April 20, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Donald Trump returned to Twitter this morning to complain about the publicity surrounding former FBI Director James Comey's book tour and its contrast to national security adviser Michael Flynn's "totally destroyed" life. The biggest difference between the two, though Trump neglected to point it out, is that Flynn faces criminal charges including lying to the FBI.   
  • Boise firefighters battled a blaze which broke out in the Aberdeen Apartments complex on the 6600 block of W. Irving Street near Fairview Avenue early this morning. Two families were displaced when their apartments were destroyed by the fire. There is no word yet on a cause. The Boise Burnout Fund is assisting the displaced families.
  • Bloomberg News is out with a new analysis on U.S. cities with the fastest-growing wealth gap, and Boise is near the top of the list. The so-called "rich versus poor" gap compared households in the top 20 percent to those in the bottom 20 percent. According to Bloomberg, the Boise metro gap widened by $44,000 between 2011 and 2016 to $170,000, pushing Boise from No. 76 on the list to No. 7. According to the analysis, the average income among Boise households in the top 20 percent soared to almost $182,000, while incomes in the bottom 20 percent hover near $12,000.

  • A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is recommending approval of a cannabis-based drug in the treatment for epilepsy. The New York Times reports that the full FDA could grant its approval to Epidliolex by this summer. If approved, it would be the first cannabis-derived prescription medicine available in the U.S.

  • The weather in Boise should be perfect for Saturday's 41st annual Race to Robie Creek run. The 13.1-mile half-marathon steps off at noon at Fort Boise and finishes at the Robie Creek campgrounds.

  • It's usually a hilarious outing when former Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon get together. But things got a bit emotional Thursday night. Following a stunt on Fallon's late night show where Fey and Fallon surprised some unsuspecting fans, one woman told Fey, "You are extremely special to me. You're such a strong, empowering woman, who really shows me and all the other young women and men that you can truly achieve anything that you want to do."

    Things got a bit more teary-eyed when Fallon later told Fey, "If you're lucky throughout your life, you get to meet and spend time with a few people who really change you for the better. For me, you're on of those people."

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