The federal investigation into a massive cheating scandal in which prominent actors and business leaders got their children into elite universities included seeking records from several prominent Southern California prep schools, according to two sources familiar with the probe.The sources did not name the schools but said they are some of the most well-known private institutions in the area.,They said federal authorities issued subpoenas for records involving some of the students involved in the fraud case.One source with knowledge of the investigation stressed that officials are not at this point accusing the schools of wrongdoing but rather seeking information about student performance and other details.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,He said they knowingly conspired to help their children cheat or buy their children admission to elite schools through fraud.Among those charged were Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.Huffman is in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others.,Law enforcement sources told The Times she was flying to Los Angeles to surrender.Loughlin, of Full House" fame, and Huffman, whose credits include the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.,According to court records, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, the famous creator of clothing brand Mossimo, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in crew.Huffman is accused of disguising a $15,000 charitable payment in the bribery scheme, according to court records.

In allegations that sent shock waves through academia, federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused top CEOs, two Hollywood actresses and a legendary fashion designer of taking part in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,Some parents participated in one aspect of the scheme, while others paid for both, stealing slots from hard-working students with legitimate grades and test scores, authorities said.William Rick Singer, who owns the admissions company called the Edge College Career Network, was charged with money laundering, obstruction of justice, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.,In at least one instance, a student claimed to have a learning disability to obtain medical documentation required by the College Board and ACT Inc. to grant additional time on the tests, according to court documents.Once the students were given additional time, which generally allowed them to take the test over two days instead of one and in an individual setting, the clients were instructed to change the location of the exam to either a public high school in Houston or a private college preparatory school in West Hollywood that Singer controlled, according to the documents.At those locations, prosecutors allege, Singer bribed test administrators Igor Dvorskiy, of Los Angeles, and Lisa Niki Williams, of Houston, with the parents money to facilitate cheating on the exams.,Singer had a psychologist on his team assign fake learning disabilities to give students an academic advantage, the charges say.Coaches and private admissions counselors allegedly received money for helping to get students admitted as athletes at Yale, Stanford and USC.USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were alleged to have received bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.,It described spending thousands of dollars on trips for dental students to help needy Cambodians and offering math tutoring to underserved children in Oakland.Prosecutors said the charity was nothing more than a means to launder money to an array of people requiring bribes.Our contributions to major athletic university programs may help to provide placement to students that may not have access under normal channels, the organization stated in tax documents.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May 2018, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.Make no mistake: This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children.

As the actor celebrates his 54th birthday today, we look at some of his iconic brand associations and experts’ take on his choices

Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan turned 54 on Thursday.,Brand expert Aman Abbas, Co- founder, Commwiser Consultants says: “Aamir Khan works in few movies, which means he chooses the subjects and movies carefully.,On Aamir’s position in the advertisement world compared to new age celebrities, and how his brand value has changed in the last few years, Chandramouli said: “The biggest challenge endorsers face is that they have a short shelf-life.,“Aamir's charm and stability in the industry has earned him many laurels and would be the first choice for a brand who would want to sustain in the market as he seems more sophisticated,” Pahwa added.,DATSUN read more

As the actor celebrates his 54th birthday today, we look at some of his iconic brand associations and experts’ take on his choices

Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan turned 54 on Thursday.,Brand expert Aman Abbas, Co- founder, Commwiser Consultants says: “Aamir Khan works in few movies, which means he chooses the subjects and movies carefully.,On Aamir’s position in the advertisement world compared to new age celebrities, and how his brand value has changed in the last few years, Chandramouli said: “The biggest challenge endorsers face is that they have a short shelf-life.,“Aamir's charm and stability in the industry has earned him many laurels and would be the first choice for a brand who would want to sustain in the market as he seems more sophisticated,” Pahwa added.,DATSUN read more

JOHNSTOWN — A longtime, proposed Fulton County sewer district for the Meco hamlet area is being revived.,County Planning Director Scott Henze brought two proposed resolutions concerning the district to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday at the County Office Building.,The committee supported scheduling a public hearing on a formal draft map, plan and report on proposed “Fulton County Sewer District No. 3” in Meco.,A board resolution from 2005 authorized a contract with C.T. Male Associates to prepare a report to create a sewer district in the Meco vicinity in the town of Johnstown.,Supervisors last October also passed a resolution to accept ownership of a 1,252-foot Gloversville Enlarged School District sewer line with five manholes servicing the former Meco Elementary School building.

