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September 28, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Hugh Hefner died Wednesday at 91. The son of an accountant and schoolteacher, he rose to become a publishing magnate and, as creator of the Playboy magazine and franchise, one of the most influential people of the 20th century. In the 1940s, while a student at the University of Illinois, he introduced a feature called "Coed of the Month"  in the campus humor magazine. In 1953, after taking out a $600 loan and selling off most of his furniture, he published the first issue of Playboy, which included a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe. All 51,000 copies were sold within two weeks. What followed was an iconic brand, interviews with some of the most provocative people of the era and a never ending flurry of photos of naked women. Circulation peaked at nearly 7 million in the 1970s, but with the proliferation of cable television and internet pornography, the Playboy brand faded. The New York Times reports Hefner will be buried in a mausoleum drawer at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles—right next to Marilyn Monroe.

  • In another sign of the times, Stanford University announced this week it has installed a vending machine that sells birth control and emergency contraceptives. The school newspaper, The Stanford Daily, wrote the machine sells condoms and a generic form of Plan B. The student government association shared the cost of buying and installing the machine with the office for Institutional Equity and Access.

  • What began as a 911 call of a prowler turned into an officer-involved shooting and ultimately a massive house fire in Meridian overnight. Kuna Police and Ada County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the 1500 block of West Amity Road late Wednesday night. That's where police said a man with a firearm came out of a home, and after police told the suspect multiple times to drop the gun, a Kuna police officer and ACSO deputy fired at the suspect. The suspect retreated to inside the house, but minutes later the house was on fire. KTVB reports that two of the three residents in the home escaped the flames and were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. A third resident and the suspected gunman have not been found. The smoke only began to clear early this morning and the investigation continues.

  • NBC News reports O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as soon as this Monday, Oct. 2.  The Nevada prison system agreed to parole the infamous Simpson, now 70, after spending nine years behind bars for armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson is expected to be transferred from the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada to a separate prison outside of Las Vegas before he is released. Simpson has indicated he wants to move away from Nevada, possibly to Florida, but Florida officials say they have yet to receive any formal request to accept Simpson as a parolee living in their state.
  • NPR reports there's a new Mark Twain book out this week. Twain has been dead for more than a century, but The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on 16 pages of Twain's handwritten notes, and discovered in a Berkeley, California, archive. The illustrating duo of Philip and Erin Stead added the images and finished the story, and the book hits the stands this week.

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