In an unexpected move, the Trump White House announced late Wednesday that it would reverse course and not delay Obama-era regulations on ozone standards. The New York Times reports that the announcement came after sixteen U.S. states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the threatened delay. Coincidentally, the reversal also came on one of the summer's warmest days, contributing to rising ozone levels across many portions of the U.S. Ozone is formed by emissions from power plants and vehicles when they're exposed to intense heat and sun. That, in turn, triggers unsafe air quality which particularly targets children, the elderly and individuals with heart or lung challenges.
Meanwhile, a brutal heat wave continues to scorch Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Record-setting temperatures are causing a consumer run on fans and air conditioners. Portland's KATU-TV reports that a number of residents tried to escape the heat by heading to coastal communities, but even in the beach community of Cannon Beach, Oregon, temperatures hovered in the 90s. And Seattle's KING-TV reports that an excessive heat warning for much of the interior of Western Washington will remain until Friday evening.
Haven Hackworth, 24, is charged with involuntarily manslaughter.
A suspect is behind bars, charged with the death of a 5-month-old girl left in a car in Caldwell this past May. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that 24-year-old Haven Hackworth was arrested August 1 in Marsing and charged with involuntarily manslaughter. Police said Hackworth left his girlfriend's infant daughter in a car for hours while he was signing paperwork on a new vehicle at a Caldwell car dealership. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, a victim of hyperthermia. Hackworth was arrested Tuesday night by Caldwell police with the assistance of the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office.
The Boise Parks and Recreation Department will host an open house this evening to get the public's input on some proposed attractions at Quinn's Pond Park. City officials say a master plan for the 31-acre park will outline options for the nine acres of open space (the pond fills the remaining 22-acres of the park). The open house is slated for tonight at 6 p.m. at Whittier Elementary School on N. 28th Street.
A familiar name has committed to play for the Boise State men's basketball team. Max Rice is a two-time all-Idaho basketball star at Bishop Kelly High School and about to enter his senior year therel. He's also the son of Boise State men's basketball head coach Leon Rice. On Wednesday, Max Rice verbally committed to play for his father's squad, beginning in 2018. Rice made his announcement via Twitter.
Hollywood may have another summer box office turkey in the oven. The Hollywood Reporter says early reviews for the much-anticipated film The Dark Tower has left a number of critics underwhelmed. "It will likely disappoint many serious fans," wrote THR's John DeFore. The Guardian's Charles Bramesco wrote, "It's rare a film so convoluted manages to be so determinedly boring," and Uproxx's Mike Ryan wrote that the film is "so astoundingly awful that when you leave the theater, you'll likely be less mad you wasted your time than flabbergasted that something like this could a) happen and b) be released as something that, theoretically, is going to launch a multi-platform franchise."