- Timmy Earl Kinner, 30, is charged with the murder of a child.
- On July 2, the same day that three-year-old Ruya Kadir died of injuries she suffered in a June 30 knife attack at a Boise apartment complex, 30-year-old Timmy Kinner was charged with the child's murder and the brutal attack of eight others. Kinner is being held at the Ada County Jail without bail, due to what Judge Russell Comstock said was his "extreme risk to the community." Prosecutors said Monday that Kinner had exhibited aggressive behavior at the jail, adding that Kinner was a danger to himself and others. Boise Police are asking anyone who may have had recent contact with Kinner to call 208-343-COPS.
- Idaho prison officials said Monday that they were considering housing inmates in National Guard barracks to alleviate overcrowding in local prisons. But that possibility got immediate pushback from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. In a statement issued to the Associated Press late Monday from the governor's office, Otter said the Idaho National Guard didn't have the personnel or a secure facility to detain inmates.
- Twelve boys and their soccer coach have been found alive following a 10-day ordeal in a flooded cave complex in Thailand. Now, The New York Times says the question is how to get them out. The boys, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had gone into the caves after soccer practice but were trapped by rising floodwaters.
- NPR has a fascinating story on how scientists have captured the "birth of a planet." The planet is actually 4.5 billion years old, but in astronomic terms that means it's also pretty young—and it's huge. Scientists say 1,300 Earths could fit inside the new planet.
- Here's something extra to celebrate this Fourth of July: This summer marks the anniversary of "God Bless America." It was penned by Irving Berlin, the same man who wrote "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade." Legendary composer Jerome Kern once said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music." It's also important to note that Berlin came to the U.S. as a refugee.
As a 5-year-old, he was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate. That little boy, born Israel Beilin, would grow up to become Irving Berlin, who composed “God Bless America.” https://t.co/bfEvnIHxWO— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 2, 2018