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May 23, 2018: What to Know


  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no longer any romaine lettuce coming from the growing region of Yuma, Arizona. As a result, the CDC has lifted its ban on romaine tied to a nationwide E. Coli outbreak, which sickened more than 170 people, including some in Idaho. NPR reports that romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days and CDC officials said, "it's unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region is still available in people's homes, stores or restaurants." The last time any romaine was harvested in Yuma was April 16. Most of the romaine currently in circulation is coming from California.
  • Meanwhile, the BBC reports that we don't need nearly as much protein as we consume. However, adults who don't get enough protein can experience to hair loss, skin breakouts and weight loss as muscle mass decreases. According to the study, those side effects are very rare and largely occur in individuals with eating disorders.

  • A 13-year-old boy was booked into the Ada County juvenile detention center Tuesday after being charged with making threats at a Boise school. Boise Police said they received a tip via Crime Stoppers regarding the threat, and following an investigation, police said a the boy admitted to making the threat. Investigators have chosen not to publicly identify the school. Following a search of the school on Tuesday afternoon, officers said they located "an object," but would not give details of what the object was. A short time later the 13-year-old suspect was charged with a felony count of threatening violence upon school grounds.

  • Philip Roth, the Pulitzer, National Book and Man Booker award-winning novelist who exploded onto the literary scene with Goodbye Columbus in 1959, has died at the age of 85. The New York Times reports that a close friend of Roth's said the author died of congestive heart failure. Roth's most famous novel was the sexually-charged Portnoy's Complaint, published in 1969. He had many other successes including 1997's American Pastoral, which won the Pulitzer.

  • In more sad news, Hollywood is mourning the death of 90-year-old actor Clint Walker, star of The Dirty Dozen, Send Me No Flowers and None But the Brave. Variety reports that Walker was best known as the star of Cheyenne, a landmark Western television series that aired for seven seasons on ABC in the 1950s.

  • The Walt Disney Company is on tenterhooks awaiting tomorrow's premiere of Solo, the latest Star Wars spin-off. The Hollywood Reporter says in a best-case scenario, Solo could set a new Memorial Day weekend box office record, but many analysts are predicting that the film could be heading for the lowest opening of any of the Star Wars movies since Disney took over the franchise. Solo is opening only five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters.