It’s Aunt Becky Calling: This Week On Fresh Powder

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The lede

On the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” a lot was written. From The New York Timesa well-organized cheatsheet that’d get you into USC.

…  “In the back of his head, he couldn’t help but wonder if his spot was taken by someone who paid their way into a program others were competing for. In that sense, for young people at implicated schools … the scandal was downright paranoia-inducing.” What UT, USC, and Georgetown Students Are Saying About the College Cheating Scam, from Vice.

…  In the midst of the scandal, honest, hard-working college applicants talk to The New York Times as they await admission results.

…  With Lori Loughlin implicated, Jezebel wonders what’s next for the Hallmark Channel. (Spoiler alert: It’s Gretchen Wieners.)

…  Entertainment Weekly already cast the movie, seeing it as inevitable, so save the date.

…  Meanwhile, there’s still another college scandal ongoing. It isn’t an Instagram model, but it still matters: The latest in the FBI’s investigation into NCAA recruitingcenters around Kansas.


“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis,” says pigtailed teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, to BuzzFeed News. The 16-year-old is nominated for the Nobel Prize; but what’d you do this weekend?


YouTube doesn’t always lay a golden egg, but last week it added another name to its list of personalities that got their start on its platform. Meet Lilly Singh. She was picked to replace Carson Daly on late night TV — a step toward a more diverse variety series genre, but a step that happens way past my bedtime, I’m afraid.

…  Also on that list, there’s Lindsay Ellis: How YouTube Made a Star Out of This Super-Smart Film Critic, Wired reports.

…  And: 29-Year-Old Akilah Hughes Turned YouTube Into a CareerForbes says.


Not to be confused for a musical about Britney Spears’ life, “Once Upon a One More Time” (hit me, baby) is only a musical featuring Spears’ music. A snippet of the plot, relayed by CNN: “A group of famous fairy tale princesses gather for their fortnightly book club, to read together.” (Count me in — obviously.)

… That features the song “Toxic”?


Instead of basking in its NCAA Tournament glory, Bradley tarnishes its reputation by picking a fight with a local reporter, by the Chicago Tribune.

Thinking ahead

It’s time to fill out your March Madness bracket. But first, a few things to consider: A Handy Guide for Filling Out Your March Madness Bracket, from The Ringer, and a ranking of all 68 team mascots, from

This also happened last weekThey were racing babies at the ACC Basketball Tournament; elsewhere, a rescue dog named Kratu made a mockery of an obstacle course.