September 25, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The Arizona Cardinals will host the Dallas Cowboys this evening on Monday Night Football, and more professional football players are expected to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. After using the term "son of a bitch" to describe any player who takes a knee during the anthem, President Donald Trump tossed a political football into the middle of the national discussion over race in America. Following Trump's remarks on Friday and similar statements over the weekend via Twitter, an increasing number of athletes linked arms, knelt during the anthem and some even stayed in the locker room during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

  • Meanwhile, Trump again stoked controversy after signing a new travel ban on Sunday—one more far-reaching than previous attempts to bar travelers from mostly Muslim nations. This time, in addition to bans of travelers from nations such as Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, Trump has added heightened travel restrictions to North Korea, Iraq and Venezuela. The New York Times reports the new rules would not apply to legal permanent residents of the the United States, and visitors who currently hold valid visas from the countries listed will not have their visas revoked.

    "President Trump's original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list," said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Boise Police are investigating the theft of a wheelchair during last Friday night's Boise State football game at Albertson's Stadium. Nathan Ogden of Meridian said his wheelchair was parked at the top of Section 8 at the stadium just before kickoff, but was gone 90 minutes later. Ogden shared his dilemma on Facebook. "Please share this," he wrote. "Help me find my chair and get my independence back." BPD is asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or through the P3 Tips mobile app.
  • Target announced this morning that it would raise its minimum hourly wage to $11 next month and up to $15 by the end of 2020. The Los Angeles Times reports the discount retailer is raising wages to "reinvent its business" by retraining top-quality staff, remodeling stores, opening more small urban locations and expanding its online presence. Target's hike to $15 would far exceed the federal (and Idaho) minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • CBS took a huge gamble Sunday night by launching the series premiere of Star Trek: Discovery over its airwaves but then telling viewers that if they had any desire to see more episodes, they'll have to pony up for a monthly subscription to CBS All Access. It costs $6 per month, $10 per month for commercial-free streaming. Vanity Fair says a second episode has already dropped on CBS All Access, but new episodes will only be released once a week—different from most streaming platforms which release entire seasons at once to encourage binge-watching.

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