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The Rock Chalkboard

Kansas' Devon Dotson talks NBA Draft process, preparation
The KU basketball point guard was recently featured in a recent video interview with the Charlotte Observer. He was asked in the interview if he was completely finished with his time in Lawrence. (Dotson, of course, has declared for the NBA Draft.)

"Yeah, as of right now," Dotson said to the Charlotte Observer. "Yes sir."

KU Athletic Director Jeff Long says Kansas has not considered cutting sports in wake of COVID-19 pandemic | KUsports.com
“We have not explored cutting any sports here at KU,” Long told the Journal-World on Friday. “There are other areas of our budget where we can cut expenses rather than eliminating any specific sports.”

Bits o Chalk

The Michael Jordan I knew is about to be revealed to the world in 'The Last Dance'
By his final season with the Bulls, with the exception of Pippen and Ron Harper, it seemed to me the people Jordan confided in the most were not inside the locker room. He had long maintained a small circle of friends from his native North Carolina, and increasingly sought their counsel. Whenever I dropped into Chicago for a game, Jordan was more likely to be engaged in an animated conversation with security guard Gus Lett than center Luc Longley. Dennis Rodman, a key spoke in the wheel that kept the so-called Last Dance rolling, has told me and many others that he barely spoke to Jordan off the court.

Broncos' Von Miller tried to take every precaution, but still caught coronavirus
"What keeps me at peace is knowing I did everything I was supposed to do," said Miller, who announced Thursday he had tested positive and is now resting at home. "I was here at home. I've been here at home for about a month now, and I've probably left the house a total of four times. And when I left, I didn't get out of the car or anything like that.

NBA players to receive 25% less in paychecks starting May 15
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have agreed to a plan to withhold 25% of each player's paycheck beginning May 15, the league and players' union announced Friday.

Chicago Sky's Stefanie Dolson says entire family had COVID-19
"This virus has hit pretty close to home," Dolson said. "About a month ago, my whole family and I, we all tested positive for the virus and it hit us pretty hard. My mom, she ended up being admitted into the hospital for about four days. She had severe symptoms, pneumonia. But because of the team of health care workers that was there, she's home safe now and healthy. "

Oregon superstar Sabrina Ionescu goes No. 1 to New York Liberty
The Oregon guard was selected No. 1 overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Friday. Ionescu, who has been the presumptive top pick in the 2020 draft since she returned to Oregon for her senior season, was selected as the league did a "virtual" draft on ESPN; draftees were in their homes, as was WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert while announcing the picks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eraser Dust

COVID-19: Inside Conspiracy Theory That Death Certificates Are Fake - Rolling Stone
Bukacek is also a public official in the state of Montana, having been appointed to the Flathead City-County Department of Health board last winter. Her appointment raised the ire of residents who pointed to her far-right views, including her longstanding anti-vaccination views, as evidence of her unfitness for the position. “For her to be in that position is quite concerning for us and many of the people in the county, even for those who are conservative,” says Carroll Rivas.

Kalispell Man Accused of Intimidating Officer on Social Media - Flathead Beacon
On Jan. 10, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office received information from law enforcement in Post Falls, Idaho, that Warren was making threats toward a specific deputy on social media. Warren referenced the deputy by name in multiple posts and in one said, “Now we enter trial by jury or TRIAL BY COMBAT.” In another post he wrote, “You’re [expletive] dead.”

Trump Encourages Protest Against Governors Who Have Imposed Virus Restrictions - The New York Times
The president’s stark departure from his message on Thursday night, when he announced guidelines for governors to reopen their states and said they would “call your own shots,” suggested he was ceding any semblance of national leadership on the pandemic.

Bullock discusses directives, phased reopening | KECI
Because we acted early, Montana does have a significantly lower rate of infection per capita than many of our neighboring states that have not issued stay-at-home directives," said Bullock

USDA to try 'out of the box' solution to get food from farmers to food banks - ABC News
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said $16 billion of the program would be in direct payments to farmers who have experienced losses during the pandemic and will spend $3 billion to buy agricultural products. The program will begin by purchasing $100 million a month each in fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and meat products.

Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Program receives $15,000 grant
Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock awarded a $15,000 grant to Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Program on Thursday.