May 14, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The Trump administration officially moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem early today, relocating from Tel Aviv on the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence. The BBC reports that at least 43 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops during protests in advance of today's ceremony. Many Palestinians see the transfer of the embassy as clear U.S. backing for Israeli rule over the city of Jerusalem where many Palestinians continue to live.
  • click to enlarge ADA COUNTY ELECTIONS
    • Ada County Elections
    Idaho is now just one day away from the polls opening, wrapping up one of the most hotly-contested statewide primaries in recent memory. With two weeks of early voting opportunities wrapping up on May 11, Ada County election officials say more than 8,700 ballots were cast in early voting at three locations plus the county's mobile voting unit. Additionally, about 60 percent of requested absentee ballots have already been returned to the Ada County elections office (voters have until the polls close on Tuesday to return their absentee ballots). Election workers will begin opening absentee ballot envelopes today, flattening the ballots and then locking them down until the official count begins on Tuesday. Polls open across Idaho at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for help from the public in finding the person or persons responsible for the killing of two golden eagles near the Cassia County town of Oakley. The Twin Falls Times-News reports that the eagles were killed in late April. Anyone with information is asked to call Citizens Against Poaching at 1-800-632-5999.

  • The New York Times has a jaw-dropping report on what has become "the high-end sneaker market," where a pair of Nike Jordan 1s, originally priced at $190, are now selling for $2,750. The Times says the emergence of the pristine footwear is being fueled by consignment re-sellers of rare or limited editions of some sneakers.

  • It's highly unusual for Broadway to outright cancel a performance due to an actor's inability to appear. Traditionally, an understudy steps in so that the show can go on. But when Jim Parsons, the four time Emmy-winning star of The Big Bang Theory, injured himself during a May 12 matinee Broadway performance of The Boys in the Band and limped off the stage, Page Six reports that the evening performance was outright canceled. FYI, orchestra seats for The Boys in the Band run $179.

  • Today begins a week-long schedule of so-called "up-fronts," when television networks unveil which shows they're canceling and what new shows they'll debut when the new television season begins next fall. Network executives will officially unveil their schedule later today, but The Hollywood Reporter has taken a sneak peek at NBC's new slate, and it includes a new drama series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a new comedy from Amy Poehler, and a reality competition show from Dwayne Johnson, titled The Titan Games.
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