- Voters in San Francisco went to the polls this week and resoundingly decided to support a ban on sales of flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids packaged as candies, and menthol cigarettes. The New York Times reports that the measure is considered to be the strictest of its kind in the nation and the referendum passed despite an expensive advertising campaign funded by a major tobacco company.
San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products. https://t.co/F2NYRvxt6Z— NYT (@NYT) June 6, 2018
- One day after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt appeared at the Idaho Statehouse to sign over federal oversight of the state's water pollution discharge program to Idaho, two of his top aides submitted their resignations on Wednesday. ABC News reports that both of Pruitt's aides had come under fire for receiving large pay increases earlier this year. The Washington Post reported that one of the aides admitted that she had spent many of her days doing personal tasks for Pruitt, which included calling Chick-fil-A to try to secure a job for Pruitt's wife.
- Members of the Idaho Legislature's Natural Resources Interim Committee met Wednesday and formally asked Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to call for a special session of the legislature later this summer in order to resolve disagreements on water rights in the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Treasure Valley irrigators and government officials have regularly clashed over how much water irrigators are entitled to, particularly during snow-heavy years.
- The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 110-102, and now lead the NBA championship series three games to zero. The Warriors could win their second straight NBA championship this Friday, June 8, if they sweep the Cavs.
- The Great American Beer Festival, one of the world's biggest, will be held in Denver this September. Food & Wine magazine reports that a major sponsor of the beer festival this year will be Jameson Irish Whiskey. It turns out that a growing number of small and independent brewers have begun aging their beer in Jameson barrels.
- There has been plenty of behind-the-scenes buzz over the filming of the latest remake of A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed the movie). Now, Warner Brothers is giving us a sneak peak of the film, which opens in U.S. theaters this October. For the record, this is the fourth iteration of A Star is Born, following films that were released in 1937 (starring Janet Gaynor), 1954 (starring Judy Garland) and 1976 (starring Barbra Streisand). Take a look: