August 20, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Boise will finally see a break in temperatures today, if not a break in the smoke pouring in from Western wildfires. The National Weather Service reports a high of just 88 degrees, but a Red Flag Warning will go into effect at noon due to strong winds and the potential for thunderstorms.

  • The third day of deliberations by the jury in the trial of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is underway. USA Today reports that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is overseeing the case, is sticking by the decision he made last week to refrain from disclosing the names of the jurors, even after the trial, for their safety. Ellis himself is under guard by U.S. Marshals following threats made against him.

  • Families in North and South Korea that have been separated for decades by war will have the chance to see each other face to face this week, NPR reports. The reunions, which will take place over three days and give almost 100 families time to catch up, are a sign of improved relations between the two Koreas. Just 20 reunions have taken place since the first was approved in 1985, and it's been nearly three years since the last one, which took place in October 2015.

  • One Florida brewery is making sour beer not in the typical open-air container, but in the trunk of a classic car—specifically, a 1984 El Camino Conquista. Food & Wine reports that although Motorworks Brewing started the process as a joke, it soon got serious when the brewers discovered the trunk's capacity was nearly identical to the brewery's typical batch size. The frothy, funky sour—dubbed "Fermentis Caminohas"—has since been transferred from the lined trunk into barrels to ferment, and should be drinkable in just a few months.

  • Today, students in the Boise School District are getting up early and cinching their backpack straps for the first day of school. It's a partial day of classes.
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