On multiple occasions during his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the story of his friend "Jim" who stopped going to Paris. "Paris is no longer Paris anymore," said Trump. The White House has never identified Jim or said if Jim will be travelling with Trump today to Paris. According to the Associated Press, "The Jim story highlights differences on immigration between Trump and major European leaders, including Trump’s host in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron." For the record, during France's recent presidential election, Trump said far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen would have been the "strongest" candidate, while former U.S. President Barack Obama backed the eventual winner, Macron.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Nampa Police are investigating allegations that staffers at a state-run treatment center were physically and psychological abusive to patients with severe disabilities. The Associated Press reports there are five active police investigations related to the allegations, and IDHW has confirmed to KBOI that 12 employees have been placed on administrative leave at the Southwest Idaho Treatment Center. "These actions go against everything we stand for and are being treated with utmost urgency. The safety of our residents is our highest concern and priority, especially in this challenging environment."
Courtesy U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo
U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (left) and Mike Crapo (center) and Judge David Nye (right)
The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed David Nye to be the next U.S. District Judge for the District of Idaho, the first U.S. District Judge under the administration of President Donald Trump. Nye has served as judge for Idaho's Sixth Judicial District for nine years. The 58-year-old Nye fills the vacancy left by the 2015 retirement of U.S. Judge Edward Lodge, who had continued to handle a full caseload while his seat remained open. Nye joins Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to represent Idaho's U.S. federal court. Nye is a graduate of Brigham Young University, and he and his wife Katre have eight children.
In 2013, Idaho tennis fans thrilled at a Davis Cup competition at Boise's Taco Bell Arena, where American Sam Querrey and his fellow countrymen battled Serbia. Querrey stunned the tennis world when he vanquished Wimbledon No. 1 seed and defending champion Andy Murray in London Wednesday. Kurt Streeter of ESPN wrote, "The Journeyman played like a Grand Slam champion." In what should be a thrilling semifinal Friday, Querrey (ranked 24th in the world) will take on Marin Cilic (ranked 7th in the world) of Croatia while Tomas Berdych (11th in the world) of the Czech Republic takes on living legend Roger Federer, winner of 19 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledon championships.
Don't be terribly surprised if you hear someone say "Happy Fry-day," particularly near the JUMP/Simplot Headquarters complex in Downtown Boise. Simplot is heating up its giant fryer int he plaza and it will hand out free fries and drinks from 4-7 p.m. as part of National French Fry Day. The Idaho Foodbank will also be on hand, and while the fries and drinks are free, donations to the Foodbank will be greatly appreciated.