Dec. 21, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Facebook is changing the way it tags fake news, according to a report by CNN Money. The social media giant took action against fake news in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, launching a program that placed "disputed flags" on stories deemed by two fact-checkers to be untrustworthy. That program was determined by Facebook to be too time consuming, and according to some research, may actually entrench users' erroneous beliefs. Facebook is in the process of finding a workaround that will alert users when they share fake news.

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    • Ryan Johnson
    The U.S. Air Force has decided to place F-35 missions in Alabama and Wisconsin, but for now, stationing the jets in Boise is off the table, according to a press release from the office of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Boise will remain a "reasonable alternative," however. City leaders lobbied hard for an F-35 mission at Gowen Field, but many were wary of stationing the state-of-the-art fighter jets in the city. Supporters of the proposed mission said it would bring jobs and millions of dollars in investment to the City of Trees, but critics said the jets would be a major source of noise pollution.

  • Along with approving new downtown parking rates and times at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Boise City Council also enacted new rules governing e-bikes. The changes were made to the Boise bicycle ordinance, and allow class 1 and 2 e-bikes on streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and the Boise Greenbelt. There are exceptions, however: Class 3 e-bikes that can reach speeds of 28 miles per hour will not be allowed in those areas, and only e-bike users with mobility disabilities who require ADA accommodation will be allowed on certain trails in the Ridge to Rivers system in the Boise Foothills.

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