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Thursday Flakes: Pirate ships, bad drivers, and a little bit of everything

Filling in again with your daily news clippings.

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Kevin Knight (aka SpartyOnHuskers)

Be sure to check back in later tonight for how to access this week’s Corn Nation Zoom get together.

That’s all I’ve got for today’s intro. Onto the flakes.

Husker News

2020 Nebraska Football Race to be held Virtually

The Nebraska Football Road Race presented by the Lincoln Track Club has raised more than $150,000 to support pediatric brain cancer research in the past six years.

Three Husker walk-on offensive linemen enter transfer portal

AJ Forbes, Josh Wegener and Xavier Trevino confirmed to The World-Herald that they have entered the portal. None of the three played in a game for NU, although they were all considered good walk-on pickups upon joining the team.

After a talk with Scott Frost, Alabama QB Riley Leonard ‘really likes Nebraska (OWH $$$)

Four-star Adama Sanogo commits to UConn, reclassifies to 2020

Adama Sanogo just verbally committed to UConn and is reclassifying to the 2020 recruiting class, he tells 247Sports.

I have too much free time on my hands these days:

Big Ten News

Big Ten’s Mental Health Initiative Comes at a Critical Time for Student-Athletes

Commissioner Kevin Warren explains why he’s making student-athletes’ mental health a priority.

College Basketball Conference Power Rankings: Why the Big Ten was the best league in the nation

Looking at which major conference had the best season in 2019-2020

Minnesota Football Recruiting: Three-star DB Darius Green commits to the Gophers

The Peach State is sending one of their best north to Minneapolis

2021 Four-Star Guard Julian Roper Commits to Northwestern Basketball

Wildcats pick up first commitment of 2021 class

Purdue Football Shows New Scoreboard Drone Footage

Plus some positive news about “will there be football”.

Northwestern adds four-star Najee Story to 2021 recruiting class

The Ohio native is Northwestern’s seventh 2021 commit

RESULTS: Ranking Big Ten football coaches based on who you’d want to quarantine with

If Dantonio hadn’t retired, we’re sure he’d rank 15th.

Sports News

Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi, other athletics leaders donate combined $500,000 to university’s COVID-19 vaccine research effort

Pitt is doing its part to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. On all sides the equation.

Do you prefer post-COVID sports with empty seats or CGI crowds?

The Premier League is thinking of coming back to fanless stadiums but networks like Sky Sports may insert CGI crowds on television to make the viewing experience more normal.

Stick to Sports... NAH

Piece of 1872 shipwreck linked to pirate legend emerges near Sleeping Bear Dunes

Gale-force winds may have driven a two-masted schooner named the Jennie & Annie to its deadly demise near Empire nearly 150 years ago, but Mother Nature has a way of unearthing pieces of this shipwreck every few years as a maritime history lesson.

Some campsites to reopen, but Nebraska beaches closed because of large gatherings

Good news, bad news for state park users: The Game and Parks Commission plans to reopen some RV campsites later this month, but it’s closed beaches and swimming areas because of recent gatherings that numbered more than 100.

New Star Wars Movie Directed by Taika Waititi Officially Confirmed By Lucasfilm

It’s official: Taika Waititi is directing a new Star Wars movie.

Citrus County driver accidentally reverses onto two parked cars

Deputies in Citrus County say a driver accidentally backed up onto two other cars in a bank parking lot.

Child abuse may be underreported during coronavirus lockdowns, welfare workers say

Many experts predicted at the start of the pandemic that widespread self-isolation would lead to more cases of child abuse. Now, they believe cases are being underreported.

Coronavirus researcher on verge of ‘significant findings’ found shot to death, officials say

A second man that NBC News identified as Hao Gu, 46, was found dead in his car less than a mile away from Liu’s home. Investigators think Gu killed Liu in his home before killing himself, Ross Police Department Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp said in a statement.
Kohlhepp said an initial investigation suggests the incident resulted from “a lengthy dispute regarding an intimate partner.” Officials “found zero evidence” that the incident was related to Liu’s employment at the University of Pittsburgh, the detective added, or any work he was conducting and the current pandemic.

Fossil fuel-free jet propulsion system powered by PLASMA can generate the same amount of thrust as a commercial jet engine, scientists claim

Chinese prototype device uses plasma, the fourth state of matter, for propulsion. The high-temperature plasma is created using only injected air and electricity

Why Empty Planes Keep Flying Through the Pandemic (WSJ $$$)

“As strange as this sounds, now our obligation to customers has actually never been more important and also, unfortunately, never less profitable,” says Vasu Raja, American’s senior vice president for network strategy.

Health workers that volunteered to come to NY during pandemic have to pay state income tax: Cuomo

Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor . . . Entities from “these other states will have to register in New York,” said Lawrence Spielman, a partner at the accounting firm Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP, “and do withholding here in New York.”

Beagle Corner

This is the behind the scenes look of my beagle while I am writing today’s Flakes for you all:

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