March 20, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to extend the deadline for Britain's withdrawal from the EU by three months, to Sunday, June 30. The BBC reports that the possible extension raises the prospect that Britain could still suffer a disorderly departure in the summer. Reflecting that possibility, the British pound quickly dropped on markets across the word this morning.

  • click to enlarge Timmy Kinner Jr., 31 - IDAHO PRESS
    • Idaho Press
    • Timmy Kinner Jr., 31
    Idaho Magistrate Judge Lynnette McHenry has denied Timmy Kinner Jr.'s request to change his name to "Eternal Love." Kinner is accused of killing a 3-year-old girl and seriously injuring eight others in a June 2018 stabbing attack at a Boise apartment complex. Kinner has been found unfit to stand trial on first degree murder and is currently being held at a secure mental health facility at the Idaho Department of Correction prison complex. The parents of the 3-year-old girl killed in the attack objected to the name change. They've also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners and managers of the apartment complex, alleging that the property managers "knew or should have known" that Kinner was a risk to the community.
  • Today marks the vernal equinox, aka the first day of spring, one of two days of the year that day and night are nearly the same length. The Treasure Valley is enjoying spring-like weather conditions, with sunshine and temperatures 10 degrees above normal. The National Weather Service office in Boise says the nice weather should stick around until the weekend, when a chance of showers returns to the forecast.
  • NWS
  • Meanwhile, Idaho's clear skies should give stargazers a perfect opportunity to see, for the first time in 19 years, a rare "super moon" tonight.

  • The 2019 Major League Baseball season began today... in Japan. The Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 9-8. By the way, they didn't technically play on foreign soil. Twelve tons of clay, silt and sand mixtures were shipped to Japan to make the batter's box, pitcher's mound, base pits and bullpens feel like home.

  • McDonald's is trying something new: a full-on vegan menu. Among the items being tested are the soy-based McVegan burger, the McFalafel vegan Happy Meal and vegan McNuggets, made from mashed potatoes. But don't look for them just yet at a McDonald's near you. They're being tested in Scandinavian countries.
  • One of the biggest shakeups in entertainment history became official early today, as The Walt Disney Company officially completed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Entertainment Weekly reports that the acquisition includes Fox’s film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight and Fox Animation. The deal also encompasses Fox’s television creative units, including Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and National Geographic Partners.
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