- The home page of the Capital Gazette this morning displays a photograph of a bouquet of roses, a teddy bear and an American flag left outside of its offices in Annapolis, Maryland. That's where five people were killed and two others injured Thursday when a gunman walked into the newspaper's offices and began firing. The victims included four journalists and a sales assistant. The Gazette said the suspect, Jarrod Ramos, had a long-running dispute with reporters at the paper. When asked Thursday night if the paper would publish this morning, a reporter said, "Hell, yes."
- A letter signed by 24 Idaho organizations and addressed to all four members of Idaho's congressional delegation is urging the congressmen to lead efforts to "permanently end the practice of separating children from their parents." The letter comes in the wake of the Trump administration's policy which separated more than 2,000 children from their families after they illegally crossed the U.S./Mexico border. The Trump White House has since ended the practice, but has yet to take any action on the thousands of children already separated from their families. Among the organizations that signed the letter were Idaho Voices for Children, ACLU of Idaho, the Children's Home Society of Idaho, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, the Idaho Community Action Network and the Idaho Medical Association.
- Idaho supporters of putting the controversial issue of so-called "historical horse racing" on this November's ballot delivered boxes of signed petitions to the office of the Secretary of the State on Thursday. Advocates insist they have more than 60,000 signatures. If verified, that's more than enough to put a referendum on a statewide ballot. The Idaho Legislature approved the devices in 2013, but vetoed its own ban two years later, saying the game was too similar to a slot machine.
- A photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe, the longtime mascot of the Toys R Us retail chain, has gone viral. The photo of Geoffrey walking through an empty store with suitcase in hand comes in a week where the last of the Toys R Us stores were shuttered after the chain went bankrupt.
- Sasquatch, the wildly popular Pacific Northwest music festival, will not return in 2019. Willamette Week says Sasquatch founder Adam Zacks made the announcement on Thursday. In an email, Zacks wrote, "Today, we take a bow and bid farewell to Sasquatch." It's unclear whether the festival may be picked up by another entity.
- The World Cup has reached the "knockout round." Sixteen teams remain: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay.
World Cup 2018 bracket: The 16 teams left and the schedule for the knockout stage https://t.co/jeUCfbqXIt— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 29, 2018