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Bill Self keeping quiet on KU basketball's NCAA regional choice
"I won’t share, [but] it has happened," Self confirmed on Monday. "I won’t share what we’ve done. I don’t think that’s anything to be shared yet. It’s all hypothetical. Certainly I believe there were dozens if not a hundred schools that actually put in the exact same request if things fell their way, so I’ll keep that to myself. But if we play well this weekend maybe we’ll have the chance."

Podcast: Previewing the postseason for Kansas men's basketball
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Bits o Chalk

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Eraser Dust

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The markets endured their worst day of trading of this young year as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2,000 points to close at 23,850.79 — a 7.79% decline. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 624.94, to close at 7,950.68, and losses to the S&P 500 triggered a temporary halt on trading in the early morning hours. The S&P itself closed down 225.81 at 2,746.56, a 7.6% loss on the day.

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Columbia Falls school district worries about spring break travel
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