September 7, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Actor Burt Reynolds, who starred in films like Boogie Nights, The Longest Yard, Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit, died Thursday morning at the age of 82. The Hollywood Reporter says the cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest, noting that Reynolds' bluff, charismatic performances once made him Hollywood's top-grossing actor for five years running. They also brought him two Golden Globe awards and one Emmy for the role of Wood Newton in the comedy TV series Evening Shade. His family released the following statement yesterday:
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that 201,000 additional workers joined payrolls across the country in August, just over the current monthly average growth of 196,000. Growing sectors included professional and business services, health care, transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade and mining. The unemployment rate stayed stable at 3.9 percent.

    • Courtesy Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    On Thursday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    released a long-awaited artistic rendering its new temple in Pocatello,  a project that was originally announced April 1. Mormon Newsroom, the official LDS media site, debuted the image of the three-story structure that will go up in Pocatello's new Crestview Estates-Division 2 subdivision starting in 2019. It will be the sixth Mormon temple in Idaho.

  • Controversy over Nike's latest Just Do It ad campaign, featuring ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, continues to provoke reactions nationwide. The Chicago Sun Times reported Thursday that the campaign is now dividing America's police force, with the Fraternal Order of Police condemning the ad as "hateful" toward police officers and the National Black Police Association writing in a letter to Nike that it "proudly supports" Nike's stance in favor of peaceful protest. The NBPA closed the letter by saying, "We will likely be buying and wearing lots of Nike products in the near future." Read the messages from both groups in full below.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has scrapped its plan to introduce a new Oscar category, "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film." Amid massive outcry from critics, the Academy's chief executive, Dawn Hudson, wrote in a statement, "There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members." When the Academy announced the new category in late August, critics from outposts like LA Weekly and dismissed the idea, but Boise Weekly's own film critic, George Prentice, hailed it: "Anyone paying attention to the steadily slumping ratings for the annual award show knows the Academy is in desperate need of improving the broadcast, and it seems honoring a film that most moviegoers have actually seen could be a major boost," he wrote.
  • Citing harassment-filled messages that violated its terms of service agreement, Twitter permanently suspended Alex Jones and Infowars from its social media platform, The New York Times reports. Earlier this summer, Apple, Facebook and YouTube dropped the hammer on the provocateur and his website, which pedaled conspiracy theories and lies, including that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax, for similar violations.
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