August 22, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Without revealing a timeline or the number of men and women to be sent into harm's way, President Donald Trump told the nation Monday night that he will commit more American troops to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly called for America to withdraw from Afghanistan; but Tuesday evening, he said he accepted his advisers' call for a "big military" solution to prevent Afghanistan from being a breeding ground for terrorism.
  • Meanwhile, The New York Times reports large protests are expected to greet Trump when he holds a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona this evening. The state is home to controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was known as a hardliner on immigration but was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court for not following federal law in his policing of undocumented immigrants. A number of pundits are guessing that Trump will offer a presidential pardon to Arpaio, an ardent Trump supporter.
  • Nearly 26,000 students in the Boise Independent School District returned to class this morning, beginning the 2017-18 school year. Motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for the little ones walking and biking to school. Students will only have to sit through a half day of school today, but most families are already circling several dates on the new school calendar, including Monday, Nov. 20 (the beginning of Thanksgiving break), Friday, Dec. 22 (the beginning winter break), Monday, March 26 (the beginning of spring break) and Friday, June 1, the last day of the school year.

  • click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
    • Kelsey Hawes
    Boise Police are looking for a male suspect, wanted in the armed robbery of a Boise hotel early Monday morning. BPD said the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott on the 400 block of Parkcenter Boulevard. The suspect is a white male, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
  • Millions of Americans are still reeling the total solar eclipse that glided across the continental U.S. on Monday. Here's a video compilation from The New York Times and PBS, capturing some of the excitement.

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