Dec. 12, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Today, voters in Alabama will cast their ballots in a special election for an open Senate seat. In the contest are Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. The race has been controversial, as Moore has been accused by at least five women of sexual misconduct. He has received vocal support from President Donald Trump, however, and opinion polls have been notably difficult to parse in the lead-up to the election. According to PolitiFact, the race has also been a lightning rod for fake news, with numerous claims about the candidates, Moore's accusers and media coverage garnering "Pants on Fire!" ratings from the website.

  • Have you read "Cat Person," the short story published in the most recent issue of The New Yorker? The piece chronicling a romantic encounter that leads to middling sex went viral over the weekend, spawning its own Twitter account chronicling men's reactions to it and a glut of think pieces about how men and women read the story differently, bad sex and dating in the 21st century.

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
     doesn't open until midnight on Thursday, but the reviews are already coming in—and they're almost universally positive. The New York Times calls it "Really Good!" and Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post wrote it's rife with "irreverent humor and worshipful love for the original text."

  • The Pathways Community Crisis Center, the fourth such center in Idaho funded by the Idaho Legislature and justice reinvestment grant dollars, opens today in Boise. Managed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, it will assess, intervene and refer patients experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises. It is located at 7192 Potomac Drive in Boise. Other centers are located in Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls.

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