September 18, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The drama surrounding sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to escalate, as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has decided to call Kavanaugh and his accuser before the panel next Monday, Sept. 24. The hearing effectively delays a previously-planned vote on the nomination, which had been scheduled for this Thursday. The woman, identified as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, says the assault occurred when she and Kavanaugh were in high school. Meanwhile, Time magazine reports that more than 200 women who attended Ford's high school, including actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, have signed a letter stating their support for Ford. The letter says Ford's story is "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton [-Arms prep school]. Many of us are survivors ourselves." 
  • One week after an accidental fire severely damaged downtown Boise's Knitting Factory concert house, organizers have announced they'll hold a benefit concert to assist the venue's staff. The benefit concert is planned for Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Mardis Gras. A Facebook announcement said the concert will run from 1 p.m. to midnight and admission will be $10, or $5 for anyone under the age of 21. All proceeds are expected to support the Knitting Factory's currently unemployed staff.

  • The first civilian SpaceX rocket passenger has been announced. Elon Musk said Monday night that Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the online Japanese clothing company ZOZO, will be his first customer for a voyage around the moon aboard a SpaceX rocket. No word yet on how much Maezawa is paying for the privilege, but Musk said earlier this year that the "deposit" was "significant."

  • A world-class triathlete has been banned from an all-you-can-eat buffet in Bavaria, Germany. The Running Sushi buffet in Landshut, Bavaria, charges about $18 for all you can eat. But according to German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, Jaroslav Bobrowski, a German triathlete, ate about 100 plates of sushi, which triggered his ban. After complaining about the incident on his Facebook page, Bobrowski became known as "the sushi man" in Germany.

  • Mary Poppins has been dazzling audiences since her first appearance in print in the 1930s, followed by Walt Disney's Oscar-winning 1964 film. The famous character was at it again on Monday, nearly breaking the internet when Disney released a new extended trailer for the much-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt, which opens this Christmas. Take a look:
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