The Skinny: Monday, March 16th, 2015

Oh man. The day after St. Paddy’s is, let’s just say, a struggle. I am on the struggle bus stuck in traffic in struggle city. I’m not alone.

As is tradition, life goes on. The sun comes up. All the cliches.

It’s The Skinny. Let’s do this.

 

Israel

Israel’s elections are tomorrow. The main attraction? Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection bid for the Jewish state’s prime minister.

In an interview today, Netanyahu said there would be no Palestinian state on his watch, and that allowing one “is simply giving a base for attacks to the radical Islam against Israel.”

Putin

Russian president Vladimir Putin was MIA for ten days. He made no public appearances, which is rare; usually he’s out and about, shirtlessly riding horses or earning black belts. So, his absence was met with rumors of bad health.

Today, he reemerged for a meeting with the Kyrgyz president, but questions still remain.

Robert Durst

This is a weird one. NYC real estate heir Robert Durst has been charged with murder after HBO documentary “The Jinx” caught Durst mumbling to himself that he “killed them all.” He was doing an interview for the documentary crew when a microphone he was wearing captured him talking to himself during a bathroom break; Durst appears to have forgotten he was wearing the mic.

In 1982, Durst’s wife disappeared. Despite sworn affidavits from relatives saying Durst physically abused his wife, he was never charged in the disappearance; she has never been found.

In 2000, investigators were preparing to fly out to meet with Durst’s close friend, crime writer Susan Berman, in connection with Durst’s wife’s 1982 disappearance. Berman was found dead; she had been killed execution style in her living room. A letter with handwriting extremely similar to Durst’s and with identical spelling errors to another letter written by Durst was anonymously left for police directing them where to find the body.

In 2001, Durst admitted to shooting and killing his neighbor, Morris Black, then dismembering his body. He claimed self-defense and that he chopped up the body out of panic. The jury acquitted him of murder.

Basically this guy is an old, rich scumbag who is beginning to lose his mind. You can read more details and see the video in which he’s caught muttering to himself about how he “killed them all” here.

Ferguson

20-year-old St. Louis-area native Jeffrey Williams has admitted to firing the shots that struck two police officers in Ferguson last week. The officers, despite one being hit in the face, both survived and are expected to make full recoveries.

Williams said the officers were not the target. He has been arrested and is facing a bunch of charges that are not good for him.

Cyclone

A massive cyclone crushed the Vanuatu islands over the weekend, killing at least 24 people. Vanuatu is a pacific island country east of Australia. Tropical Cyclone Pam had the power of a cat. 5 hurricane.

ISIS

Still sucks.

Missing Plane

Still missing.

Economy

After an awful week last week, the market bounced back today. The Dow picked up 228 points as oil hit a 6-year low, dropping to $42.85 a barrel at one point today.

Dow: +228  S&P 500: +28 

CNN

Sports

NFL – Tim Tebow is reportedly training with Philadelphia; the Eagles traded Nick Foles for Sam Bradford last week.

Golf – Jordan Spieth won the Valspar Championship in dramatic fashion yesterday, holing a tricky par putt on the 72nd hole before defeating Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair in a playoff.

EA Sports announced today that Rory McIlroy will replace Tiger Woods in their golf video game series. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is set to hit stores in June 2015.

Hoops – And just like that, it’s March Madness time. Here’s the bracket.

NHL – Here are last week’s 3 stars. We’ve got just about a month left in the season.

 

NBA – The Cavs are playing in Miami tonight, but LeBron may not be able to suit up for the second return. He suffered a minor injury after an awkward fall last night.

ESPN; NHL; NBA; Golf Channel

Entertainment

Justin Bieber got roasted on Comedy Central last night and, by all accounts, handled it well.

Cinderella crushed it at the box office this weekend; it’s also got a very healthy 83% on RT.

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Rotten Tomatoes

Trending

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Facebook

Super Important Fact

An estimated 45% of Americans fill out a March Madness bracket each yeah; last year, zero were perfect.

Slate


Have a week, folks. I’ll be in recovery mode.

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