February 19, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A coalition of 16 states (not including Idaho) is suing the Trump administration over the President's plan to use emergency powers to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The suit argues that Trump doesn't have the power to divert funds because it is Congress that controls spending. Meanwhile, more than 100 demonstrators gathered on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse Monday to protest Trump's emergency declaration. It was one of dozens of similar demonstrations in state capitals across the country.

  • click to enlarge BOISE FIRE DEPT.
    • Boise Fire Dept.
    Boise firefighters spent the early morning extinguishing a fire that on West Targee Street that left a family of four homeless. Investigators said the blaze was ignited by smoldering ashes from a fireplace that had been dumped into an outside plastic trash can. Four people escaped the fire on West Targee between Broadway Avenue and the Ridenbaugh Canal. There was significant damage to the first floor of the house and smoke damage throughout the structure. The Boise Burnout Fund is assisting the family with temporary housing.
  • The New York Times reports that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced early today that he's running for president again. Among Sanders' platform issues are "Medicare for all," a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free public colleges.
  • Stargazers are marveling at this week's spectacular Supermoon—it's 2019's biggest and brightest moon to light up the night sky. Native Americans also call the specter a "snow moon" because of its appearance in February. February's moon has also been called the "bone moon" or "hunger moon" due to the lack of food available in the winter.

  • Bloomberg Businessweek's Justin Fox has a fascinating story on why "America's new apartment buildings all look the same," featuring what Fox calls "cheap stick framing," peaked roofs and outer walls covered with fiber cement, metal, stucco or bricks.
  • CNN reports that fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld died today in Paris at 85. The creative director at Chanel since the mid-80s, Lagerfeld transformed the fashion house into an assembly line of pop culture. He was also the creative director at Fendi and the iconic fashion label that bore his name.

  • With just a few days before Hollywood throws its biggest party of the year, the Oscars, the news is not good in Tinseltown. The Hollywood Reporter says box office revenue for the first seven weeks of 2019 has hit an eight-year low, capped by the worst President's Day box office weekend in 15 years.
  • At first, Oscar producers thought it would be a good idea to limit the number of musical performances during this year's ceremony. After a change of heart, they opted to include performances from each of the Best Song nominees. And now, Variety reports that Oscar producers have invited Queen to perform at the Oscars. Queen isn't nominated for anything, but one of the Best Picture nominees is Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the band and its late singer Freddie Mercury.
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