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Albertsons joins other retails with gun policy change

Following mass shootings last month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left a total of 31 people dead, a few major supermarket chains have changed their policy in an attempt to limit gun violence.

Albertsons has joined a list of retailers — including Walmart, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens — that have asked shoppers to not openly carry firearms.

“We want our stores to feel safe & welcoming for all, so we respectfully ask customers to not openly carry firearms in our stores unless they are authorized law enforcement officers,” the company said in a tweet.

KROGER JOINS WALMART IN ASKING CUSTOMERS TO ‘NO LONGER OPENLY CARRY FIREARMS’ IN STORES

Others responded to the tweet by Albertsons, including Dinah Miller, who wrote: “Thank you. No one needs a gun displayed around my Tom Thumb pharmacy or around little kids with their moms in the produce section. Signed, gun owner.”

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Albertsons has joined a list of supermarkets and stores that have asked shoppers to not openly carry firearms. (iStock)

The new supermarket changes will occur even in states where open-carry is legal in the hope it wards off potential shooters.

It’s not clear how the companies will implement or enforce their new policies, although a Walmart spokesperson told TIME that employees will be trained on how to deal with customers who walk in with a firearm. Other changes by Walmart include an announcement last Tuesday detailing the end of handgun sales in Alaska, and the discontinuation of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition sales nationwide.

“We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand,” company CEO, Doug McMillon said. “As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same.”

McMillon noted the store wouldn’t change its policy and approach regarding concealed-carry permits.

JESSICA PHILLIPS: A WEEK AFTER A MASS SHOOTING, WE IN WEST TEXAS RISE WITH STRENGTH AND OUR FAITH

Walmart previously raised the minimum age for firearm and ammunition purchase to 21, while Kroger stopped selling both in its Fred Meyer locations as a response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting in 2018.

The moves were praised by Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, who called upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA had responded to Walmart’s new policy on Sept. 3., by posting on Facebook: “Walmart pulls a Dick’s and disregards the Second Amendment.”

The post refers to Dick’s Sporting Goods decision to remove firearms and other hunting products from 125 of its stores. Nikolas Cruz, the Stoneman Douglas shooter, had previously bought a gun from Dick’s, although it was not used in the attack.

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Albertson Companies currently operates 34 stores across the United States.

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Remains of missing California mother of 3 discovered, husband arrested, sheriff’s office says

A search for a missing California mother of three came to a grisly end on Friday after her remains were discovered and her husband was arrested, according to officials.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday on Facebook that Anthony Gumina, 44, was initially arrested on an outstanding no-bail warrant for domestic violence.

Detectives then simultaneously conducted a search warrant Friday in the Pleasant Valley area of El Dorado County, where they discovered what is believed to be the remains of 33-year-old Heather Gumina, his wife.

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Anthony Gumina, left, was arrested for homicide after the remains of his wife, Heather Waters, were discovered Friday, officials said. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

“Following the discovery, EDSO detectives arrested Anthony Gumina for homicide,” the sheriff’s office said.

MOM OF CALIFORNIA WOMAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS SAYS SHE’S ‘DYING INSIDE’

Gumina – who was also known as Heather Waters – is a 33-year-old mother of three from the Pleasant Valley area, located about 50 miles east of Sacramento.

She had not been seen since July 15, when she was released from the hospital after being treated for a broken collarbone. She spoke to her mother after spending the night at the hospital and complained she was released too soon.

Her mother, Joanna Russel, told FOX40 on Saturday that family members always feared this would have been the end result, and were heartbroken on Saturday.

“We’re super sad about what happened and I don’t know if we’re ever going to be OK,” Russel told FOX40. “I miss my daughter.”

CALIFORNIA MOTHER OF 3 MISSING FOR A WEEK, HAD RECENTLY BROKEN COLLARBONE, FAMILY SAYS

Russel, who described her daughter as one of the “most giving, loyal people,” said the grim discovery weeks later was devastating.

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Heather Gumina, also known as Heather Waters, was reported missing in Northern California in July. (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

“I’m going to grieve for a very long time,” she told FOX40. “It’s like the world’s worst nightmare.”

