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Notebook: Unconfirmed Rumors Allege Jayhawks are Ready to be Done with Finals

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Preview: Jayhawks hit the road for Saturday matinee - KU Sports
That seems like a strange statement to make given that KU has already played four neutral-site games and even took on Illinois in Champaign for a charity exhibition prior to the season. But it’s true: Saturday’s clash with Indiana in Bloomington, 11:30 a.m. Central Time in Assembly Hall, will be the Jayhawks’ first true road matchup of the year. It’s time for them, as Kevin McCullar Jr. put it Thursday, to “stay tight, stay (in) tight huddles, stay on the same page, and just be a unit.”

Listen: Rock Chalk Sports Talk on KU men’s basketball, football and more - KU Sports
On the Dec. 14 episode of the Best of Rock Chalk Sports Talk Podcast from KLWN, Nick Springer has fun with numbers for Kansas men’s basketball, speaks to Shreyas Laddha of the Kansas City Star and KU broadcaster Brian Hanni, provides KU football transfer portal updates and breaks down Big 12 Conference basketball.

A look around Big 12 men’s basketball - KU Sports
Finals week is drawing to a close at the University of Kansas and so is KU’s nonconference men’s basketball schedule. The Jayhawks have just three games remaining before they open Big 12 Conference play on Jan. 6.

Defensive tackle Gage Keys will enter portal - KU Sports
“Thank you for everything, Kansas,” Keys wrote on X. “This has been the best year of my life and I’m proud to call KU my Alma mater. Will be a Jayhawk forever, and I appreciate every single one of you. So much love for y’all.”

Eraser Dust

Bomb threats investigated at GPIA, Flathead Valley schools
"Although we believe these threats today were a hoax, our deputies, school resource officers and our K9 unit responded promptly," a news release states.

Missing British teen Alex Batty found in France after 6 years, authorities say - CBS News
"He should soon be returning to England," a spokesperson from the Toulouse public prosecution office said to Reuters news agency, adding that the criminal investigation into Batty's disappearance is being led by British authorities.

Prince Harry was victim of ‘extensive’ phone hacking, UK High Court rules | CNN Business
The Duke of Sussex was awarded £140,600 ($179,000) on Friday after the UK High Court ruled he was the subject of “extensive” phone hacking by Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) from 2006 to 2011.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: comedy show to end after 24 years
"As Curb comes to an end, I will now have the opportunity to finally shed this 'Larry David' persona and become the person God intended me to be - the thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate human being I was until I got derailed by portraying this malignant character," said David.

Kevin Durant's Quote About Draymond Green Is Going Viral - Fastbreak on FanNation
Durant: "Yeah, that was insane to see. Glad Nurk is alright. Never seen that before on a basketball court, in an NBA game. I hope Draymond gets the help he needs. It's been incident after incident. I know Draymond; he hasn't been that way when I was around him and coming into the league. Hopefully, he gets the help he needs and get back on the court and put all this stuff behind him."

Every Celeb Who Showed Up at Taylor Swift's 34th Birthday Party Last Night
Taylor Swift celebrated her 34th birthday in New York City last night, arriving in a mini dress bejeweled with the night sky and proceeding to hang out with a ton of celebrities. While Taylor showed up with Blake Lively and looked extremely excited to be there (apparently the paps were singing happy birthday to her, which cute):

Pennsylvania House Legislatures Recognize 2023 as 'Taylor Swift Era'
In case you forgot, government officials love to get cringey over Taylor Swift. Remember when the FBI encouraged narcing through her lyrics? We now have a new low: Pennsylvania House Legislators arguing over whether to recognize 2023 as the “Taylor Swift Era.”

What comes after retail's false 'organized crime' claim
A prominent lobbying group, the National Retail Federation, recently retracted a widely cited estimate that “organized retail crime” accounted for “nearly half” of the $94.5 billion in total lost merchandise in 2021.

The Bizarro Buddy Comedy of SNL’s Please Don’t Destroy - The Atlantic
The video that ushered Saturday Night Live into the digital era barely made it to television, and when it did, it was largely ignored. It’s a heartfelt conversation between two friends (played by Andy Samberg and Will Forte) about a recent tragic loss; after every emotional beat, each of them takes a bite out of a large head of lettuce. When the video was screened during SNL’s live taping, the studio audience was clearly puzzled, the laughs barely rising above a polite chuckle. “Lettuce,” created in December 2005 by Samberg’s Lonely Island sketch group, could have been the end of SNL’s experimentation with prerecorded digital sketches.

Supreme Court leaves Illinois semiautomatic gun ban in place : NPR
Illinois passed the ban on assault weapons after the 2022 Independence Day parade shooting that left seven people dead and 48 wounded. The gunmen in the July 4th shooting fired 83 rounds in under a minute using an AR-15. The ban prevents people from owning semiautomatic weapons, such as the one used in that shooting, as well as magazines that enable handguns and rifles to fire off many rounds without reloading.

CSKT reacts to illegal taking of eagles on Flathead Reservation
PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) has released a statement in reaction to recent federal charges filed against two men who are accused of illegally taking eagles on the Flathead Reservation.

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