Jan. 4, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Even though it hasn't hit store shelves just yet, the hottest book in the U.S. is Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff. Inside the book, former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon calls Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort "treasonous" for meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. Bannon also calls Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a White House adviser, "dumb as a brick." The New York Times reports that early word of the book sent the president into a tizzy, leading him to call Bannon a "self-promoting exaggerator" who has "lost his mind." In an official statement, Trump said Bannon was "simply seeking to burn it all down."  Fire and Fury officially goes on sale Tuesday, Jan. 9.

click to enlarge Aspen Curtis, 22, is charged with burglary, grand theft and desecrating a grave. - COURTESY BOISE POLICE
  • Courtesy Boise Police
  • Aspen Curtis, 22, is charged with burglary, grand theft and desecrating a grave.
  • Boise Police say several tips from the community led them to arrest a suspect wanted in connection with a number of thefts at Treasure Valley cemeteries. Aspen Curtis, age 22, was taken into custody by Canyon County Sheriff's deputies Jan. 3. Curtis is suspected of stealing over 200 vases from the headstones of graves at cemeteries in Ada and Canyon counties. He is charged with burglary, grand theft and desecrating a grave. Investigators said the thefts occurred in late September. On Jan. 2, BPD released a photo, description of a vehicle and the full identity of the suspect. That triggered a number of media stories and a half-dozen tips to Crime Stoppers, leading to Curtis' arrest.
  • Through much of the Obama administration, the federal government didn't interfere with the growing number of states, including Oregon and Washington, that made pot legal. On Jan. 1, California became the latest state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. But this morning, the Associated Press reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would rescind a trio of Obama administration memos adopting a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. The AP reports that Sessions will now allow federal prosecutors to decide how aggressively they want to clamp down on marijuana sales.
  • The hottest ticket in Boise is to watch the Boise State men's basketball team, 13-2 on the season and undefeated in Mountain West Conference, play ball. On Wednesday night, the Broncos beat the New Mexico Lobos 90-62 in front of 7,557 fans, an impressive turnout considering that the new semester hasn't yet started, although the student section was close to empty. Boise State is now traveling to Wyoming, where they'll play this Saturday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

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