December 19, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the most substantial changes in a generation to sentencing guidelines that have overcrowded federal prisons and created a criminal justice system that conservatives and liberals alike view as unfair and too costly. CBS News reports that U.S. House leaders are pledging to pass the measure this week, and President Donald Trump has indicated he would sign the bill into law.
  • Meanwhile, an Idaho man has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison after prosecutors said he assaulted a woman for taking apple cider vinegar from him. The U.S. Attorney's Office said 60-year-old Jason Redheart of Lapwai attacked a 64-year-old woman with a metal baseball bat because he believed she had stolen his vinegar.

  • From the other end of the spectrum, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, standing alongside leaders of Boise's business, education, faith and nonprofit communities, unveiled the so-called Boise Kind initiative Tuesday, designed to promote the city's core values of generosity and fellowship. Boise Kind will be formally launched during next March's Treefort Music Fest. Additionally, city officials are planning an unofficial holiday, dubbed Boise Day, for sometime next summer, when a day of service and/or volunteering will be celebrated citywide.

  • USA Today reports that Hollywood is mourning the passing of 75-year-old Penny Marshall, co-star of TV's The Odd Couple and Laverne and Shirley, and director of Big, A League of Their Own and a number of other big-screen successes. Marshall died of complications related to diabetes.

  • NBC's The Voice crowned its newest champion last night: 16-year-old Chevel Shepherd of Farmington, New Mexico. The Hollywood Reporter says Shepherd, a country singer coached by Kelly Clarkson, won $100,000 cash and a much-coveted recording contract with the Universal Music Group.

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    click to enlarge THE WHITE HOUSE
    • The White House
    resident Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have revealed their official White House Christmas card. The greeting card, featuring a photo of the couple in formal attire, is being sent to thousands of Trump supporters and White House staff.

  • Pop singer Ariana Grande visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night to help recreate a Christmas oldie-but-goodie: "I Wish It Was Christmas Today," which was sung for years, beginning in 2000, on Saturday Night Live by Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Chris Kattan and Horatio Sanz. 
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