What was the betting line on Mike North emerging from his sports-radio retirement for a regular Chicago broadcasting gig?,North left The Score in 2008 but continued in other media ventures across several platforms, including the scandalized internet radio outlet Webio and a morning news and talk show for CBS-2.,One of North’s ongoing activities has been handicapping sports.,“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years but haven’t had a losing year in the last five,” North said in ESPN 1000’s announcement.,Phil Rosenthal: Controversial radio host Mike North says he's done with sports »

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During the Feb. 21 Washington County commissioners meeting, Harvey requested the commissioners give their approval for her organization’s project.,The fund would give up to 75 percent of the cost of the land and requires the Washington County commissioners and the Fairfield Township trustees to approve the project before FLMR could apply.,During the presentation, it was shown that in 2008, 62 percent of Washington County voters supported the start of the Clean Ohio Fund.,Harvey said she encouraged any resident of Washington County that is 18 or over to sign their petition on the Friends of Lower Muskingum River’s Facebook page to help convince the commissioners to change their minds about the project.,Harvey also said the latest the FLMR can apply for the Clean Ohio Fund is April 12 at 4 p.m.

“We would like to get the support of our commissioners ASAP, so we can get the process underway,” she said. read more

During the Feb. 21 Washington County commissioners meeting, Harvey requested the commissioners give their approval for her organization’s project.,The fund would give up to 75 percent of the cost of the land and requires the Washington County commissioners and the Fairfield Township trustees to approve the project before FLMR could apply.,During the presentation, it was shown that in 2008, 62 percent of Washington County voters supported the start of the Clean Ohio Fund.,Harvey said she encouraged any resident of Washington County that is 18 or over to sign their petition on the Friends of Lower Muskingum River’s Facebook page to help convince the commissioners to change their minds about the project.,Harvey also said the latest the FLMR can apply for the Clean Ohio Fund is April 12 at 4 p.m.

“We would like to get the support of our commissioners ASAP, so we can get the process underway,” she said. read more

Companies are increasingly realizing the power of creating people-centric organizations that value the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line.,In my interviews with the leaders of hundreds of organizations, one company stands out as the epitome of a people-centric corporation: Marriott International.,With over six thousand locations and nearly $23 billion in yearly revenue, Marriott’s success with its people-centric approach is best seen in the daily commitment of its leaders in ensuring that the organization lives up to its original values.,At Marriott, balancing the needs of all stakeholders – shareholders, hotel owners, customers, and employees – has always been an integral part of an overarching strategy.,To further show its commitment to the well-being of its associates, Marriott CHRO David Rodriguez and his team created the industry’s first “holistic employee well-being program.”

Head coach Jahn Tihanksy will lead the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team in defense of its championship at the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup, being held March 8 through 10.,Since its inception, over 900 athletes and coaches, racing on 115 intercollegiate sailing teams and representing 23 different universities, have competed in the Harbor Cup.,CRAB President Brad LaTour welcomed Grosvenor and Mitman Clarke to their first board meeting on January 15th and introduced them by saying, “We are exceptionally pleased to have added to the CRAB Board two wonderful people with incredibly extensive boating experience on Chesapeake Bay and a vast knowledge of sailboat racing that can be shared with CRAB’s volunteers and special guests.”,SCC NEWS: Sailing Club of the Chesapeake members gathered recently for the 59th annual Change of Watch dinner dance and saw the commodore’s flag passed from Ed Paglee to John “Woody” Doxey.,Sailing Club of the Chesapeake is entering its 75th year of existence and the annual dinner dance at the Hotel Annapolis recognizes the 2018 achievements in cruising, racing and volunteer activities.