August 8, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • With much of the excitement over the Monday, Aug. 21 total solar eclipse centering around tourism and travel, there hasn't been much reporting on how the once-in-a-lifetime event might impact the nation's electrical grid. But Forbes Magazine has a rather stunning report out this morning that indicates the eclipse will cut solar power production by about 9,000 megawatts, "about as much electricity as produced by fifteen coal-fired power plants." The California State Public Utilities Commission is already urging citizens to conserve power for the two hours framing the eclipse. This month's event will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the U.S. since 1918.

  • The New York Times has obtained a draft report, authored by scientists in thirteen federal agencies, that confirms that climate change is indeed primarily caused by humans and that the average U.S. temperature has risen drastically since 1980. This puts President Donald Trump in an awkward position since through much of his 2016 presidential campaign, he dismissed scientific evidence of climate change.
  • Courtesy Boise Police Department
  • Local law enforcement are investigating a series of bank robberies on Monday, and the same suspect is wanted in all of them. Boise Police report that the first holdup occurred just before 11 a.m. at the Bank of the West branch near Emerald Street and Maple Grove Road.  Less than a hour later, a suspect matching the same description held up the Pioneer Federal Credit Union on Fairview Avenue in Meridian. And then less than a hour hour after that, a man fitting the description held up the Clarity Credit Union on South Meridian Road.  The suspect is identified as a Hispanic male in his 30s, with a dark goatee, approximately 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds. He was wearing a plaid shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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    Hackers who claimed to have stolen files from HBO's servers dumped some large files onto the internet Monday, including scripts from Game of Thrones, Ballers and Room 104, emails from the network's vice president for film programming and the personal phone numbers and addresses of some of the stars of Game of Thrones. The New York Times reports that the hackers are demanding the equivalent of $6 million in bitcoin.
  • Each of the teams in the National Football League have launched their summer training camps in the anticipation of the beginning of another season in early September. Yet, one of the most talented quarterbacks in the game, Colin Kaepernick, remains a man without a team. Most sports pundits point to Kaepernick's controversial decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem when he played for the San Francisco 49ers last season. The Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins have reportedly considered adding Kaepernick to their squads, but the man who took the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl remains unsigned. Provocative film director Spike Lee announced this morning that he will lead a rally in support of Kaepernick outside the New York City headquarters of the NFL on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The rally is dubbed, "United We Stand."

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