NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - More than 50 people, including two celebrities and a lawyer from Connecticut, face charges for their suspected involvement in a college bribery scheme.,Investigators said more than 30 wealthy parents, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Connecticut lawyer Gordon Caplan, and nine coaches were involved.,Among those coaches was a former soccer coach at Yale.,Investigators said Singer mailed former Yale soccer coach Rudy Meredith a check for $400,000.,According to court documents, Singer would take "Yale applicant 1's art portfolio" then "'revise' the materials to 'soccer.'"
William Rick Singer touted his charity as a way to open doors for disadvantaged students who grew up surrounded by gang violence.The Key Worldwide Foundations website says it funds dental care for needy Cambodians, after-school programs for children in 20 cities across the United States and life coaching to underprivileged girls in Los Angeles.But federal tax records reviewed by The Times showed the great majority of the charitys grants actually went to elite universities, including USC, Yale and New York University.,Fifty people have been charged in the probe.In 2016, the most recent year for which the records are available, Singers foundation gave $252,500 to the University of Texas Athletics, $50,000 to the USC Womens Athletics Board, $25,000 to the USC soccer program and $83,181 to NYU Athletics, the tax documents show.,In 2015, the nonprofit gave $250,000 to athletic programs at USC, including its water polo and womens volleyball programs, $294,000 to the University of Texas Athletics, $250,000 to Yale Summer Time Sports and $175,000 to Chapman University.That year, Friends of Cambodia received $19,200.,We take this matter very seriously and intend to review this relationship in depth to assure ourselves that our principles have not in any way been compromised.In 2014, USC sports programs received $225,000, while NYU Athletics received $203,998, the tax records show.,He cooperated with authorities in the investigation and pleaded guilty to the charges in Boston on Tuesday afternoon, according to court records.Prosecutors allege that well-to-do parents paid Singer to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records to enable them to gain admission to at least eight schools, a list that also includes UCLA, Stanford and Georgetown.Not all the schools named in the case received donations, according to the tax records.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.The government alleges that Singer instructed parents to donate funds to the charity as part of the scheme.
The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department.,The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.The layoffs, effective in mid-April, were posted to the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications.,(Kevin Sullivan, The Orange County Register)
Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, a primary care sports medicine specialist, has joined Hoag Orthopedic Institute.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department.
“We want to put a public park in where people could go rock climbing, biking, hiking and we can create a pollinator refuge,” explained Tiffany Harvey, executive director of the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River, a 501c3 nonprofit which works on environmental conservation in Washington County.,Commissioner Kevin Ritter explained both in a public statement published to his Facebook page and in a private interview Thursday that while he supports the idea FLMR has for the property, he takes issue with the approach and state funding structure.,“If we remove land from the inventory this way, we remove money from the tax base,” he explained Thursday, assuming that purchasing the property through the Clean Ohio Fund would remove the parcels from taxable real estate within the county.,Washington County Auditor Matthew Livengood said Friday that the current annual property tax on the property is $1,086, a rate which would stay in place if the nonprofit purchases the property regardless of what funds, public or private, are used.,Harvey said in response to Ritter’s Facebook statement Thursday that she doesn’t agree on all points, arguing that businesses invest in areas where there are higher property values, the property in question has been on the market for six years with no takers and disagreeing on the philosophy not to use conservation funds in place for the public.
Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.,less
Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at ... more
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.
MARIETTA — Washington County Commissioners denied a request from Friends of the Lower Muskingum River Thursday that would have allowed the organization to apply for a grant from the Clean Ohio Fund to purchase 223 acres of land.,“(The property) is in Washington County, into Morgan County up to McConnelsville,” said Tiffany Harvey, executive director for the nonprofit Friends of the Lower Muskingum River.,Harvey told the commissioners the money wouldn’t come from the residents of Washington County.,* Flite Freimann, director of Washington County Job and Family Services, presented the commissioners with an updated lease for the use of the 60 acres of land surrounding the County Home as low-income senior housing.,The lease was not signed at that time due to the commissioners’ concern over an incorrect amount of land needed that was stated in the original contract.
The 24th annual Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off Saturday, March 2, at noon.,Billed as the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Fairfield County, this year’s parade will consist of nearly 80 separate organizations, including approximately 2,000 marchers — from bag pipers to Irish dancers and from fire and police groups to school youth and sports organizations.,The City of Stamford anticipates an estimated 20,000 visitors on parade day, according to a news release.,The nonprofit organization is managed by local volunteers and solely funded by its sponsors, donations from individuals and local businesses, and through a portion of ticket sales for the annual Grand Marshal’s Dinner.,This year’s dinner takes place on Friday, March 1, at the Stamford Sheraton Hotel.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council tentatively passed an ordinance Tuesday that bans the sale and manufacturing of fur within city limits.,The ordinance bans the sale of products that use fur — such as handbags, shoes, hats, earmuffs and jewelry – within city limits.,Last September, the city council voted unanimously to direct the L.A. city attorney’s office to draft an ordinance outlining the ban.,San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood are among the California cities which already have fur bans in place.,West Hollywood was the first city in the nation to institute a fur ban back in 2013.