June 1, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Donald Trump has issued another pardon, this time intervening in the case of Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator who was convicted of making illegal campaign contributions. The New York Times reports that Trump is suggesting he also might extend clemency to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted for soliciting bribes, and lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart, who was convicted of conspiracy and and obstruction of justice. Both Blagojevich and Stewart appeared on Trump's former reality television show, The Apprentice.
  • The Prime Minister of Spain was forced from office early today following a no-confidence vote by the Spanish Parliament. The BBC reports that Mariano Rajoy is the first prime minister in modern Spanish history to be ousted in a no-confidence motion. Pedro Sanchez, a Spanish socialist leader, will take his place.

  • The CEO of Samsonite has resigned in the wake of allegations that he made false claims on his resume. CNN reports that an investment firm accused Ramesh Tainwala, head of the world's biggest luggage maker, of falsely claiming to have a doctorate in business administration.

  • A chemistry professor at North Idaho College has been charged with a felony count of voyeurism. KHQ-TV reports that 35-year-old Jonathan Downing is accused of videotaping a former student who was living with him as a roommate. The victim told police that a hidden video camera was pointed to a bathroom that the two had shared. Downing was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on May 30.

  • Today is the day that a good many Boise and Meridian students, teachers and parents have had circled on their calendars for the past nine months: the last day of class for the 2017-2018 school year in the Boise Independent and West Ada school districts. That, in turn, will trigger the opening of public pools in the cities of Boise and Meridian.
  • The National Weather Service office in Boise has a picture-perfect forecast for the upcoming weekend, and the timing couldn't be better for Boise Weekly's Big Le Boise street party on Saturday. The party gets underway at 1 p.m. on Broad between Fifth and Sixth streets, and we're featuring live music from Lounge on Fire, plus plenty of food, arts, crafts and surprises.
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  • Comedian Samantha Bee is apologizing for an insult she made on the May 30 edition of her TBS-TV program Full Frontal. During a monologue, Bee called President Trump's daughter Ivanka a "feckless c—t." Bee took to Twitter Thursday to say, "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable." The Hollywood Reporter says the president is calling for Bee to be fired, saying it's a "double standard" Bee still has her job while comedian Roseanne Barr was fired earlier in the week for a separate tirade.
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