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Notebook: Kansas Mauls Finals Week

Get ready, everybody. He’s about to do something stupid.

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The Rock Chalkboard

KU football makes first transfer addition in tight end Hanika - KU Sports
Hanika, an Iowa State transfer, announced his commitment to join KU on social media Monday morning. He had declared on Nov. 27 his intention to enter the transfer portal and, in the weeks since, had reported scholarship offers from schools such as Colorado, Houston, UConn and Vanderbilt, plus a host of Group of Five options.

Why KU football hasn’t been especially active in the transfer portal so far - KU Sports
Defensive end Austin Booker, who barely played at Minnesota, amassed eight sacks and graded among the top pass rushers in the Big 12 Conference, on his way to defensive newcomer of the year honors. Defensive tackle Devin Phillips (Colorado State) was a massive presence in the middle and a leader for the unit, and when he was hurt, Gage Keys (Minnesota) made some flashy plays of his own against the run and the pass. Even Patrick Joyner Jr. (Utah State) chipped in now and then on the edge for a unit that rotated as often as any position group on the team.

Cooper picked for pro volleyball league - KU Sports
Reagan Cooper, the standout outside hitter who shone throughout her final season of collegiate volleyball at Kansas, was selected in the Pro Volleyball Federation’s inaugural draft on Monday.

Eraser Dust

House set for key vote on Biden impeachment inquiry | AP News
The vote comes as House Speaker Mike Johnson and his leadership team face growing pressure to show progress in what has become a nearly yearlong probe centered around the business dealings of Biden’s family members. While their investigation has raised ethical questions, no evidence has emerged that Biden acted corruptly or accepted bribes in his current role or previous office as vice president.

Sarasota school board calls on Bridget Ziegler to resign. She does not.
SARASOTA — The Sarasota County School Board on Tuesday called on fellow board member Bridget Ziegler to resign, citing her role in a sex scandal with statewide implications and calling her continued presence a distraction to the school district’s business.

Adam Driver Finally Explains Why He Turned Down Dinner With Mark Hamill During Filming Of The Last Jedi
"it was literally a thing of scheduling. We met, he wanted to talk, and get together at some point to talk about our characters, and I was totally down. And then he kinda left, our schedules weren't on the same page, it was just a matter of scheduling...I love Mark, I mean... my God, who turns down a dinner with Mark to talk about your character? That would be crazy."

Gene Steratore Has Blunt Message For Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid - The Spun: What's Trending In The Sports World Today
"However, when an infraction is so egregious and obvious, a flag has to be thrown. Kadarius Toney is blatantly lined up offside and in the neutral zone. You rarely see an offsides penalty on the offense, but that is not because this play in #BUFvsKC isn't a foul."

The 9 Worst Fast Food Items of 2023
Here are the eight worst fast food items we tasted in 2023, either because they were downright bad or because they failed to live up to their promise. In some cases, there was such a seemingly obvious way to improve the item in question that its failure was all the more frustrating. (But for every chain, the failures were matched or outnumbered by successes, so at least we still ate really well in 2023.)

Draymond Green ejected again for flagrant 2 on Jusuf Nurkic - ESPN
PHOENIX -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was ejected from Tuesday night's 119-116 loss to the Phoenix Suns after receiving a flagrant foul 2 for hitting Jusuf Nurkic in the head.

Noel Gallagher Drops 'Abbey Road Sessions' With Two Oasis B-Sides
Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds set-up shop at Abbey Road to re-record a pair of Oasis songs, “The Masterplan” and “Going Nowhere.”

Helena Flats Superintendent Charged with Assault of Student - Flathead Beacon
The superintendent of the Helena Flats School District has been charged with misdemeanor assault following an altercation with a 12-year-old student earlier this year.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Nov. 20 by Deputy Flathead County Attorney Larissa Malloy, the superintendent, Andy Maheras, allegedly grabbed the 12-year-old male student by the arms and face and pushed the student into a locker after Maheras attempted to discipline the student for kissing another student in the hallway.

US Millennial Women Now More Likely to Die in Early 20s and 30s: Report
Millennial women are seeing a reduction in the wage gap and better graduation rates, but a stark rise in premature, preventable deaths, the PRB said.

The murderous cat you live with is a murderous cat, study shows : NPR
The resulting paper, published in Nature Communications, found that free-ranging cats (including domestic and feral) will eat 2,084 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. There were even cows on that list, though they were probably the result of scavenging rather than hunting.