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December 5, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Four former U.S. presidents—Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter—will join President Donald Trump today at the funeral service for George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, at Washington National Cathedral. You can follow live coverage from The New York Times by clicking here. Today is a national day of mourning. Stock markets and most federal offices will be closed and the Postal Service won't be making regular deliveries.

    • George Prentice
    Treasure Valley Racing is still looking its wounds after voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have restored gambling devices at Idaho race tracks—a move TVR insisted would revitalize live thoroughbred racing in the Gem State. The organization announced Tuesday that it would walk away from Les Bois race track in Garden City, and the Idaho Press reports that TVR's lease was set to expire in 2020, but TVR had the option to terminate the lease with 30 days' notice.
  • The National Hockey League Board of Governors voted unanimously on Tuesday to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle. ESPN reports that Seattle owners will need to pony up $650 million to enter the league, beginning in 2021.
  • reports that eight dog food brands are being recalled after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that it had found toxic levels of vitamin D in them. You can see the full recall list by clicking here.
  • Burger King is selling Whoppers for a penny. But you have to go McDonald's, or at least very close to a McDonald's, to be eligible for the 1-cent deal. Time magazine says if customers go within 600 feet of a McDonald's location, they can order a Whopper for a penny via the Burger King app which creates a geofence around thousands of McDonald's locations.

  • The Hollywood Reporter took a poll of which holiday TV/film classic Americans find most beloved. Topping the list was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, followed by A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone.

  • The American Film Institute has revealed its list of the ten best films of 2018. They are A Star is Born, Black Panther, A Quiet Place, BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk and Mary Poppins Returns.