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Notebook: Jayhawks Maul Signing Day

Isn’t this something your mother’s better at? I called her. She’s not home. I also tried Mr Flanders, Aunt Patty, Aunt Selma, Dr. Hibbert, Rev Lovejoy and that nice man who caught the snake in our basement. Wow. And after them out of all the people in the world you chose me.

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KU women’s basketball closes nonconference slate with decisive win over Nebraska - KU Sports
A battle between former conference rivals that went down to the wire on two occasions last season — a triple-overtime meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska, then a hard-fought Women’s National Invitation Tournament matchup in Lawrence — featured far less drama Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU inks 17 freshmen on signing day - KU Sports
“I think we hit our needs, of course, like everyone always talks about,” head coach Lance Leipold told reporters later on Wednesday. “But I think this is a special class in a lot of ways. Obviously we think it’s extremely talented. I think this group has gotten close already. We’ll have more midyear enrollees than we ever have had in our time.”

Eraser Dust

‘The Opposite of Politics’: A Conservative Legal Scholar Says Kicking Trump Off the Ballot Is ‘Unassailable’ - POLITICO
On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump is barred from reclaiming the presidency under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment , which prohibits people who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding political office. That argument has gained traction in some legal circles in recent months thanks in part to the work of J. Michael Luttig, a prominent conservative legal scholar and former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who, together with the liberal law professor Laurence Tribe, promoted the idea that the 14th Amendment disqualifies Trump from seeking a second term.

Congress expands Harvard probe to include plagiarism claims against president
A Republican-led U.S. House committee is expanding its investigation into Harvard to include allegations of plagiarism against the university's president, Claudine Gay.

Conservative Bishops Push Back Against Pope Francis on Same-Sex Blessings - WSJ
ROME—Conservative Catholic bishops in various countries have objected to Pope Francis’ recent permission on blessings for gay couples, underscoring the divisiveness of the issue in the global church.

McDonald Creek Homeowners Sue Flathead Conservation District Over Demolition Decision - Flathead Beacon
A California couple who built a home on the banks of McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park without a permit to do so is suing the Flathead Conservation District (FCD), arguing that the state agency acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” when it applied Montana’s half-century old streambed law to order the structure’s demolition.

Staggering Ox: A Montana original 40 years in the making
HELENA — Originating in Helena in the mid-1980s, now with three locations across the Treasure State, the Staggering Ox has been serving unique sandwiches for 40 years and counting.

Taylor Swift's high school classmates speak out: "Most hated her" | Marca
The TikTok user also shares that Swift invited their entire senior class to the 2009 Country Music Association Awards (CMAs). Although the invite was unexpected, McLane acknowledges that the experience was exciting, even if the reason for the invitation remained unclear.

Top Wisconsin Republican wants to put abortion laws on a future ballot | AP News
“It’s probably the only way for us to put this issue to rest,” he told The Associated Press. “It has the idea of saying we’re letting the people decide.”

Conservative nonprofit files ethics complaint against Ketanji Brown Jackson | The Hill
The Center for Renewing America’s complaint, filed Monday and addressed to the Judicial Conference Secretary, accuses the justice of appearing to “have willfully failed to disclose required information regarding her husband’s medical malpractice consulting income for over a decade.”