The Skinny: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Another beautiful spring morning and we’ve got chaos in the streets, drama in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, climbing earthquake tolls and more.

As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on, so we’re gonna hop right in.

It’s The Skinny. On a Tuesday.


Baltimore Riots

The funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray commenced yesterday as planned. Despite pleas from the family for peace, however, thousands took to the streets to violently protest. Gray died on April 19th, a week after being arrested on April 12th, then suffering suspicious spinal and neck injuries, which proved fatal.

At the end of last night, 202 were arrested, 144 vehicles were set on fire, 19 buildings were set on fire and dozens of cops were injured. The National Guard has been called in as well as hundreds of police reinforcements. A 10 PM to 5 AM curfew has been imposed for the next week.

Today, city officials are promising a better night.

Nepal Earthquake

Lost to many of us Americans, due to the weekend and the riots that followed it, was the massive earthquake that struck Nepal late last week. The event, a 7.8 magnitude on the scale, has claimed at least 4,600 lives, the latest reports show. Over 9,000 are injured, 8 million were affected and 1 million children are in urgent need of help.

The quake also claimed the lives of 17 Mount Everest climbers and injured 37 others, as it triggered massive avalanches on the treacherous mountain.

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage 

Today the Supreme Court listened to arguments over same-sex marriage. As the justices questioned both the plaintiff and the defense, they seemed skeptical of the idea of redefining marriage.

Ultimately, they will debate and then decide whether the courts or the voters should decide the legality of same-sex marriage.

Texas A&M Galveston Professor Fails Entire Class

Irwin Horwitz, an associate professor at Texas A&M Galveston, said “enough is enough,” and failed his entire class. The news has shocked some students, claiming the F will affect jobs they have lined up. Horwitz reportedly sent out an email to students describing the reasons for the brash move.

CNN writes:

In the email to students, KPRC reported, Horwitz said: “I have seen cheating, been told by students to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach’ refuse to leave the room after being told to do so following inappropriate conduct, called a ‘f*****g moron’ several times by a student to my face…” Horwitz added that students spread hurtful rumors about him, his wife and colleagues, and that he felt the need for police protection in class.

Iran Seizes Commercial Vessel

The M/V Maersk Tigris, a commercial vessel traveling near Iranian waters, has been seized by the Iranians. According to reports, the ship’s captain was ordered to steer the ship deeper into Iranian waters while traveling an internationally recognized route. When he failed to do so, Iranian craft fired shots over the bow. The captain then complied, and the ship is believed to have been boarded by Iranian forces.

The US called the move “inappropriate,” and USS Farragut has been ordered to check out the scene.


The Dow is up 50 points and the Nasdaq is down 3 as we near close today. Just not much hot action going on out there today.. everybody’s probably pumping the breaks while Baltimore plays itself out.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Capitals and Islanders played our first game 7 of 2015 last night, and it was a doozy. The Caps scored a little over halfway through the third and were able to hang on despite an Islanders barrage, winning 2-1.

This was the incredible game-winner.

In game 6 action, Tampa Bay trumped Detroit in Detroit, 5-2, forcing a game 7 tomorrow night in Tampa.

NBA Playoffs

The Cavs learned that Kevin Love will likely miss the rest of the postseason.

As the first round nears an end, here are how the series look.

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Justin Rose birdied the 71st and 72nd holes to win the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on Sunday. The win was Rose’s first on the PGA Tour since last year’s Quicken Loans National.

This week the boys are in San Francisco for the WGC Match Play, a round-robin match play event taking place Wednesday through Sunday.

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner made headlines everywhere with his special about transitioning to a woman this weekend. And yeah, I don’t really care.

Missing Plane

Still missing.


Still sucks.

Super Important Fact

Spirit Airlines currently ranks the lowest airline for customer satisfaction in the United States. This is not surprising, as I flew Spirit to and from Vegas this past weekend — they are horrendous.

Themes of the day? Don’t riot in Baltimore. Don’t call your professor a fucking moron. Don’t fly Spirit Airlines.

Have a day, folks.


Sources: CNN; CNN Money;; Cover photo; Thumbs up photo

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