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May 26, 2017: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump made a stop on his whirlwind overseas trip in Italy to attend a G-7 summit meeting, along with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. Reuters reports the meeting should "expose deep divisions," particularly on trade and climate change.

  • A mere 24 hours after being charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly "body slamming"  a reporter on May 24, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte was declared the winner in the May 25 special congressional election (he replaces Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, who was tapped by President Trump to become the U.S. Secretary of the Interior). Gianforte, a businessman, held on to just over 50 percent of the vote, edging out Democratic challenger Rob Quist, a professional bluegrass musician. CNN reports Republicans are saying the outcome "is proof once and for all that the base isn't abandoning Donald Trump." Acknowledging the assault incident for the first time, Gianforte apologized during his Thursday night acceptance speech, saying he "made a mistake."
  • A motorcycle accident tangled traffic on I-84, east of Boise near Simco Road on Thursday night, when the rear tire of the motorcycle blew out, causing the rider to lose control. The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. No word yet on the biker's condition or identity.
  • This holiday weekend marks the beginning of what law enforcement calls the "100 deadliest days," on Idaho roadways. AAA of Idaho estimates 205,000 Idahoans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, with more than 180,000 of them traveling by car—an increase from last year of 5,000. The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Idaho is $2.54, which is about a five-cent increase over last month and is 14-cents more than a year ago.
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34 - U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34
  • A Boise man, already serving 25 years in prison for his role in a terrorist plot, was indicted May 24 by a California grand jury for trying to kill the warden of a federal prison. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 34, was indicted on three counts:  attempted murder of a federal officer, assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon and possession of a prohibited object intended to be used as a weapon. Prosecutors said Kurbanov used a handmade weapon to attack Calvin Johnson, warden of the Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale. Johnson was seriously injured but has recovered. If convicted on all three charges, Kurbanov could face an additional 45 year-sentence. Read the full indictment below:
See related PDF Kurbanov_attempt_BOP_murder.109.pdf
  • A highlight of the summer sports calendar begins Sunday: The French Open on the famed clay courts of Roland-Garros Stadium, outside of Paris. The tournament draw was unveiled early today, naming Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber as the top seeds of the men's and women's competition. The tournament will be notable this year for two major absences: Roger Federer, who said he's focusing on Wimbledon, which begins Monday, July 3; and Serena Williams, who is pregnant.
  • Vanity Fair reports a new GLAAD study on the biggest movies of 2016 reveals a "devastating" lack of LGBTQ characters. The research indicates "most LGBTQ characters are marginalized, invisible or punchlines" in major Hollywood productions. The study, which is the fifth in the GLAAD "Studio Responsibility Index" series, examined 125 films from major studios. "It's time for the film industry to step up and show the full diversity of the world," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

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