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

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP HOMICIDE: Police arrest suspect in 23-year-old man’s death | WPXI

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Police have arrested the man they say is responsible for shooting and killing a 23-year-old in Oakland Township Wednesday morning.

Alec Miller was on the run for more than 24 hours after police discovered Maximilian Halterman’s body inside a home on Davis Road.

Miller, along with Robbie Dunbar, 27, and Lamaria Franklin, are all behind bars.

Source: OAKLAND TOWNSHIP HOMICIDE: Police arrest suspect in 23-year-old man’s death | WPXI

Trump signs executive order on campus free speech | TheHill

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at protecting free speech on college campuses, in an event attended by students who say their conservative views have been infringed upon.

The new order will require higher education institutions to certify that they are enforcing free speech standards in order to receive grants through the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Defense, among other agencies.

“Under the guise of speech codes, and safe spaces, and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans,” Trump said at a signing ceremony.

Source: Trump signs executive order on campus free speech | TheHill

Over 40 dead, dozens injured in Chinese chemical plant explosion

BEIJING — The death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday.

Thursday’s blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng is China’s worst industrial accident in years. Nearly 1,000 area residents have been moved to safety as of Friday as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said in a statement posted to its official microblog.

Windows in buildings as far as about 3 miles were blown out by the force of the blast.

The city government statement said 3,500 medical workers at 16 hospitals had been mobilized to treat the injured, dozens of whom remain in critical condition.

The cause of the blast remained under investigation.

Source: Over 40 dead, dozens injured in Chinese chemical plant explosion

Walmart to discontinue popular price-matching program | WPXI

Walmart recently announced it will discontinue its Savings Catcher program, a price-matching tool that refunds customers for any price difference between the big box retailer’s price and a competitor’s price for the same item.

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The last eReceipt via the program will be processed on May 14.


Here’s how the program works: First, shoppers scan their receipts. If a lower price is detected, the customer is then issued a Walmart gift card with the difference loaded to the card.

“Since the introduction of the program, we’ve worked hard to lower prices on thousands of everyday items across our stores, which has resulted in our prices winning the vast majority of the time when you submit receipts to Savings Catcher,” read a statement on Walmart’s website.

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US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects.

Source: US judge halts hundreds of drilling projects in groundbreaking climate change ruling | Environment | The Guardian

Jenny McCarthy Hits Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters With Wild Accusations in ‘The View’ Expose | Entertainment Tonight

The TV host doesn’t hold back in an excerpt of the upcoming expose, ‘Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.’

Jenny McCarthy doesn’t hold back.

The 46-year-old TV personality opens up about her “miserable” year at the view from 2013 to 2014 in Ramin Setoodeh’s upcoming expose, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View; in an excerpt just published by Vulture, McCarthy accuses Whoopi Goldberg of being controlling, and compares Barbara Walters to Mommie Dearest.

“You know the movie Mommie Dearest? I remember as a child watching that movie and going, ‘Holy cow!’ I’ve never seen a woman yell like that before until I worked with Barbara Walters,” McCarthy candidly says.

Before the former model joined The View as a co-host in season 17, she appeared on the program to discuss her book, which argued that vaccines weakened her son’s immune system and triggered his autism. Upon arriving at the studio, McCarthy recalls being asked by a producer to meet with Walters. “I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” she claims. “She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.”

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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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