March 8, 2019: What to Know 

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  • The financial crimes committed by President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort were very serious, but Judge T.S. Ellis III said Thursday that Manafort had "lived an otherwise blameless life." That's why, he said, he would hand down a prison sentence of less than four years, far lighter than the 19-24 years recommended under sentencing guidelines. Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner told MSNBC, "As a former prosecutor, I'm embarrassed. As an American, I'm upset. It's an outrage and it's disrespectful of the American people."

  • click to enlarge Grant Stevenson, 22, is behind bars. - CCSO
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    • Grant Stevenson, 22, is behind bars.
    A Canyon County man is behind bars, accused of setting a Nampa neighborhood on edge with a bomb scare. Nampa Police said social media lit up just after 4 p.m. Thursday with references to a bomb scare in the area of 1700 South Juniper Street. The threat also referred to a possible chemical warfare agent. Nampa Police were assisted by a Region 3 Hazmat team, Idaho State Police, and agents from the ATF and FBI. After a full search of the area, police arrested 22-year-old Grant Charles Stevenson and charged him with a felony count of terrorism, plus a misdemeanor charge of second-degree stalking.  Investigators said they did not find any suspicious devices or substances. Stevenson is scheduled to appear in a Canyon County courtroom this afternoon.
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    The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that the nation's payrolls only increased by about 20,000 names in February. Analysts had expected a possible gain of about 175,000 jobs. The latest jobs report is the weakest since September 2017.
  • Today is International Women's Day. Historians trace its origins to 1909 when the Socialist Party of America declared a Woman's Day. Feminist Clara Zetkin used the day in 1915 to protest World War I. Revolutionary women in Russia used the day in 1917 to demand what they called "bread and peace." Thousands of rallies and demonstrations are scheduled today across the globe.
  • Some very sad news came from the sports world this morning. Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, who led the 1969 New York Mets, dubbed the "Miracle Mets," to a national championship, has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life.
  • Mad About You, which ran for seven Emmy-winning seasons on NBC in the 1990s, is returning to television. But don't expect the sitcom starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser to return to NBC. The Hollywood Reporter says the show will appear on something called Spectrum Originals, available only from a select number of cable providers.
  • As a growing number of retailers decides to accept plastic-only, The Wall Street Journal reports that Philadelphia has become the first city in the nation to ban cashless stores. As of July, most businesses in Philly will be required to accept cash as well as debit or credit cards.
  • This is the weekend that you'll turn your clocks forward. Daylight Saving Time begins in the wee hours of Sunday, March 10, but most Americans will adjust their clocks Saturday night before bedtime. Public safety officials remind us that this is also a great opportunity to change batteries for smoke detectors.
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