May 11, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The New York Times reports that Chief of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen drafted a letter of resignation but has not submitted it. She wrote the letter after President Trump berated her in a cabinet meeting this week for what he said was her failure to secure the nation's borders. The Times says Trump's anger toward Nielsen was part of a lengthy tirade at his cabinet for what he said was the failure to stop illegal immigrants from coming into the U.S.
  • The College of Western Idaho will hand out diplomas and certificates on Saturday to a record number of graduates. More than 1,900 degrees and certificates will be awarded to the CWI Class of 2018 during the May 12 ceremony at Taco Bell Arena, beginning at 7 p.m. The youngest graduate is 16 years old. The oldest is 66.
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  • One of the most successful and longest-tenured coaches at Boise State, Greg Patton, has announced that he is stepping down as the university's tennis coach and will work for the Bronco Athletic Association. Patton's teams have won more than 800 matches and advanced to the NCAA national tournament on 16 occasions. In 1997, Patton was a key factor in luring the Davis Cup to Taco Bell Arena. "Coach Patton is...what's the word? He's a pied piper," U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier told us in 2013. "He has so much energy and enthusiasm for life."

  • Thousands of runners will participate in tomorrow morning's Susan G. Komen Boise Race for the Cure. The 20th annual fundraiser, with participants running on 5K and 1-mile courses, steps off on Parkcenter Boulevard at 9 a.m.

  • The estate of the late Harper Lee has settled a legal dispute with producer Scott Rudin, clearing the way to mount a Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, with a new adaptation penned by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing). The Hollywood Reporter says the Lee estate had pushed back on what they said were the new script's departures from the original source material.

  • Officials at Starbucks say after two years of planning, they're just about ready to launch their first foray into Italy. The new Starbucks, scheduled to open in September, will be inside an historic building in Milan. But it appears that many of the locals will have none of it. The Italian website The Local Italy asked its Facebook followers to weigh in on the idea, and more than 87 percent said "Mama mia! No thanks."
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