November 1, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Hundreds of Google employees are expected to walk off the job today to protest the company's treatment of women and its handing of sexual assault cases. Hundreds of  workers already walked away from their desks in the Asian and European offices of Google earlier today. NPR reports that organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration, a commitment from the company to end pay inequity, more transparency on sexual harassment policies and a safe process for reporting sexual misconduct at the social media giant.
  • The Idaho Education Association, the all-powerful statewide teachers' union, announced the abrupt departure of its executive director on Wednesday, but is keeping tight-lipped over the circumstances of Sue Wigdorski's leaving. Clark Corbin of Idaho Education News was first to break the story. The shakeup at IEA leadership comes just days before election day. Corbin notes that Wigdorski was listed as "treasurer" in a statewide television advertisement in which the IEA criticized Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, who is being challenged in next Tuesday's election by Democrat Cindy Wilson.

  • The New York Times, which President Trump likes to call the "failing New York Times," reported this morning that it has now grown to more than 4 million subscribers, and its operating profits rose 30 percent in its third fiscal quarter.

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    Netflix is about to break its own rules by putting one of its most anticipated films in a number of cinemas before streaming the movie on its web platform. reports that Roma, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white drama already hailed as a masterpiece, will open in theaters later this month before ending up on Netflix in December. For the record, I saw Roma at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it is magnificent.
  • Do you still have a big bowl of Halloween candy hanging around the house? If so, you may be interested in this story from, examining the shelf-life of your favorite sweets. For example, the higher milkfat content in milk and white chocolate shortens its shelf life compared with dark chocolate. Soft jelly candies can last up to a year unopened. Caramels and nougats last six months to a year at room temperature, while candy corn can make it as long as nine months if kept sealed.

  • Now that Halloween is out of the way, there's no stopping Christmas. That's why beginning tomorrow—Friday, Nov. 2—Starbucks will begin pouring its holiday drinks in four new festive cup designs. NBC says one of the designs is dubbed the "stargyle," and this year's selections includes a limited-edition reusable cup.

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