November 15, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Florida recount of last week's election results is scheduled to end today, but many poll workers are warning that they're far from the finish line. The New York Times reports that thousands of ballots have already been rejected in the recount because signatures on ballots didn't exactly match what was on file. Experts say young people's ballots are the ones most often thrown out, with some speculating that they don't use their own handwriting enough to develop a consistent signature. Some research has also shown that signatures change as people age or become ill, or if they're in a rush. 
  • The Boise Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing later today regarding its master plan for a new bike skills park and accompanying dog park in the Military Reserve. The hearing gets underway at 4 p.m. at Boise City Hall. During a previous public hearing before the Boise City Council, attendees were about evenly split between supporters and opponents of the proposed parks. Here's a plan for what the parks might look like.
  • Speaking of bikes, NBC News reports that the era of the hoverbike is finally at hand. For the uninitiated, that's a hybrid of a motorcycle and helicopter. The Hoversurf S3 will set you back about $150,000.

  • Nothing quite says Christmas like a nice, warm... handgun? USA Today reports that a Wisconsin firm has decided to give each of its employees a handgun for Christmas. At least two employees initially declined the gift.

  • 21st Century Fox (previously known as 20th Century Fox) announced to its stockholders this week that its new official name is now Fox. Variety reports that Fox executives also announced that they would "lean into its bread and butter," including "disruptive" TV shows, "brash" sports coverage and, of course, its provocative news channel.

  • The Walt Disney Company unveiled its first full trailer of the much-anticipated live action remake of Dumbo, which will open in March 2019. The trailer shows that the film will co-star Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and the world's most famous flying elephant. Take a look:
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