April 11, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London this morning. The BBC reports that Ecuador decided to stop sheltering Assange at its London embassy, where he had been holed up since 2012, after "his repeated violations to international conventions and daily life protocols." Assange might be extradited to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations, or to the U.S., where he could face charges of computer hacking in relation to the publication of classified documents.
  • Voting began today in the world's largest democracy. The Guardian says India's election will last five weeks and involves nearly 900 million voters. There are more than 8,000 candidates running for Indian parliament, and more than 11 million government employees have been deployed across the nation to oversee Indian voting.
  • click to enlarge KTVB
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    Veteran KTVB news anchor Dee Sarton made a bit of news Wednesday when she announced her retirement from broadcast journalism. Sarton, who has won every local and regional broadcasting award, is leaving after 40 years at Channel 7. Sarton has also served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including Special Needs Adoption, The Children’s Home, the Hidden Springs Charter School, the Literacy Lab and the Assistance League. Her final day on KTVB will be Thursday, June 6.
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    Charles Van Doren died this past Tuesday, April 9. Now a footnote in American history, Van Doren was once the most infamous man in America. A Columbia University English instructor and author of several bestsellers, Van Doren was an overnight television sensation in 1957 when he won the NBC primetime game show Twenty One. He walked away with $129,000 in winnings (the equivalent of about $1 million today) and NBC immediately signed him on as a special correspondent on the Today Show. But in November 1959, in front of a nationally televised audience, Van Doren told a U.S. congressional committee that he had been given the game show's answers in advance and that the entire show was a scam, triggering a national scandal that knocked many game shows off of network television. Van Doren went into seclusion. In 1994, Robert Redford directed the Oscar-nominated film Quiz Show about the scandal, with Ralph Fiennes as Van Doren. Van Doren died at his home in Canaan, Connecticut. He was 93.

  • click to enlarge EVENT HORIZON TELESCOPE
    • Event Horizon Telescope
    Scientists on Wednesday released the first-ever view of a black hole, at the heart of a galaxy some 55 million light-years from Earth. Popular Science says the massive hole at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.

  • A rather big earth-bound event, Avengers: Endgame, has already broken all records for movie ticket presales. The first screenings of the film, which officially opens Friday, April 26, but begins showing Thursday, April 25, are selling out so fast that Inverse.com says some theaters are already scheduling middle-of-the-night screenings beginning at 2 a.m.
  • And here's something else for night owls: People magazine says Walt Disney World will begin late-night hours this summer, with special events featuring Disney villains running from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. More than 20 of the park's most popular attractions will also be open with, presumably, shorter wait times.
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