July 20, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Colleagues and constituents were stunned to learn Wednesday that Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) had brain cancer. The Mayo Clinic hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., confirmed the discovery of a tumor formally known as glioblastoma linked to a blood clot above McCain's left eye. The hospital said McCain was weighing his options which could include chemotherapy and radiation. President Donald Trump and former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all sent well-wishes to McCain. "Cancer doesn't know what it's up against," Obama wrote on Twitter, "Give it hell, John."

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  • O.J. Simpson
  • UPDATE: In addition to its coverage of baseball, soccer and the NBA summer league, ESPN provided live coverage today of O.J. Simpson's appearance before a Nevada parole board that was an effort to gain early release after spending nearly nine years in prison. In one of the most infamous trials of the 20th century, the former NFL great was found not guilty of the of the 1994 stabbing deaths of his wife Nicole and Ron Goldman. Thirteen years later, Simpson was convicted of several felonies, including kidnapping and robbery, resulting in a sentence of nine-33 years in prison. The New York Times reports that the parole board decided to allow Simpson to be freed after hearing testimony from Simpson and his daughter Arnelle.

  • Funeral services have been set for the remembrance of 15-year-old Dieudonne Eca, who drowned July 14 while swimming in Quinn's Pond in Boise. An online fundraiser collected more than $13,000 to help with the funeral costs. Services are set for Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. at Calvary Chapel on South Auto Drive, with burial taking place at 11:30 a.m. at Morris Hill Cemetery. A reception will occur later at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Cassia Street. Eca and his family had escaped the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and had only recently been resettled in Boise.

  • Facebook officials announced Wednesday that they were designing a tool to help boost subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on Facebook. The New York Times reports the effort is designed to improve the often-fraught relationship between the site and media companies.

  • Christopher Nolan is no fan of Netflix. The Oscar-nominated director is set to send his much-anticipated Dunkirk into theaters across the globe on Friday, July 21. In an interview with IndieWire, Nolan said Netflix had a "bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films. They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released." That said, he has no problem with Amazon which also streams hundreds of theatrical films. "You can see that Amazon is very clearly happy to not make that same mistake. The theaters have a 90-day window," said Nolan. "It's a perfectly usable model. It's terrific."

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