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College admissions scandal mastermind tried to get other Stanford coaches to bite on potential sports recruits

The college admissions scandal mastermind approached several Stanford University coaches about potential sports recruits over the last 10 years, the school said Tuesday.

Stanford’s former head sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, was the only Cardinal coach who went along with the scheme proposed by Rick Singer, an independent investigation funded by the university revealed.

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“Singer directly or indirectly approached seven Stanford coaches about potential recruits between 2009 and 2019,” Stanford University president Mark Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement. He added that there was no evidence anyone but the sailing coach “agreed to support a Singer client in exchange for a financial consideration.”

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William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, leaves federal court in Boston after pleading guilty on March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The names of other coaches contacted by Singer were not revealed. The report also did not detail the communications between Singer and the coaches.

Vandemoer pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted $770,000 in contributions to the program for agreeing to recommend to prospective students for admission. However, the university said neither student was admitted to the school.

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Vandemoer coached the Cardinal sailing team from 2009 to 2019. His teams won 29 Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference spring championships and made it to the semifinals of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Championships each year. He previously coached at the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

He was sentenced to one day in prison over the scandal and was the first person to receive a sentence of any kind. Before receiving his sentence in June, Vandemoer issued an apology.

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John Vandemoer, former head sailing coach at Stanford, arrives at federal court in Boston on March 12, 2019.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“The career I worked for 20 years is gone,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “My freedom is in jeopardy … I deserve all this. I caused it. And for that, I am deeply ashamed.”

Singer has since pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. The nationwide scandal has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents, including former “Full House” star Lori Loughlin.

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Coaches at several other schools, including Yale and Georgetown, also admitted to charges in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jack Brewer: Trump’s support from African-Americans is growing – Here’s why Dems will be surprised

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James Prince, the most respected man in hip-hop, is among the growing number of black Americans – including me – who are recognizing that President Trump has accomplished some very good things for the African-American community.

I’m one of those who have become full-fledged supporters of the president and want to see him reelected. Others, like Prince, haven’t endorsed Trump for reelection at this point, but support some of the president’s policies and appreciate what he has done.

We also recognized that while Democrats make big promises to black voters in the run-up to every election, too often those promises are forgotten once the polls close. In part that’s because Democrats take our votes for granted – they just assume the vast majority of black people will vote Democratic. If more of us voted for Republicans, candidates in both parties would do more to compete for our votes.

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Yet too often, black supporters of President Trump and other Republican candidates are looked down on by many of our fellow African-Americans as sellouts or Uncle Toms – as if voting for Democrats was a requirement for being considered authentically black in America today. This is ridiculous.

White people vote for both Democrats and Republicans, and no one questions their “whiteness” based on who they vote for. So why should being black have such a strong association with voting for Democrats?

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I know it was a long time ago, but let’s not forget that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and the biggest supporters of segregation in the South before the civil rights movement reached full strength were Democrats.

Fortunately, President Trump appears to be picking up well-deserved support in the black community.

In fact, recent polls from Emerson College and Rasmussen show Trump has about a 34 percent approval rating from registered black voters. Most other polls show the president’s approval rating among black voters at only about 10 percent.

We don’t know how that black support today will translate into votes in the presidential election a year from now, but Trump clearly has a good shot at getting a bigger share of the black vote than the 8 percent he received in 2016.

James Prince – also known as J. Prince – is a music executive, promoter, CEO of Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, and manager of boxer Andre Ward and previously Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For 35 years Prince has worked to promote Houston’s rap scene and rap artists and he’s now working to help build a better future for underprivileged neighborhoods and the people who live there.

Prince may be best known for his discovery of the music phenom Drake, who recently wrote the forward to Prince’s book “The Art and Science of Respect.”

In the black community, Prince is feared by many and respected by just about all. Many rappers talk a big game in their lyrics, but they all kiss the ring of J. Prince. For this reason, Prince’s favorable comments about President Trump deserve our attention.

Prince has shown that hip-hop culture does not belong to the Democratic Party. I grew up in Texas embracing this culture, keeping the music of Ghetto Boys, UGK, 8 Ball and many of my other favorite Southern rappers on repeat. The music covered a lot of topics, but the Democratic Party wasn’t one of them.

Hip-hop culture definitely had its flaws with the glorification and promotion of sex, drugs and alcohol. But the one thing that it always represented was respect. That is something every American deserves.

President Trump can take credit for many achievements that have benefitted the black community.

The president’s tax cuts, elimination of unnecessary government regulations, and other policies have driven black unemployment and the black poverty rate to record lows. These policies have sparked a renaissance in manufacturing and other jobs that has benefitted not just black Americans, but all Americans.

And the many Opportunity Zones the president has created in low-income and predominantly black areas have revitalized areas neglected under Democratic administrations.

The president has also advocated for school choice that has given students in underperforming public schools the option of attending schools where they can get a better education. Many of the students benefitting from school choice are black.

In addition, President Trump has increased support for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, which continue to play an important role in the education of young black men and women.

Prince focused on the First Step Act in commenting favorably about President Trump on social media.

Trump signed the First Step Act into law in December 2018. The law allows non-violent convicts to get out of prison earlier and reenter society as productive members of their communities.

Black people benefitted disproportionately from this long-overdue reform that reversed the “get tough on crime” policies of Democrats in years past, which led to mass incarceration.

