April 16, 2019: What to Know 

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  • Boise Police announced April 15 that three suspects had been charged in relation to an overnight shooting on the Boise Bench April 14, which left 19-year-old Briana Martinez dead and two others—one man and one woman—in the hospital in stable condition. The suspects, who were taken into custody Monday after questioning in a home on Lezana Street in Meridian, include 20-year-old Anthony Alcala of Meridian, charged with Murder in the 2nd degree and two counts of Aggravated Battery with the use of deadly weapon; and 22-year-old Taja Ra McMurtrey-Winn and 18-year-old Jessica Lee Perez Timmons, both of Boise and charged with Accessory to Murder. The motive for the crime is still under investigation, but the suspects will appear at the Ada County Courthouse today for an arraignment.

    Meanwhile, a different piece of news captured the global eye April 15 when the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire. Hundreds watched in person while the cathedral burned and many more sat glued to social media updates. Though the cathedral's iconic spire and roof were lost, NPR reports that the main structure, along with two of the cathedral's towers and much of the art stored there, has been saved. No one was killed in the blaze, though one firefighter was seriously injured. Reuters reports that French President Emmanuel Macron wasted no time in assuring his constituents that the beloved structure would be rebuilt.

    "Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: We will rebuild it together," he said from near the damaged building.

    Money is already pouring in to fund the repairs, even as people around the world take to social media to share their memories of the cathedral. Check out former President Barack Obama's tribute below.
  • In what would normally be happier news, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 15 as well. However, this year's awards for journalism focused on particularly sobering topics, including coverage of mass shootings, discrimination, the war in Yemen, the Rohingyan genocide and more. Breaking that trend were two awards related to investigations into President Donald Trump: David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times took home the Pulitzer in Explanatory Reporting for their close look at Trump's finances, and the staff of the Wall Street Journal won the National Reporting category for their work uncovering payoffs to two women who, during the 2016 presidential campaign, claimed to have had affairs with Trump. A special citation also went to the Annapolis, Maryland-based Capital Gazette for its perseverance in continuing to publish its paper, even after its newsroom was devastated by the largest killing of journalists in U.S. history. In lighter news, Richard Powers' The Overstory earned the prize for fiction, Forrest Gander won the poetry prize for his collection Be With, and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was given a special citation for "her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades."

  • Cable service provider Cable ONE announced this morning that it will be rebranding as "Sparklight" starting in the summer of 2019, though its corporate name will remain the same. According to a press release, the change is meant to reflect the company's expansion to include services beyond cable TV.

  • For those not sitting in front of the TV, the Boston Magazine reports that the winners of both the men's and women's Elite races at the 2019 Boston Marathon, which wrapped April 15, hailed from outside the United States. Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men's race with a time of 2:07:57, and Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia finished first in the women's race at 2:23:31. Plus, 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk of Illinois broke a record by becoming the youngest ever to win in his category, the men’s Push Rim division, with a time of 1:21:36.
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