May 31, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Guardian this morning reported: "Covfefe is a word now. Deal with it." In the wee hours May 31, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to write, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." And that was it. Twitter lit up with people across the globe asking, "What the heck is 'covfefe'?" No one at the White House was commenting. Hours went by before Trump returned to Twitter to write, "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!" Thus begins the 132nd day of the Trump presidency.
  • A huge explosion near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 80 people early today and injured hundreds more. The New York Times reported the blast, which was triggered in a crowded area near several embassies, shattered windows a mile away. According to The Times, the explosion comes "as the Taliban have been gaining territory in the countryside, raising new questions about the government's ability to restore order to a war-torn nation."
  • The National Spelling Bee begins in Washington, D.C. today. With that in mind, Google has revealed what words people in each of the 50 states struggle most to spell. The tech company compiled all searches that read, "How to spell ___" in each of the states from January through April. Idaho's word? Quote. Other states had much more challenging words, such as chihuahua (Arkansas) or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Connecticut).
  • French athlete Maxime Hamou is one of the lesser-known professional tennis players in the world. At least he was. Hamou made an unfortunate name for himself Monday at the French Open when he groped and repeatedly tried to kiss a Eurosport journalist on live television. Reporter Maly Thomas said if she had not been on live TV, she would have socked Hamou in the mouth. Now, Fortune magazine reports the French Open has officially revoked Hamou's credentials and banned him from the tournament grounds. No word yet on the fate of the Eurosport anchors who giggled on-air as Thomas had to fight off Hamou.

  • The Treasure Valley high school graduation season ended Tuesday night with Boise High handing out diplomas to nearly 500 grads at Taco Bell Arena. KTVB reported one of those receiving a diploma was Lawrence Ridenour, who left school before his junior year in 1945 to fight in World War II. More than 70 years later, he picked up his degree.

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