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.

Two USC athletic department employees a high-ranking administrator and a legendary head coach were fired Tuesday after being indicted in federal court in Massachusetts for their alleged roles in a racketeering conspiracy that helped students get into elite colleges and universities by falsely designating them as recruited athletes.Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired after allegedly receiving 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.Former USC womens soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, who was fired in 2013, and his former assistant coach, Laura Janke, who left the school in 2014, were also named in the indictment for allegedly fabricating athlete profiles for the prospective students.,Khosroshahin and Janke allegedly received payments totaling nearly $350,000 sent to their private soccer club.Federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted dozens of people including UCLA mens soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.The scheme centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools for which they otherwise might not qualify, according to court records.We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC, the university said in a statement.,Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme.,Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.The other athletic departments named in the alleged racketeering conspiracy are Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas and the University of San Diego.,The indictment states that, by accepting bribes to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, the coaches and administrators were in the violation of the duty of honest services owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the childrens admissions to the universities.Heinel was USC athletics chief administrative officer and senior woman administrator.Vavic led the Trojans water polo teams to a combined 16 national championships and is a 15-time national coach of the year.Vavic was arrested without incident in Hawaii.

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.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – New concerns are being raised over inappropriate content children are being exposed to online, even on sites specifically targeting kids.,Pediatrician and mom Dr. Free Hess was disturbed by what she found: Violent content, sexual innuendos and clips spliced into kids videos that include a man giving tips on suicide.,She says when it comes to YouTube, the best defense is to watch with your kids.,“I think this is a really good reminder for parents that we cannot leave kids with devices or YouTube or with anything online,” Graber said.,But in Studio City, parents like Alexis Coulter say when it comes to YouTube with their young kids, they just say no.

Cole, 75, and four other members of Craftsmen for Kids — a group of 16 retired men from central Ohio who formed a nonprofit organization to make and donate wooden educational toys — then began carrying in dozens of their latest creations.,Soon, 36 children from low-income families in the Head Start program in Logan were happily playing with wooden barns, trucks, blocks and doll beds, among other items.,Chris DeLamatre, director of the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program, which runs Head Start programs in those three counties, shook her head in wonder as she watched the men unload boxes from their gray pickup.,The men of Craftsmen for Kids make toys for Head Start programs in 15 counties, as well as for a program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and several battered women’s shelters.,“It’s nice to have high-quality wooden toys, because at home, our kids see a lot of plastic toys or they’re on their tablets with screens,” said Gwynyth Chmara-Huff, a teacher in the Newark Head Start program.

Many memories of a childhood as my father’s daughter are as lost to me now as they were to my father before he passed; when you spend your early years on the defense, your only focus is to get through the experience, not delight in the moment.,My father’s outbursts were not discussed but “brushed under the rug,” after which life went on without apologies.,But despite his love for the work, he had to scale back his participation in his last 10 years, and was unable to be involved at all for the last 5 years of his life.,Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, caused by a career doing the thing he loved, robbed my father of his life long before he died.,If we can’t end the game, then let’s at least stand firm to change this gladiator-like sport that calls our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers to sacrifice their lives for our passing entertainment.

The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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There is a plaque on the wall of a newly-built Kenyan school hall that reads: "Donated by friends and family, in loving memory of Jock Hobbs, 7th January 2019".,The plaque is but one strand to Hobbs' journey that has pulled together supporters from the United States and New Zealand, and seen his close friend, NFL safety Kenny Vaccaro, embroiled in a standoff with US President Donald Trump after protesting police brutality and racial injustice by sitting with 10 team-mates during the national anthem.,Hobbs in his playing days at North Harbour ... a visit to Kenya changed his view of the world.,His professor, Glenn Kramon, identified the value in the message, and under the title "The collateral damage of a petty NFL", Hobbs' piece was published in the New York Times.,The piece turned heads, sparking feedback and financial support from the New Zealand and US communities that pushed Hobbs' project over the line.

Born from humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT The Alpaca Gnomes cut their teeth in the neighborhood bar scene by playing marathon shows filled with originals and a wide array of songs that were influential to each band member.,The Alpaca Gnomes have been fortunate enough to headline several shows at Infinity Hall(Norfolk, CT) The Warehouse(Fairfield, CT) Garcia’s at the Cap(Port Chester, NY) The Acoustic(Bridgeport, CT) BRYAC(Bridgeport, CT) Levitt Pavillion(Westport, CT) and have also appeared at such venues as Toad’s Place(New Haven,CT) Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT) Electric Haze(Worcester, MA) Mexicali Blues(Teaneck, NJ), Arlene’s Grocery(NY, NY) Alchemy(Providence, RI) and many others.,The gnomes have also found themselves at home on several festival lineups such as Pleasantville Music Festival(NY), Rock n Roll Resort (Kerhonksen, NY) International Festival of Arts & Ideas(New Haven, CT) Blues,Views, & BBQ(Westport,CT) Two Roads Brewery Road Jam(Stratford, CT) Riverfront Revival Music Fest(Shelton, CT) Soupstock Music & Arts Festvial(Shelton, CT) and more.,Greenwich Winter Sale & Giving Days to Benefit Think Greenwich - Downtown Greenwich, Byram, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich

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At Kigezi High School Primary in Kabaare, I was privileged to meet a boy called John Busingye (not his real name.),I often think of Rwangakubohwa, Busigye and Gahwera, good examples of our lost intellectual treasures, victims of a culture with no room for variation from a narrow path prescribed for growing children.,However, very many children are lost to the world because society fails to identify their unique needs for custom-tailored education and behaviour support.,I suspect that there are very many children who are struggling in Uganda’s traditional school system, without access to meaningful education and other opportunities that maximise their intellectual and creative potential.,Parents and teachers are uniquely placed to recognise these gifted children and to offer them education opportunities that focus on their strengths and interests, utilizing the vast knowledge and experience that have come to light since the days of Rwangakubohwa, Busingye and Gahwera.