June 11, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were scheduled to begin their much-anticipated denuclearization talks early Tuesday in Singapore. The New York Times reports that hopes are high for the summit, the first ever face-to-face encounter for the U.S. and North Korean leaders, but most analysts doubt that Kim is prepared to give up his nuclear arsenal. Meanwhile, the Times is also reporting that while Trump may seem re-energized, his chief of staff, John Kelly, is eyeing the exit, calling the White House a "miserable place to work."

  • The Sun Valley Resort is preparing to once more host the Allen & Company Conference next month, an annual confab which attracts some of the world's most influential business, political and media figures. But one of the names on this year's guest list is raising a few eyebrows. Vanity Fair reports that Charlie Rose, whose downfall at CBS and PBS came in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual abuse and harassment, will be attending the Sun Valley conference in July.

  • click to enlarge Douglas Kaufman, 59, is behind bars at the Ada County jail. - ACSO
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    • Douglas Kaufman, 59, is behind bars at the Ada County jail.
    A Garden City man is behind bars, charged with felony counts of kidnapping and rape. Garden City Police responded to a report of an attack at a Remington Street residence in the evening hours of May 9. A woman fled the home and told police that she had been tied up and sexually assaulted by 59-year-old Douglas Kaufman. Police later said that Kaufman had two prior convictions as a sex offender. Kaufman was booked into the Ada County jail on charges of rape and kidnapping, and he's being held on no bail. He's scheduled to be arraigned in Ada County Court later today.
  • There's little doubt that Rafael Nadal is the greatest clay court tennis player of his generation following Sunday's straight-sets victory at the French Open Championships. It was Nadal's 11th French Open title. The tennis world now turns its focus to the grass court season in preparation for the Wimbledon Championships, which get underway Monday, July 2.
  • The star-studded Ocean's 8 led the North American box office this past weekend, raking in $41.5 million. Variety reports that the film picked up another $12.2 million in overseas markets.

  • Though this Broadway season saw blockbuster musicals like Frozen and Spongebob Squarepants, it was The Band's Visit, a delicate musical about an Egyptian police band stranded for a night in Israel, that swept the Tony Awards Sunday night, taking 10 top prizes, including Best New Musical. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won six Tony awards, including Best New Play. The evening was a star-studded event which featured a live performance from Bruce Springsteen, whose one-man Broadway show was awarded a special Tony. The nationally televised broadcast was not without controversy, though. Nathan Lane, who won a Tony for his performance in Angels in America, made note of what he called the "political insanity of the moment." And presenter Robert De Niro dropped two f-bombs in reference to President Trump. "It's no longer, 'down with Trump.' It's f- -k Trump," said DeNiro with a fist pump. But the evening's highlight was a bit more subtle: drama students from the Parkland, Florida high school that endured a school shooting in February took to the stage of Radio City Music Hall to perform an anthem of survival. Take a look:
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