September 22, 2017: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • Thursday was the United Nations International Day of Peace, but there was no ceasefire in the war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. After repeatedly being called a "rocket man" by Trump, Kim fired back, calling Trump a "frightened dog." Kim also used the word "dotard" to describe Trump, raising more than a few eyebrows. Merriam-Webster defines dotard as "a person in his or her dotage," while the Oxford Dictionary defines dotard as "an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile." The word was used by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales and J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. Trump was up early today, tweeting that Kim was "obviously a madman" who "will be tested like never before."
  • Facebook is having what The New York Times is calling a "Frankenstein moment." The social media giant says it is submitting more than 3,000 ads, sponsored by Russian interests, to congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Times' Kevin Roose wrote, "It was a candid admission that reminded me of a moment in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after the scientist Victor Frankenstein realizes that his cobbled-together creature has gone rogue."
  • IDAHO.GOV
    • idaho.gov
    A tort claim has been filed against the former Chief of Staff in the office of the Idaho Controller. Dan Goicoechea, a former official in Controller Brandon Woolf's office, resigned from that position in July. He had recently begun a job as spokesman for the Idaho State Department of Education, but resigned from that position as well this past Monday—the same day the tort claim was filed by a former employee in the office of the State Controller, The Idaho Statesman reports. The female employee claims she was the target of a long pattern of inappropriate behavior and harassment from Goicochea. The claim also alleges that Woolf was well aware of Goicochea's alleged behavior. KTVB reports the Controller denies the allegations. The alleged victim is asking for $191,500 to cover 18 months of salary, benefits, attorney fees and emotional distress. She's also demanding harassment and discrimination training for employees in the Controller's office. Woolf's office has until the end of business today to accept the offer or face a full-on lawsuit.
  • A Middleton man was killed overnight in a one vehicle crash on Interstate 84, west of Black Canyon Road. Idaho State Police say 59-year-old William Dudley was driving a 2000 Chevrolet C1500 when the vehicle went off the right shoulder of the highway; but the driver over-corrected, rolling the pickup. Dudley was wearing a seatbelt but he died of injuries at the scene.

  • Liliane Bettencourt, the richest women in the world, died Wednesday at her home in a Paris suburb. She was 94. The New York Times reports Bettencourt was the heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics fortune but "had fallen under the sway of a younger man and given him $1.4 billion." Bettencourt was described as "regal, extroverted, a tireless socialite who loved balls and dinner parties, jewels and haute couture." Earlier this year, Forbes said Bettencourt was the richest woman in the world with a net worth of $44.7 billion.

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  • More snow fell on Bogus Basin Thursday, the final day of summer, as valley rain and mountain snow filled the weather map across most of Southwest Idaho. The webcam at the Boise ski resort showed more wet snow, indicating that winter isn't too far off. The National Weather Service Office in Boise says the Treasure Valley should see mostly cloudy skies today with some scattered rain showers in valley communities and snow showers in higher elevations. Saturday and Sunday should be fall-like with plenty of sunshine and Treasure Valley highs in the mid- to upper 60s. Boise will see a mix of sun and clouds through much of next week with daytime highs returning to the mid-70s.


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