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Rainy day in Raleigh

e98ab86d4db17368I’m visiting North Carolina, sitting in my friend Heather’s kitchen with her cats as company and looking out at the rain-soaked autum foliage through her picture window. 

I have a bad habit – although it’s not particularly harmful on a more laid-back day like today _ of seeing something on Yahoo! – today it was the so-called “world’s ugliest buildings” _ which leads me on a lilly-pad-hopping search through the Internet of randomly linked topics. At which point, I always have to stop and think about how I got where I am without ever having intended to go there in the first place.
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539w1Van Chancellor took over one of the most experienced teams in the country a little over a year ago when he came back to college coaching at LSU. He walked into a situation with five senior starters in a program that had been to four consecutive Final Fours and had a superstar center in Sylvia Fowles.

However … Chancellor also knew that for his second year, he’d be coaching a completely different team.

We can all get a look at just how different on Sunday (1:30 p.m. Central time) when LSU is host to Notre Dame in the opener of the annual State Farm Tipoff Classic. Pitt faces Texas A&M in the second game; both contests will be televised on ESPN2.

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  A friend who works at an East Coast newspaper called the day after the election and mentioned that every copy was sold out all around town. They had printed up 20,000 more copies of the daily paper than usual, and even that hadn’t been enough. Many people, it seemed, wanted a keepsake.

  1082261000_c78b144e981I sarcastically joked to him, “Oh, you mean, they wanted a REAL newspaper? They didn’t just call up the stories on the Internet? How about that _ newspapers still have some use after all.”

  Considering the freefall that newspapers are in now, it was a bittersweet reminder that something being “on paper” hasn’t lost all its importance in our electronic world.

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  Just a little while ago, I rode my bicycle to a church just a couple of minutes from my house and voted in a national, state and local election. I was wearing the first thing I grabbed out of my dresser – not an uncommon occurrence – which happened to be my 2002 Women’s Final Four T-shirt and blue shorts.

  3799662621In other words, I just did something that I know that my hero and idol never did get to do. She spent her whole life working to give me that right. Susan B. Anthony, how can I ever begin to thank you?

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Here we go again … the start of the Associated Press women’s basketball rankings. The preseason poll came out Saturday. And I know that all across the country among those fans who follow the sport, there is unavoidable consternation.

Are these voters complete morons?

I understand, of course, why we have polls in all the sports … but they still get on my nerves. And, yet, I’m on the voting panel again. I guess I feel it’s a professional obligation. Or I just like to torment myself.
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