Earlier in the week, Felicity Huffman and a bunch of other parents pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in the college admissions cheating case. Everyone is expecting some jail time for the defendants, and while sentence recommendations range from 12-18 months, prosecutors have requested “low amounts” for certain defendants, like Huffman, who apologized in a statement. Realistically, Huffman, accused of paying $15,000 in the scheme, could be looking at four months in prison as part of her plea, and a fine of about $20,000. As for Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (NoPo asks: Are they still together???), who allegedly paid a combined $500,000 to get their daughters into USC, they haven’t expressed any interest in any plea deal that involves any jail time. As a result, they’ve been hit with new, more serious charges (money laundering) and are now facing up to 40 years behind bars if convicted.
On Monday night, the Virginia Cavaliers made history w/its 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech in the national championship. Why so much excitement? The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is deemed the definitive assessment in the sport, it’s the team’s first National title, and while I’m not a sports person, I am reminded that no team has been evaluated more harshly over the past couple of seasons than Virginia. I’m also reminded me that the Hoos (that what they’re called, JW?) went into this wearing last year’s humiliating scars from being the only No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in NCAA history. And I have to say…if you listened carefully when the final horn sounded in Minneapolis and the confetti fell to the court, you could almost hear the media critics (from ESPN to Yahoo) gasping for air. R-E-D-E-M-P-T-I-O-N.
A storm system known as a ‘bomb cyclone’ – defined as a weather phenomenon that entails a rapid drop in air pressure and a storm strengthening explosively (huh???) – whipped the Rockies and Plains for the second time in four weeks, making travel miserable from Colorado to Minnesota and beyond. Heavy snow, strong winds, sleet, freezing rain = mess, and this mess is expected to continue, w/severe weather shifting this weekend to southern states including Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, according to the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center.