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The Weekend Mauling: 7.9.2022

So, another Friday is upon us. What will you be doing, Smithers? Something gay, no doubt

Cruise ship “The World” arrives in the port of Wismar Photo by Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Rock Chalkboard

KU freshman Ernest Udeh Jr. on first weeks in Lawrence: 'I just love it out here'
Ernest Udeh Jr. arrived in Lawrence back in June ready to hit the ground running in his collegiate career. Although KU fans will have to wait until Late Night in the Phog to see the former five-star recruit in action, a solid group of Bill Self Basketball Camp participants got the chance to see Udeh in person back in June. For the player and campers, it was just a glimpse of what it could be like when Udeh and KU basketball take the floor this fall.

College football realignment: How an 18-team Big 12 Conference would look
The Big 12 Conference is reportedly in "deep discussions" to add up to six teams from the Pac-12, expanding the college football realignment with the potential of a third super conference that falls in line with the SEC and Big Ten's recent additions.

Louisiana transfer, KU commit Lorenzo McCaskill receives strong 247Sports transfer grade
KU football added to its already strong transfer class last week, landing a commitment from Louisiana transfer Lorenzo McCaskill. The linebacker arrives in Lawrence with one season of eligibility remaining and a wealth of collegiate experience under his belt. At the time of his commitment, McCaskill did not have a 247Sports transfer rating, but that changed this week. Grant is now rated, along with 12 of KU's 13 transfer additions this spring. Overall, KU’s 13-man transfer class ranks No. 21 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12, only trailing, Texas, Oklahoma and TCU.

56 Days Until Kansas Football: Rock Chalk Podcast - Previewing the Iowa State Cyclones - Blue Wings Rising
We started at looking at the latest on conference realignment before diving deep into the Iowa State roster. We looked at the schemes that Iowa State is expected to run and how the new personnel changes that. Then we dive into the defensive weaknesses before running through the schedule.

Eraser Dust

Crude Homemade Shotgun Used to Assassinate Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Abe was giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara, in southern Japan, when he was shot in the neck and heart at close range. The alleged gunman—named by local authorities as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami—was photographed throwing a homemade firearm to the ground before being tackled by security officials.

Biden signs executive order on abortion, declares Supreme Court 'out of control' | Reuters
WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said the Supreme Court decision overturning the right to an abortion was an exercise in "raw political power" and signed an executive order on Friday to ease access to services to terminate pregnancies.

Severe storm drops damaging hail on Kalispell | Daily Inter Lake
A severe thunderstorm ripped across parts of the Flathead Valley on Thursday evening, dropping lime-sized hail on some locations.

Historic airplanes have landed in Kalispell for the weekend
The historic planes fly around the U.S during the summer to teach people about the World War II experience and show people what the planes were like.

Tony Sirico, an Eccentric Gangster on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 79 - The New York Times
A familiar face in Woody Allen movies, he became widely known for his portrayal of Paulie Walnuts on the hit HBO series.

Julius Onah to direct Captain America 4 - The Verge
Marvel Studios’ upcoming fourth Captain America feature — the first since Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson officially took over the mantle in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — may not yet have a name or release date, but the movie’s just picked up a director in the form of one Julius Onah.

NASA Reveals Dazzling Test Image From James Webb Space Telescope - WSJ
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has released a dazzling test image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope in advance of next week’s highly anticipated unveiling of the instrument’s first full-color scientific images.

Elon Musk Moves to End $44 Billion Deal to Buy Twitter - The New York Times
Since then, Mr. Musk has changed his tune. He sniped at Twitter’s top executives. He unleashed tweets taunting the company’s board. He complained that the social media service had too many spam accounts and that he could not get insight into the issue. He tweeted a poop emoji to express his displeasure.

Weekend Poll

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What is your opinion on cruises?

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  • 21%
    Have been, would go again
    (9 votes)
  • 11%
    Have been, would not go again
    (5 votes)
  • 19%
    Have not been, want to go
    (8 votes)
  • 47%
    Have not been, do not want to go
    (20 votes)
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