Here are a few things in news, sports, entertainment and pop culture that we’ve been talking about lately.
■ Standard & Poor’s downgrades the United States’ credit rating. Finally, average Americans feel as if they have something in common with Washington.
■ Kate Gosselin u25B6 says she’s ready to start dating. Well, then, save us a place in the back of the line. Really. Way, way in the back of the line.
■ State corrections officials say Nevada State Prison inmates used PlayStations to watch porn DVDs. As the warden from “The Shawshank Redemption” so aptly put it: Salvation lies within.
■ The Las Vegas Sin of the Lingerie Football League begins preseason workouts. “Scouting” a football team has never been more satisfying.
JOHN PRZYBYS (firstname.lastname@example.org)