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The sheriff’s office released a photo of Anthony Gumina under arrest, sitting down on what appeared to be a curb. Officials said in order to protect the integrity of their homicide investigation, not further information is being released at this time.

But while officials claim to have evidence linking Gumina to his wife’s death, a family member told FOX40 he believes the 44-year-old is innocent.

“I’m 100 percent positive that he didn’t do it,” Robert Shawaluk, a cousin of the Gumina, said Saturday. “He did nothing wrong. He loved her. He loved his wife. And for them to arrest him when he cooperated the whole time. He did nothing but cooperate with the cops.”

Fox News’ Christina Coleman contributed to this report.

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Cargo ship ‘listing heavily’ in Georgia port, crew evacuated, Coast Guard says

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All marine traffic into a major port in Georgia was subject to suspension early Sunday after a large cargo ship overturned, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Seventh District said on Twitter that it was joined by local agencies with “multiple rescue assets” on the scene after the Golden Ray cargo vessel was “listing heavily” near St. Simons Sound, Ga.

“The crew of the vessel is being evacuated at this time,” the Coast Guard said.

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Officials said that all vessel traffic in the Port of Brunswick is suspended unless approved by the captain of the port.

An image released by the Coast Guard showed the large ship turned to one side.

Further details on the status of the crew were not immediately available.

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The ship, a vehicles carrier, was built in 2017 and sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands, according to the vesselfinder.com.

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The Port of Brunswick is a major deepwater port in Georgia, which is comprised of three terminals that makes up the facility, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

“The port’s well-earned reputation for productivity and efficiency is heightened by its position as one of the fastest-growing auto and heavy machinery ports in North America,” the GPA’s website states. “Today, more than 12 major auto manufacturers, supported by three auto processors, utilize the Colonel’s Island Terminal.”

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Former inmates protest brutal beating of Florida woman by prison guards

Several women spoke out Saturday against what they say is a history of physical and sexual abuse and mistreatment at the largest women’s prison in Florida after an inmate was allegedly beaten so badly by four prison guards that she is now paralyzed from the neck down.

Attorneys for Cheryl Weimar filed a criminal complaint Thursday against the Florida Department of Corrections and four unnamed male prison guards. The lawsuit says the guards beat Weimar on Aug. 21 when she told them she was unable to clean a toilet at the Lowell Correctional Institution because of a pre-existing hip condition.

FEMALE INMATE BEATEN ‘WITHIN AN INCH OF DEATH’ BY FLORIDA PRISON GUARDS: LAWSUIT

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A photo of Cheryl Weimar before her incarceration. Her attorney is now pushing to be allowed to take photos and videos of her injuries. (Courtesy Ryan Andrews)

Since then, other former inmates have come forward to share their own stories of sexual and physical violence that they say has taken place for more than a decade at the second-largest women’s prison America.

Jordyn Cahill, a former Lowell inmate who says she used her time in prison to better herself and eventually became a certified paralegal, said in a message on YouTube that she is “astounded” by the attack on Weimar and detailed her own alleged experiences of sexual assault and harassment during her time there.

Cahill, who served eight years at the facility, ending in 2013, names nearly a dozen male officers in the video, pointedly asking them “do you remember” certain details of unwanted sexual advances towards her.

The former inmate said one officer who had a foot fetish refused to give her toilet paper until she showed him her toes. Another allegedly groped her and “forced your tongue down my throat and pushed all 300 pounds of your body against me.”

Cahill says yet another officer forced his hands down the back of her pants and groped her as she was leaving a room.

The Florida Department of Corrections did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the latest allegations.

“For Cheryl, and for any other incarcerated woman who has been physically abused or sexually abused by any officer, or any male inmate who has been sexually or physically abused by any officer, I am going to tell my story, I’m going to promote others to tell their story and I’m going to share the f— out of it,’’ Cahill said, adding that she is confident she would pass a lie detector test detailing her experiences.

Another formerly incarcerated woman posted on Instagram that she was sharing a photo of herself in a “And so I kept living,” t-shirt as “symbols of solidarity for our sisters who can’t speak for themselves. We will not be silenced.”

