Parent who paid $400,000 to get his child into Georgetown expected to plead guilty

(CNN)A parent who paid $400,000 to get his child into Georgetown under the guise that he was a recruit for the university tennis team is expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Tuesday to plead guilty, court records show. According to the criminal complaint, in August of 2015 Singer emailed Semprevivo, his wife and their son, instructions on what to email Gordon Ernst, the head coach of the Georgetown University Tennis team, such as claiming he was a tennis star even though he hadn’t played competitively. The next day, Semprevivo’s son also emailed Ernst a copy of his transcript and SAT scores. Then in October, Semprevivo’s son sent in his college application, where he said he played tennis …

Family of Chinese student admitted to Stanford paid $6.5 million to Rick Singer, source says

(CNN)The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford University paid $6.5 million to the central figure in the US college admissions scandal, a source with knowledge of the investigation says. Morgan Stanley adviser Michael Wu referred the parents to Singer, the source said. A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told CNN that the company is cooperating with investigators.

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs her final collegiate routine

(CNN)Katelyn Ohashi finished her final collegiate gymnastics routine appropriately, by dropping a pretend mic. “It wasn’t your last beam routine, I should be crying,” Ohashi said, smiling, in the video. Before UCLA, Ohashi was competing at the elite level of gymnastics until she injured her back and shoulder, according to The Players’ Tribune. She decided to compete on the college level because of her injuries. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Hearing will determine whether spa video should be used as evidence in Robert Kraft’s case

(CNN) A hearing will be held Friday on whether a surveillance video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during a prostitution sting should be allowed as evidence in his case. The hearing follows a judge’s ruling Tuesday that the video will not be released to the public until after the trial is underway or the case is otherwise adjudicated.

Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr., dies of cancer

(CNN)Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, has died of cancer at 65, JR Motorsports announced on Monday. “I am a very, very lucky woman, as I get to interact with my kids almost every day,” she said last year. “I’ve got two bright, beautiful kids that I am very proud of.” “Kelley’s standards are very high. She conducts herself that way and she expects that of everyone else. Dale Jr. just gets bigger and bigger. I am very proud of his accomplishments, but as a mother I am proudest of the way he handles himself with honesty and the way he cares about his family and his friends.” Jackson’s journey into the racing world started …

Landmark day arrives for Santa Anita Park after recent surge in horse deaths

Arcadia, California (CNN)A four-year-old filly named Lemoona was the first horse to cross the finish line at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, the year’s biggest day of racing at the facility, where nearly two dozen horses have died since December. The Santa Anita Derby is the first high-stakes race held under new safety protocols mandated by the California Horse Racing Board — the state’s independent agency, which regulates race safety and betting. Jockeys are prohibited from using whips to encourage their horses to move forward, unless the safety of the rider or horse are compromised. The administration of same-day medications — which can often mask the severity of a horse’s injury — are being phased out. The recent spate of …

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

UFC star Conor McGregor arrested after police say he smashed a fan’s phone

(CNN)A fan just wanted a picture with Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor, but Miami police say McGregor wasn’t having it. CNN has reached out to McGregor’s press team, the victim and the UFC. UFC Star Conor McGregor charged with assault McGregor was previously handed a six-month suspension and fined $50,000 after an October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who scaled the octagon to launch an attack on McGregor’s team after defeating the Irishman to maintain his unbeaten 27-0 record last year. Members of Nurmagomedov’s team were also involved in a fracas with the beaten McGregor. Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at …

What we know so far in the college admissions cheating scandal

(CNN)The massive college admissions scam, thought to be the biggest ever prosecuted in the United States, is a harsh reminder that wealthy families can cheat their way to even greater privilege. And some say this scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges. Others charged include nine coaches at elite schools; two SAT/ACT administrators; an exam proctor; a college administrator; and a CEO who admitted he wanted to help the wealthiest families get their kids into elite colleges. How did this scheme work? It was all orchestrated by William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key. Singer pleaded guilty to …

Real-life snow angels, a one-of-a-kind gym and a baby tapir!

(CNN)Here’s a money-saving tip: If you want to have fun and do some good in the world, lend someone a hand. Most of the time, it’s completely free.If you think about it, kindness is kind of its own renewable energy source, and this week was full of people putting their endless stores of kindness on turbo-max mode. We dare you to read on and not feel newly energized yourself. Our favorites this week

5 things to know for February 22: Jussie Smollett, NC election, Vatican, Venezuela

(CNN)Looking for a new way to beat the traffic? If you live in Mumbai, you can use Uber to summon … a speedboat. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Actor Jussie Smollett was on the set of his Fox show “Empire” last night, hours after he was arrested and accused of filing a false report in the January 29 incident in which he said he was the victim of a hate crime. The 36-year-old actor called a meeting of the cast and crew and apologized for any embarrassment they might have felt during his …