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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

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.

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'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater has been returned after more than two years, according to ESPN.,'Mamba mentality': Stolen Kobe Bryant jersey returned after two years A signed Kobe Bryant jersey that was stolen from a display case at his alma mater — Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania — has been returned after more than two years, according to a story from ESPN detailing the jersey's unique journey.,The jersey was purchased online by Liu Zhe, a diehard Bryant fan from China, last October for around $2,000 as another piece for his collection commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers legend, according to ESPN.,After buying it, though, Liu said he noticed that the jersey looked awfully similar to the one that was stolen from the high school's display case in 2017, along with other Bryant items.,YOUR DAILY DOSE: Top sports headlines, delivered daily Kobe Bryant photographed on court at Lower Merion High School (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY) read more

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Dwight Manley shows the Ancestry.com DNA notice that told him politician Mike Antonovich is his father in Manley’s Brea, CA home on Monday, Jan 28, 2019.,(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) read more

At 4:03 p.m. Tiffin Police Department responded to a vehicle having trouble in the snow on East Market Street, a report states.,Fostoria Police Department responded to the 400 of block West Fourth Street for a vehicle stuck in the snow at 4:16 p.m. Saturday, a report states.,At 7:05 p.m., a Fostoria Police Department officer responded to a vehicle stuck in the snow at South Poplar and East Center streets and at 8:45 p.m,, an officer responded to a vehicle stuck in the snow on Perry Street, a report states.,At 11:14 p.m., Tiffin’s Public Works Department reported a vehicle was parked too far out at West Perry and Scott streets, and the crew was unable to get a plow through, a report states.,At 11:59 p.m., Fostoria Police Department responded to a vehicle stuck in a snow drift on East Tiffin Street, a report states.

Instead of teams and coaches, Gtramp has brand sponsorships and athlete meet-ups, with some trampoline companies sending flippers to do their thing in a slew of different countries.,And while some of the brands will host exhibition-like contests—take the Gtramp Games created by Greg Roe Trampoline and cosponsored by trampoline company SkyBound USA—on the whole flippers reject traditional competition-based sporting constructs in favor of an all-inclusive, supportive community.,When it finally becomes reasonable to do so, we set out from our hotel near the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and within a few minutes Maxx spots a kid wearing a pink T-shirt with bold, graphic palm trees on the back.,To hear their parents tell it, Solomon and Andrew have always been natural athletes, both with a tendency to throw themselves into whatever sport they tried.,Solomon started flipping—doing many of the same tricks Andrew was doing on his trampoline in L.A.—and the pair followed each other on Instagram (the Gtramp community was relatively small back then).

Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

— An officer responded to a two-vehicle crash on North Lincoln Avenue at East State Street at 1:51 p.m. Thursday in which a southbound vehicle struck the rear of another vehicle stopped at the traffic light.,— Police responded to a 2800 block East State Street business at 5:57 p.m. Thursday in reference to an irate customer and found a woman who admitted yelling at an employee regarding service to her mother.,— Officers responded to a 100 block North Ellsworth Avenue business at 6:04 p.m. Thursday in reference to a possible domestic dispute between a man and woman and found both individuals outside the business.,— Ruth A. Evans, 76, Salem, was cited for failure to control following a two-vehicle crash on South Broadway Avenue near East Wilson Street at 8:44 p.m. Thursday in which she was northbound and struck a legally parked vehicle.,— At approximately 8:22 a.m. Dec. 29, officers responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in East Palestine to assist the East Palestine Police Department with a domestic dispute complaint.

Big changes could transform the town’s critical South Churton Street corridor over the next decade, giving people more ways to get around, visit and live in Hillsborough — instead of sitting in traffic.,The town has been working with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years on a plan for improving Churton Street, which connects the town’s commercial strip and its historic downtown.,The plan would expand South Churton Street to four lanes with center turn lanes, and add bike lanes and sidewalks from Interstate 40 to Orange Grove Road.,Amtrak station

Also this month, the Hillsborough Town Board could begin the process of designing and building an $8.1 million Amtrak station at South Churton and Orange Grove streets.,The goal, Hauth said, is to get people on U.S. 70A to use the new route and reduce the number of cars waiting to turn downtown at the Churton Street stoplight. read more

Thousands had been evacuated, affecting communities across Ventura and LA Counties, including the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, in communities like West Hills and are still seeking a cause, so stay tuned in 2019.,In the meantime, even as communities complain about homelessness, the San Fernando Valley has just one year-round homeless shelter at the moment to address the immediate needs of the thousands who are living outdoors or in vehicles.,California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch Englander, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and other officials expressed satisfaction with the settlement, which came as the result of lawsuits brought by the city and county of Los Angeles and the state.,He’s spent much time connecting with communities across the city, including a recent community meeting in Van Nuys, where he touted the area’s command staff and talked about the need to improve department technology and reiterated his Valley connections.,Valley LA City Councilman calls it quits

Mitch Englander decided to step down from the LA City Council, moving on to what he calls a job of a “lifetime” with global sports and entertainment firm Oak View Group. read more