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The Weekend Mauling: 12.2.2023

And the furnace has been giving off a lot of carbon monoxide, so keep the window open.

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KU volleyball loses to Penn State in 5 sets, falls just short of Sweet 16 - KU Sports
“It was two hours and forty minutes of really good volleyball, and it was really an honor to be a part of that with this team,” said head coach Ray Bechard. “That felt more like an Elite Eight or Final Four match tonight than it did a second-round match, so I couldn’t be prouder of our group.”

Penn State officially hires Kotelnicki away from KU - KU Sports
“I would also like to thank Coach Leipold, the coaching staff and the student-athletes who I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with at Kansas and wish them nothing but the best,” he said.

KU outlasts UConn in top-five battle - KU Sports
“It was nuts out there today, I ain’t going to lie,” Dickinson said. “It’s nuts. It’s something that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before. Phog Allen, it’s a different environment. There’s a reason why Coach has so many wins and so few losses out there.”

Listen: Rock Chalk Sports Talk on KU men’s basketball, volleyball, NFL and more - KU Sports
On the Dec. 1 episode of the Best of Rock Chalk Sports Talk Podcast from KLWN, Derek Johnson and Nick Springer preview the Kansas men’s basketball game against UConn, discuss the KU volleyball team’s progress through the NCAA Tournament, talk about the Chiefs-Packers matchup and the College Football Playoff, speak to Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports, pick games and host Rock Chalk Pick a Hawk.

Eraser Dust

Appeals Court Says Jan. 6 Suits Against Trump Can Proceed for Now - The New York Times
A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that civil lawsuits seeking to hold former President Donald J. Trump accountable for the violence that erupted at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, can move forward for now, rejecting a broad assertion of immunity that Mr. Trump’s legal team had invoked to try to get the cases dismissed.

GOP tensions run high after House vote to expel George Santos
House Republican leadership is facing some internal backlash over their last-minute opposition to expelling former Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) from Congress.

The Accounting Profession Is in Crisis - The CPA Journal
The accounting profession is facing a severe crisis due to a shortage of accountants. Significantly fewer students have selected accounting as a major. As a direct result of enrollment declines in accounting programs, candidates sitting for the CPA exam have also decreased from 48,004 first-time candidates in 2016 to 32,188 in 2021, a drop of 33% (as reported in the AICPA 2021 “Trends Report,” available from https://www.nysscpa.org/2021-trends or Trends@aicpa-cima.com). The AICPA/CIMA 2022 Annual Report (https://tinyurl.com/2p8jzfsp) reveals a 7% decrease from 2021 to 2022 for the total number of candidates taking the CPA exam. Also, 2022 saw the lowest number of exam takers since 2006 (“CPA Exam Takers in 2022: Fewest in 17 Years,” S.J. Steinhardt, May 30, 2023, https://www.nysscpa.org/23530sjs). Likewise, 30% fewer candidates passed their final section of the CPA exam in 2021 compared to 2016. Further compounding the problem, the AICPA has stated that roughly 75% of its members are at retirement age (https://tinyurl.com/3kr8ye4m).

The Fallout From Musk’s Profanity-Laden Attack on Advertisers Isn’t Over - The New York Times
Shares in Tesla fell despite the release of the Cybertruck pickup on Thursday, and some brands are still steering clear of X.

Traffic changes coming to Glacier Park International Airport
Beginning on Monday, December 4, 2023, the three lanes closest to the terminal building will be closed as part of the airport's ongoing expansion project.

Luke Skywalker's Hiding Place On Tatooine Reveals Obi-Wan Thought He Was The Chosen One All Along
Obi-Wan Kenobi took Luke Skywalker to live on Tatooine with his family in Star Wars, and while it may seem like a strange choice at first glance, it demonstrates that Obi-Wan thought Luke was destined to fulfill the Chosen One prophecy. Obi-Wan didn't learn that Anakin had survived their duel on Mustafar until 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, leading him to assume that Luke was the next logical choice.

Flathead Co. Attorney's Office petitions to annul 2023 Kalispell Municipal Election | NonStop Local Kalispell | montanarightnow.com
On behalf of Flathead County Clerk & Recorder and Election Administrator Debbie Pierson, the Flathead County Attorney's Office has filed a petition with the District Court to annul the 2023 Kalispell Municipal Election held on November 7, 2023. The petition asks the Court for an Order to nullify the November election and conduct a new City Council election for the four Kalispell wards. Ballots for the new election will be distributed according to district ward boundaries approved by the Kalispell City Council in December 2021.

CASA Advocates sworn-in | Daily Inter Lake
Each will work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children in the Flathead County foster care system. District Court Judge Dan Wilson presided over the ceremony and administered the oath.

One identical twin went vegan while the other didn’t. See what happened | CNN
Healthy twins who ate a vegan diet for eight weeks had lower “bad” low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol, better blood sugar levels, and greater weight loss than siblings who ate a diet of meat and vegetables, a new study found.

Taylor Swift Lands Back in Kansas City Hours After ‘Renaissance’ Red Carpet in London
If she wanted to, she would. Taylor Swift’s time in London was brief as In Touch can confirm the “Anti-Hero” singer took her private jet back across the pond to reunite with boyfriend Travis Kelce just hours after her red carpet appearance at Beyoncé’s Renaissance movie premiere.

Noel Gallagher returning to studio to record new album
The former Oasis musician released his latest album with the High Flying Birds, ‘Council Skies’, in June this year, but he has revealed that he is already getting ready to make its follow-up.