February 27, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Michael Cohen, President Trump's former "fixer," began his testimony before a Congressional committee this morning by calling Trump a "con man," "a cheat" and "a racist," saying that Trump implicitly ordered him to lie about a Trump Tower project in Moscow during the 2016 campaign. Cohen is set to spend several hours testifying before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee.
  • It's already Wednesday evening in Hanoi, Vietnam, where President Trump met over dinner with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The New York Times reports that Trump has signaled that he's willing to shift his administration's goals from immediate dismantlement of the North's arsenal to limits on its size and reach. "I don't want to rush anybody," said Trump.
  • Following hours of public comment, the Boise City Council voted Tuesday night to move The Cabin to the northeast side of Julia Davis Park, in anticipation of building a new downtown library. More specifically, the Cabin will be moved to a parcel just east of the Richard & Annette Bloch Cancer Survivor Center in the park, which offers parking and open space. It will cost an estimated $650,000 to move The Cabin across Capitol Boulevard to the far side of Julia Davis Park.
  • Firefighters were summoned to a house fire in a west Boise neighborhood early this morning. The home on Gate House Court near Castle Hill Drive was severely damaged from the fire. Fire officials say the occupants were away on a trip when the fire broke out. One dog was rescued from the blaze, but firefighters were unable to find a second dog. No word yet on a cause.
  • Dutch customs officials have seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka, believed to be destined for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Guardian reports that the Dutch authorities flagged the suspicious shipment, which came aboard a plane which had landed at Rotterdam. The huge container of vodka had been sealed into the fuselage of the aircraft.
  • NBC News reports that an iceberg roughly twice the size of New York City could soon break off an ice shelf in Antarctica.
  • The people who manage the Rotten Tomatoes website, which allows critics and the public to weigh in on new films, are changing some of their policies. It turns out that snarky fans who don't even like the idea of a movie, let alone the movie, have been filling up Rotten Tomatoes with bad "reviews" of the much-anticipated Captain Marvel. Entertainment Weekly reports that now, fans won't be allowed to leave written reviews until the the film is actually released in theaters. Critics, who get to see films in advance, will still be allowed to post early comments.
  • A good Samaritan with a pretty hefty appetite bought about $40 worth of Girl Scout cookies on a particularly chilly night in Greenville, South Carolina. But before he drove away, he turned around and told the girls that he would buy all of their cookies, for $540. "Pack up all of your cookies," he said, according to People magazine. "I'm taking them so y'all can get out of the cold." Unfortunately, the same man was later arrested as part of a federal drug investigation.
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