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June 28, 2018: What to Know


  • Some major automakers are warning that President Trump's trade war could cost the industry hundreds of thousands of auto jobs, dramatically hike car prices and threaten future investment into self-driving cars. Reuters reports that a coalition representing Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW and Hyundai shared their concerns June 27 after Trump threatened June 26 that he might soon announce another round of tariffs.
  • Boise Police needs the public's help in its investigation into a single-vehicle crash on Emerald Street in which the driver suffered life-threatening injuries.  The crash occurred on the 7700 block of Emerald before 3 p.m. on June 27. A female driver was rushed to a local hospital. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.
  • Darrell Jackson, 58, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. - ACSO
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    • Darrell Jackson, 58, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.
    Meanwhile, a Boise man has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, admitting that he struck a pedestrian with his truck on October 1, 2017, as she was walking on a sidewalk near South Maple Grove Road. Menite Millien, 33, died of severe injuries after being hit by a 2002 Ford Ranger, driven by 58-year-old Darrell Jackson of Boise. Police said Jackson tested positive for drugs. This is Jackson's third felony conviction. He was previously found guilty of burglary and drug possession. Jackson faces the possibility of 30 years in prison when he's sentenced on Wednesday, August 15.
  • Amazon has unveiled a new business model where the company would contract with hundreds of individuals across the nation to manage their own small-scale delivery operations. Would-be partners could start their businesses with as little as $10,000 in investments, and CNBC reports that the partners' own trucks would pick up Amazon packages from one of dozens of delivery stations scattered across the U.S.. In effect, Amazon is targeting FedEx, UPS, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service to manage more of its own deliveries.

  • At the World Cup, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday, to advance to the next round of the tournament. Despite the loss, Mexico will also advance, thanks to South Korea's surprising 2-0 win over defending champion Germany.

  • Julie Beck, a columnist for The Atlantic, has had it up to here with exclamation points. In a column she facetiously titled, "Read This Article!!!" Beck bemoans the overuse of the punctuation mark. One does the job just fine, she says: "The exclamation point denotes exclamation. That is the point. One should suffice."