May 16, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning on ABC's Good Morning America that he is running for president. He's the 23rd Democrat to enter the 2020 race for the White House. De Blasio, who told ABC, "Working Americans deserve better," added that he decided to run against the counsel of his advisers.
  • A strong cold front swept into Southwest Idaho overnight, bringing gusty winds, significantly lower temperatures and a good chance of rain for the next two days. Temperatures on Friday will be 15-20 degrees below normal in the Treasure Valley. Snow levels will drop to 6,000-6,500 feet and the highest peaks (above 8,000 feet) could see 6-12 inches of snow. The National Weather Service Office in Boise says sunshine will return to Boise on Saturday but temperatures will remain chilly.
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    • George Prentice
    Today's graduation at the Marian Pritchett School, a high school for pregnant teens and new moms, will also mark the end of an era. The Boise school will switch to what the Boise School District calls an "online hybrid" in the fall. The school will scale back to one teacher, while keeping a special education instructor, counselor and social worker. Additionally, the school will be moving from its 24th Street location in Boise's North End to a site near Horizon Elementary School in West Boise. Meanwhile, local developers have purchased the North End property and say they want to turn the site into a subdivision which would have eight single-family homes and five condominiums. Those plans still need approval from the City of Boise's Planning and Development Services Department, and ultimate approval from the Boise City Council.
  • CBS News reports that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed new tools to help phone companies automatically block robocalls from certain spoof numbers. Last month alone, nearly 5 billion robocalls were made in the U.S. That's about 15 calls for each American.
  • National Geographic has a fascinating story on how an archaeological facial reconstructor has reimagined the face of a man who lived around 700 A.D. His face was reconstructed from a skeleton discovered in a medieval grave in northern Switzerland. He was interred in a Roman-style burial, in a grave lined and covered with rocks and with his feet pointing north.
  • Variety reports that layoffs are taking place at both Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. The cuts come on the heels of Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's film and television assets.
  • A rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons sold at Christie's auction house in New York City on May 15 for a stunning $91.1 million, a record for a work by a living artist. The New York Times reports that the stainless steel sculpture was inspired by a child's inflatable toy. The winning bid came from the father of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
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