February 7, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Virginia's political crisis has grown deeper. Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam admitted to wearing blackface and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of sexually assaulting a woman. Now, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is acknowledging that he too  wore blackface at a college party. Northam, Fairfax and Herring are all Democrats, and if all three men were to step down without immediate replacements, Kirk Cox, Speaker of the Virginia House of Representatives, and a Republican, would become governor.
  • Police are investigating a bad vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that took place in downtown Boise Wednesday night. Boise Police were summoned to 10th and Front streets just after 10 p.m., where an adult male was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Front. The man, suffering what police described as life-threatening injuries, was rushed to a local hospital. Police said the driver is cooperating with their investigation.
  • The number of eastern Idaho school districts that have shut down schools due to flu-related illness has climbed to nine. The Idaho State Journal reports that the Blackfoot, Fremont, Firth, Jefferson, Ririe, Shelley, Snake River, Teton and West Jefferson districts have all shut down schools in an attempt to curb the rapidly spreading virus.

  • In her State of the City address Wednesday, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced that she would step down after this, her fourth term in office.
  • The Boise State men's basketball team lost again Wednesday night, 83-72, falling to UNLV at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos, now with a 10-13 record, will host San Jose State this Saturday, Feb. 9. Meanwhile, the Lady Broncos are enjoying much greater success this season. They beat UNLV Wednesday night, 64-57.

  • NBC News reports that New York City Health Department officials have ordered bars and restaurants not to served any CBD-infused drinks or foods because the chemical "has not been determined to be safe for consumption."
  • One of the most anticipated new films of 2019 is Alita: Battle Angel from producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar). But IndieWire.com reports box office experts are prognosticating that the film will probably post an opening weekend of no more than $25 million. Analysts say Alita could be on track to be a $200 million flop.

  • Here's something that might warm your heart this chilly February morning (but might also make you feel a bit older): the stars of The Wonder Years, the Emmy-winning TV show from the late 1980s, got together recently and posted some reunion photos on social media.
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