April 30, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Early today, Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicated, becoming Japan's first monarch in more than two centuries to willingly give up the throne. NPR reports that Akihito's eldest son, Naruhito, succeeds him. The emperor, once regarded as a demigod, is now an entirely symbolic figure in Japan. The abdication required a special act of the Japanese Parliament.

  • click to enlarge ZACH HAGADONE
    • Zach Hagadone
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to increase the flow of the Boise River in response to this month's above-average precipitation. As of this week, the Boise River Basin has received 147 percent of normal precipitation. River managers are expected to increase flows by about 200 cubic feet per second. This morning, the flow near Boise's Glenwood Bridge was about 6,440 cfs and the river was about 9.2 feet in depth. A flow rate of 6,5000 cfs, or about 9.6 feet in depth, is considered bankfull at the Glenwood Bridge.

  • A group called Boise Working Together is expected to drop its third round of signed petitions at Boise City Hall today. The group has been collecting signatures in an effort to get an initiative on a city-wide ballot requiring citizen approval for the possible creation of a new downtown library and downtown sports stadium. The group needs to collect 4,962 valid signatures to get on the ballot, and as of yesterday, they say they've turned in 3,100 signatures.
  • Fortune magazine says Airbnb has some competition in the business of renting out homes and condos. Marriott Hotels will start renting out 2,000 homes in 100 cities next week in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

  • Tony Shafrazi is a New York City-based artist and art dealer. But apparently not enough New Yorkers know who he is, and that ticks him off. The New York Post says that when Shafrazi was recently denied entry into a packed Manhattan nightclub, he screamed to security, "Do you know who I am? I was doing coke with The Beatles before you were born!" For the record, he never got in.
  • Maybe Shafrazi had better luck getting into Woodstock, the famous 1969 rock festival (he would have been 25 years old back then). But he won't be going to this year's 50th anniversary of the festival. Rolling Stone says the event, which was to have co-starred Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus and dozens more, has been canceled.
  • The Tony Award nominations, honoring Broadway's best, were announced early today. Best Musical nominees are Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom and Tootsie. Some familiar actors also got Tony nods, including Annette Bening, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Adam Driver and Laurie Metcalf. The Tonys will be handed out on Sunday, June 9.
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