April 26, 2018: What to Know 

  • Dr. Ronny Jackson announced early this morning that he was withdrawing his name as a nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, following a steady stream of accusations against him including improper dispensation of prescription drugs and being intoxicated while traveling with the president. The New York Times reports that Jackson's statement read, "Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this president and the important issue we must be addressing—how we give the best care to our nation's heroes."
  • A Boise man died early this morning following a single-engine crash on the westbound Interstate 84 near Caldwell overnight. Idaho State Police say 39-year-old David Cotten was driving eastbound in a 1986 Ford pickup when the vehicle went off the left shoulder of the road. Cotten overcorrected, drove off the left should again and rolled the vehicle. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Cotten died just before 4 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
  • At CenturyLink Arena in Boise last night, The Idaho Steelheads beat the Allen Americans 4-1, winning Game 7 in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. Not many sports reporters gave the Steelheads much of a chance after going down 3 games to 0 in the best-of-seven series. The Steelheads will advance to the second round, where they'll face the Colorado Eagles beginning Saturday, April 28, in Colorado. That best-of-seven series returns to Boise for Game 3 on Wednesday, May 2.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital room on Wednesday after suffering from a blood infection. Sports Illustrated reports that a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush said the former president was less concerned about his health and more concerned about the Houston Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bush can rest a bit easier. The Rockets beat the Timberwolves last night, 122-104, winning their best-of-seven NBA first round playoff.

  • Prince Harry has asked his brother, Prince William, to be his Best Man when Harry marries Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. People Magazine reports that Harry said, "Losing our mother at a young age, it's helped us travel through that difficult patch together. You're like-minded. You go through similar things—it's a bond, and it's something you know you've tackled together and come out better."
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  • Paramount Studios
  • A Quiet Place, the surprise box office hit of the first half of 2018, is getting a sequel. The Hollywood Reporter says Paramount studio chief Jim Gianopulos told the CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas that the studio has given a green light to the sequel, again starring and directed by John Krasinski.

    "If you would have told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have a been a hit a Paramount, I would have said, 'Well, I should go work at Paramount,'" said Gianopulos.

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