July 11, 2018: What to Know 

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  • At the annual NATO summit in Brussels today, President Trump called other nations  "delinquent" for failing to spend enough on their own defense and alleged that Germany is a "captive" of Russia because of its energy dealings. The New York Times reports that Trump's criticism drew a rebuke from Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, who said, "Appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."
  • Wednesday morning's commute in Boise was a bit more challenging than normal when an off-ramp from Interstate 84 was shut down following a bad motorcycle accident. KTVB-TV reports that a motorcyclist was rushed to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The eastbound I-84 ramp at Broadway Avenue was closed for nearly two hours after the pre-dawn crash.

  • The eastern Idaho teacher accused of feeding an ailing puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students has pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal cruelty. The Associated Press reports that Robert Crosland faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if he's convicted. His trial is set to begin Friday, October 26.

  • A vacant parking lot near the former Trinity Presbyterian Church in southeast Boise will soon be the location of 13 new homes. BoiseDev.com reports that the church sanctuary was torn down in 2013, but a large parking lot remained.  Soon, something called the Gliden Place Subdivision will spring up, including a series of one- and two-story homes.

  • France defeated Belgium in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday, 1-0. This will be France's third appearance in the World Cup finals in the last 20 years. France will face the winner of today's semifinal match between Croatia and England.

  • Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen punked Sarah Palin during a fake interview for Cohen's upcoming comedy series on Showtime. Vanity Fair reports that Palin didn't take kindly to the incident, calling Cohen, "evil," "exploitative" and "sick" in a Facebook post nearly as long as the stunt interview.
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