Must Read Money Stories For Friday, May 1

by May 1, 2015


Feeling drafty. Stories about the NFL draft are everywhere this morning. Here are a few to check out:

• The New York Times unveils how the NFL convinced reporters to not report on draft picks in advance.

Slate asks whether NFL fans will forget and forgive rape allegations against No. 1 draft pick Jameis Winston.

FiveThirtyEight asks who will be better: No. 1 pick Winston, or No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota (spoiler: it’s Mariota).

A hard pill. The Wall Street Journal looks at newly released Medicare prescription drug data and finds that a small number of very expensive drugs accounts for about a quarter of the total cost of prescriptions for elderly and disabled patients. Aside from this revelation, the raw data files themselves could generate some more story ideas down the road. 

Don’t do this. The Root writes that AT&T publicly canned one of its senior executives after allegations emerged that he sent offensive and racist images on his work cell phone. The images were discovered when Aaron Slator asked an assistant to transfer data from his old phone to a new one. That assistant, who is black, is now suing the company for $100 million, according to the AP.

Turn off your brain. May has arrived, and that means it’s time for summer movies. Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to tow in barges full of cash when it opens today. For the rest of your summer movie slate, the Atlantic has a thorough rundown you can refer back to throughout the summer. And, since Marvel has become one of the biggest players in summer blockbuster moviedom, Business Insider points the way to this helpful chart created by The Geek Twins to keep track of who owns the rights to each Marvel character.