January 21, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Treasure Valley is beginning another week with unseasonably high temperatures. The National Weather Service Office says Boise should continue to see highs in the mid-40s this week. Additionally, the NWS has posted a wind advisory for the Upper Treasure Valley and the Magic Valley for today, with gusts expected to clock as high as 50 mph.
  • Meanwhile, the east coast is being blasted with brutal arctic air. ABC News says portions of New York state saw two feet of new snowfall this past weekend. The wind chill this morning in Boston hovered near 20 degrees below zero.

  • Today is the official celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The national holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, but it wasn't until 1990 that then-Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus signed legislation making Idaho the 47th state to recognize an official King state holiday. The designation came after a group of Idaho lawmakers argued against giving another paid holiday to state employees and questioned the importance of Dr. King. Ultimately, in an effort to pacify legislators opposed to the King honor, it was decided that the third Monday of January would be known as "Idaho Human Rights Day." All county, state, federal and most city offices will be closed today, while the legislature remains in session. Post offices, most banks and most schools are also closed today.
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, already the subject of two major motion pictures this past year—RBG and On the Basis of Sexis set to make a cameo appearance in The LEGO Movie 2. USA Today says the Supreme Court justice will not be voicing the character, but has given her approval to have her likeness appear in the movie—as a LEGO, of course. The movie hits the big screen on Friday, Feb. 8.

  • There's a good chance a number of people in Hollywood will go sleepless tonight. The 2019 Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow morning starting at 5:20 a.m. Pacific Time. The early hour was chosen so that the live announcement can be broadcast on the network morning shows back East.

  • Meanwhile, here are some nominations that nobody wants: The Razzie Awards, honoring the worst films of 2018. This year's nominees for Worst Picture are Gotti, The Happytime Murders, Holmes & Watson, Robin Hood and Winchester. 
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