Oct. 16, 2017: What to Know 

click to enlarge U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - U.S. ARMY
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  • U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
  • Idaho native and U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty today to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, leading to his five-year captivity by the Taliban. Bergdahl was ultimately released in May 2014 as part of a controversial prisoner swap engineered by the Obama administration. But prior to his appearance in a military courtroom in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Bergdahl appeared this morning on ABC's Good Morning America, saying he feared that he couldn't get a fair trial in the wake of campaign remarks by then-candidate Donald Trump. Trump trashed the prisoner swap as "garbage," and adding "You know in the old days - bing, bong," mimicking a firing squad. 

    Bergdahl told ABC this morning, “We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs that got what they wanted. The people who want to hang me, you’re never going to convince those people.”
  • Boise Police are investigating two fatal accidents that occurred over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, witnesses said a vehicle traveling west on State Street went off the right side of the road, rolled over and crashed into a canal. The man driving died a short time later from his injuries. Late Sunday night, BPD was summoned to Broadway Avenue near Richmond Street where a vehicle traveling northbound on Broadway had hit a pedestrian crossing the street. The pedestrian, an adult male, died of his injuries a short time later. There is no word yet on identities in either incident. The investigations continue.
  • click to enlarge RYAN JOHNSON
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    Yes, there were F-35 fighter jets at this past weekend's Gowen Thunder 2017 air show, but the thousands of people who came to the show only got a chance to see the two F-35s on the ground. Air show organizers said they had requested an airborne demonstration of the F-35s but were only able to secure an appearance on the ground. The two F-35 jets were scheduled to fly out of Gowen Field early Monday morning, but a spokesman for the Idaho Air National Guard said they weren't sure what the exact time would be. The F-35s have become a controversial talking point in Boise, with a number of city officials publicly expressing their support of a permanent F-35 mission at Gowen and some Vista Neighborhood resident telling anybody who will listen that the constant take-off of F-35s would be a significant disruption to their lives.
  • Jimmy Kimmel brings his ABC late night talk show to Brooklyn this week, with scheduled guest appearances from David Letterman, Amy Schumer, Tracey Morgan and Billy Joel. But that's not the only thing landing Kimmel in national headlines. This past May, after his newborn son underwent emergency open-heart surgery, Kimmel took on President Trump and Republican leadership for their efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act. Then earlier this month, following the October 1st shooting massacre in his hometown of Las Vegas, Kimmel openly advocated for gun control, saying Trump and his political allies, "should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."

    In an interview with The New York Times published this morning, Kimmel conceded that his remarks may have caused some viewers to drift away from his show.

    "It concerns me, but not enough to change what I'm doing," said Kimmel. "Of course, you want as many people to watch your show as possible. But some things are more important than bringing in a big audience."

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