Dec. 6, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Early today, Time magazine unveiled its 2017 Persons of the Year, placing women who Time called "the Silence Breakers" on its cover. Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal made the announcement on the Today Show  this morning, revealing a composite photo on the magazine cover including actress Ashley Judd and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, as well as a woman whose face is hidden in order to protect her identity. All of the women have been been victims of sexual harassment or assault. "The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover, along with hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s," said Felsenthal.

click to enlarge Three Idaho women were arrested after demonstrating against the GOP tax reform bill. - SWIDAHONOW
  • SWIdahoNOW
  • Three Idaho women were arrested after demonstrating against the GOP tax reform bill.
  • Three Idaho women were among a group of people arrested Tuesday following a demonstration earlier this week on the Capitol Mall in Washington, D.C.  The protesters descended on U.S. Senate and House office buildings to voice their anger over the recently passed GOP tax reform bill. According to the Southwest Idaho chapter of the National Organziation for Women, Adrienne Evans, Nimi Sandhu and Linda Whedbee, all from Idaho, were charged with disrupting the business of the House. The women were later released from jail. Evans is the executive director of the United Vision for Idaho, and Sandhu and Whedbee are members of SW Idaho NOW. â€œIdahoans along with people across the country have been pleading with their representatives to consider the grave consequences this bill would have for the people they represent," said Evans in a prepared statement.
  • Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that Idahoans can now register to vote online, a process requiring only web access and a state-issued ID. Thirty-five other states currently offer online registration. The 2016 edition of the Idaho Legislature approved online voter registration with near-unanimous support. According to the office of the Secretary of State, about 70 percent of the voting-age population in Idaho is registered to vote, but voter turnout continues to be a significant challenge on Election Day.
  • The sports world is still reeling from the Tuesday announcement that Russia has been banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next year. Sports Illustrated reports that previous state-sponsored doping has resulted in Russian government officials being forbidden to attend the games. The Russian flag will not be displayed at at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound; However, Russian athletes who apply and prove they are clean will be able to compete under the neutral Olympic flag. The official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals at the 2018 games.

  • Food & Wine magazine is out with the National Restaurant Association's top menu trends of 2017.  "New cuts of meat" was the top trend for the year, with more restaurants offering shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak and the Merlot cut. Rounding out the top ten were house-made condiments, street food-inspired dishes, international-inspired breakfast items, sustainable seafood, healthy kids' meals, vegetable carb substitutes, uncommon herbs, authentic world cuisine and international spices.

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