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Billy McFarland in 2014. (image: Wikimedia Commons)

The big story…

Fyre Festival’s Bill McFarland Is Writing a Memoir

Billy McFarland, the scamming mastermind behind the famous Fyre Festival, is now writing a memoir about the festival — from prison. With the working title Promythus: The God of Fyre, McFarland will document his career up until the aftermath of the festival. Jay Willis writes for GQ, “The most fascinating aspect of New York [Magazine‘s] story is how McFarland still seems to believe that he is a misunderstood creative genius, not a serial liar who owes some $26 million in restitution to those he defrauded.”

Don’t know anything about the Fyre Festival? Read our review of the two docs about it.

In global news…

Fire on Russian Passenger Plane Kills 41

A Russian passenger plane made a fiery crash landing Sunday killing 41 people on board. CNN reports, “The Russian Superjet 100 was flying from Moscow to Murmansk when a fire broke out on board. Aeroflot Flight SU1492 returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, making a hard landing, news agency Interfax reported.” Thirty-seven people survived with five in the hospital. The flight was carrying 73 passengers and five crew members.

In politics…

Michael Cohen Starts Prison Sentence

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen begins his three-year prison sentence today for his participation in hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and other campaign finance violations. Cohen is so far the only member of the Trump campaign being charged for involvement in the payments. In other news, Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be testifying before Congress at some point — but not if Trump has anything to do with it.

In film…

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Replaces ‘Titanic’ as Second Highest Grossing Film

Avengers: Endgame continues to be a global box office hit, reaching the $2 billion mark and replacing Titanic as the second-highest grossing filmEndgame may still be be able to become the highest grossing film of all time — a title currently held by Avatar — but it may take a little longer for that to happen. (Haven’t seen the movie yet? Read our review here.)

Trending today…

Seagull Sighting

This seagull takes the spotlight (of a traffic cam).


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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