Change is Now, a prison activist group, posted a video on Facebook, that included photos of women who have died at Lowell due to abuse or medical neglect, the Miami Herald reported.

“Lowell Correctional family, friends and formerly incarcerated have sat silent long enough while our daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers and other women incarcerated in Lowell Correctional Institution have been harmed in one way or another,’’ the group said in a statement announcing a planned protest Saturday.

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“We will stand together united in silence as we scream for help for the women who remain incarcerated inside of Lowell Correctional Institution.’’

Weimar, 51, remains hospitalized and has to breathe and be fed through tubes as a result of her injuries, the lawsuit says.

The Florida Department of Corrections told Fox News it couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, but the guards alleged to have been involved in the incident have been reassigned to positions where they have no contact with inmates, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Illinois man left seriously injured after vicious bowling ball attack

Police in Illinois are on the hunt for a suspect who was caught on video smashing another man’s head with a bowling ball Wednesday night, an attack that briefly left the victim in a medically induced coma.

Damante Williams, 28, was involved in a fight at Town Hall Bowl in Cicero when another man picked up a bowling ball and threw it at him, striking Williams in the head, according to CBS Chicago

Investigators say the suspect fled the scene in a 2018 Range Rover with Wisconsin license plate AFS3400.

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Police are on the hunt for this suspect reportedly captured on video smashing another man in the head with a bowling ball at an event in the Chicago area on Wednesday night, resulting in the victim being placed in a coma. (Cicero Police Dept)

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Williams was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

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Tamekio Williams, the victim’s mother, told CBS Chicago that her son came out of his coma around 8:00 a.m. on Friday and his status is improving, although slowly.

“He knew who I was, but he’s still not all the way where I would like him to be, but I know in time he’ll get there,” she said.

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Tamekio Williams told the station the incident occurred after Damante allegedly bumped into someone he didn’t know that night, although she still doesn’t know what could have motivated her son’s attacker.

“To my understanding, he didn’t even know these people, so why would you hit somebody with a bowling ball in the head?” Williams said. “ … Someone came up from behind him when the security guard was holding him and threw a bowling ball and hit his head. Just bring this person to justice.”

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Police say no one called them to report the incident, but another patron at the bowling alley ran outside and flagged down an officer. The owner of Town Hall Bowl said the fight was isolated that night and security had been in place.

Police said anyone who recognizes the man who threw the bowling ball should call Cicero PD at 708-652-2130.

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College volleyball player killed in car crash while evacuating ahead of Hurricane Dorian: report

A Georgia college volleyball player was killed in a car crash last weekend while evacuating ahead of Hurricane Dorian, according to reports.

Karissa Tatum, 21, was a junior at Savannah State University (SSU) and played the right-side hitter position for the women’s volleyball team.

Leaving before Hurricane Dorian reached the area, Tatum and some friends were driving home to LaFayette, Ga. on Sunday when her car hydroplaned on I-16 and struck a tree, according to WSAV.

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Karissa Tatum, 21, was a sophomore at Savannah State University who was killed in a car accident while evacuating ahead of Hurricane Dorian (Savannah State University Athletics)

Tatum was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. She had just turned 21 on Aug. 23.

Tatum was a star athlete at LaFayette High School, whose volleyball team school posted a tribute to Tatum on Facebook Thursday, calling her “the epitome of a competitor” who “will be greatly missed.”

“She didn’t care who you were, she was gonna show up and show out. Karissa knew she wanted going to play D1 athletics, so she did it,” the post read. “Everyone that knew Karissa, was lucky to meet a special person. While she was only teammates with 2 of our current Lady Ramblers, her legacy as a Rambler and dedication the program helped pave the way for the current Ramblers. Karissa helped build the foundation for what we now have.”

“She was like a best friend, she was a great person, she would give anything to anybody. She would do anything to make you smile,” De’Antonette Rodriguez, Tatum’s teammate and roommate told WSAV.

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John Waldon, a LaFayette High School teacher, also posted a tribute on his Facebook page.

