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Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney... homogenised and sold off piece by piece.

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Preview: Rivalry will be renewed once more Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse - KU Sports
Missouri will make its latest attempt to reverse the course of its rivalry when it visits Allen Fieldhouse Saturday for this year’s edition of the Border Showdown.

KU tabs Grimes as new offensive coordinator - KU Sports
“Jeff is a coach with a lot of experience and is a great relationship-builder, football mind and a high-quality person,” head coach Lance Leipold said in a press release. “He will be a great fit with our staff and offensive philosophy and is an exciting addition.”

Eraser Dust

The 30 worst Christmas songs of all time ranked
From ho ho hum tracks by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to bah humbug tunes by AC/DC and Afroman, these are the holiday songs you really need to avoid

Hunter Biden faces second federal indictment, this time on tax evasion
The nine-count indictment also details a lavish spending spree including drugs and escorts over the same period, from 2016 to 2019.

Putin will run for president again in bid to stay in power until 2030 | AP News
Vladimir Putin on Friday moved to prolong his repressive and unyielding grip on Russia for at least another six years, announcing his candidacy in the presidential election next March that he is all but certain to win.

How much Montana property taxes are rising
The median Montana residential property owner will pay about 21% more on their taxes this year than they did last year, with typical increases ranging between 11% and 35%, according to a Montana Free Press analysis of revenue department data for the 956,000 properties on the state’s property tax rolls in both 2022 and 2023. That translates into residential tax bills that will be $98 to $660 a year more.

Star Wars: Natalie Portman Open to Return
“I’m open to it,” Portman said as she recalled her experience in the Star Wars prequel trilogy being “amazing.” She added, “It was the first time I worked digitally. I don’t think anyone was shooting that way then. It was my first time working with a green screen. It was a whole new set of skills to pick up and a whole new world to enter.”

Why Cliff Ellis, at age 78, finally retired from college basketball - The Washington Post
The winningest active coach in men’s college basketball retired on Wednesday with very little fanfare.

On the day after his 78th birthday, after more than 45 years as a Division I head coach, Cliff Ellis said he’d had enough.

Natalie Portman Shares The Weird Question King Charles Asked Her At The 'Star Wars' Premiere
“I remember Prince Charles — he was then Prince Charles — asked me if I was in the originals,” Portman said, before reminding him she was barely alive when Return of the Jedi hit theaters in 1983. “I was like, ‘I’m 18,’ ‘ Portman laughed. “But he was very friendly.” He is known for being quite a normal person.

Millennials Who Left Cities for Peace and Quiet Are Filled With Regret
Many people who moved to rural areas for cheaper real estate and a more pastoral existence during the pandemic now want out.

The 30 worst Christmas songs of all time ranked
From ho ho hum tracks by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to bah humbug tunes by AC/DC and Afroman, these are the holiday songs you really need to avoid

USC freshman Bronny James, son of NBA star LeBron James, expected to play in first game Sunday - CBSSports.com
USC star freshman Bronny James, the oldest son of Lakers star LeBron James, is expected to play in his first game Sunday, Trojans coach Andy Enfield told reporters Thursday after he participated in a full-contact practice after going into cardiac arrest during a preseason workout July 24.

The 10 best 'Star Wars' books ever
Finally, every reader has their own personal preference on the type of story they enjoy, the style of writing that hooks them, and the particular characters they want to learn more about. So consider this top 10 list — ranked from 10 to 1 — less of a definitive ranking, and more of a guide for folks looking to dive deeper into the expanded universe (both Legends and canon) with some key "can’t miss" titles.