April 2, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • While President Trump ramps up his threat to close all traffic at the U.S.-Mexico border, The New York Times reports that economists say such a shutdown could trigger food shortages, skyrocketing prices, job losses and a plummeting stock market. Food & Wine magazine reports that America would probably run out of avocados in three weeks if Trump were to close down the border. "You're couldn't pick a worse time of year," said Steve Barnard, president and chief executive of Mission Produce. "Mexico supplies virtually 100 percent of the avocados in the U.S. right now. California is just starting and they have a very small crop."

  • click to enlarge PATRICK SWEENEY
    • Patrick Sweeney
    Last fall, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the City of Boise's embattled anti-camping ordinance, which had been long accused of targeting the city's homeless population. On Monday, the City of Boise was dealt another blow when the 9th Circuit said it would not reconsider its initial ruling. Boise officials said they have not yet decided to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the anti-homeless camping ordinance remains in effect. In 2018, law enforcement handed out 30 anti-camping citations.
  • Scrutiny intensified Monday when a second woman said former vice president and presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden had acted inappropriately. The woman said, "he put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses," during a 2009 fundraiser. CNN reports that a spokesman for Biden criticized what he said were misrepresentations of Biden's past behavior.
  • Business Insider reports that India's decision to destroy a satellite has created so much space junk that it now threatens the safety of the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the now-shattered satellite is an "unacceptable threat," and a "terrible, terrible thing."
  • Green Book is turning out to be one of the most successful box office hits to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. Variety reports that after having some success in North America, Green Book was smash hit in China. The movie has now topped the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office.
  • The Dead Don't Die, the next project from eclectic director Jim Jarmusch, was on our list of most-anticipated films this year. The Dead Don't Die stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton, and its first preview dropped Monday. The film opens Friday, June 14. Take a look.

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