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October 8, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Most city, county, state and federal offices are closed today to mark Columbus Day. ValleyRide buses are running their local schedules and most schools are open today, but most libraries, post offices and banks are closed. Celebrations of Columbus in the United States date as far back as 1792, and in 1905, individual states began marking their own holidays. It was until 1934 that President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a federal holiday. Since 1971, it has been fixed to the second Monday in October.

    In 2017, the City of Moscow became Idaho's first municipality to push aside Columbus Day in favor of marking this date as National Indigenous Peoples' Day. In 2016, both Boise State University and the University of Idaho also decided to make this National Indigenous People's Day.

    It's also interesting to note that the largest U.S. city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of Columbus Day. ABC News reports that Columbus, Ohio, will instead shift its city celebrations to honor veterans.
  • Facebook is getting into the hardware business. says Facebook has unveiled something called Portal, a teleconferencing device that comes in 10- and 15-inch models.

  • Meanwhile, there's a new Facebook hoax going around, targeting inboxes. Victims have been receiving a message from an existing Facebook friend saying they've received a friend request. They're then asked to "hold [their] finger on the message until the forward button appears, then hit forward and all the people [they] want to forward to." The Detroit Free News says the hoax is attempting to clone millions of Facebook accounts, stealing personal information.

  • Fortune magazine says toy retailers are worried about this holiday shopping season, the first since Toys "R" Us went of business. In response, chains such as Target and Walmart are clearing away more floor space for toys.

  • The Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded this morning to two Americans, William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, for their work in highlight the importance of government policy in fostering sustainable economic growth. The two economists focus on climate change and new technology, respectively.

  • Venom and A Star is Born became instant blockbusters this past weekend, setting a new October box office record. The two films helped trigger a staggering $174 million in total business at the North American box office, each attracting different audiences. Venom pushed back against poor reviews to rake in $80 million and A Star is Born took in nearly $43 million.