August 6, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • In a dramatic reversal of previous statements, President Trump now admits that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower involving his son, campaign staff and a Kremlin-connected attorney was to get dirt on then-opponent Hillary Clinton. The New York Times reports that Trump insists the meeting was "totally legal," but it is indeed illegal for any U.S. political campaign to accept help from a foreign government or individual.
  • Most students aren't expected to return to campus for the fall semester until next week, but getting around Boise State University will be a bit challenging today. The intersection of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue is closed until further notice due to a major water break. A sinkhole has formed, causing damage to the roadway, and travelers are asked to detour around the perimeter rather than go through the center of campus. Additionally, Boise State officials say some restroom and food service closures are possible in the Student Union Building.
  • After a weekend of pleasant weather, Boise is expected to slip back into the frying pan, with triple-digit heat returning to the Treasure Valley by mid-week. Boise could hit 106 degrees by Thursday.

  • A high school teacher from Cincinnati will have plenty to tell his students when they return to class this fall. When he rowed to shore on the southwestern tip of England this past Saturday, Bryce Carlson became the fastest person to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a west-to-east crossing. CNN reports that after leaving St. John's, Newfoundland, Carlson rowed 2,000 miles in his 20-foot boat over 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes.

  • Guinness is opening its first U.S. brewery in more than 60 years. NPR reports that the new Guinness brewery in Maryland will be the first American operation since the famous Irish brewer closed up its last U.S. shop in 1954. But the new Maryland brewery won't be making the famous Guinness stout. Instead, it will be brewing a blonde lager.

  • The folks at Lay's are at it again: New potato chip concoctions are expected to hit grocery shelves in the coming weeks. New England Lobster Roll chips will show up in Northeast grocery stores, while Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice chips will appear in Mid-Atlantic stores. And the Food Network says Thai Sweet Chili potato chips will come to the northwest U.S.

  • MoviePass continues to slash its services in order to stay afloat. This morning's Wall Street Journal says that following MoviePass's announcement last week that customers won't be able to access popular titles in their first few weeks at the box office, the company now says it will offer only three films a month for its subscription service.

  • Patrick Stewart will return to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek television series. No word yet on the when the series will premiere, but Star Trek fans were more than a bit thrilled when Stewart shared the announcement via Twitter.
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