August 16, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • click to enlarge BOSTON GLOBE
    • Boston Globe
    More than 300 newspapers across the U.S. are joining together today to denounce President Trump's attacks on the media. In a coalition organized by The Boston Globe, news publications, including Boise Weekly, are publishing editorials about the value of America's free press, particularly when the most damaging attacks come from government officials. President Trump has called the press "fake," "disgusting," "liars," "sick," and "the enemy of the people." As we write in this week's edition of BW, "No, we're not your enemy. Never have been. Never will be."
  • In an op-ed for this morning's New York Times, former CIA director John Brennan writes that Trump is trying to silence those who challenge him. On Wednesday, Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance and threatened to do the same to other former national security officials who offend him. Writing in the Times, Brennan says the president's assertions that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia are "hogwash."

  • Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. The Queen of Soul earned 20 Grammys and her four-decade career included such R&B classics as "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "Think" and "Spanish Harlem." In Rolling Stone's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," Franklin was No. 1. The Hollywood Reporter says Franklin's publicist confirmed that the music legend died this morning at her home in Detroit.
  • The Idaho State Board of Education will meet today on the campus of Idaho State University to once more take up the issue of alcohol sales at Boise State football games. The board has repeatedly denied such requests in the past. But this morning, the panel will consider pregame alcohol sales for home football games in the DeCheverieux Field, the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, the Allen Noble Hall of Fame and the Boise State Alumni and Friends Center. Alcohol is currently served only at the Stueckle Sky Center.

  • click to enlarge ST. LUKE'S
    • St. Luke's
    As part of the massive expansion of St. Luke's hospital's downtown campus, several historic homes will be relocated, beginning tonight. The first house to be moved is located at 214 E. Jefferson. Beginning at midnight, it will be slowly moved one block down Avenue B to an empty lot on the southeast corner of Bannock and Avenue B. During the move, which will extend into the early hours of Friday, Aug. 17, Avenue B will be closed between Bannock and Jefferson streets. Over the next several months, at least 10 residential and commercial buildings will be relocated.
  • Two MIT scientists have cracked the case of breaking spaghetti in two without having it shatter into little pieces. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the duo says the trick is to twist the spaghetti 270 degrees before slowly bringing the two ends together, and then the spaghetti will neatly snap in two. The scientists even built a spaghetti-snapping device to test their thesis.

  • Food & Wine magazine is reporting on a growing trend triggered by the #TipTheBill social media challenge. Customers with a few more dollars in their bank accounts have been leaving 100 percent tips on their restaurant bills as a reaction to low service industry wages.

  • YouTube, which previously hasn't shied away from provocative videos, has banned an add for the upcoming horror film The Nun. The video site says the clip violates its "violent and shocking content" policy. Entertainment Weekly says the clip was flagged by a YouTube user who advised fellow viewers to "look away and/or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jumpscares."
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