College Admissions Scandal Shows How The System Favors Wealthy Students : NPR

 

There are lots of legal ways that wealthy students get into America’s top schools.

The University of Southern California has “placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” the school said in a statement on its website. And lawmakers in Congress have already introduced legislationaimed at leveling the playing field for college students.

But many of those students say they aren’t surprised by the the scheme that involved bribing university coaches and test proctors to get wealthy students into some of the nation’s top schools.

Source: College Admissions Scandal Shows How The System Favors Wealthy Students : NPR

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Off-duty Chicago police officer shot to death in ‘devastating incident’: Officials

The officer had just completed his shift when he and another man were shot.

Chicago police officer who had just finished his shift was shot and killed early Saturday in an apparently random attack, officials said.

The off-duty officer and another victim were ambushed and shot about 3:30 a.m. local time while sitting in a vehicle in the Downtown section of the city, police brass said in a news conference Saturday morning. The two shooting victims and two other people, including another off-duty police officer, had just left a nightclub, officials said.

The other victim who was shot, an unidentified man who is not a police officer, was in critical condition and in surgery, officials said. He is expected to survive, police said.

Source: Off-duty Chicago police officer shot to death in ‘devastating incident’: Officials

Gang secretly filmed 1,600 hotel guests in their rooms with hidden cameras and live-streamed footage to online pervs

PERVERTS secretly filmed 1,600 guests in hotel rooms across South Korea – and charged voyeurs to view the footage that was streamed live online.

Source: Gang secretly filmed 1,600 hotel guests in their rooms with hidden cameras and live-streamed footage to online pervs

Fifty-nine gravestones vandalized at Massachusetts Jewish cemetery: ‘Oy vey, this is MAGA Country’ | Fox News

“Expel the Jew,” “Heil Hitler,” and other Hitler salutes were among the anti-Semitic words found defacing dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

Source: Fifty-nine gravestones vandalized at Massachusetts Jewish cemetery: ‘Oy vey, this is MAGA Country’ | Fox News

VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING: ‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam targeting families | WPXI

A phone scam targeting families uses information obtained through social media to convince people that their loved one has been abducted, NBC News reported.

Known as “virtual kidnapping,” hoaxers use the social media information to try and trick the people they call. It has even gone so far as a recording that sounds like the loved one is on the line.

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The callers demand money immediately, working to keep people on the phone and have funds wired to them before finding out their loved one was never taken, according to NBC News.

Police urge anyone who receives a call like this to hang up immediately and call police. Never say your loved one’s name or give any information that could be used to trick you into thinking the hoax is real.


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PITTSBURGH SHOOTING: Man dies after being shot in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A man has died after a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood.

It happened in the 6400 block of Shetland Street Sunday evening.

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Pittsburgh police said when they arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m., they found Daniel Carpenter, 42, of Pittsburgh. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Source: PITTSBURGH SHOOTING: Man dies after being shot in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Organizers said more than 100 people participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Sunday night to honor the victims of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques.

Speakers included Haykin, Council on American Islam Relations of Pittsburgh member Safzar Khwaja, Westmoreland Diversity Coalition co-chair Rabbi Sara Perman, Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP President Ruth Tolbert, Sister Barbara Einloth of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Rev. Peter E. Nordby of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Youngwood.

Source: Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

SOUTH SIDE HIT AND RUN: Man arrested after hitting cars, fleeing on South Side | WPXI

A man was arrested after hitting two cars in the South Side early Saturday morning and then fleeing.

Police said initial investigations revealed that the driver, Kristopher Miller, 42, of West Virginia, struck one parked vehicle and one occupied vehicle and then drove the wrong way down 17th Street.

Police were able to stop Miller at East Carson and 14th streets and found four guns in his vehicle with no permit to carry, according to police. They also said he was visibly intoxicated.

Miller is charged with two counts of hit-and-run, reckless driving, driving under the influence, four counts of carrying a firearm without a license and multiple traffic violations.

Source: SOUTH SIDE HIT AND RUN: Man arrested after hitting cars, fleeing on South Side | WPXI