July 10, 2018: What to Know 

  • In a move that recalled his past prime-time appearances as a reality TV personality, President Trump broke the suspense Monday night, announcing that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times reports that the 53-year-old Kavanaugh was an aide to President George W. Bush and a onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton.
  • Mission accomplished. An 18-day ordeal ended early today when the last few members of a group of 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand.  The Thai Navy SEAL team confirmed the rescue on Facebook this morning.
  • Four former executives of a now-defunct Meridian property management company are expected to appear at the U.S. Courthouse in Boise today where they'll be taken in custody. The four have been unsuccessful in appeal efforts following their 2014 convictions for fraud. Douglas Swenson, 70, was convicted on 44 counts of securities fraud and 34 counts of wire fraud, and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Mark Ellison, 69; Jeremy Swenson, 45; and David Swenson, 40; were each convicted of 44 counts of securities fraud. The first two were sentenced to five years behind bars and the younger Swenson was sentenced to three years. Prosecutors said the four, part of the management team of DBSI, turned the company into a Ponzi scheme, taking money from new investors to pay off earlier investors.

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    he Republican candidate for the Idaho State Senate Seat in Boise's 17th legislative district found himself on the wrong side of a jail cell when he was arrested last week and charged with suspicion of obstructing officers. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that 60-year-old David DeHaas, who is challenging Sen. Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise) in this November's general election, was taken into custody after Meridian Police officers reportedly found stolen firearms and marijuana inside his home.
  • Donald Trump's personal driver of more than 25 years is suing the Trump Organization for unpaid overtime. Bloomberg News reports that Noel Cintron is looking for compensation for about 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years.

  • Starbucks made it official Monday, announcing that it would stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020. The move will eliminate the use of more than one billion straws in its worldwide stores each year.
  • That stunt where the International House of Pancakes tried to switch its name to the International House of Burgers didn't end so well... as most had predicted. Food and Wine magazine reports that IHOP has flipped back to pancakes.
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