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Thursday - 04/08/20
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Tishaura Jones elected as St. Louis’s first Black female mayor

  • On Tuesday, current St. Louis city treasurer Tishaura Jones defeated Alderwoman Cara Spencer to win the city’s mayoral election and become the city’s first Black female mayor
  • Jones campaigned on criminal justice reform, vowing to bring in more social workers and mental health counselors regarding public safety. St. Louis and nearby Ferguson became center points for Black Lives Matter protests in 2014 following the death of Micheal Brown by police

WORLD 🌎

Greenland elections cast doubt on the future of mining in the country

  • After all votes were been counted on Wednesday in Greenland’s parliamentary election, the Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party won 37% of the vote, the most out of any party, and giving them 12 of the 31 legislature seats
  • At the center of the election was the authorization of a rare-earth and uranium mining project in south Greenland that the IA party campaigned against. The party’s success leaves future mining projects in Greenland up in the air, as the IA party also campaigned on a strong environmental focus

BUSINESS 💰

Best Buy launches membership program

  • The electronics retailer Best Buy is testing a new membership program that will include benefits like tech support, free shipping, and extended warranties
  • The program will cost $200 per year and will be piloted in about 60 stores by the end of this month

TECH 📱

Yahoo Answers is shutting down

  • On Monday, Yahoo announced that the question-and-answer platform Yahoo Answers will be shutting down on May 4. The site will go into read-only on April 20 and users will have until June 30 to download content
  • In an email sent to Yahoo Answers’ users, Yahoo explained that the decision was made to shift resources to “focus on products that better serve our members and deliver on Yahoo's promise of providing premium trusted content"

US 🦅

UK coronavirus variant now the dominant strain in the US

  • On Wednesday, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control stated that the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus, which originated in the United Kingdom, has become the most common strain of coronavirus in the US
  • CDC Director Rochelle Walensky noted that newer strain has been shown to be more transmissible among younger people, fueling concerns of another potential surge in cases

Sports 🏆

 

North Korea will not participate in Tokyo Olympics

  • North Korea’s Olympic Committee has announced that North Korea will forgo competing in the Tokyo Olympics set for this summer over concerns of coronavirus, becoming the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics
  • The coronavirus pandemic already pushed back the Olympics by a year, but an increasing number of cases and slow vaccine rollout in Japan has raised questions on whether the Games should be held at all

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Science 🧬. Two experiments defy long-established physics principles
  • Celebrity ⭐️. Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna diagnosed with dementia
  • Arts 🎭. iHeartRadio Music Award nominations released
  • Interesting 🔎. Rare original Superman comic sells for $3.25 million
  • History 🗺. Carved stone thought to be Europe’s oldest 3D map


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