July 18, 2018: What to Know 

  • While the newspapers in most western nations derided President Trump's performance during his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, NPR reports that the front pages of Russian newspapers are trumpeting the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  Translation: the summit went "better than super."  And the newspaper Izvestia included a story from columnist Edward Lozansky who wrote, "The summit was yet another small miracle created by Trump."
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    • Boise Police Department
    Boise Police were summoned to the downtown bus terminal Tuesday where a bus company employee tipped law enforcement off to a passenger who had more than 15 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. Police said a male suspect had been carrying 15 plastic-wrapped packages of a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana. Edward Elder, 21, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of trafficking in marijuana.
  • Ada County officials announced Monday that this past weekend saw the busiest floating traffic on the Boise River in recent memory. In fact, Saturday, July 14, was the biggest single day in the history of any Boise River float season, according to Ada County Parks and Waterways.
  • Major League Baseball's All Star Game lived up to its billing Tuesday night, when the contest went into extra innings. Ultimately, George Springer of the Houston Astros smashed in a home run in the 10th inning, leading his American League teammates to a win over the National League, 8-6.

  • Pick-up games of basketball are usually played with some level of respect, but ABC News reports that a game in Sterling, Virginia, got a bit out of hand when one player took issue with a foul and even called the police to complain about it. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed and no charges were filed.

  • Variety reports that the early reviews are in for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the much-anticipated sequel to the hit musical. Variety's own Owen Gleiberman said, "It can be said with certainty that the ABBA musical is a form unto itself—a shamelessly innocent (or maybe just shameless) scrapbook pieced together out of the world's most sublime ear candy." The Guardian wrote, "That first film made me break out in a combination of hives and bubonic plague. The new one has the original film's plotless melange of feelgoodery." And The Atlantic wrote, "Here We Go Again is a viewing experience best described as a long nap on the beach while staying at a chain resort."
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