After Boise hit a record high temperature for Aug. 9 (105 degrees) on Thursday, the National Weather Service says the City of Trees can expect another record high later today, when temperatures will hover around 106 degrees. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until midnight tonight, but temperatures are expected to cool off a bit when a cold front pushes in from the west. The forecast high in Boise for Sunday, Aug. 12, is 90 degrees.
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Meanwhile, this morning's New York Times has a timely report on how global warming is a fact of life across the planet. Globally, 2018 is shaping up to be the fourth-hottest year on record. And yes, scientists say Earth's temperatures are still rising.
Idaho State Police report that there has been another fatality in this, the "100 deadliest days" that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. John Kinghorn, 87, of Nampa was killed Thursday when his ATV struck a car on Ustick Road between Northside and Midland boulevards. ISP said Kinghorn was not wearing a helmet.
The national anthem controversy has returned to the NFL. During several preseason games last night, pro football players either knelt, raised their fists or simply refused to take the field as the national anthem was played. CNN reports that the renewed protests resurfaced after NFL officials sought to put the controversy behind them by crafting a new policy (now on a temporary hold) requiring athletes to "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." A number of NFL players say league officials are missing the point of their protests against policy brutality.
Warner Brothers is hoping that its new film, The Meg, opening today in theaters across North America, will revive some of the excitement of the 1975 blockbuster Jaws. But critics aren't being too kind to The Meg. Variety says actor Jason Statham "leads a B-movie that wants to be Jaws on steroids." Rolling Stone says the "man-versus-shark blockbuster needs a bigger boat." And Time Out New York says, "The Meg proves only that, at least cinematically speaking, great white movies may have finally jumped the shark."