October 5, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • In the shadow of this week's deadly shooting in Las Vegas, there is growing support, even among some Republicans, in the movement to ban the firearm accessory known as a "bump stock." Stephen Paddock used the accessory to make his rifles mimic automatic weapons, killing 58 and injuring about 500 more. When asked on CBS This Morning on Thursday, Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich said a ban of bump stocks "makes a lot of sense."
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushed back hard Wednesday against an NBC News report that indicated he had both called President Trump a "moron" in an earlier conversation with other White House officials and had previously offered his resignation.

    "This is what I don't understand about Washington," Tillerson told a hastily organized press conference. "Again, I'm not from this place. But the places I come from, we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense."
  • A number of streets in downtown Boise will be a bit brighter this evening as thousands are expected to participate in the annual Light the Night Walk to support people affected by leukemia and lymphoma. This year, the local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has set a goal of raising $400,000 to fund their efforts. The 1.1-mile walk kicks off at 5 p.m., and will stretch from Capital Park through Boise's downtown core.
  • British author Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning for writing that the prize committee said uncovered "the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world." Ishiguro authored the 1989 bestsellerThe Remains of the Day, which was adapted into a hit movie in 1989 starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
  • The Minnesota Lynx won their fourth WNBA national championship in seven seasons Wednesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks in five games. In baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies, 11-8, in Wednesday night's National League wild-card game. Major League Baseball's division series begins today.

  • In yet another sign of the apocalypse, the Belgian government wants its citizens to eat fewer waffles. The Flemish Institute of Healthy Life has released new dietary guidelines and it turns out that waffles (and beer, pizza, french fries and bacon) don't have a home on the the institute's new food pyramid. TheTime Inc. food column, Extra Crispy, reports that a spokesman for the Flemish Institute said, "We want to make it clear that we don't need these products (waffles, bacon, etc). We don't forbid them, but they should be rather an exception than rule."

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