March 19, 2018: What to Know 

  • Austin, Texas was hit Sunday night by another bomb—the fourth explosion this month—in the southwest neighborhood of Travis Country. Two people were injured. The Los Angeles Times reports investigators believe the bomb was triggered by a tripwire and may be related to other bombings. Law enforcement are warning the public not to go near suspicious packages. Sunday was also the final day of the annual SXSW Festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Austin every March.

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  • Kelsey Hawes
  • Speaking of music festivals, Treefort Music Fest 2018 launches Wednesday, March 21, and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to downtown Boise. Local police officials told Boise Weekly they make a point of preparing evaluations prior to such high-profile events. "That includes a threat assessment," said Boise Police Department Captain Paul Burch. "We're always looking to see if there's anything controversial that might be connected to the event, so we're monitoring social media and in touch with other agencies to see if there's anything to look out out for."
  • Speaking of high-profile events, basketball lovers from around the country are heading home from Boise following the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. With the elimination of a number of top seeded schools, there have been a few surprising upsets in the tourney already—one of which is triggering a nationwide bonus. As the tournament was kicking into high gear, Little Ceasars tweeted that if by some crazy chance a No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1, the chain would give out a free personal-sized pepperoni pizza and 20-ounce Pepsi product (Monday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). Well, for the first time in tournament history, crazy happened: No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upset No. 1 Virginia, 74-54.
  • Police from the southern England town of Thames Valley report that when a driver, pulled over for traffic stop, presented his license, the officer discovered it had on it the name Homer Simpson, as well as a cartoon image of the TV series. In addition to having his car seized, the driver was charged with driving with no license or insurance. D'oh!

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