May 13, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, conceded Sunday that "both sides will suffer" from a trade war with China. CNBC reports that experts warn American businesses and consumers will face higher prices on everything from Christmas lights to toilet paper. Dow futures dropped 500 points early today after China announced it is retaliating with its own tariff hikes on U.S. imports following Trump's tariff increases revealed last Friday.
  • Boise Police are investigating an incident of vandalism at Kathryn Albertson Park. Mother's Day visitors to the park faced profanity and racial slurs spray-painted on the sidewalk and stones that spell out "Kathryn Albertson" at the park's entrance. Under Idaho law, vandalism is punishable by a fine and a possible jail sentence.
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law today a measure that will make Washington the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. Time magazine reports that the tiered public plans are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to insurance providers.

  • Hollywood is mourning the death of film legend Doris Day. The New York Times says she died early today at home in Carmel Valley, California. She was 97.
  • Baby Boomers will remember Peggy Lipton as the co-star of television's The Mod Squad in the 1960s. Gen Xers may remember her as a co-star of Twin Peaks in the 1990s. Variety reports that Lipton died this past weekend at the age of 72. She had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004.
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    This is the week that network television executives unveil their fall lineups in so-called "Up Fronts" to advertisers. Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC is expected to announce a three-year renewal of its wildly popular drama This is Us, plus new series starring Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar).
  • The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA playoffs Sunday night to earn a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Portland Trailblazers advanced to the Western Conference Finals by defeating the Denver Nuggets.

  • It wasn't even close in the NHL playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins won 6-2, prompting Hurricanes Captain Justin Williams to say that his team ate "a poop sandwich."
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