November 20, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • click to enlarge GEORGE PRENTICE
    • George Prentice
    The mad dash to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has begun. AAA Idaho says it expects nearly 290,000 Gem State residents to travel over the next few days with today and tomorrow being two of the busiest travel dates of the year. Officials at the Boise Airport say they expect as many as 15,000 passengers will walk through their doors each day between now and the end of the holiday weekend. To help accommodate the crush of travelers, the airport has opened its economy parking lot at Victory and Orchard with free shuttles departing from the lot every fifteen minutes.

  • Meanwhile, meteorologists at the Boise office of the National Weather Service are cautioning travelers to take extra care, as a precipitation-soaked weather system is expected to sweep across the region beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21, and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 25.
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    The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Meridian which left a male suspect dead. Idaho State Police said an ISP trooper pursued a vehicle when its driver fled from an attempted traffic stop on Meridian Road. The trooper ultimately cornered the vehicle on a dead-end street. A physical altercation followed, and that's when the trooper discharged his duty weapon, shooting the male suspect. The trooper said lifesaving measures were attempted but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The Boise Police Department will be the lead agency in the investigation.

  • CNN reports that a police officer, doctor and pharmacy employee were among four people killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital late Monday. The gunman also died. Police said a domestic dispute triggered that incident.

  • India is planning to build a massive corridor of walls along its railways in an attempt to reduce the tens of thousands of deaths that occur each year when people are hit by trains. The Guardian reports that nearly 1,900 miles of concrete walls will be built across the sprawling rail network.

  • Next year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner will be humor-free. For more than seven decades, the dinner has featured comic hosts ranging from Bob Hope to Jon Stewart, ribbing sitting U.S. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. But now, Entertainment Weekly reports that next year's dinner will be hosted not by a comedian but by biographer Ron Chernow.  Last year's comic host, Michelle Wolf, called the WHCA "cowards" for steering away from provocative humor.

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    Two historic Academy awards for Best Picture will soon go on the auction block. The Motion Picture Academy frowns on owners selling their Oscars, but the Academy has only instituted rules that require winners from 1951 onward to sell their trophies back to the Academy. The Hollywood Reporter says the Oscars for Mutiny on the Bounty (1936) and Gentleman's Agreement (1948) will go up for auction on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Experts are guessing that the Oscars could go for between $150,000 and $300,000 each. The Academy has said firmly that it believes Oscars should be won, not sold, but Oscars beyond the reach of the Academy's rules have been sold before. For instance, Michael Jackson once bought the Best Picture Oscar for Gone With the Wind for $1.5 million.

  • Frigid winds are expected to make this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade one of the coldest on record, according to But that's not curbing any enthusiasm for the 92nd annual event, which will march down Broadway this Thursday, Nov. 22. The big attractions (and we do mean BIG) are the balloons, and a few favorites will return, including Charlie Brown and The Grinch. But USA Today says a new generation of giant balloons will also debut this year, including Goku from Dragon Ball Super and Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, the elf stars of Netflix's new film, The Christmas Chronicles.
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