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Feb. 15, 2018: What to Know

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  • Wednesday's mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school was one of the deadliest in U.S. history and the 17th school shooting in 2018. More than 430 people have been shot in 273 school attacks since the 2013 incident at Sandy Hook Elementary. Three of the ten deadliest shootings in modern American history were in the past five months. The New York Times reports that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who had been expelled from the Florida high school and described as a "troubled kid," has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. President Trump took to Twitter this morning to say there were "so many signs" that Cruz was "mentally disturbed."
  • After a spell of mild temperatures, wintry driving conditions returned to the Treasure Valley Thursday morning, causing multiple  crashes on Interstate 84. Idaho State Police responded to at least four accidents on I-84 near Gowen Road. One of the worst accidents was on westbound I-84, east of Boise, blocking traffic through much of the morning rush hour.

  • Sports fans can add one more gold medal to Team USA's collection of honors at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Skier Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold in today's giant slalom. She'll be back on the mountain Friday morning to defend her Olympic title in what many say is her strongest event, the slalom.
  • Diet is a major factor for Olympians, so Food & Wine magazine visited some of the 24/7 food service operations at 13 different sites around the PyeongChang Olympics. Food & Wine says on any given day, 180 chefs are preparing and serving nearly 7,000 meals. An 18-page menu for Olympians to browse includes a variety of options: Western, Asian, Korean, religious (Kosher and Hala), vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan.

  • Chef Kris Komori of State and Lemp will compete against chefs from Portland and Seattle for the title of Best Chef: Northwest. - LAURIE PEARMAN
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    • Chef Kris Komori of State and Lemp will compete against chefs from Portland and Seattle for the title of Best Chef: Northwest.
  • The James Beard Foundation unveiled its short lists of restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards today. Kris Komori, chef at State & Lemp in Boise, garnered his third nomination in three years in the category of Best Chef: Northwest, the region that includes Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. A total of 20 northwest chefs are in the running, but Komori is the only nominee from the Gem State. The foundation will cull the list of semifinalists to final nominees on Wednesday, March 15, and the ultimate winners will be honored at a gala in Chicago on Monday, May 7.

  • The Berlin Film Festival is underway, but The Hollywood Reporter says organizers are rejecting a request for a black carpet to honor the #MeToo movement. Festival director Dieter Kosslick told THR that he wants his event to go beyond "symbolic politics."