August 17, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • click to enlarge NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    • National Weather Service
    The National Weather Service office in Boise has issued a Red Flag Warning across most of southern Idaho and eastern Oregon through midnight tonight. Forecasters say the threat of thunderstorms dramatically increases the chance of lightning-triggered wildfires. Additionally, outflow winds could be as high as 40 mph. Meanwhile, "patchy" and "smoke" are the weather words for the next several days. Boise should have a high of 89 degrees on Saturday, Aug. 18, and 92 degrees on Sunday, Aug. 19.

  • In an announcement that stunned the medical world, The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it will cover the tuition of its entire student body and future students, regardless of merit or need. NYU cited the "overwhelming financial debt" facing graduates, but added it has high hopes that its soon-to-be-doctors will take their first jobs in economically challenged communities. In December 2017, Columbia Medical School announced that it would offer students with the greatest financial need full-tuition scholarships, and other students grants rather than loans.

  • click to enlarge Christopher Leis, 34, has been charged with a felony. - ACSO
    • ACSO
    • Christopher Leis, 34, has been charged with a felony.
    A Boise man is behind bars, charged with a felony, after Boise Police, Fire and Ada County Paramedics rescued a child from 120-degree heat inside a car. Law enforcement were summoned to the 6700 block of State Street Thursday afternoon. That's where they found a 3-year-old girl locked inside a vehicle with the windows up. Boise firefighters broke a window to rescue the child. The girl was treated for heat-related distress. The father of the girl, 34-year-old Christopher Leis of Boise, was found in a nearby businesses. He was charged with felony injury to a child, and according to the Ada County Sheriff's Office website, Leis is being held without bail, pending his arraignment.

  • University of Idaho students returning for another school year learned Thursday that the Idaho State Board of Education had fired U of I Athletic Director Rob Spear. Spear has been embroiled in controversy since an investigation revealed that complaints of sexual assault and harassment by three different women were not handled properly, in spite of all three allegations being reported to police and school officials. Spear had been athletic director at U of I since 2004.

  • A sure sign that summer is winding down is today's opening of the Western Idaho Fair. Among the many attractions is something new this year: a 1,300-foot "skyride" stretching from one end of the fair to the other.

  • Idaho's Mountain View Toros, champions of the Double-A American Legion Northwest Region, lost Thursday night at the American Legion World Series. A team from Las Vegas, Nevada, beat the Meridian team 10-0 in five innings.

  • The latest hit movie to be turned into a Broadway musical is Pretty Woman, which opened last night on the Great White Way. This morning's New York Times offered a not-so-nice review, saying, "The biggest problem for the musical adapters becomes selling an essentially tawdry tale minus Julia Roberts's megawatt charm." The Guardian called it "a tasteless disaster." And Time Out New York said the musical was "just a dutiful replica of the movie."  All that said, it's already a box office hit; many of the performances over the next several months are already sold out.
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