Eva Longoria and other celebrities write letters of support for actress Felicity Huffman ahead of her sentencing

(CNN)Actress Felicity Huffman is asking for a year’s probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, a new filing from her attorneys says. In their filing, Huffman’s attorneys claim her conduct during the trial was “completely out of character.” “Nothing about her ‘history and characteristics’ require a prison sentence; in fact, consideration of the life Ms. Huffman has lived points decisively in the opposite direction,” the attorneys wrote. The US government requested in a separate filing on Friday that the actress be sentenced to a month of prison followed by 12 months of supervised release and pay a $20,000 fine. In the memorandum, the government called Huffman’s decision to cheat …

Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers had their day in court, but not in the way they had hoped for

(CNN)Jeffrey Epstein‘s accusers finally had their day in court Tuesday, but not in the way they had hoped for. The case in New York had nearly restored their hope, they said. Then, Epstein’s death by suicide left them shattered, once again. But no longer would he rob them of their voices, they said. Some called on prosecutors to pursue charges against those implicated in Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring. Others made public for the first time heartbreaking accounts of being coaxed into Epstein’s grip with promises of fame, only to experience rape and other forms of physical and emotional abuse. Here are edited excerpts from some of the victims’ statements: Courtney Wild: He is a coward Jeffrey Epstein robbed myself …

Puerto Rico swears in third governor in less than a week

(CNN)Puerto Rico’s Justice Secretary Wanda Vzquez Garced was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the third governor that the financially and politically troubled island has had in less than a week. “In light of the decision by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, I must step aside and support the Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico,” he said. Pierluisi added, “This is a time when we must all unite for Puerto Rico, leaving behind any partisan, ideological or personal agendas. In other words, this is a time for unity of purpose for the benefit of Puerto Rico, until our people have the opportunity to choose their future leaders in next year’s elections.” Moments after his statement, the governor’s office tweeted a photo …

Puerto Rico’s outgoing governor nominates a new secretary of state, who would be next in line as governor

(CNN)Ricardo Rossell, the outgoing governor of Puerto Rico, has called for a special legislative session to try to confirm Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia as the next secretary of state and possibly his successor. Pierluisi, 60, served as Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner, the island’s sole representative in Congress, from 2009-2017. He also previously served as Puerto Rico’s secretary of justice under former Gov. Pedro Rosselló, the current governor’s father. Pierluisi has been working as a corporate lawyer for the O’Neill & Borges law firm in San Juan. The firm represents the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico — which Congress created in 2016 to help manage territory’s financial crisis. His brother-in-law is the head of the board, known as la …

Private leaked texts, massive protests and a governor’s downfall: A timeline of Puerto Rico’s political unrest

(CNN)Hundreds of thousands of people took the streets of Puerto Rico to bring down Gov. Ricardo Rossell. Two former Puerto Rico officials, the island’s education secretary and the head of the health insurance administration, were arrested on corruption charges. They were accused ofdirecting millions of dollars in government contracts to politically connected contractors. July 11 After the arrests, the governor returned home from a previously scheduled family vacation outside the US territory and a few messages from a private Telegram chat with his inner circle were leaked. He apologized for referring to a former New York official with an expletive in those messages. “I want to apologize for the expressions that I wrote in a private chat,” Rosselló told reporters. …

At least 3 dead, 11 injured in shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California

(CNN)At least three people are dead and 11 people are injured after a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, according to law enforcement and medical officials. Alexiou said the victims are in fair to serious condition. The suspects used “some sort of tool” to cut through the perimeter fence to gain access to the festival, Smithee said. There were no posted security cameras at the festival. The Gilroy Police Department tweeted that the scene is still active. A law enforcement source told CNN they have recovered a firearm and rifle ammunition from the shooting. “The hearts of Gilroy PD and entire community go out to the victims of today’s shooting at the Garlic Festival,” the tweet said. …

A collection of photos from Ebony and Jet magazines is auctioned off for $30 million

(CNN)An archive of over 4 million historic photos from Ebony and Jet magazines was sold at auction Thursday for $30 million to a group of foundations. Though it’s unclear when the photos will be on public display, Miller said that the next step is inspecting all the materials and making sure all of the archives are properly documented so they can be digitized. The history of the modern African-American experience The archive contains photos from 1945 to 2015, with about 1 million printed images, 3 million negatives and contact sheets, and several thousand hours of video footage. In total, the collection is worth about $47 million. “There is no greater repository of the history of the modern African-American experience than …

Impeachment committee forms in Puerto Rico as protesters call for Gov. Rossell to resign

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)As thousands of people crowded the streets calling for Gov. Ricardo Rossell to step down, the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives created a special committee on Friday to advise him on whether the governor committed impeachable offenses. “We are here to order this evaluation, one that will be transparent and responsible,” he said. “I thank this group of lawyers for giving a step forward in this historic moment for Puerto Rico. We will thoroughly evaluate the conclusions of this committee so we can proceed.” The chaos in Puerto Rico follows the Center for Investigative Journalism’s publication of nearly 900 pages ofleaked chats from the governor’s private Telegram Messenger group in which he and 11 …

