- President Donald Trump wasted little time in pushing back against this morning's report in The New York Times that his wealth is largely dependent on his father's. The Times reports that Trump was a millionaire by the age of 8 and he continually sheltered hundreds of millions of dollars through the use of dubious tax schemes.
- The Boise Police Department announced[image-2] this morning that it had purchased four unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, to "improve emergency response, expedite crime scene investigations and increase citizen safety and officer safety." The drone have been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
In announcing the drone acquisition, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said, "Our policy allows us to use a UAV to ... be cost-effective public servants, and do so while not infringing on citizens' right to privacy." BPD said one use will be to reduce the time roads need to be closed following a serious automobile crash. "We are being careful to map out specific uses for the UAV and will not be using it for things like traffic enforcement or non-emergency surveillance missions without a search warrant," said Bones.
- The BBC reports the Guinness Book of World Records has officially certified that Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira successfully rode the largest wave ever recorded. She tacked a 68-foot-high wave in Portugal last January.
- Over the past several years, Austin, Texas, has evolved into one of America's best food-centric cities. So, it was pretty big news this past Monday when a new city ordinance went into effect preventing Austin restaurants and food businesses from throwing any excess food or organic material in the trash. Food and Wine magazine says the so-called "Universal Recycling Ordinance" aims at getting Austin to reach its "zero waste" goal by 2030. Any restaurant caught dumping excess food into the trash risks a fine.
- More than a few movie fans did a double-take Wednesday when producers of the new film Vice released a photo of Oscar-winner Christian Bale made up to look like former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bale will star as Cheney in the film, scheduled to be released this December. Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell are also in the cast. Take a look at the just-released trailer: