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DeShawn Hanika goes in-depth on his decision to pick Kansas
DeShawn Hanika had a feeling Kansas was the place for him after his visit to Lawrence this past Saturday. KU checked all the boxes for the Iowa State transfer. KU would allow him to play closer to home, have a role that fits him and have the potential to follow through on some unfinished business. Hanika’s fiancé, Kate, could see it on his face, too, as the couple made their way back to Hanika’s hometown of Topeka on Saturday night.

College basketball rankings: Arizona win over Wisconsin helps Wildcats top Week 6 AP Top 25 poll
That includes No. 1 Arizona, which looked every bit of the country's top team as the Wildcats destroyed No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday, leading by as many as 31 points in an eventual 25-point victory. The Wildcats have impressed so far with their balance, and they'll need that to stay unbeaten on Saturday against Purdue. Arizona is one of only seven undefeated teams remaining in college basketball, and unlike some of the others, the Wildcats have done so while beating three top 35 teams in KenPom's rankings.

Kansas football's Tanaka Scott enters NCAA Transfer Portal
Kansas football wide receiver Tanaka Scott has entered the NCAA Transfer portal, a source tells Phog.net. Scott played in nine games during the 2023 regular season, totaling 31 receiving yards on three catches. He departs the KU program after spending three seasons in Lawrence. He will have two seasons of playing eligibility left at his new school.

Eraser Dust

‘Putin must lose’: Zelenskiy arrives in US to try to save $61bn Ukraine aid package | Ukraine | The Guardian
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has flown to Washington DC in an attempt to rescue a critical $61bn military aid package, while the UK separately hinted that it could increase the value of the arms, ammunition and training that it donates to Kyiv.

Belichick reacts to specific aspect of Toney's controversial offside penalty
The most talked about play from Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season came late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Texas Supreme Court rules against woman seeking emergency abortion after she leaves state for procedure - CBS News
Austin, Texas — A Texas woman who had sought a legal medical exemption for an abortion has left the state after the Texas Supreme Court paused a lower court decision that would allow her to have the procedure, lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights said Monday.

Congress negotiates child tax credit deal at last minute
Members of the House and Senate are engaged in advanced, last-minute negotiations to reach a tax deal in December or January that includes key priorities for both parties, according to lawmakers and aides.

Suspect in Montana vehicle assault said religious group she targeted was being racist, witness says | AP News
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A woman who police said repeatedly drove through a group of religious demonstrators, wounding one person in Montana’s largest city, allegedly told a clerk at a nearby convenience store that she was upset members of the group were expressing racist views against white people, the clerk said.

Texas Supreme Court rules against woman seeking emergency abortion after she leaves state for procedure - CBS News
Austin, Texas — A Texas woman who had sought a legal medical exemption for an abortion has left the state after the Texas Supreme Court paused a lower court decision that would allow her to have the procedure, lawyers for the Center for Reproductive Rights said Monday.

America Isn’t So Hyped for Chipotle These Days
“I recall Chipotle used to taste very fresh,” the user writes. “I was a Chipotle FIEND probably 8-10 years ago, then I took a bit of a break... Maybe my palate has changed, but the whole meal just tastes fair/bleh at best. Just feels like mega salt overload. Maybe it always was. I dunno.”

Cecily Strong Mysteriously Pulled From ‘SNL’ Elise Stefanik Sketch
Saturday Night Live alum Cecily Strong made a surprise appearance at Studio 8H over the weekend, but after playing Rep. Elise Stefanik in run-throughs of the show’s cold open, The Wrap reports she got swapped out for cast member Chloe Troast for reasons that remain unclear.

ImagineIF Libraries director search underway as state loosens requirements for the position | Daily Inter Lake
“It’s not going to be ‘no holds barred, every library does whatever they want’ kind of scenario if we abandon this one standard … Saying that eliminating the degree requirement gives too much power to library board trustees is truly misguided,” Cuthbertson said.

University of Kansas deal with Missouri hospital feels ‘terribly wrong’ to lawmakers - Kansas Reflector
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The proposed takeover of Liberty Hospital in Missouri by the University of Kansas Health System is being greeted with scorn by lawmakers from both sides of the state line and both political parties.

Taylor Swift kisses Travis Kelce as he holds her close in sweet post-game pic
Following the game, the lovebirds blew off some steam at the Miracle on Main Street Christmas bar, where Swift, 33, was photographed giving the hunky tight end, 34, a sweet kiss on the cheek.

George Santos Is Demanding Jimmy Kimmel Pay Him $20K for Cameo Prank
Kimmel revealed his new segment, titled “Will Santos Say It,” on his Thursday night show—playing clips of Santos addressing bizarre requests he and his staff made using pseudonyms, including one where Santos was asked to congratulate a “Gary Fortuna” on winning a beef-eating contest in Florida.

Rising Costs Mean Food Companies Are Making Snacks, Sodas Taste Worse
From Coke to Nutella, your favorite treats are being ruined by a sneaky ploy known as 'flavorflation.'