“My heart is heavy right now. The world lost a bright light,” said Waldon. “Please pray for the Tatum family as they cope with the loss of their sweet daughter, Karissa…She was such a joy. Such a painful loss for the LaFayette community.”

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On Thursday, after learning of Karissa’s death, her former volleyball team swept two matches with Tatum’s initials written on their legs and the team wearing orange and blue, the colors of SSU, according to the Walker County Messenger.

Students were able to return to Savannah State University campus Saturday, days after Hurricane Dorian left the area.

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MIT Media Lab director resigns after report on financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein

A top official at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) resigned Saturday after acknowledging this past week that he went around the university’s official designation of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein as a  “disqualified” donor and continued to accept gifts from him for a prestigious research lab.

Joichi Ito, the director of the Media Lab at MIT, admitted that he accepted a $525,000 donation from Epstein after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to solicitation of prostitution involving an underage victim, according to a report by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow.

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“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as Director of the Media Lab and as a Professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” Ito said in an email to the provost and president of the university that he shared with The New York Times.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif said he had requested an independent investigation to address the “deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein.” Reif disclosed last month that the school took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years. That announcement followed the resignation of two prominent researchers from Media Lab over the revelations of Epstein’s ties to the Cambridge University.

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However, the New Yorker reported that Epstein, a Level 3 registered sex offender at the time, arranged at least $7.5 million in donations. That amount included a $2 million gift from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a $5.5 million donation from investor Leon Black, with Epstein acting as a sort of proxy for the funds, according to emails dated October 2014 which were reviewed by The New Yorker.

A spokesperson for Gates told the magazine that these allegations were “completely false,” and Black declined to comment.

“[T]he acceptance of the Epstein gifts involved a mistake of judgment,” Reif said in a statement. “We are actively assessing how best to improve our policies, processes and procedures to fully reflect MIT’s values and prevent such mistakes in the future. Our internal review process continues, and what we learn from it will inform the path ahead.”

Internal emails and correspondence between MIT administrative officials also revealed how university officials went to great lengths to conceal Epstein’s identity on subsequent gifts, while simultaneously accepting high dollar donations from other wealthy donors that Epstein had convinced to contribute to the prestigious university program.

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Still, MIT staff members in Ito’s office refrained from using Epstein’s name when scheduling meetings with him, instead referring to him only by his initials. Signe Swenson, a former development associate and alumni coordinator at the lab who resigned in 2015 because of Epstein’s continued involvement, told the magazine that donations from the financier had to be kept “anonymous” and that some staff in Ito’s office called Epstein “Voldemort” or “he who must not be named,” a reference to the villain of the “Harry Potter” book series.

Epstein was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10 at a New York City prison and his death was ruled a suicide. The 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Prosecutors allege Epstein paid girls as young as 14 years old hundreds of dollars in cash for massages before molesting them at his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 through 2005.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Dorian puts spotlight on homes barely recovered from Florence

Hurricane Dorian‘s lashing of the Carolinas with rain and flooding has shone a spotlight and a strain on some families who still haven’t recovered a year after Hurricane Florence.

“Florence was horrible because it stuck around for so long and we had tons of rain right before the hurricane. The ground is saturated and some trees were just coming down everywhere,” said Charlie Blanton, a homeowner in North Carolina.

One of those trees crushed Charlie Blanton’s family home. He says he still has several months of work left to repair the damages. He says it will cost $150,000 to fix everything up.

“The fan that was up here had water pouring down off of it, right there in the middle of the room,” he said, as he described the damage done to the roof of his home.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence caused $22 billion in damages in North Carolina. There is currently no estimate available yet for Hurricane Dorians.

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One of those trees crushed Charlie Blanton’s family home. He says he still has several months of work left to repair the damages. He says it will cost $150,000 to fix everything up. (Elina Shirazi)

“We were just hoping that we wouldn’t have another tree fall through. We still have one tree in the front of the house that is old. We did some hurricane prepping, we brought everything inside that was outside, but we were also prepping the house that we’re standing in now, so we just basically had constant worry during the whole storm,” Blanton said.

