February 26, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May said this morning that if her nation's Parliament rejects her latest plan to withdraw from the European Union, England should have the chance to delay the so-called Brexit. The New York Times says May's concession, "in the face of an internal rebellion," is the latest in a long line of retreats as she continues to search for a way to depart from the E.U.
  • Police were summoned to the scene of a pre-dawn shooting in Garden City this morning. Investigators said a man was shot in the stomach in a trailer park off of 44th and Adams streets just before 5:30 a.m. The victim was rushed to a local hospital. Shortly after talking to possible witnesses, police said they were on the lookout for suspects but gave very few details.
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    • Ryan Johnson
    In August 2017, Boise Weekly chronicled the ordeal of Idaho State Police Detective Brandon Eller, who won a landmark whistleblower ruling in Ada County Court against Idaho State Police. ISP had labeled Eller a "disgruntled employee," but Eller argued that his superiors were upset because he had to refused to alter his conclusions in the investigation of a fatal crash. Eller said some of the highest-ranking officers at ISP were responsible for his downfall. An Ada County Jury agreed and awarded Eller $1.5 million in damages. But now, nearly a year and a half later, ISP is disputing the ruling. In arguments before the Idaho Supreme Court on Monday, ISP lawyers told the high court that Eller's award should have been capped at $500,000. Eller's attorney argues that the full amount granted by the jury was appropriate.
  • President Trump is set to arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam, today for a second summit to discuss denuclearization with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. The two-day meeting is set to begin tomorrow.
  • Meanwhile, the U.S. House has scheduled a vote today to terminate Trump's national emergency proclamation to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. ABC News says today's vote is an "opening salvo" from House Democrats in a battle that is expected to drag into the 2020 presidential campaign.

  • More than 180 Amtrak passengers have been stuck on a train near the tiny town of Oakridge, Oregon, since Sunday evening. CNN reports that the Coast Starlight Train, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, hit a tree that had fallen on the snow-covered tracks. Blizzard conditions worsened the situation, making it impossible to safely transport the stranded passengers via some type of alternate transportation.
  • NPR reports that San Francisco officials are planning to expunge more than 9,000 marijuana-related convictions, dating back to 1975.

  • Glenn Close is now the record-holder among actresses for most Oscar nominations without a win. Close had been heavily favored to take home the Best Actress Oscar this past Sunday for The Wife, but lost to Olivia Colman, who won for her performance in The Favourite. There are plenty of other actors who haven't been lucky on Oscar night, including Amy Adams (6 nominations), Bradley Cooper (4), Willem Dafoe (4), Viggo Mortensen (3) and Tom Cruise (3).
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