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June 14, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • A suspected gunman is in custody after multiple people, including U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va. Witnesses said the gunman, who reportedly had more than one weapon, opened fire at the baseball field where Republican members of congress were preparing for an annual charity softball game. A police spokeswoman told The Washington Post the suspected shooter had also been shot and was taken to a hospital. Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said five people had been taken to local hospitals. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), who was at the baseball field, tweeted more than 50 shots had been fired. Scalise, 51, is the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • At least six people were killed and dozens more injured after a high-rise apartment building in London was engulfed in flames overnight. Officials warned the toll would likely rise. The Guardian reports horrified witnesses saw people jumping out of the building, including a man who threw two of his children from a window.
    • James Lloyd
    When the Idaho Board of Education gets together Thursday, June 15, it will take up a proposal that would give Boise State University, the University of Idaho and Idaho State University more authority on when and where alcohol sales would be allowed during athletic events. For the past 11 years, the Board has approved some special allowances of alcohol service and consumption prior to and during home football games, but the Board denied similar requests in 2016.
  • Kelly Gibbons is no longer a councilwoman for the City of Nampa. It turns out she doesn't live there. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Nampa Mayor Bob Henry, who appointed Kelly to fill a vacant seat on the council in January, announced June 13 that Kelly was no longer on the council or the Nampa Urban Renewal Agency. Henry said will leave the slot open until November, when voters can choose from a slate of council candidates.

  • Bill Murray is nearly always the life of the party—weddings, proms, birthday parties, you name it. This time, it was the June 12 opening of Cecconi's, a new restaurant in Brooklyn where the New York Post's Page Six columnist said the "drinks and lobster spaghetti had been flowing free all night." "I live a little bit on the seat of my pants," said Murray. "I try to be alert and available."

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