March 22, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • European Union officials have agreed to extend British Prime Minister Teresa May's deadline to exit the bloc, but the EU placed a major caveat on the extension. NPR reports that if May can't convince Parliament to accept her Brexit plan—something it has rejected twice already—May's deadline will only be moved up a few weeks to Friday, April 12. If May can somehow convince Parliament that her Brexit plan is the way to go, the EU will delay the withdrawal until Wednesday, May 22. Meanwhile, a UK online petition to cancel any plans to exiting the EU has garnered so much interest that the online website crashed.
  • After a stretch of sunny, warm days, precipitation will make its way back to Southern Idaho this weekend. The National Weather Service office in Boise says the next few days should be cloudy with a very good chance of rain late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.
  • Meanwhile, the national office of the NWS says nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states will have an elevated risk of flooding for the next couple of weeks. The Midwest has already confronted record-breaking late-winter/early-summer floods.
  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter officially kicked off the City of Boise's Kind initiative Thursday from the Treefort Music Fest Main Stage. Bieter announced that the city has created a Boise Kind website that will allow Boiseans to log individual acts of kindness that they witness, receive or take part in. As of this morning, more than 120 acts of kindness had been logged.

  • One of the nation's largest pharmacy chains, CVS, announced that it will begin selling hemp-derived CBD products in eight states—Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee. NBC News reports that CVS will be marketing topical CBD products such as creams, spray and roll-ons as an "alternative source of relief."
  • In a new essay for The New Yorker, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke revealed that she almost didn't make it to see the series' completion. She detailed how she survived two major aneurysms and subsequent brain surgeries over the course of working on the HBO series.
  • The first shoe has dropped in the wake of Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox. The Hollywood Reporter says a number of former top Fox executives were handed pink slips Thursday afternoon, including Fox Film President of Domestic Distribution Chris Aronson.
  • Food & Wine magazine is out with a list of the average cost of a bottle of beer sold in stores in some of the world's most expensive cities. New York City topped the list at $3.33. New York was followed by Zurich ($3.25), Seoul ($3.13) and Tel Aviv ($2.94).
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