October 4, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Late Wednesday night, the White House sent the results of the FBI's investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Senate. The Washington Post reports that White House officials expressed confidence that the material would not derail Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the initial Senate vote on Kavanaugh could take place as early as Friday, Oct. 5.
  • UPDATE:  Boise Police remain on the scene of a pre-dawn shooting on the Boise Bench. BPD was summoned to a report of a shooting just before 6 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 900 block of South Philippi Street. Police said two people had been injured in the shooting incident. One male victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and a second adult male arrived aat an area hospital on his own, also with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Police said the two victims and a suspect knew each other. Investigators said the suspect, an adult male, was still at large. The investigation is ongoing.

  • BoiseDev.com has a blistering report on how the City of Boise has been left with a bill for first-class air travel and four-star hotel stays from the design team of the proposed new library. BoiseDev's Don Day reports that for the first six months of this year, nearly $22,000 has been spent on travel and meals, and that doesn't include a recent event that brought Moshie Safide back to Boise. "Mr. Safdie requires first-class accommodations [in] all travel," a contract with the City of Boise reads. A spokesman for the Mayor's office told Day that some of the expenses, which were not agreed-to in the contract, will be repaid to the City.

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    The final piece of the Major League Baseball playoff puzzle was put into place last night when the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-2. The race for the pennant begins this afternoon when the Rockies take on the Brewers. Tonight, it will be the Braves vs. the Dodgers. On Friday, the Indians will take on the Astros and the Yankees will battle the Red Sox.

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    Traveling to New Zealand? Be prepared to hand over your phone to airport security. CNN reports that also means sharing your phone's password, or face a $3,200 fine.

  • The BBC has a report on a bizarre move at the University of Manchester, where the student union body has passed a motion to replace clapping with the sign language interpretation of applause, better known as "jazz hands."

  • Food & Wine magazine reports that at an auction on Wednesday, someone paid $1.1 million for the "Holy Grail" of dark alcoholic spirits, a 60-year-old Macallan Valeria Adami, "one of the rarest and most desirable bottles ever produced," according to a Scottish auction house that made the sale.
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