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May 29, 2019: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
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  • Our "Best of Boise" issue hit stands today. This year's contest was a record-setter, with approximately 300,000 nominations and votes cast. We at BW would like to thank Boise from the bottom of our hearts for making this one of the most successful Best of Boise contests ever. Pick up a print copy or check out the winners online.

  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election today. In it, he said he is closing the Office of the Special Counsel, and that he will retire from the Justice Department. Last month, the Justice Department released much of the special counsel's report on Russian meddling, which he described as "multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election."

  • In an interview with People, Alex Trebek, the Jeopardy! host who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, said he credits the support he has gotten from fans for his success in fighting the disease, which his doctors have said is in "near remission."

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reversed his position on the so-called Biden Rule, according to which, the Senate will not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a president's last year in office. In 2016, McConnell cited the Senate rule when he declined to hold a hearing for Merrick Garland, then-President Barack Obama's pick to fill a seat on the nation's highest court. Now, CNN reports that during a recent luncheon, McConnell said he would fill a Supreme Court vacancy if it were to open in 2020, despite that being the last year of President Donald Trump's current term in office. A spokesman for McConnell said the difference between 2016 and today is that now, both the presidency and the Senate are controlled by Republicans.
    - Boise Bicycle Project is gearing up for its second-annual Goathead Fest with another ambitious goatherd-picking goal. -  - HARRISON BERRY
    • Harrison Berry
    • Boise Bicycle Project is gearing up for its second-annual Goathead Fest with another ambitious goatherd-picking goal.
  • Gearing up for its second-annual Goathead Fest, Boise Bicycle Project has announced that for the next two months, it will enjoin folks to help it collect a staggering number of weeds that have given the festival its name. Goatheads, or puncture vines, grow all across the Treasure Valley, and are a consistent culprit of flat tires. Between Saturday, June 1, and Wednesday, July 31, BBP hopes volunteers will help collect 8,000 pounds of the pesty plants. Goatheads can be dropped off at North End Organic Nursery during its business hours, or at a special "drop-off and pulling party" at Payette Brewing, Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. People who pick the most plants will be eligible for awesome rewards, ranging from ice cream tokens to trophies, pizza parties and trailer barbecues. Winners will be announced at the festival itself, which will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, at Cecil D. Andrus Park in downtown Boise.

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