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell announces he will not run for reelection next year

(CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossell announced Sunday that he will not run for reelection next year and is resigning as the president of the New Progressive Party, following protests over the past week. Hundreds of protesters near La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, listened to the announcement on their phones, holding their devices up to their ears as they struggled to hear. Rosselló did not say he would resign as governor of the US territory, upsetting protesters who have been calling for his resignation after offensive private chat messages between Rosselló and his inner circle were made public last week. The Center for Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of leaked chats from the governor’s private Telegram Messenger group, in which …

Barricades overturned and tear gas fired in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to resign amid text scandal

(CNN)Heated protests raged on through the night Wednesday in Puerto Rico, culminating in demonstrators overturning barricades and police firing tear gas onto the crowd. “He needs to know that no one in Puerto Rico wants him,” another protester told the crowd. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Capitol for one of the week’s largest protests Wednesday and walked together to the governor’s official residence, known locally as La Fortaleza. Before reaching the governor’s mansion, protesters walked playing tambourines, and banging pots and pans along with some of Puerto Rico’s biggest stars. Singer and actor Ricky Martin, reggaeton star Bad Bunny and rapper René Pérez Joglar, known as Residente, joined protesters in the American territory’s capital. “This government has …

‘Ricky resign!’: Protests rage in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to resign amid text scandal

(CNN)Crowds of demonstrators are flooding the streets near Puerto Rico’s Capitol, demanding the immediate resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossell. Bad Bunny held a sign saying “Ricky resign” in Spanish. Protesters holding Puerto Rican flags, playing tambourines, and banging pots and pans were walking through the narrow streets of Old San Juan on their way to the governor’s official residence, known locally as La Fortaleza. Similar demonstrations were also planned in Miami and Orlando, Florida. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, former New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attended protests at New York’s Union Square. “I’m so numb from politics in America. But the people of Puerto Rico are numb and they are waking us all up. I’m going to have their …

Robert Blake Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Emmy-award winning actor Robert Blake. Father: James Gubitosi Mother: Elizabeth Gubitosi Marriages: Pamela Hudak (March 2017-December 7, 2018, divorced); Bonny Lee Bakley (November 15, 2000-May 4, 2001, her death); Sondra Kerry (November 25, 1961-September 12, 1983, divorced) Children: with Bonny Lee Bakley: Rose, June 2000; with Sondra Kerry: Delinah, August 1966; Noah, February 1965 Military: US Army Other Facts:American actor best known for his Emmy winning role in the 1970s TV program “Baretta.” Won acclaim for his portrayal of murderer Perry King in the movie “In Cold Blood,” based on the book by Truman Capote. He played Mickey in the “Our Gang” comedies in the 1930s and 1940s. Nominated for four Emmy …

Harris dropped a bomb on Biden that’s bigger than politics

(CNN)“Black people will forgive anything!” Countless big-name pastors caught with their hands in the collection plate or on a parishioner. We forgive. But when I watched Sen. Kamala Harris’ exquisite takedown of Joe Biden this week over his past opposition to busing, an odd thought occurred to me: Maybe we are getting tired of being such a “forgiving people,” and that might not be so bad. Most commentators portray Harris’ exchange with Biden during the second night of the Democratic debate as a potential game-changer for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Harris dropped a bomb on Biden that’s bigger than politics. She exposed a psychological shift in some parts of the black community that’s been building for years. The old …

Mario Batali faces criminal charge in alleged Boston groping incident

(CNN)Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge in Boston after a woman reported that he groped her in March 2017. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office did not release the accuser’s name in this case, but the facts match up with details from a lawsuit filed in 2018 by a Boston-area woman. CNN previously reported on a lawsuit filed against Batali by a Boston-area woman named Natali Tene, who claimed that, at the Back Bay neighborhood restaurant in 2017, Batali rubbed her breasts, kissed her repeatedly and groped her buttocks and groin area after he spotted her taking photos of him, and offered to take a selfie with her, according to the complaint. “Batali’s actions were without warning …

Some very good dogs, a chance encounter and a kind police officer

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week Some very good dogs Look at these smiling faces! These aren’t just any extremely photogenic (and patient) dogs. These are some of the 14 therapy dogs that visit students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They were brought in after last year’s devastating shooting to provide healing and comfort, and now, they’re basically like family. So much so, they even got their own page in this year’s school yearbook. MSD’s yearbook adviser …

Parkland therapy dogs have their own special yearbook page

(CNN)This year’s edition of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yearbook features some very good boys and girls. Their presence has brought joy and comfort when the MSD community needed it most, so it only seemed right to honor them with a special yearbook page and some expert canine portraiture.