February 8, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Chief Justice John Roberts joined left-leaning justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to push back against a new Louisiana law that attempted to restrict access to abortion. The justices voted 5-4 to grant a temporary stay on the law that opponents said could have left only one authorized abortion provider for the entire state of Louisiana. The New York Times reports that Roberts' vote highlights the pivotal position he has assumed after last year's departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy who was often the swing vote in closely divided cases.
  • click to enlarge Alex Guerrero, 25 - ACSO
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    • Alex Guerrero, 25
    There were some tense moments in and around the campus of Boise State University on Thursday night. A Bronco Alert was sent to students and staff just before 9  p.m., urging the public to stay clear of the area around LaPointe Street and Royal Boulevard, where a man had been spotted with a gun. A short time later, 25-year-old Alex Guerrero of Boise was arrested by Boise Police and charged with a misdemeanor charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon in an angry or threatening manner. Witnesses told police that Guerrero allegedly displayed a firearm after getting into an argument with a neighbor. Guerrero bonded out of the Ada County Jail overnight, but he's expected at a court arraignment later today.

  • An asteroid, dubbed by NASA 2019 CB2, is barreling toward a so-called "Earth Close Approach," and will shoot past the Earth this weekend at 38 times the speed of sound. NASA says the asteroid will miss our planet by almost 650,000 miles.
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    If you guessed that the nation's longest rush hour commute was in New York City or San Francisco, you would be wrong. A new study from the Haven Life insurance company, using data from the U.S. Census Bureu, reveals that 35 percent of the population of Palmdale, California, which is part of North Los Angeles County, commutes over two hours round-trip each day. Palmdale is followed by New York City (82 minutes) and Jersey City, New Jersey (74 minutes). The study indicates that Boise has the 10th-shortest average commute in the nation, at 37 minutes round-trip, but Lubbock, Texas (33 minutes) and Sioux Falls, South Dakota (34 minutes) have the shortest average commutes in the U.S.
  • The BBC reports that all horse races in Britain have been canceled until at least Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to an outbreak of equine flu. Veterinarians say symptoms can take up to three days to manifest.
  • CNN has a story from Kalispell, Montana, about one very lucky cat that was found buried in snow, her fur completely matted in ice. The cat was rushed to a local animal clinic, where the clinic director told CNN the cat was "essentially frozen." Vets used warm water, hair dryers and heated towels to raise the feline's body temperature. The cat miraculously survived and returned home with her owners the following day.
  • Hollywood is mourning the death of one of the finest actors of his generation: Albert Finney. His family confirmed his death this morning. The 82-year-old actor was diagnosed with kidney cancer 11 years ago. Finney portrayed everyone from the young ladies man in Tom Jones in the early 1960s to Hercule Poirot in the original Murder on the Orient Express in the 1970s, to the tap-dancing Daddy Warbucks in Annie in the 1980s, to a crusty environmental lawyer in Erin Brockovich in 2000. Finney was reportedly first offered the title role in Lawrence of Arabia, but turned it down because he didn't want to sign a multiyear studio contract. His final screen appearance was in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.
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