- Bingo Barnes
- Some commencement addresses are a lot more memorable than others. Take for instance Sunday's graduation at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Graduates erupted with joy when their commencement speaker, billionaire Robert Smith, announced that his family would pay off the student debt of the entire graduating class of 396 students. CNN reports that Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, and ultimately became one of the wealthiest African Americans in U.S. history. Morehouse employees were still scrambling this morning to calculate the total student loan debt of the Class of 2019. According to published figures, recent Morehouse classes graduated with roughly $10 million in debt, but officials think the figure could be considerably higher this year.
- Speaking of commencement, the Treasure Valley will enter a busy high school graduation season this week. Boise's Timberline High School will hold its graduation today at the Morison Center, and Caldwell High School will hold its commencement this afternoon at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
- The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board are investigating the crash of a single-engine plane Sunday afternoon near Givens Hot Springs in Owyhee County. Law enforcement said the plane's sole occupant, a man in his 70s, was killed in the crash. No word yet on his identity. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff at the Sunrise Skypark Airport.
- The National Weather Service has confirmed that the last 12 months have been the wettest 12-month period in recorded American history.
In case you missed it, the last 12 months (May '18 through Apr '19) is the wettest 12-month stretch on record for the US. A warmer world turns up the hydrology dial. When we are sent the bill for climate change, it comes in the context of our water. https://t.co/hKn0dBdJvZ pic.twitter.com/aScL4wcTZi— Deke Arndt (@DekeArndt) May 17, 2019
- Eurovision, the planet's biggest singing competition with a global television audience of 200 million, wrapped up this weekend, and "Arcade," a ballad from the Netherlands, won first prize. A number of singers have been catapulted to fame after singing winning songs in previous Eurovision competitions, including ABBA and Celine Dion.
- Variety reports that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which has aired nearly 3,000 episodes since the late 1990s, has been canceled.
- Pringles is selling a new flavor of potato chip, but it wants you to figure out what the flavor is. In fact, Food & Wine magazine says the person who correctly identifies the unknown chip variety could win $10,000. Food & Wine editors guess that the chips could be flavored with anything from grilled cheese to ballpark nachos.
Now we just have to wait until August 18 to find out if we won big. https://t.co/7sA7W6s3tT— Food & Wine (@foodandwine) May 19, 2019