September 24, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The woman who accused of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 27. Meanwhile, another accuser has surfaced, putting Kavanaugh's nomination in further turmoil. The New Yorker reports that a woman who went to Yale University with Kavanaugh says he exposed himself to her while drunk at a party. Kavanaugh called the newest accusation a "smear, plain and simple."
  • A two-day sentencing hearing begins today for Bill Cosby, the entertainer who was convicted in April of sexual assault. ABC News reports that Cosby, now 81 years old, faces a possible sentence of up to 30 years in prison. The first phase of the hearing will consider whether Cosby should be branded a sexually violent predator, a recommendation from a Pennsylvania sex-offender board.

  • The Sandpoint Reader, a northern Idaho weekly newspaper, is being targeted in a series of anonymous robocalls, accusing the alt weekly of having a "leftist agenda." Reader publisher Ben Olson told the Associated Press that the recorded messages were an "attempt to impugn people who stand up to racism and intolerance." No comment yet from the Sandpoint Police Department.
  • No students were aboard a school bus that overturned on Franklin Road near Linder Road in Meridian this morning. A spokesman for the West Ada School District said the bus driver was OK following the crash at about 7:15 a.m.

  • The New York Times reports that an investigation by the FBI and independent historians can't confirm that a stovepipe hat, prominently displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois, was actually Lincoln's. The Times says the museum is deep in debt and considering selling some of its artifacts. The museum reportedly paid $6.5 million for the hat in 2007 as part of a larger purchase of artifacts.

  • Rolling Stone reports that Paul Simon had to fight back the tears as he sang "Homeward Bound" at his final concert in Queens, New York, on Saturday night. The venue was a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up. Simon chose his first big hit, "The Sound of Silence," for his final song.

  • Following a so-so reaction from audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival, the director of Outlaw King has trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix-bound epic. Director David Mackenzie told Deadline, "I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I'm sensitive to the way they felt." Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine, hits Netflix on Friday, Nov. 9.
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