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.
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.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An LA high school basketball coach is in the fight of his life against stage four cancer and his battle has inspired his team from Roybal High School to go undefeated going into the playoffs this season.,There were two defining moments in the Roybal Titans’ season — the December afternoon when Coach Danny O’Fallon told them he had stage four intestinal cancer and the game last week when after losing the lead with a minute to go, they scrambled to win the first city title in school history.,Who refused to say no and a coach who led them, pleading with the school to let him keep coaching after a grim diagnosis.,We have to win for coach,” said Roybal senior Elijah Wescott.,And in the end with the city title on the line, the Titans and their coach persevered until the moment when Coach O’Fallon collapsed from joy and exhaustion.
ALHAMBRA (CBSLA) – The large storm t hat rolled through Southern California toppled two large trees in Alhambra overnight Wednesday.,A downed tree in the 700 block of Chapel Avenue in Alhambra.,(CBS2)
One of the felled trees came down in the front yard of an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Chapel Avenue.,Southern California Edison contractors were on scene Thursday morning working to chop up and remove the tree and restore service.,The second tree came down about three miles away, in the 2000 block of West Hellman Avenue in Granada Park.
Known more these days as one of the top quarterback draft preppers – as opposed to being Carson Palmer's brother or a former Texas-El Paso quarterback -- Jordan Palmer thrives during this January-to-April interval when he trains top quarterbacks for the NFL Draft in a relative vacuum.,"It is the only time period in a quarterback's entire life, for three months, they're going to have nothing else but personal development," Palmer said.,It is in this moment where Missouri's Drew Lock and his career currently resides training with Palmer.,Since the Senior Bowl, Drew Lock has resided in Southern California working with Palmer and Justin Hoover, his quarterback coach from back home in Kansas City, Missouri.,For now, Lock lives in a Dana Point, California, apartment with Hoover and Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson, a fellow Palmer client.
Weather experts said the chilly February doesnt signal a larger change in some of those trends.Even factoring in the cold snap, California is still warmer than average, and swings between periods of severe winter rainstorms and profound drought will probably become more pronounced in the future because of climate change, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.He added that it might not be as cold as locals perceive it to be given how much warmer it has been in the last several years.This year seems anomalous because we have already internalized a lot of the warming thats occurred, he said.On Thursday, a light drizzle blanketed the barren streets of Santa Monica.,The L.A. native pulled on jeans, a thin shirt and a dark denim jacket and capped it off with a beanie, but said she always feels ill-prepared for the cold.I tend to wear one layer because its L.A. and I keep expecting its going to get warmer, but it doesnt, she said.Several factors including a lack of offshore wind and, more broadly, climate change have played into Californias weird winter weather, experts say.The recent cold snap has also brought snow to portions of the Southland that rarely see any.,If it weakens and the air is no longer a continuous band, cold air can spill out of the Arctic and move down to the West Coast, Swain said.The city came close within one degree of hitting the 70 mark, but it never quite warmed up enough to get there.Theres plenty of days in January and February where people want to go to the beach and we usually get a few of those days every winter, Kittell said.,Back-to-back winter storms this year have blanketed Californias mountain ranges with snow, making this a banner winter for skiers and snowboarders.The storms have covered Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood with more than 8 feet of fresh snow this winter, while Big Bear Mountain Resort has received more than 10 feet.,This season has provided the best conditions for snow sports in roughly a decade, said John McColly, vice president of sales and marketing at Mountain High, who added that it feels like a real winter this year.Matt Martinez, 41, is an avid surfer who spends the colder months chasing storms that provide local mountains with a blanket of fresh powder.
ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Riverside County officials Thursday urged residents in Idyllwild and surrounding areas to shelter in place due to “unsafe” road conditions as torrential rain inundated Southern California, turning tunnels into lakes and streets into rivers.,Flooding also shut down Pacific Coast Highway south of Warner in Huntington Beach, and both directions of El Toro between Laguna Canyon Road and the 73 Toll Road and Broadway between Beach and PCH in Laguna Beach.,In Burbank, police shut down several streets because of flooding, including:
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Spearheaded by the Kimmelman Family Foundation, the state-of-the-art Kimmelman Campus is expected to span more than 80 acres and feature up to 52 tennis courts, soccer and multi-purpose fields, and a state-of-the-art academic center with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus.,TGR Foundation is excited to be part of the Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus, where we can continue to spread our mission of empowering students to pursue their passions through education.”,Dynamic tennis programming for children of all ages and abilities will be offered by both the SCTA and the USTA Foundation’s NJTL program on tennis courts spanning 29 acres, allowing more students throughout Los Angeles to grow and learn life lessons through the sport.,Already, the Kimmelman Family Foundation, along with the USTA Foundation, USTA, SCTA, and representatives of TGR have met with school district leaders, local community-based non-profit organizations, law enforcement officials, and business groups to collaborate on programs and opportunities at the Kimmelman Campus.,USTAF offers support to more than 200,000 children ages 5-18 who participate in the USTA Foundation’s National Junior Tennis Learning (NJTL) program, which delivers year-round tennis instruction and a widely acclaimed academic curriculum with the goal of positively impacting lives from childhood to adulthood.
The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.