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March 18, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Three days after the world was stunned by the killing of 50 people at a New Zealand mosque, a shooting attack early today in the Dutch city of Utrecht is being investigated as a possible case of terrorism. Several people were injured and one is feared to have died. The BBC reports that all mosques in the Amsterdam community were ordered evacuated, and security was increased at mosques elsewhere in the Netherlands.
  • One person was killed and another seriously injured following an explosion at a home in McCall. Firefighters said the blast destroyed the home and spread debris for hundreds of yards on Fairview Drive near the McCall Golf Course. The surviving victim, a teenage girl, was airlifted to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where she's in critical condition. An initial report from the City of McCall indicated that propane may have been the cause of the blast.
  • National Geographic has a profile of so-called "supercommuters," including Andy Ross, who travels from his Auburn, California, home each morning to his banking job  in San Francisco. His eight-hour round-trip, including car, train and bus rides, has him leave his home at 6 a.m. and return each evening at 8 p.m.
  • Southwest Airlines launched its service to and from Hawaii on Sunday. USA Today says the 5 1/2 hour flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu included Hawaiian snacks and in-flight hula dancing. In May, Southwest will add flights to Hawaii from San Jose. San Diego and Sacramento will be added later.
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    Bollywood is remaking Forrest Gump. The Hollywood Reporter says the Hindi-language adaptation, based on the 1994 Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks, will be titled Lal Singh Chadha.

  • President Trump's disdain for Saturday Night Live, and particularly Alec Baldwin's portrayal of him, boiled over in a Twitter rant this past weekend when he threatened federal action against the comedy show. Entertainment Weekly reports that Trump repeated that the show is not funny, but he also asked if the Federal Elections Commission or the Federal Communications Commission should investigate SNL.