October 17, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The New York Times reports that at least four people present at the Saudi Consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing have direct ties to Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. That said, President Donald Trump compared Mohammed to Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying, "Here we go again with 'you're guilty until proven innocent.'"
  • Meridian Police said a 27-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a concrete truck in a a crosswalk at Eagle and Ustick roads Tuesday night. There has been no word yet on the woman's identity. Meanwhile, 70-year-old Fredrik Egurrola of Homedale was killed Tuesday when his northbound truck crossed the center line of Idaho Highway 55 north of Banks. Idaho State Police said Egurrola's truck slammed into a southbound vehicle, shutting down the highway for a few hours.

  • In 2015, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones told Boise Weekly that he was anxious to decentralize a number of operations in the Boise Police Department and move back to a model of neighborhood precincts.

    "We've waited for years, mostly due to the lack of facilities," Bones told BW. "We're moving forward with what we call a micro-district for downtown."

    On Tuesday evening, the Boise City Council approved the purchase of nearly an acre of downtown property on the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue, which includes Lucky Dog Tavern. The city plans to construct a BPD precinct on the land, just west of Boise's downtown core. The owners of the Lucky Dog, a popular LGBTQ-friendly bar, say the city was "exceptional to work with" and they will have a 9-month lease with the city to remain at their current location before relocating.

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    A writer from Northern Ireland has won the prestigious Man Booker Award for fiction. NPR reports that Anna Burns' novel Milkman was chosen from 170 nominees and six finalists. It's the first time a writer from Northern Ireland has won the prize, which was announced Tuesday evening in London. The story, told through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl, takes place during the so-called "troubles" at the height of the Protestant/Catholic unrest in Belfast.

    "None of us has ever read anything like this before," said the panel's chief judge Kwame Anthony Appiah. "It's a story of brutality, sexual encroachment and resistance threaded with mordant humor."

  • Caroll Spinney, the man who has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969, has announced that he'll retire this week from Sesame Street.

    "I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come," he said in an official statement. "After all, we're a family."

  • It's once again the time of year when brewing companies go a bit off the rails. This week, the Wisconsin-based brewery Westallion Brewing Company released a Candy Corn Cream Ale.
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