The big story…
Apple announced Monday that it would be making movies, TV, and introducing a credit card at their big March presentation. CNN reports, “CEO Tim Cook and a roster of big-name celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, announced the company’s much-anticipated entrance into the crowded video-streaming market at a press event Monday afternoon inside the underground Steve Jobs theater at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.” The company will be creating its own lineup of film and TV shows via an updated version of their TV app, working with several existing streaming services like HBO, Starz, and Showtime to name a few. They also announced their new credit card that will be mostly digital as well as a subscription magazine option on their news app.
In national news…
Another student survivor of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last year has apparently taken their own life. This is the second apparent suicide in a week, leaving the Parkland community grieving again. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Also in national news…
The Stormy Daniels lawyer and, at one point, hopeful presidential candidate was arrested on Monday on charges of extortion. Avenatti allegedly attempted to extort Nike for $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity, stole a client’s settlement money, and filed a fake tax return. He was arrested on his way to a meeting with Nike after tweeting: “Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.”
In higher education…
In the wake of the admissions bribery scandal, a new report finds that public universities are more likely to recruit from wealthy, and incidentally white, high school student populations out of state. This highlights a legal advantage—as opposed to the illegal advantages revealed in Operation Varsity Blues—of wealthy students in the college admissions process. Additionally, these wealthy out-of-state populations may be prioritized during recruiting over the school’s in-state population. This report, which was funded by the Joyce Foundation, is by no means ironclad, but merely a look at recent trends in the college admissions process.
A Walk (of Fame) to Remember
Last but not least…
Electric Forest is by far the best music festival in the U.S. in 2019. Not only because it is held in Michigan, (the most beautiful state in America) but also because it has a variety of artists with multiple stages and a unique yet attractive venue. Read more in Nicole Poirier’s report for CMN.
Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia Kolenko, Nicole Poirier, and the CMN Staff. With all the excitement surrounding the Apple TV announcement, and a star-studded cast, people still have a lot of questions about the product. Mainly, how much will it cost? P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.
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