March 1, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • In the wake of this week's stunning testimony from President Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen, top Democratic party leaders emphasized Feb. 28 that they intend to pursue multiple investigations into Trump's actions rather than possible impeachment. The New York Times reports that the anti-impeachment comments from leadership put them at odds with some rank-and-file Democrats. The ultimate findings from special counsel Robert Mueller will significantly influence how they proceed, top Democrats cautioned.

  • click to enlarge Andrew Hollo, 32 - ACSO
    • ACSO
    • Andrew Hollo, 32
    A Boise man has been charged with a string of retail burglaries. Police said the suspect hit the same State Street business on several occasions between Jan. 20 and Feb. 6, walking out of the store without paying for the merchandise in his basket. Andrew Hollo, 32, of Boise has been charged with four felony counts of grand theft and four additional felony counts of burglary. Detectives worked with the local business community and the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho to investigate the burglaries. Hollo was arrested without incident, and has since bonded out of the Ada County Jail.
  • March is coming in like a lamb in the Treasure Valley, where we can expect some sunshine today, but February was a bit of a beast when it came to snowfall. In fact, Bogus Basin reached a milestone this past week that it hasn't seen since 1940: 100 inches of snow at its base.
  • Do you think rents are climbing too high in Boise? New data from Zumper, a home and apartment rental app, reveals that the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,690. Again, that's the median price.

  • Baseball great Bryce Harper shouldn't have any trouble affording a place to live. ESPN reports that he just signed a $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Advocates for men and women with disabilities are crying foul following the news that Walmart greeters, many of whom have disabilities, are being replaced by "customer hosts." USA Today reports that the so-called "hosts" will have to be able to lift 25-pound packages and climb ladders, things many people with physical disabilities aren't able to do.

  • Andre Previn was the very definition of a Renaissance man. He composed or adapted dozens of film scores for movie classics including My Fair Lady and Porgy and Bess, winning four Oscars; he could play nearly any musical instrument and was a consummate jazz artist, winning 10 Grammys; he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth; and he was married to superstars Audrey Hepburn and Mia Farrow. Vanity Fair reports that Previn died Feb. 28 after a short illness. He was 89.

  • Less than a week after Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sizzled at the Oscars with their live rendition of the award-winning "Shallow," A Star is Born is returning to theaters today for a one week-only run. Cooper has reportedly added 12 minutes of previously unseen footage to the new release. In the Treasure Valley, moviegoers can see the A Star is Born "encore" at Edwards Boise Stadium 21.
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