September 3, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump began his Labor Day by attacking a national labor leader. The Associated Press reports that Trump tweeted early today that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend. It's easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!" Trumka appeared on Fox News on Sept. 2 and said "the things that [Trump] has done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers."
  • One of Idaho's biggest Labor Day events will be held in Boise's Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park today. That's where the Boise Central Trades and Labor Council will host its annual "My Union, My Vote" Labor Day Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Idaho labor leaders told Boise Weekly that they're seeing an uptick in union engagement across the Gem State.  "It's getting better and better," said Joe Maloney, president of the Idaho AFL-CIO. "The more people we talk to, the more traction there is to get organized."

  • Labor Day also marks the end of the so-called "100 deadliest day" on Idaho roadways. Unfortunately, this summer's stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day has lived up to its macabre moniker. The deaths of two people riding a motorcycle on I-84 on Sept. 1 were the 94th and 95th Idaho fatalities this summer.

  • The summer movie season is wrapping up with a surprise hit: Crazy Rich Asians has topped the North American box office for the third straight week. says Crazy Rich Asians is one of the most successful romantic comedies in years, already passing 2015's Trainwreck, one of the last big studio rom-coms.
  • Fans of U2 were a bit stunned Sept. 1 when frontman Bono told a Berlin audience that he had lost his voice. The BBC reports this morning that Bono has since visited a doctor and said the physician has ruled out "anything serious."

  • The planet's best tennis players are in New York City this holiday weekend, battling it out at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the U.S. Open. But NBC News reports that a group of young athletes with Down Syndrome were also invited to play the coveted grandstand this past week, as part of a celebration of a program called "Buddy Up Tennis."
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