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May 22, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • As part of Amazon's annual meeting in Seattle today, investors are expected to vote on whether the tech giant's aggressive push for facial recognition software threatens civil rights—and, as a consequence, the company's reputation. The New York Times reports that facial recognition software is coming under increasing scrutiny from civil liberties groups and lawmakers.
  • Idaho voters have overwhelmingly rejected a $187 million bond to build a new Canyon County jail. The proposal only received 34 percent of Tuesday's vote, roughly half of what it needed for passage. In Meridian, voters approved a $14 million levy that will build, expand or renovate libraries. Elsewhere in Ada County, Kuna voters rejected library and fire district levies.
  • Treasure Valley high school graduation season continues today with seniors from Borah High School receiving their diplomas tonight at Taco Bell Arena.
  • Last Sunday, 18-year-old Braxton Moral graduated from Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kansas. Next week, he'll receive a bachelor's degree from Harvard. ABC News reports that Moral has been taking classes at Harvard's extension school since he was 11 years old. He majored in government with a minor in English. His next stop is law school. Moral says his first choice is Columbia University, where he hopes to study constitutional law.
  • Food & Wine magazine reports that according to a 2018 study, about 70,000 Americans are directly employed by breweries and more than 2 million jobs are tied, directly or indirectly, to the U.S. beer industry.
  • The 2018-2019 television season has officially come to a close. Variety says NBC led all networks in the key demographic of adults ages 18-49, but CBS had the highest total number of viewers.
  • Tonight's prime time schedule will see something rare—a situation comedy performed live. In fact there will be two: recreations of the 1970s-era hits All in the Family and The Jeffersons. ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is co-producing the shows along with original creator Norman Lear. Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei will play Archie and Edith Bunker, and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will play George and Louise Jefferson.