October 25, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Actor Robert De Niro and former Vice President Joe Biden are the latest critics of the Trump administration to have pipe bombs sent to them. Federal agents across the U.S., including investigators who once worked on the infamous Unabomber case in the 1990s, have been assigned to the latest incidents. The New York Times reports that there have been at least nine would-be targets, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the New York studios of CNN.
  • A pedestrian was struck and killed in a Boise intersection Wednesday night. It's the second pedestrian death in Ada County in the past eight days and the fourth pedestrian fatality in 2018. Boise Police were summoned to the intersection of Vista Avenue and Targee Street just before 9 p.m. Investigators said a northbound vehicle on Vista struck the male victim. There is no word yet on the identity of the pedestrian or the driver.

  • Comedian Chelsea Handler offered an endorsement to Idaho gubernatorial Paulette Jordan on Wednesday via Twitter. But Handler posted a picture of Deb Haaland, who is running in a New Mexico congressional contest. USA Today says Handler quickly deleted the post, but that didn't stop the original post from going viral.
  • In the wake of the 2017-2018 flu season, the deadliest in four decades, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had approved a new, single-dose flu medication to treat people 12- and older who have had the flu for no more than 48 hours. It's sold under the name Xofluza, and it has shown significant reduction of the duration of flu symptoms, according to the FDA.

  • The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, 4-2, taking the BoSox half way to a World Series title.

  • Megyn Kelly didn't show up for her NBC morning talk show this morning, and CNN says she may not return. Kelly came under fire earlier this week when she had to apologize for comments that many deemed offensive about blackface costumes. CNN says NBC staffers were calling Kelly's show a "disaster" well before the latest controversy.

  • The Motion Picture Academy has announced the 25 animated features submitted for consideration in this year's Oscar race. Variety says the shortlist includes Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs and an under-the-radar favorite of Boise Weekly's: Tito and the Birds.

  • A new pop-up restaurant in Tokyo, The Ningen, is serving a rather macabre menu. Its selections are made up entirely of last meals requested by death row inmates. For instance, who can order the Judy Buenoano, who murdered her husband and son, and requested a final meal of asparagus, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes and hot tea.
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