A lot of money for doing nothing wrong

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A lot of money for doing nothing wrong
January 25th, 2016
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Monday must-reads


"That's a lot of money from a school for doing nothing wrong," observes Clay Travis in response to breaking news that Florida State will pay Jameis Winston's accuser $950,000 to settle the federal Title IX lawsuit she had brought against them (at 4,700+ shares right now). "As part of settlement, FSU will pay Erica Kinsman $950,000 & make 5-yr commitment to training, prevention program," further details that story's author USA Today's Rachel Axon, who also adds, "Noteworthy about $950K settlement is that it's most by a school allegedly indifferent to reported sexual assault." Freelance journalist Staci D. Kramer praises "@RachelAxon does a good job explaining the FSU settlement of Erica Kinsman's #TitleIX lawsuit; more than $."


Politico's Glenn Thrush got in a truly great interview with President Barack Obama on Iowa, 2016, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. "Obama tells @GlennThrush HRC like Ginger Rogers, has to campaign 'backwards on heels' as woman candidate," shares colleague Michael Grunwald. "Obama also sounds not so neutral in this primary," muses NYT's Maggie Haberman. Checking in on the Flint controversy, undocumented immigrants say they’re being denied water because they don't have Social Security numbers. "'Can I have some clean water?' 'What's your social security number?' JFC! Come on, USA," reacts Fusion's Alexis Madrigal. And in newer controversies, Walmart seems to have developed a pattern of it came, it conquered, and now it's packing up and leaving, with ruined mom-and-pop stores in its wake. "Business idea: open a new grocers wherever Walmart pulls out of. Call your chain Walmaren't," suggests Bloomberg's Mark Gilbert.


In other late-breaking news, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled juveniles sentenced to life have option for new reviews. "More than 1,000 juvenile offenders serving life w/o parole in 3 states will be affected by today's #SCOTUS decision," points out BuzzFeed's Mike Hayes. In Canada, the jury returned with a guilty verdict in the murder trial for a constable charged in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, but there was some confusion about how someone could be charged with "both murdering and attempting to murder the person that he actually killed." And elsewhere in justice, the MU professor who called for "muscle" to oust a student journalist has been charged with 3rd degree assault for actions during campus unrest

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Washington City Paper is keeping track of what phenomenon that's struck stores, in advance of D.C.'s snowstorm? That would be s#!t Trader Joe's ran out of, due to everyone stocking up for the big freeze.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Yael L. MaxwellChuck Tanowitz (who notes "At my last check cheap wine is gone. Over $15 still stocked"), Ken Walker (who points out that headline could have also read "Shiitake Trader Joe's ran out of"), Jessica LaheyKay Bell (who adds "if memory from my years the DC area serve me, toilet paper"), Mark Gibbs (who quips "film of empty shelves at 11"), Jessica M. PaskoDebkrol (who adds "Meat-it's what's for Snowpocalypse dinner") and Margo Howard for all getting that exactly right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: Who, according to the Huffington Post, secretly did the soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • The New Republic promotes Laura Marsh (at right) to story editor, charged with overseeing books coverage across print and web. She first joined TNR in September as an associate editor.
  • John Fenoglio is now a reporter at KTLA in (you guessed it) Los Angeles. Fenoglio joins from KTRK in Houston, where he was also a reporter.
  • Aimee La Fountain joins Thrillist as a contributing writer. La Fountain was previously a PR consultant at Score Bergen.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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