January 23, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • The U.S. is set to consider two very different spending measures tomorrow, the first time lawmakers are addressing the budget impasse since the partial government shutdown began last month. One of the bills, sponsored by Republicans, includes $5.7 billion for President Trump's proposed wall at the U.S./Mexico border. The other, sponsored by Democrats, won't finance the wall but includes most of the funding necessary to get the government back on line. The New York Times reports that neither measure is expected to pass, but there is some hope that the votes will lead to negotiations for a bipartisan compromise.
  • Residents, anxious to weigh in on the future of their water, packed the Eagle City Council chamber last night. KTVB-TV reports that some residents were upset about proposed water rate hikes if the Suez Water company purchased the city's local water system, currently owned by the firm Eagle Water. But Eagle Mayor Stan Ridgeway surprised more than a few attendees when he announced that the city also wants to purchase the system from Eagle Water.
  • The Los Angeles teachers union ended its strike last night when a tentative deal was reached, giving educators a 6 percent pay raise. The Los Angeles Times reports that teachers and librarians will be back in their classrooms today.
  • Russell Baker, New York Times columnist, two time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former host of Masterpiece Theatre on PBS died Jan. 21 at the age of 93. After his retirement from The Times, Baker wrote for The New York Review of Books on politics, history and journalism.
  • The New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera has become the first player unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The late pitcher Roy Halladay (Toronto Blue Jays), Edgar Martinez (Seattle Mariners) and Mike Mussina (Yankees) were also voted into the Hall on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Newsday reports that baseball greats Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, each tainted by alleged scandal, were again rejected by the Hall's voting committee.
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    It's rare for a Super Bowl to be played in the open air, but NBC Sports reports that if the weather permits, the NFL might open the retractable dome in Atlanta for this year's big game on Sunday, Feb. 3.

  • Meanwhile, operators at the Atlanta stadium told Food & Wine magazine that they're going to keep the price of snacks relatively low during the Super Bowl: $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas and $5 for a Bud Light.
  • McDonald's appears to be going all-in on bacon this month. Earlier in January, the burger chain said it would soon introduce Cheesy Bacon Fries; and for a limited time, starting Wednesday, Jan. 30, they'll offer a Big Mac Bacon and a Quarter Pounder Bacon. But here's the real show-stopper: on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 4-5 p.m., it will be "Bacon Hour," when customers can add some Applewood-smoked bacon to any item on the menu, free of charge.
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