July 9, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The major television networks have adjusted their schedules in order to accommodate President Trump's prime-time unveiling of a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. The announcement will be televised by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, in addition to all of the major cable news networks. The New York Times reports that Trump described four of his finalists to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy as "excellent."


  • A good many visitors to McCall sat in southbound traffic for nearly four hours Sunday on Idaho State Highway 55. A stretch of the main north/south artery was shut down yesterday, due to a grass fire between Floating Feather Road and the Horseshoe Bend Hill summit. Firefighters from Eagle, Boise, Star, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service battled the fire, which scorched about 250 acres. There were no reported injuries.


  • The Sun Valley Resort is preparing to once again host some impressive guests who are titans in the world of entertainment, politics, sports and technology this week. The 36th annual Allen & Co. conference begins this Wednesday, July 11, and the Idaho Mountain Express reports that previous guests have included Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg.

  • One of the biggest, but also one of the most under-reported, news stories this past weekend was an announcement from the Trump White House on July 7 that it was suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurance carriers, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Reuters reports that the freeze could increase uncertainty in insurance markets and probably drive up premiums as early as this fall.

  • Wimbledon enters its second week today on what has become unofficially known as "Manic Monday," when all of the remaining tennis players (16 women and 16 men) play on the same day. While Wimbledon usually preoccupies a fair amount of attention from English sports fans each July, the U.K. is also gripped in World Cup fever, as England has survived to the semifinals for the first time in twenty-eight years.

  • The much-anticipated first episode of Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, aired Sunday night on HBO. The miniseries is based on the novel of the same name by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. For the first time in HBO history, each original episode will end with a very particular message about self-harm and substance abuse: "If you or someone you know struggles with self-harm or substance abuse, please seek help by contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP."

  • A Canadian man began an odd experiment back in 2012: he wanted to see how long a McDonald's cheeseburger and fries would go without rotting if kept on a shelf for a very long time. Six years later, he's selling the combo on Ebay. The asking price is $23.56 in Canadian funds (about $18 American).
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