Charlie says several houses in the area are still rebuilding. Due to the destruction, his daughter says she can still barely recognize the home.

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“This was my room. Sadly, it’s no longer very much of a room. We had a bunk bed over there in the back corner, a toilet right here, which we don’t have anymore,” said Bernadette Blanton.

The Blantons have been staying with friends for over a year. About 400 families are still living in temporary housing since Florence.

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About 400 families are still living in temporary housing since Florence. (Elina Shirazi)

For Charlie, with Dorian behind him, he says he hasn’t let his guard down. He is ready for what comes next.

“We absolutely dodged a bullet and I hope that we can get our house done before the next hurricane comes because we’ll be ready and now we know what to do.”

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While skies are looking clear in the Carolinas post-Dorian, there are still roughly 240,000 power outages reported across the Carolinas. The storm is now reportedly setting its sights for Canada.

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Arizona hiker falls to her death while climbing Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome

An Arizona woman plunged to her death Thursday while ascending the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in California‘s Yosemite National Park, officials said.

The victim was identified as Danielle Burnett, 29, of Lake Havasu City, park rangers said.

In a statement, park officials said Burnett “fell over 500 feet down steep, rocky terrain, and was deceased when Park Rangers arrived on the scene,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. (iStock)

She was scaling the steepest part of the trail when she fell, a Yosemite spokesman said.

Half Dome rises more than 8,800 feet above Yosemite Valley. Park visitors hope to be drawn in a daily lottery as one of 300 people who are permitted to try the 14-mile trek to the top, the Visalia Times Delta reported.

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Cables are installed each summer to assist hikers making the climb up the signature rock face attraction.

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Yosemite was investigating the incident.

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Ronan Farrow claims MIT concealed Jeffrey Epstein donations despite sex offender conviction

Ronan Farrow published a new expose Friday alleging that Jeffrey Epstein continued to donate to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab despite before a “disqualified donor” because of his sex offender conviction.

In his report published in The New Yorker, Farrow claims that the elite university continued to accept gifts from Epstein and marked them as anonymous to avoid “disclosing their full extent, both publically and within the university.”

“Perhaps most notably, Epstein appeared to serve as an intermediary between the lab and other wealthy donors, soliciting millions of dollars in donations from individuals and organizations, including the technologist and philanthropist Bill Gates and the investor Leon Black,” he wrote.

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Farrow said Epstein was credited with securing at least $7.5 million in donations – including $2 million from Gates and $5.5 million from Black.

A spokesperson for Gates told The New Yorker that “any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false.” Meanwhile, Black declined to comment.

Farrow then alleges that the MIT Media Lab went to great lengths to hide its relationship with Epstein, including only identifying him by his initials for any meetings scheduled with the lad’s director.

“The effort to conceal the lab’s contact with Epstein was so widely known that some staff in the office of the lab’s director, Joi Ito, referred to Epstein as Voldemort or ‘he who must not be named,’” Farrow continued, referencing the moniker used for the villain in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series.

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Signe Swenson, a former development associate and alumni coordinator at the lab, told Farrow that the lab’s leadership made it explicit that any donations from Epstein had to be kept secret. She recalled Ito said that “we can take small gifts anonymously.”

Swenson said she resigned in 2016 due to Epstein’s involvement, telling Farrow that Epstein was accompanied by two young women at a meeting with the lab’s leadership. She said she and other staff were fearful of the women’s safety.

“We literally had a conversation about how, on the off chance that they’re not there by choice, we could maybe help them,” she said.

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The university revealed last month that it had accepted $800,000 from Epstein’s foundations over 20 years and has apologized for it.

“With hindsight, we recognize with shame and distress that we allowed MIT to contribute to the elevation of his reputation, which in turn served to distract from his horrifying acts. No apology can undo that,” MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, said in a statement.

A university spokesman told The New Yorker that they are “looking at the facts surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s gifts to the institute.”

Fox News’ request for comment was not immediately returned Saturday morning.

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Epstein, 66, died last month in his prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City from suicide. He was awaiting trial for the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., between 2002 and 2005.

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