September 20, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • NBC News reports that a former schoolmate of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says she recalls hearing about the incident. "I did not know her personally," the schoolmate wrote on her Facebook page. "But I remember her. This incident did happen." Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her more than 30 years ago a high school party. He denied the allegation. Meanwhile, U.S. Senate Republicans have rejected Blasey's request for an FBI investigation, and insist that they'll move forward with a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday, Sept. 24, if she chooses not to appear before the Senate Judiciary panel.                                                                                                    
  • click to enlarge Doug Brigham and Jim Everett are officially C of I co-presidents. - COLLEGE OF IDAHO
    • College of Idaho
    • Doug Brigham and Jim Everett are officially C of I co-presidents.
    Even though they have been at their posts since spring, Doug Brigham and Jim Everett were officially inaugurated Wednesday as the 14th presidents of the College of Idaho. The co-presidents, a unique arrangement for a major American university, were feted at an outdoor ceremony on the Caldwell campus. "You won't find me on any Forbes 500 list, but I think I'm the richest man in Idaho," said Everett. Brigham said he had won "life's lottery," adding, "There is no doubt in my mind that this is hallowed ground."

  • Arthur Mitchell, one of ballet's first African-American superstars and founder of the groundbreaking Dance Theater of Harlem, has died. The New York Times reports that Mitchell died Wednesday in a New York City hospital. He was 84.

  • An investigative report from the Toronto Star and CBC claims that Ticketmaster has been colluding with a private army of scalpers, allowing it to collect double fees for each ticket. The report indicates that Ticketmaster enables resellers to purchase tickets in bulk and then resell them for higher prices—with Ticketmaster taking a percentage of both sales. The report also accuses Ticketmaster of timing the release of tickets to make it appear that demand is higher than it actually is, in an effort to drive fans to higher-priced tickets before releasing cheaper tickets later.

  • Life Itself, the new big-screen drama from Dan Fogelman, who has seen great success on the small screen with NBC's This is Us, is poised to open in North American cinemas tomorrow. For the record, I screened Life Itself at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and found it insufferable, giving it one maple leaf out of a possible five in my Wednesday review. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers had a more visceral reaction, writing, "We have now seen the worst movie of 2018."

  • Perhaps the most anticipated film of the upcoming award season is the reboot of A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. The trailer for the film has been burning up the internet, but L.A.-based comedian Kevin Porter had a little fun by crafting a shot-by-shot remake of the trailer, this time starring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Take a look:

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