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Jan. 30, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address this evening, beginning at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. The New York Times asks, "Which Trump will show up tonight?" Stephen Miller, known for his far-right, anti-immigrant views, is in charge of writing the speech, but White House officials insist that the president's message will be "optimistic."  Meanwhile, the Times reports that Lady Melania Trump was blindsided over reports that her husband paid a porn star $130,000 to keep quiet about their affair, but the First Lady is expected to attend tonight's speech.
  • A pilot program to help some of Canyon County's working poor get better access to a grocery store will launch this Saturday, Feb. 3. The shuttle service, which will transport north Nampa residents to WinCo Foods, will on Saturdays from Feb. 3 through April 29. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that funding for the free shuttle is being underwritten by St. Luke's and St. Al's hospitals and the vehicle is being provided by the Boise Rescue Mission. The Press-Tribune says at least 33 percent of north Nampa residents live more than a half-mile away from a grocery store and 10 percent of north Nampa housing units don't have a working vehicle.
  • Whole Foods has launched a spin-off supermarket, dubbed Whole Foods 365. Food & Wine magazine says only a handful of the stripped-down stores are slated for locations as diverse as Santa Monica, California and Arkron, Ohio. Food & Wine writers took a tour of a new Whole Foods 365 in Brooklyn, asking "What would happen if you crossed a Whole Foods with a Trader Joe's?" The group reported the 365 stores have an "emphasis on economy," the overall shopping experience is "get in, get out," and there are lots of house brands on the shelves. "It's pretty simple, very straightforward, it's great for everyday shopping, and it'll probably be a gigantic hit," the article said.

  • Pressured by the baseball commissioner, the Cleveland Indians announced Monday that the team will stop using the caricature of a Native American on its uniforms, beginning in 2019. "Chief Wahoo" has been on Cleveland Indians caps and jerseys since the 1940s.
  • The nicest guy in Hollywood will soon be portraying the nicest guy in the neighborhood. The Hollywood Reporter says Tom Hanks will play Fred Rogers in the biopic, You Are My Friend. Filming will being in September. Rogers, who died in 2003, is also the subject of a new documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month.
  • The first reviews of the much-anticipated Black Panther superhero film are trickling in and Vanity Fair says "they're ecstatic." The film premiered last night in Hollywood and critics and reporters were effusive with their praise. Black Panther hits theaters nationally on Friday, Feb. 16.