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The Weekend Mauling: 8.5.2023

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Remaining college football conference realignment questions - ESPN
And later on Friday night, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah announced they were officially jumping to the Big 12, joining Colorado in a Pac-12 exodus. It leaves a conference that was formed in 1915 with just four teams and on the verge of extinction.

The Big Ten Lands Oregon and Washington, Leaving the Pac-12 Bereft - The New York Times
The Big Ten booms to 18 schools with the move, powered by TV money, and the once-great Pac-12 dwindles to four after three more schools leave for the Big 12.

Utah, BYU fans and others react to Utes’ move to Big 12 - Deseret News
Late Friday afternoon, news finally broke that Utah and Arizona State applied for membership to the Big 12 Conference after Arizona did so on Thursday, and all three schools were officially added to the conference on Friday evening.

Returning talent means more mouths to feed, more wrinkles to add for Kotelnicki - KU Sports
Andy Kotelnicki, the Kansas football team’s offensive coordinator, envisions the Kansas football team’s workload as a pie.

That pie, he said Thursday, comprises 803 cumulative snaps — the average of 73 offensive plays per team in a Big 12 Conference game, with 11 players — to be distributed among the different members of his u

Eraser Dust

Prosecutors ask judge to issue protective order after Trump post : NPR
Prosecutors asked U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan to issue a protective order in the case a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss and block the peaceful transition of power. The order — which is different from a so-called "gag order" — would limit what information Trump and his legal team could share publicly about the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

Great Bear Festival Ready to Kick Off this Saturday in Kalispell - Flathead Beacon
“I consider it the best block party of the summertime in Kalispell,” said Susan Dykhuizen, a Rotary Club of Kalispell member and organizer for the festival. “It’s just so fun to be with your neighbors and the community, and to hang out, grab a beer, grab some wine, grab some cider, and listen to the bands that are playing.”

Montana Viewpoint: Don't be dupped by state tax bill, rebates
The Legislature has always changed the rate after an appraisal cycle, but not this time. The Republican controlled Legislature was having none of it and as a result, the state will see an $81 million increase in revenue from homeowners. Renters, too, because landlords pass through tax expenses to the renter.

Mandatory evacuation notice to all public traffic in place due to Ridge Fire | ABC Fox Kalispell | montanarightnow.com
There is a mandatory evacuation notice in place Friday to all public traffic on FS Road 38 (East Side Road), a Facebook post from Flathead National Forest said.

Threads Has Lost More Than 80% of Its Daily Active Users
We’re only a month out since Meta released its Instagram-tied Twitter-killer app Threads. Since then, the time users spent on the app has tanked. Now, two separate data analysis firms say that the number of users logging in each day on the app has similarly flatlined just a month after its release.

Michael Cera's Thoughts On Jason Bateman Caught Everyone Off-Guard During A Candid Red Carpet Interview
Even the quip about Bateman being an a**hole was made as a compliment. “He’s kind of a major a**hole in real life,” Cera said. “He would pick on me in a really intense way, but it made me very comfortable for some reason… It made me feel like I was kind of part of them.”

Indiana woman dies from drinking too much water | The Independent
Ashley Summers was enjoying a visit to Indiana’s Lake Freeman over the Fourth of July weekend when she told those around her she was feeling dehydrated, light-headed, and felt she couldn’t drink enough water. After consuming multiple bottles of water in a short span, she went home, where she passed out in her garage.

Andrew Tate: Controversial influencer released from house arrest in Romania | CNN
Controversial internet influencer Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have been released from house arrest in Romania ahead of their trial on charges of human trafficking and rape, Bucharest’s Court of Appeals announced on Friday.

FDA approves the first pill specifically for postpartum depression : NPR
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have approved the first pill specifically intended to treat severe depression after childbirth, a condition that affects thousands of new mothers in the U.S. each year.

Seth Rogen Responded After Superbad Was Determined By Experts To Be The 'Funniest' Movie Of All Time
You bet your fucking ass it is