April 3, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Lori Lightfoot, who has never held elected office, won Tuesday's Chicago mayoral election and will become the first African-American woman to lead the city. The Chicago Tribune reports that when the 56-year-old Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, takes office in May, she'll also be Chicago's first openly gay mayor.

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    The Boise City Council voted Tuesday night to adopt an energy plan that commits the city to 100 percent clean energy community-wide by 2035. Boise is the first city in Idaho and the 115th nationwide to adopt the goal. The plan also maps a course to 100 percent renewable electricity, which planners estimate will result in $610 million in financial benefits.

    "Our communities deserve access to clean and affordable energy," said Conservation Voters for Idaho Program Associate Crystal Rain.

    "After years of advocacy for ambitious climate action, the Sierra Club stands in proud support of Boise's leadership," said Zack Waterman, director of the Sierra Club Idaho Chapter.
  • NBC News reports that beginning today, Whole Foods will slash prices on hundreds of items. The Amazon-owned grocery chain will cut prices not just for Amazon Prime members, but for all customers. Whole Foods claims customers will save an average of 20 percent on the new reduced-price items.
  • Netflix is raising its prices again. CNN says emails went out to U.S. subscribers, indicating that Netflix will increase the cost of each of its monthly plans by $1-$2.
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    The U.S. Department of Justice surprised more than a few people in Hollywood on Tuesday when it sent out a stern warning to the Academy of Motion Pictures. Variety reports that federal officials are warning the Academy that any potential rule change that might limit the eligibility of Netflix or other streaming services for the Oscars could raise "antitrust concerns" and "violate competition law."

  • Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren had some choice words for the streaming service Tuesday. "F*** Netflix," Mirren shouted from the stage at CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie theater owners. "There is nothing like sitting in the cinema."

  • And for those who REALLY like to sit in the cinema, the AMC movie chain will host a Marvel movie marathon leading up to the Friday, April 26, premiere of Avengers: Endgame. AMC will screen, back-to-back, all 22 Marvel films, from 2008's Iron Man to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
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