PG&E power shutoff is affecting these Bay Area cities |
PG&E has begun power outages that could impact nearly 800,000 customers across Northern and Central California.

Kalispell Approves Motor Vehicle Lodging Ordinance Again - Flathead Beacon
Public complaints about tourists sleeping in recreational vehicles originally prompted the ordinance. But nonprofit groups expressed worries over the unintended effects on the homeless population who live in their vehicles. Nonprofit leaders say homelessness is often caused by lack of affordable housing.

$37 million school bond passes in Columbia Falls | KECI
Unofficial results from the Columbia Falls School District indicate a $37 million bond put before voters passed. School officials say, with 41% voter turnout, the bond passed by 97 votes.

Kalispell's Samaritan House busier than ever after ordinance passed
"The Kalispell City Council did approve attaching a fine to somebody in an RV or a vehicle on a byway, public byways," Krager said. "So, at this point Samaritan House is really looking for increasing our capacity in any possible way."

Trump Says He's Concerned About Corruption, But Advocates Say His Record Is Weak : NPR
"That just doesn't comport with anything that's gone before in his administration," said Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, an anti-bribery business association. "To claim that this is springing from some heartfelt concern about international corruption just doesn't hold water."