July 17, 2017: What to Know 

click to enlarge BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump's overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the lowest ranking of any president since formal polling began after World War II. Trump responded on Twitter by calling the poll "not bad," but still implied it was inaccurate.


  • The Ada County Coroner still hasn't identified a boy who died after being pulled from Quinn's Pond in the evening hours of July 14. Boise Fire Department rescue crews said the 15-year-old boy had been under water for more than 20 minutes. The teen had been swimming with friends at the popular swimming pond. The friends told police the boy wasn't wearing a life preserver.

  • The State of Idaho closed the books on Fiscal Year 2017 at the end of June, bringing in nearly $94 million more in state tax revenues than had been projected. The Division of Financial Management issued its final FY 2017 report July 14, which indicated the state took in almost $3.45 billion in revenues compared with the predicted $3.35 billion. "This reflects great credit on our State's fiscal discipline and sound public policies that put taxpayers first," said Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter in a prepared statement.
  • Meanwhile, Otter continues to convalesce at home following a July 14 surgery, his second operation in a week. The Governor underwent surgery July 7 to repair a bulging disk in his back, but further testing triggered the second operation last Friday. A spokesman says no meetings have been planned for this week and Otter continues to do state business via telephone.

  • click to enlarge TIMEINC PUBLIC DOMAIN
    Hollywood is mourning the loss of George Romero, best known as director of the classic Night of the Living Dead. Romero died July 16 at the age of 77. Night of the Living Dead was inducted into the national Registry of Films by the Library of Congress in 1999. Meanwhile, the family of Martin Landau confirmed Sunday that the Oscar-winning actor died July 15, aged 89. Landau catapulted to fame in the 1960s when he played master-of-disguise Rollin Hand on the original Mission: Impossible television series. Nearly three decades later, he won the Academy Award for portraying Bella Lugosi in Ed Wood.
  • click to enlarge Roger Federer - SQUEAKY KNEES CC 2.0
    • Squeaky Knees CC 2.0
    • Roger Federer
    35-year-old Roger Federer sits atop the tennis world again this morning after his dominating championship performance at Wimbledon. Federer routed Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. This is Federer's record eighth Wimbledon singles title, breaking his seven-win tie with Pete Sampras and 19th century phenom William Renshaw. For the record, Martina Navratilova has won the women's championship at Wimbledon nine times. In the women's final, Garbine Muguruza of Spain defeated Venus Williams July 15, 7-5, 6-0. The 23-year-old Muguruza was seeded 14th at Wimbledon and her championship win was her first title in more than a year. She's now one of the odds-on favorites for this the U.S. Open in September.



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