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December 12, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a no-confidence vote in Parliament tonight, a new and potentially lethal threat to her leadership. NPR reports that under party rules, May needs to win 158 votes from the 315 Conservatives in Parliament to stay party leader and prime minister. If she loses the vote, she must withdraw and another leader will be chosen over the coming weeks.
  • The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials in France now say a Tuesday night shooting near a Christmas market close to the town of Strasbourg was an act of terrorism. Police say they're pretty sure they know who the suspected gunman is, but they're continuing an intensive manhunt to bring him to justice.

    • Boise Weekly
    Downtown Boise bar hoppers will have to find some alternatives to China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy's, at least for a while longer. Owner Ted Challenger said repairs to a collapsed roof are much more serious than was initially thought. Challenger said Roddy's might reopen in January, but China Blue probably won't be open before March.

  • A Vermont man has taken his outrage over his town's zoning regulations to new heights. He's erected a 700-pound statue of a fist with a protruding middle finger on a giant pole, illuminated by floodlights, high above his property. You can take a look at the statue at Vice News' website by clicking here.

  • RTF123
    • rtf123
    The Arctic has been been warmer over the past five years than at any time since records began in 1900. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Arctic Report Card" says the region is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet.

  • The much-anticipated film Aquaman doesn't open for a couple more weeks, but some of the first reviews are beginning to trickle in. The Hollywood Reporter says the film "feels closer in nature to ancient myth than do most comics-derived epics." But The Guardian says it's a "laborious, slow-moving and dripping wet film, barnacle-encrusted with solemnity." And says the film "careens through several thinly conceived ideas."

  • The Screen Actors Guild Awards, another precursor to the Oscars, revealed its nominations early this morning. Nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are: A Star is Born, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians. Nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture are: Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Christian Bale (Vice), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman). Nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture are: Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). The SAGs will be awarded on Sunday, Jan. 27.