LA financial executive tipped authorities to college admissions scandal for leniency in fraud case, report says

FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN MOCKED BY FELLOW CELEBRITIES OVER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CHEATING SCANDAL Tobin, who attended Yale University, told investigators that the Yale head women’s soccer coach had sought a bribe in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school, the news outlet said. His tip led to the recent revelations about the college consultant, William Singer. Federal prosecutors said Singer led a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed sports coaches and other officials to get their children entry to elite universities. More than 50 people have been charged — prominent among them were TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or …

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

Flint water crisis shows the danger of a scientific dark age

(CNN)After comedian Michelle Wolf ended her monologue at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner with the resounding mic drop: “Flint still doesn’t have clean water,” a parade of celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Omarosa Manigault, shared similar proclamations. For starters, there is no such thing as completely safe drinking water. Even bottled water has some risks, ranging from bacteria to microplastics. Meanwhile, Flint still has extremely high water costs, according to a Michigan Radio analysis, and an oversized antiquated water system, which contributed to the initial water crisis in Flint. However, this kind of system also exists and endangers public health in thousands of other American towns and cities. In other words, claiming Flint water is …

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …

Ex-Yale Law admissions dean: These are the victims of cheating scandal I worry about

(CNN)The FBI’s arrest of more than 50 people associated with what may be the largest college admissions cheating scandal in history has exposed how access to resources and connections can distort the admissions process — to an allegedly illegal extreme — and hurt ordinary applicants. As a former admissions dean at Yale Law School, I worry about another group of victims: future talented college applicants from underprivileged backgrounds who may opt out of reaching for the most selective schools, believing that the deck is already stacked against them. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Unfortunately, the case also magnifies applicants’ worst fears about the process and provides fodder for naysayers, such as cynical parents or counselors, to tell students — …

She invests in tech founders others overlook

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working

Arlan Hamilton stands out in Silicon Valley not just because she’s a black investor in a white male-dominated field, but because she’s laser-focused on investing in female, minority and LGBTQ entrepreneurs. Judith McKenna: Walmart spent $16 billion to break into India. She has to make it work Gwynne Shotwell: She turns Elon Musk’s bold space ideas into a real business Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles That curiosity led her down an information-seeking spiral that included years of research into startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. One revelation: “Everybody’s saying ‘no’ to even talking to the black [founders], like, no matter what they’re working on,” Hamilton said. “And in some cases, they were working on stuff that was so much more …

Snapchat always proved critics wrong. Then Evan Spiegel pushed for a redesign

Most CEOs would probably prefer not to overhaul their core businesses less than a year after an initial public offering. It’s a pivotal period when executives look to play up their company’s stability and growth to a world of potential new investors on Wall Street. Arlan Hamilton: She invests in tech founders others ignore. And it’s working Mary Barra: Her impatience could save GM. ‘Time is not our friend’ Read all 14 Risk Takers profiles The plan: separate content from friends and publishers — and celebrity users — while attracting new users by making the app easier to use. Spiegel said at the time that the move could be “disruptive” to Snap’s business. That proved to be an understatement. A …

Jennie Garth fires back at fans who criticized her for not posting Luke Perry tribute: Please dont judge

GWYNETH PALTROW POSTS PHOTO WITH EX CHRIS MARTIN’S MOM, NEW MOTHER-IN-LAW ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY “These women,” she captioned the post, which marked the first time she posted on the photo-sharing platform since Perry’s death. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms

(CNN)The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk, according to a new study of over 650,000 children. With anti-vaccine groups becoming more vocal and even celebrities and politicians spreading fear of vaccines, Hviid and his team wanted to provide solid scientific answers. The biggest contribution of the study was the inclusion of children at risk of autism, said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who was not involved in the new research. He hopes the latest piece of evidence will reassure families with young children at risk of developing autism spectrum disorder that the vaccine will …

‘Get rich quick’ belief of crypto investors

Despite the hype, very few people actually put their money into this kind of unregulated investment, according to the Financial Conduct Authority’s research. Its findings suggested: Only 3% of those asked in the FCA’s survey had ever bought cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin Those who do buy cryptocurrency tend to spend less than £200 Just one in 100 people who have not done so said they would in the future Cryptocurrency is primarily understood by men aged 20 to 44, but 73% of all those asked said they could not define it “Despite this lack of understanding, the cryptoasset owners interviewed were often looking for ways to ‘get rich quick’ citing friends, acquaintances and social media influencers as key motivations for …

Luke Perry, Star Of ‘90210’ And ‘Riverdale,’ Dies At 52

Luke Perry, who rose to fame in the early 1990s with the popular Fox drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday at the age of 52, his publicist confirmed to HuffPost. suffered a stroke at his Sherman Oaks, California, home last week. Perry’s friends and family were with him at the time of death, his publicist said in a statement.  Although he appeared in soap operas like “Loving” and “Another World,” his star didn’t rise until he was cast as brooding loner Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 1990. Perry starred on the hit show for the first five seasons before leaving to attempt a film career. ran from 2008 to 2013. Riverdale.” He also filmed a role for “Once …

Thatcher’s link to alternative medicine

Also included among them is a briefing from a young David Cameron on the European single market. ‘You still look 25’ In this most recent batch of files released by the foundation, letters show that Dame Barbara corresponded with Baroness Thatcher fairly regularly and lunched with her. Dame Barbara is best known for her historical romance fiction and was most prolific in the 1970s and 80s when she also appeared regularly on television. Even aged in her 80s, she was writing an average of 23 books a year.

TV presenter Magenta Devine dies aged 61

She is survived by her father Gerald Taylor, her sisters Gillian and Georgina and her brother Nicholas. She had no children. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Magenta Devine with Martin Degville of Sigue Sigue Sputnik Devine started out as a music publicist, going on to promote her then-boyfriend’s band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. She sought treatment in the 1990s for heroin addiction and depression and was declared bankrupt in 2003. “When I went into rehab, it was considered shameful to admit needing help for depression or drug addiction,” she wrote in 2007. “Now it is almost like a badge of honour for modern celebrities.” Tributes have been paid to the presenter, who also wrote articles and opinion pieces for The …

Mario Batali sells stake in his restaurant group

New York (CNN Business)Embattled celebrity chef Mario Batali has sold his stake in the chain of restaurants that helped to make him famous, more than a year after he was accused of sexual misconduct. In a statement to CNN Business, Batali said he has reached an agreement with Joe Bastianich and no longer has any stake in the restaurants. “I wish him the best of luck in the future,” Batali said. Batali stepped away from the restaurant business in December 2017, when the restaurant news website Eater published an investigation that included allegations of misconduct. Eater’s report included accounts of four women who claimed that Batali “touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that appears to span at least …

Starbucks’ newest drink is made with egg-white powder

New York (CNN Business)Starbucks just unveiled its latest coffee drink: The cloud macchiato, made with egg-white powder. The cloud macchiato comes in caramel and cinnamon flavors. The coffee company first teased the cloud macchiato during its investor day in December as an example of how the company is innovating its iced beverages. Cold drinks “have contributed to more than 80% of our beverage growth over the last two years,” Starbucks Chief Operations Officer Rosalind Brewer said at the event. Starbucks’ new cloud macchiato also may have a celebrity tie-in. Rumors swirled that pop singer Ariana Grande may be involved in the product launch after Grande and Starbucks posted matching tweets. “We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s and were excited …