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Notebook: Jeff Long Thinks Fans Can Attend Games in October

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Where Devonte' Graham finished in Most Improved Player voting
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Kerry Meier embraced position change in midst of 12-1 KU season
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KU commit Ben Easters on Brent Dearmon: 'He's incredibly smart'
"Every week, every Monday we get on a Zoom with the offensive staff," Easters previously told Phog.net. "All the offensive commits get on the Zoom together and we talk just to say what’s up to each other.”

AD Jeff Long hopeful fans can return to KU games in October
"We share the belief that by making this decision now, there will be a path that will allow us to host fans at football, soccer, cross country and volleyball in October and through the end of their respective seasons," Long wrote. "There is an old adage of walk before you run, and we believe if we begin without fans in-venue this September, we will have a greater chance to host fellow Jayhawks in a safe environment in October and hopefully throughout the academic year."

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Pelicans' Brandon Ingram caps breakout season with NBA's Most Improved Player award
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Jimmy Butler has career-playoff-best 40 as Heat go up 1-0 on Bucks
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NFL takes over investigation into sexual harassment allegations within Washington Football Team
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Buccaneers sign veteran kicker Ryan Succop, waive Elliott Fry
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NFL Rank - Predicting the best 100 players for the 2020 NFL season
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NFL takes over investigation into sexual harassment allegations within Washington Football Team
The NFL is now overseeing the investigation by Beth Wilkinson into the Washington Football Team over alleged sexual harassment issues in the organization.

Unproven Nepotism Allegation in Montana Senate Race - FactCheck.org
Also, a spokesperson for Montana’s Department of Administration told FactCheck.org that the governor had “no involvement” in state contracts awarded to the Butte-based firm. The company’s CEO said it has consistently been selected for state work in Montana, dating back long before Steve Bullock became governor. Those contracts with the state go back to 1992, he said, a year after the company was co-founded by William Bullock.

Kenosha police arrested volunteers who were on their way to deliver food to protesters - CNN
Nine people who were arrested by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week after their vehicles aroused suspicion, were volunteers on their way to deliver food to protesters, according to group organizers.

Child tests positive for COVID-19 at Whitefish preschool
A student at a northwest Montana preschool has tested positive for the coronavirus.

County Approves Rose Crossing Corner Fix - Flathead Beacon
Residents in the area have raised concerns over increased traffic in the area, which, combined with the poorly designed jag in the roadway, makes for a safety hazard in the area.