August 13, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • White House officials say they'll try to block the release of any other secret recordings from Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide. On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, Newman aired a recording of her being fired by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly inside the White House Situation Room. CNN reports that security analysts said any such recordings inside the Situation Room are a huge violation of strict internal procedures and highlight the flouting of safety and security protocols inside the Trump White House.
  • The Boston Globe's editorial board says it's trying to organize a national campaign to encourage hundreds of newspapers to run op-eds this Thursday, Aug. 16, condemning President Trump's attacks on the media. So far the Globe says at least 70 newspapers have agreed to participate. "We are not the enemy of the people," said Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe's deputy managing editor.

  • Two Idaho little league baseball teams won their respective regional baseball playoffs this weekend, sending each to separate national tournaments. The Mountain View Toros is the first Treasure Valley team to reach the American Legion World Series, a tournament for players 19 and younger. It will play this Thursday, Aug. 16, in a game streamed by ESPN 3. Meanwhile, the Coeur d'Alene Majors will play in the Little League World Series, a tournament for players 10 to 12 years old, this Friday, Aug. 17. That game will be televised by ESPN.

  • Brooks Koepka held off a charge from golf legend Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship on Sunday. ESPN reports that it was 28-year-old Koepka's second major championship this year, after winning the U.S. Open in June. It's been just a year since Woods began swinging a golf club again following spinal-fusion surgery in April 2017.

  • Security experts are stunned that an 11-year-old boy was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change the voting results in under 10 minutes. PBS reports that the boy was among a group of about 50 children and thousands of adults attending the world's largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26. An 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica website in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes found there. 

  • The western U.S. isn't the only region baking in this summer's heat. Tokyo is also experience record-breaking temperatures. And The Hollywood Reporter says that a unique respite from the heat in Japan's capital city will occur this coming weekend, when a makeshift outdoor cinema will be constructed on a Tokyo rooftop. What makes it doubly unique is that the audience will sit in large bathtubs, while food and beverages are served tubside. All of the tickets have already been snapped up. A four-person tub costs 18,000 yen, about $162.
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