August 27, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The body of Sen. John McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol later this week, an honor bestowed to only 30 other people, 13 of them U.S. senators. A memorial service is scheduled for Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, Sept. 1, and he'll be buried near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated in 1958. The New York Times reports Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's choice of who should replace McCain in the U.S. Senate will have enormous implications.
  • The lights of Broadway will dim later this week in honor of the late Neil Simon, who died this past weekend at 91. Simon was the most prolific American playwright in history, redefining urban humor in the 20th century, and ultimately saw a Broadway theater renamed in his honor. He penned some of the greatest lines for live television, Broadway and Hollywood and garnered more Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer in history. He also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his deeply personal play Lost in Yonkers. Simon died Sunday in a New York hospital following complications from pneumonia.

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    This is a momentous week for the Boise Independent School District. One week after students and teachers began another school year, the district will hold a series of dedication ceremonies this week, celebrating expansion and construction at three area schools. In March 2017, voter approved a massive bond to reinvest in neighborhood schools, and the some of the early fruits of that labor will be on display this week. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, a dedication ceremony will be held at the Derhyl A. Dennis Career & Technical Education Center on Pro Tech Drive. That where expansion is growing the Certified Nurse Assistant Program, in addition to the Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician and Graphic Design programs. On Wednesday, Aug. 29, a dedication ceremony will be held at Timberline High School where science labs and art classrooms have been expanded. And on Thursday, Aug. 30, the new Amity Elementary School will be dedicated. The state-of-the-art school features larger classrooms, more technology and improved security.

  • The Idaho State Journal reports that Idaho State University athletic director Jeff Tingey has been placed on administrative leave. Tingey is still pulling down an annual salary of $150,000 and university officials are tight-lipped about why Tingey has been told to stay away from the office. The news comes less than two weeks after the Idaho State Board of Education fired University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear for not properly addressing sexual harassment and assault complaints.

  • Crazy Rich Asians had another impressive weekend at the North American box office, raking in $25 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Netflix continues its reign as the king of streaming movie services, but AVNews has a rather stunning report that there are still 3 million people still using Netflix for DVD rentals.
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