“Panama Papers” Reveal Massive Corruption Scandal
When Edward Snowden calls something “the biggest leak in the history of data journalism”, you know it’s a big deal. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report on what is being called the “Panama Papers” over the weekend. The documents consist of 11.5 million legal and financial records from Mossack Fonseca, a law firm in Panama. The firm has created shell companies for hundreds of powerful people and companies around the world to hide assets and make millions. The records span decades and it’s being alleged that a large part of the scandal can be tied back to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Wired reports that more than 100 media outlets worked together to comb through the documents and report on them.
The ICIJ has a video introduction to the Panama Papers. Watch it below.
The Panama Papers
North Carolina – Villanova In NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Final Tonight
North Carolina and Villanova will square off tonight in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. The game tips off at 8:19 PM CST at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and can be seen on TBS. The Villanova Wildcats beat Oklahoma 95-51 to advance to tonight’s game. UNC beat Syracuse 83-66 in their Final Four game.
Villanova shot 71 percent from the field in their Final Four game and has won their first five tourney games by an average of 24.2 points. ‘Nova’s Josh Hart leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, is second on the ream in rebounds per game and scored 23 points in the team’s win over Oklahoma. Villanova head coach Jay Wright was named the 2016 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year over the weekend.
The Tarheels are led by legendary coach Roy Williams, who has his team back in the title game despite losing step or two recently in the recruitment game. UNC’s top player this season has been senior Brice Johnson, who is averaging 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Batman v Superman Falls Hard In Second Weekend, Still Easily Wins Weekend Box Office
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw a 68.4 drop in receipts in its second weekend, but still easily won the weekend box office crown. The film pulled in $52.4 million in its second weekend of release while Zootopia finished second with $20 million in its fifth weekend.
God’s Not Dead 2 was the top debut film of the weekend with $8.1 million. Meet the Blacks, the other film making its debut, pulled in just more than $4 million.
Check back in with RealLifeSTL on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll take a longer look at the weekend box office numbers are preview the movies out this weekend in theaters, at your local Redbox and at Keller 8 Cinemas in South County. Hardcore Henry and The Boss open nationwide in theaters this weekend.
John Oliver On Congressional Fundraising
Over the weekend of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on congressional fundraising. Oliver shines a light on just how much money is raised and spent by our representatives in congress. He also points out just how much time members of congress spend raising money. Oliver also sat down with Congressman Steve Israel to talk about the issue. The amount of fundraising events that he was involved with over his 16 years in Congress is just mind-boggling.
John Oliver on congressional fundraising
Connecticut takes on Syracuse In NCAA Women’s Final
Connecticut will try to finish the perfect season and win their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament title this Tuesday when they take on the Syracuse Orange in the championship game of the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament.
The Huskies have trounced every opponent they have face thus far in the tournament. They reached Tuesday’s game by beating Oregon State 80-51 after beating Texas 86-65 in the Elite Eight game.
UConn’s heralded senior duo of Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart will be attempting to end their careers with their fourth National Championship. Stewart has been named the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year each of the last two seasons and is a favorite to win the award again this season. Jefferson, who was home-schooled throughout high school, recently won her second Nancy Lieberman Award as the nation’s best point guard.
UConn’s roster also features freshman Napheesa Collier, who grew up locally in St. Peters and won three consecutive Missouri state titles playing high school ball at Incarnate Word Academy.
Tuesday’s National Championship tips off at 7:30 PM from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The game can be see live on ESPN.
Dolly Parton & Katy Perry Shine At ACM Awards
The Academy of Country Music held its annual awards gala last night in Las Vegas. Chris Stapleton was the night’s big winner with four wins, including for Male Vocalist of the Year. Jason Aldean took home the Entertainer of the Year prize.
Dolly Parton was honored with the Tex Ritter Award for the television movie she produced based on her song, Coat of Many Colors. She was presented the award by Katy Perry, who then joined Parton for a medley of Parton’s songs.
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