November 9, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The gunman responsible for a mass shooting in Thousands Oaks, California, this week has been identified as a Marine Corps veteran who mental health specialists suspected had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. USA Today says that some of Wednesday night's victims had survived another mass shooting in Las Vegas, one year ago this week.
  • One of the tightest Treasure Valley elections this past Tuesday was for a 10-year, $4.7 million-per-year levy request from the College of Western Idaho. The unofficial tally showed that the levy failed by about 144 votes. The Idaho Press reports that the CWI board of trustees has called for a special meeting this coming Monday, Nov. 12, to consider whether it will ask for a recount.

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    The Food and Drug Administration announced late Thursday that it plans to ban sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations. Axios reports that the FDA also plans to require age verification measures for online sales to try to ensure minors won't be able to buy the flavored tobacco pods.

  • The Boise State Broncos will have their hands full this evening when they take on nationally ranked Fresno State at Albertsons Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers manhandled the Carolina Panthers, 52-21, in Thursday Night Football yesterday evening. But the real news in the Steelers' locker room was how star Wide Receiver Antonio Brown was clocked at 100 mph by Pittsburgh Police on Thursday. says Brown was running late for a team meeting when he was charged with reckless driving.

  • NPR has a bizarre story out of the Netherlands, where a 69-year-old man has petitioned a court for permission to change his legal age to 49. Emile Ratelband argues that he feels two decades younger.

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    The Walt Disney Company beat Wall Street estimates in its latest financial results. Reuters says Disney officials point to robust profits from Disney movies and increased attendance at Disney theme parks.

  • Members of the Motion Picture Academy have their work cut out for them. reports a daunting 166 submissions in the race for this year's Best Documentary Feature. On the list are the wildly popular titles RBG, Won't You Be My Neighbor, Three Identical Strangers and Free Solo.

  • The much-anticipated $35 million musical version of King Kong opened on Broadway last night. Things didn't go so well. This morning's Variety calls the show a "mishmash."  The New York Times sent two critics to the show. One actually wrote "aaaaaaaargh" in his review, and the other put it more succinctly: "Ugh."
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