September 4, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Confirmation hearings begin today for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The 53-year-old Kavanaugh is a conservative stalwart, and opponents are expected to present him as a far-right extremist who would roll back abortion rights or possibly protect President Trump from the threat of subpoena. This morning's New York Times characterizes the nomination process as "predictable" and "broken."

  • Idaho's "deadliest days," the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, unfortunately lived up to their reputation Monday. Idaho State Police reported two fatalities on Labor Day: a passenger in a vehicle was killed in a two-car crash on Robinson Boulevard in Nampa; and the driver of a 2004 Ford Ranger was killed when his vehicle drove off the shoulder of the road and rolled on Idaho State Highway 21 near Lowman.  Meanwhile, this morning's pre-dawn commute was a bit tangled when a truck rolled over on its side, blocking all westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Meridian Road. It took crews nearly three hours to clear the scene before sunrise.

  • Voters in the Boise Independent School District will go to the polls today to select three members of the district's Board of Trustees. Six candidates are vying for the three slots, including two incumbents: Maria Greeley and Troy Rohn. The other four candidates on today's ballot are Branden Durst, Alicia Estey, Shari Fernandez and James Tooman. Each of the Boise district's public schools are serving as polling places. Polls will be open until 8 p.m.
click to enlarge Top: Troy Rohn, Maria Greeley; Middle: Shari Fernandez, Alicia Estey, James Toomn; Bottom: Branden Durst - BOISE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • Boise Independent School District
  • Top: Troy Rohn, Maria Greeley; Middle: Shari Fernandez, Alicia Estey, James Toomn; Bottom: Branden Durst

  • NPR reports that scores of elephants have been found dead near a protected sanctuary in Botswana. A spokesperson for Elephants Without Borders said poachers are to blame. Eighty-seven elephants were killed and stripped of their tusks. Officials said three rare white rhinos were also poached and killed in the region in the last three months.
  • New Yorker magazine had invited controversial political operative Steve Bannon to be a guest presenter at its upcoming New Yorker Festival, but that triggered a number of other personalities to rescind their own previous acceptances to join the event. Variety reports that after initially defending Bannon's participation, New Yorker editor David Remnick announced late Monday that Bannon wouldn't be attending. Bannon later called Remnick "gutless."

  • Thirteen years ago, the famed ruby-red slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz were stolen from a Minnesota museum, with no security camera footage to aid in the investigation. The only thing left behind was a single red sequin. But ABC News reports that the FBI announced early today that the stolen slippers have been found, though no suspects were immediately revealed.
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