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The Weekend Mauling: 1.20.2024

Can’t let Dad see me playing hooky! Can’t let the boy see me skippin’ work.

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Winter fun in Rhineland-Palatinate - Erbeskopf Photo by Harald Tittel/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Rock Chalkboard

“Door is open” for another year at KU, Dickinson says in YouTube appearance - KU Sports
“The extra year is there for a reason,” he said, in a conversation with basketball analyst Jeff Goodman and North Carolina forward Armando Bacot on The Field of 68 YouTube channel, “and so there’s definitely — the door is open for it.”

Listen: Rock Chalk Sports Talk on KU men’s basketball, NFL and more - KU Sports
On the Jan. 19 episode of the Best of Rock Chalk Sports Talk Podcast from KLWN, Nick Springer previews the Kansas-West Virginia men’s basketball game and the Chiefs-Bills playoff game, speaks to bracketologist Graham Doeren, picks games and hosts Rock Chalk Pick a Hawk.

Bits o Chalk

Buffalo Bills To Sell Taylor Swift-Themed Food At Chiefs Game
Bills and Chiefs fans with a blank space in their tummies are in luck this weekend ... Buffalo's food service partner just revealed it's going to sell some Taylor Swift-themed snacks at the big game Sunday!!

Bills vs Chiefs prediction, keys to AFC playoff game in Buffalo
“They’ve gotten the best of us in the playoffs the last few years; we’ve yet to beat them in the postseason,” Josh Allen said. “This is a team that plays their best when they’re asked to. They’ve been at the top of the mountain, they know what it takes to get there. We’ve yet to do that. As a competitor, as a player to be in a situation like this, it’s something you dream about. I know guys on this team have been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

Super Bowl matchups ranked: Which teams would make for best game?
To start, it can't hurt to have sufficient star power, especially at quarterback. And while a team getting hot and defying the odds as an underdog can be entertaining, seeing heavyweights that established their dominance during the regular season can help build anticipation for the matchup. Then there's the novelty matter. For as much interest as there might be in an unusual pairing of conference champions – especially if they are seeking a first title – there's always intrigue around a marquee rematch or any showdown with strong historical roots.

“Door is open” for another year at KU, Dickinson says in YouTube appearance - KU Sports
“The extra year is there for a reason,” he said, in a conversation with basketball analyst Jeff Goodman and North Carolina forward Armando Bacot on The Field of 68 YouTube channel, “and so there’s definitely — the door is open for it.”

Eraser Dust

Alec Baldwin indicted in fatal shooting of cinematographer on Rust set | Hollywood - Hindustan Times
Special prosecutors brought the case before a grand jury in Santa Fe this week, months after receiving a new analysis of the gun that was used. They declined to answer questions after spending about a day and a half presenting their case to the grand jury.

Demise of prominent CPA firm comes amid crisis for Minnesota charter schools
One owner's theft led to the demise of the Anton Group, which worked for dozens of charter schools across the state, where there is a shortage of firms to help with finances.

What’s in Congress’s New Tax Deal? - The New York Times
Earlier this week, a group of top Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a $78 billion package that would expand a tax benefit that provides money to parents and restore three popular expired business tax breaks. That combination offers both parties an opportunity to claim wins as voters begin to head to the polls ahead of the election in November.

Three things not to do when travelling to US National Parks
This week, Pierce Brosnan pled not guilty to charges that he illegally entered the acidic hot springs area of Yellowstone National Park. If found guilty, the actor will have fallen from Bond hero to "bad tourist" in a moment that occurred when he allegedly wandered off-trail and was subsequently cited by a US attorney for Wyoming. But he's not the only one accused of breaking the rules in US national parks.

The tyranny of the algorithm: why every coffee shop looks the same | | The Guardian
These cafes had all adopted similar aesthetics and offered similar menus, but they hadn’t been forced to do so by a corporate parent, the way a chain like Starbucks replicated itself. Instead, despite their vast geographical separation and total independence from each other, the cafes had all drifted toward the same end point. The sheer expanse of sameness was too shocking and new to be boring.

Rage Against the Machine Fans Confused by Band's Latest Post
The rock and metal world kind of feels like a big game of clue as of late, with musicians sharing cryptic posts and mysterious teasers on their social media profiles left and right. We're all looking into things very intensely, perhaps more than we should, because sometimes these types of posts lead to something, and sometimes they don't. Sleep Token are a good example of this, as a lot has transpired within their community over the last couple of days just before announcing a new North American tour.

Montana's governor selling us out to the highest bidder – Daily Montanan
If you check the Trust Land Division’s Cabin and Homesite Sales site you might think you were reading something straight out of a Yellowstone Club sales pitch — with prices to match! And guess what? Many of the sites and cabins were owned by Montanans for years, but are now driven out by the high taxes and lease rates. But that’s the way it goes when you’re selling Montana to the highest bidders.

Jury convicts Whitefish shooter of deliberate homicide | Daily Inter Lake
A Flathead County District Court jury convicted Steven Justin Hedrick on Friday evening of deliberate homicide for the 2023 shooting death of Jeffery Brookshire in an extended-stay motel in Whitefish.