April 24, 2018: What to Know (Update) 

  • The investigation continues into a horrific event in downtown Toronto, Canada. At least 10 people were killed and 15 others injured when a driver of a van mowed down pedestrians along Younge Street. The CBC reports it appears that the driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, acted intentionally, but authorities have not yet classified the attack as an act of terrorism.
  • UPDATE: Investigators with the Boise Fire Department have determined that a fire at the historic Gene Harris Bandshell was human caused. As a result, the investigation has been turned over to the Boise Police Department. The bandshell suffered roof damage and officials with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department say they will now hire a disaster cleanup crew to clean the interior and exterior of the historic structure which was constructed in 1928. Meanwhile, Julia Davis Park remains open, but the bandshell will be fenced off for the near future. Park visitors are urged to stay clear from the structure.s underway.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a bill that calls for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Cuomo says he wants to see the bags outlawed by this time next year. The New York Times reports that if the bill becomes law, New York would join California, which began its own statewide ban of plastic bags in 2016.

  • According to the Independent, France has instituted new rules banning vegetarian food from being labeled with terms usually reserved for meat. For example, you won't be seeing a veggie burger on a French menu. Yes, there will be patties made with beans or fake meat, but henceforth there won't be any co-mingling of identities. The same goes for dairy products. Unless it's actually made with milk from a farm animal, it can't be called milk.
  • The sports news website SB Nation has a report on something most Boiseans already know: geese are constantly fooled by the blue turf at Albertson's Stadium, confusing it with a body of water. There are plenty of Canada geese around the stadium, not just because the turf is blue, but because of the stadium's proximity to the Boise River.

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