Friday, Nov. 10: What to Know 

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  • The rapid current of sexual misconduct allegations against public figures grew in force Thursday as four women said Roy Moore, Republican-anointed nominee for a U.S. Senate seat, made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers. Moore strenuously denied the allegations, taking to Twitter to say his opponents want to silence his message in the "midst of a spiritual battle."
  • Meanwhile, five women entertainers have come forward to say that comedian Louis C.K. asked them to watch him masturbate. The New York Times reports that the on-the-record statements come after years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates. HBO reacted by cutting Louis C.K. from upcoming productions and has begun taking previous Louis C.K. concerts off HBO platforms. Meanwhile, the FX network, which broadcasts Louis C.K.'s Emmy-winning comedy series, said it was reviewing the situation. Louis C.K.'s new movie I Love You, Daddy, which was supposed to hit movie theaters in the next several weeks has also been pulled. In the movie, a character pretends to masturbate at length in front of others while other characters in the film appear to dismiss rumors of sexual predation.

  • Thursday's precipitation, which consisted of freezing rain at higher elevations, triggered some dangerous driving conditions. On Idaho Highway 55, an intersection south of McCall was blocked for nearly two hours following a three-vehicle crash. Idaho State Police said the driver of a pickup lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center lane, causing another driver to drive off into a ditch and a third driver to strike the back of the pickup. The driver of the pickup was transported to a McCall Hospital.
  • The National Weather Service office in Boise says showers will continue through this afternoon and tonight, but things will dry out for Veterans Day, with mostly sunny skies expected in the Boise area and a high near 53 degrees. The clouds roll back in for Sunday and Monday, but the sunshine is expected to return by Tuesday, Nov. 14.
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  • The Better Boise Coalition, formed by Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Connors and a group of local business, along with civic and nonprofit leaders, has come out in favor of the proposed Boise sports park. The proposal has become the subject of growing conversation in the community ever since an Atlanta-based developer offered to build a stadium near the corner of Shoreline Drive and Americana Boulevard.

    "I've done a lot of homework and come to the conclusion that the project has merit," said Oppenheimer Companies CEO Skip Oppenheimer. "The analysis and feasibility studies are well researched and the risk for taxpayers is negligible, particularly when compared to the many benefits for the entire community." 

    Meanwhile, a group calling itself Concerned Boise Taxpayers is pushing back against the proposal, alleging that there have been too many closed-door meetings regarding it, and adding that stadium proponents may have even violated Idaho's open meeting law.
  • The Telegraph reports that a French tourist has been booted from a cruise ship after reportedly trying to stage a near-mutiny due to a canceled itinerary. 53-year-old Alain Jan, along with his wife, boarded a Costa Cruise ship October 26, bound for the Vanilla Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Telegraph reports that the ship's captain announced, after two days of travel, that three scheduled stops in and near Madagascar needed to be canceled due to an outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague on the island nation. Passengers were told that, as a consolation, they would be credited 150 euros, or approximately $175, to spend aboard the ship. But The Telegraph reports Jan rallied fellow passengers, with about 60 of them banging fists on tables in the ship's restaurants. Another protest followed, and that prompted the captain to call for authorities from the Seychelles islands to come aboard and escort Jan and his wife off of the ship.

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