Eavesdropping In: Frank McCourt Might Make $1b Profit From Dodgers Sale; JetBlue Pilot Faces Jail Time For Mid-Air Meltdown; Mega Millions Up To $500m; Local Artist Seriously Injured In LACMA Hit-And-Run

by Alex Gilman · March 29, 2012

What's Frank McCourt's reward for running one of the most beloved baseball franchises in America into the ground? How about a billion dollars? That's the (cash!) profit he's estimated to make from this week's $2.15b purchase of the team by a group of investors led by Earvin "Magic" Johnson. [LAT]

Clayton Osborn, the JetBlue pilot who flipped out on a Wednesday JFK->Las Vegas flight and had to be restrained by passengers, has been charged with "interfering with a flight crew," which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250k fine. [KTLA]

Carson Daly, who's apparently still a thing, is taking major heat for joking on his local L.A. radio show that a plane full of homosexuals would not have been able to subdue the crazed JetBlue pilot. Mother of United 93 hero Mark Bingham issued a statement helpfully pointing out that nobody asked her 6'4", 220 lb gay son for his sexual orientation while he was overpowering hijackers who wanted to fly the plane into the Capitol or White House. [TMZ]

Mega Millions frenzy has yet to produce a winner, meaning that the jackpot is up to a new record $500 million, or $359 million if you choose the lump sum payout. Tickets will be sold until 7:45 pm PST tomorrow with the drawing happening just before 8:00 pm PST, so get your tickets now! [KTLA]

Family and friends of Marie Hardwick, a 24-year old East L.A.-based jewelry designer who was struck by a black, license plate-less BMW convertible while leaving a film screening at LACMA early Sunday morning, make a public appeal to try to identify the car or the two men reportedly inside. Hardwick is expected to be in the hospital for months. [LAist]

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