June 2, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Astronomers confirmed Thursday they have detected evidence of a black hole collision billions of light-years from Earth. The New York Times reported the discovery of "space-time vibrations known as gravitation waves" emanating from the "black-hole smashup." The finding validates a prediction by Albert Einstein that "the void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms," wrote Dennis Overbye of The Times.
  • Sports Illustrated this morning reported there "may be no saving the 2017 playoffs" after the Golden State Warriors embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers last night 113-91 in the first game of the NBA playoffs. The two teams return to the court Sunday, June 7.
  • Not many sports fans may know Ons Jabeur, a tennis player from Tunisia, but The New York Times reported she's the first woman from any of more than 20 Arab nations to reach the third round of a Grand Slam singles event. She continues her journey this weekend at the French Open.
  • The Idaho Humane Society is set to receive a dozen dogs from South Korea today, rescued by Humane Society International from dismal conditions at a backyard breeding operation. According to IHS, the dogs had been bred to supply a nearby meat market. Dog is My CoPilot, a nonprofit animal rescue air transportation organization, is flying the dogs to Boise with an expected arrival sometime around noon. IHS takes in dogs and cats from other Idaho shelters on an regular basis and assists out-of-state shelters, as well. In 2017 alone, IHS has accepted transfers of more than 860 animals from other organizations.
  • Tens of thousands of schoolkids, teachers and parents have had this date circled on their calendars for months: the last day of the 2016-2017 school year in Boise. Motorists should know there will be early releases at Boise schools, and to be on the lookout for children walking home from school a bit earlier. It's no coincidence that today is also the day Boise Parks and Recreation will open public pools. Kids, teachers and parents should also mark Tuesday, Aug. 22 on their calendars—the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

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