April 17, 2018: What to Know 

  • Monday's biggest surprise in the courtroom drama surrounding the FBI raid of President Trump's personal lawyer came when it was revealed that another of attorney Michael Cohen's clients is Fox News host Sean Hannity. The New York Times reports audible gasps in the courtroom at the moment of revelation. Appearing last night on his broadcast, Hannity denied being Cohen's client, saying he never paid Cohen for services and that their discussions were brief and centered on real estate.
  • MSNBC has decided to discontinue its bottom-of-the-screen news ticker, which began to appear on the news network in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11. Variety reports that network officials say they're removing the ticker "for a cleaner view that puts our reporting more front and center."

  • Reforestation efforts have begun on private lands burned by the massive 2015 Clearwater Complex fire. Workers with the Idaho Department of Lands, in partnership with the Idaho County Soil and Water Conservation District, are expected to plant approximately 27,000 Ponderosa Pine seedlings on 90 acres of private land scorched by the catastrophic fires in the Clearwater basin.
  • Idaho Department of Lands
  • Hollywood is mourning the loss of Harry Anderson, who starred in the NBC comedy Night Court in the 1980s and 90s. The Hollywood Reporter says Anderson was found at his South Carolina home early Monday. No foul play is suspected. He was 65.

  • Playbill has a fascinating breakdown of typical salaries for Broadway performers, musicians and stage managers. The minimum salary for a performer currently on the Great White Way is $2,034 per week. Understudying roles also come with some additional pay. Of course, major Broadway stars sometimes make tens of thousands of dollars per week, but most actors are paid the minimum with some bonuses for agreeing to a one-year rider, essentially confirming they will remain in the production for an entire year. Stage managers receive a base salary of $3,342 per week. The weekly wage for a Broadway musician is $1,885.

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