May 24, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May announced this morning that she's resigning. Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, May said it was in the "best interests of the country for a new prime minister" to lead Britain through the Brexit process. The BBC reports that May is expected to step down in early June, with the process to find her replacement as leader of the Conservative Party beginning the following week.
  • Cool, unsettled conditions have taken over the Treasure Valley for the holiday weekend. The National Weather Service office in Boise says showers will dominate the Memorial Day weekend forecast, with a series of low pressure systems impacting the region in the form of gusty winds, rain and a chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures will remain about 5 to 10 degrees below normal.
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    • Boise Weekly
    This weekend begins what have unfortunately become known as the 100 Deadliest Days, the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day when there's an increased number of car crashes. In 2018, there were 102 fatalities on Idaho roadways during the 100 Deadliest Days. Thirty-eight of those were people who were not wearing seatbelts. AAA says almost 230,000 Idahoans will be travelling this weekend, a near-record number. The Idaho Transportation Department cautions motorists that there are two projects on I-84—one just west of Caldwell and another east of Mountain Home—that have reduced traffic to one lane. Motorists can also expect slowdowns on U.S. 95 and Idaho Highway 55.
    Meanwhile, at the Boise Airport, there will be increased presence from law enforcement throughout the airport drive lanes and on the loading/unloading curbs.
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    • Alex Bramwell
    Today is the final day of school in the Boise School District. K-12 students will be released from classes at midday. The end of school also means it's opening day for the City of Boise's outdoor pools. The weather may not exactly be conducive to a dip in the pool; nonetheless, the Borah, Fairmont, Ivywild, Lowell and South pools, plus the Natatorium, will open this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Season swim passes for kids begin at $20 for Boise residents.
  • NBC News reports that a mile-wide asteroid and its own tiny moon will zoom past Earth this weekend. Dubbed 1999KW4, the space rock will pass our planet at a distance of about 3 million miles.
  • The New York Times says Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexual misconduct.  More than 80 women have accused the famed Hollywood producer of wrongdoing.
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