Friday News Bites: Airline Pranks, Gabriel García Márquez, Pulitzers + More

Happy Friday, everyone. Bit of a short roundup this week because I am currently on a whirlwind NW book tour/vacation and am poaching some Wi-Fi. I mean… I’m nicely borrowing it for a few minutes. So let’s get right to it.

Writer and Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez died in his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

In other literature/journalism news, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt won the award for fiction, and a full list of the category winners can be found here.

We’re gonna need both a Tommy Lee Jones expression of disappointment and a Captain Picard facepalm for the following stories:

After a teenager earned herself some FBI attention by tweeting a bomb threat at American Airlines, dozens of other teenagers somehow decided this would be a good idea.

A picture of Tommy Lee Jones throwing epic shade.

And then, US Airways accidentally tweeted a rather… um… interesting image in response to a customer. The following story does not have the image, but if you’re feeling brave, there is a link.

A picture of Captain Picard facepalming.

On a more serious note, on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the city paid tribute.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin hates the poors, apparently. Or, more diplomatically, she signed a ban on a minimum wage increase. Because that’s helpful.

And in Davidson, North Carolina, an Episcopal church has a statue that depicts Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench. The neighboring wealthy population appears… uncomfortable.

And finally, Saturn is having a baby moon, y’all. Break out the champagne for “Peggy.”

See you next time, unicorns.

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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