Dec. 5, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Environmental advocates are crying foul in the wake of President Donald Trump's sharp reduction of two national monuments in Utah. In the largest rollback of federal land protections in U.S. history, Trump's executive action surrendered nearly two million acres of land to developers and private use. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Trump was met by thousands of protesters in downtown Salt Lake City, requiring police in riot gear to quell the unrest. More protesters greeted Trump at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Welfare Square, where the president met with Mormon church leaders.

  • click to enlarge Armie Hammer portrayed both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. - SONY PICTURES
    • Sony Pictures
    • Armie Hammer portrayed both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network.
    Do you remember the Winklevoss twins? They're the brothers made famous in The Social Network, the Oscar-winning film that chronicled Mark Zuckerberg's climb to fame and the creation of Facebook. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (both played by Armie Hammer in the film) sued Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea to create Facebook. The Winklevoss twin sued out of court and ultimately settled for a $65 million payout. It turns out that the Winklevoss brothers invested heavily in Bitcoin, the controversial cryptocurrency, a peer to peer payment system. Now, Fortune magazine is reporting that the Winklevoss twins own one of the largest portfolios of Bitcoin in the world, and recent surges put the value of that portfolio at over $1 billion.

  • Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue isn't sharing too many details because minors are involved, but the lawman did confirm Monday that a Melba teen had been arrested after the student allegedly made a threat against the Melba School District. Donahue said the threat was of a violent nature, but wouldn't elaborate. Donahue also wouldn't confirm the name, age or gender of the suspect. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that several parents in the Melba school district expressed "anger and concern that they weren't notified about the incident before they sent their children to school Monday morning."

  • The City of Boise Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday night to deny a permit which would have allowed a drive-through window at a proposed CVS pharmacy planned for State Street. The proposed CVS would require the demolition of the Arcade Building, a low-income apartment building, and residents there have been pushing back against the idea with dozens of citizens testifying against the proposal at a P & Z meeting last night. It's still unclear if the recommended denial of the drive-through will quash the proposal. The ultimate decision on the conditional use permit will have to come from the Boise City Council.

  • ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel's 7-month-old son has undergone a second heart surgery. A spokesman for Kimmel said the surgery on Monday was successful. Billy Kimmel was born last April with a heart defect that required immediate surgery. In a tearful monologue, Kimmel shared the news with his audience, and the experience served as a platform for Kimmel's political advocacy against members of Congress who want to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Kimmel is taking the week off from his late night gig, so Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy have taken over hosting duties this week.

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