In a heartfelt statement, J. Prince wrote the following about the president’s signing of the First Step Act into law: “20 years ago my friend and brother got a life sentence by the Federal System with a release date of 2087. A lot of things have taken place between then and now so you can only imagine how much we will have to catch up on.

“Loss of time is something you can never get back but the time that we have now and moving forward is so important. That brings me to the law that was recently passed called First Step Act which is the reason my homie as so many others are being freed from the bondage of racism which is what caused them to get such an astronomical amount of time in the first place.

“There is a question mark in my mind and so many others on why the Democrats didn’t pass this law when they claim they represent the people. This First Step Act was signed off by Trump, a Republican President. The truth is the truth and facts are facts. With that being said I don’t care who don’t like it.”

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While J. Prince may be the most culturally respected black voice to speak out in support of Trump policies, Kanye West deserves a lot of credit for being brave enough to be one of the first.

Trust me, I know how much courage this takes, as I confessed to the world in an op-ed why I voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

Now a group called Black Voices for Trump has formed and launched a campaign in November to get the truth out about what President Trump has done for the black community and to help the president boost his share of the black vote.

The president flew to Atlanta to speak to several hundred people attending the group’s launch event.

“The Democrats have let you down,” President Trump said. “They’ve dismissed you. They’ve hurt you. They’ve sabotaged you for far too long.”

Look for more prominent black Americans to urge more people in the African-American community to take a clear-eyed look at the candidates for president in 2020.

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I think if more people from my community approach President Trump with an open mind and look at his record, more will support him for reelection. That’s a good thing. Democrats shouldn’t expect to get our votes automatically.

Black Americans finally have a president who is delivering on his promises to us with results our ancestors dreamed about. Now it’s time to use common sense to embrace President Trump’s policies over his personality.

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South Korea to send food, radiation detector to Tokyo Olympics over Fukushima radiation fears

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The Tokyo Olympics are approaching and South Korea is taking steps to make sure their Olympic athletes are not going to be ingesting any kind of contaminated food as a result of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The Korea Sports & Olympic Committee (KSOC) plans to buy radiation detectors and ship its own food to Japan for its athletes during the Olympics, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing a KSOC meals plan report. Red Pepper and other foods are among the items that will be shipped and a radiation detector will check for any signs of radiation in meat and vegetables from local areas.

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“Apparently, ingredients and food will be transported from South Korea as much as possible, possibly including canned food,” Shin Dong-keun, a member of the parliamentary sports committee who was briefed by the sports committee, told Reuters. “For this Olympic games, food is our team’s main focus so they can provide safe meals for the athletes to erase radiation worries, as opposed to in the past, food was meant to play the supplementary role of helping with their morale.”

The Olympic committee plans to have Korean restaurants prepare food for the nation’s baseball and softball players competing in Fukushima.

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A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan in 2011, rocking the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station and causing three reactor meltdowns. Radiation from the reactors contaminated water, food and air.

While Greenpeace contended Wednesday that radiation hot spots were found in J-Village in Fukushima where the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch will begin its relay, Japan has released data showing that the country is safe from any Fukushima-related radiation and that many countries have lifted disaster-related food restrictions.

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The Summer Games begin July 24 and run through Aug. 9.

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Proposed Firearms Laws (Virginia) – The Remainder

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Day four (part three) of looking at the bills which several members of the Virginia General Assembly have proposed become laws restricting firearm ownership and use. From the Senate there are Bills 12141618, and 22 from Senator Saslaw; 13 and 15 (Senator Ebbin); 35 (Senator Surovell); 51 (Senator Spruill); 67 (Senator McClellan); 69 (Senator Locke); & 70 and 71 (Senator Lucas).  From the House there are Bills 2 (Delegate Plum) and 9 (Delegate Bourne). As stated previously, I know that’s a ton of bills; I expect many to fail, get changed, get merged, etc. Generally, I would wait until the actual laws have been passed. However, because of the great amount of interest I’m going to look at these as they are in their larval bill state.

Limitations on Pistol Purchases:

SB22 (Saslaw) and SB69 (Locke) – § 18.2-308.2:2(R) – A person can only buy one pistol every 30 days. Violation is a class 1 misdemeanor (up to 12 months).

Reporting Stolen Firearms:

HB9 (Del. Bourne) and SB67 (Sen. McClellan) – § 18.2-287.5 – Failure to report a lost or stolen firearm to law enforcement within 24 hours of realizing it’s gone is subject to a penalty of up to $250.

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Cathy Areu: Thanks, Peloton! Nothing says Merry Christmas like body-shaming your wife

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Nothing says “I love you” more – from a handsome, 6-foot-something husband to his petite unassuming wife – than a new car with a big red bow waiting in the driveway, or a diamond ring wrapped in a white bow hidden in an itty bitty light teal box, on a picturesque snowy Christmas morning, right?

Wrong! You’re so, so wrong! This is 2019, and those signs of love from one significant other to another are so last holiday season.

This year, Peloton has taken the traditional gifts of showing one’s love to his significant other by upping everyone’s game to the ultimate goal: perfection! In Peloton’s new holiday ad, the husband is gifting the gift of body shaming!

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And he doesn’t even wait until after the pleasantries of sipping hot chocolate, eating cookies with their little daughter, or some other fattening things like that even take place.

No, in this man’s castle, I mean, home, it’s more like: “Good morning, honey. So nice of you to finally get out of bed at your typical lazy 7 a.m. wakeup time to join the Christmas tree, Peloton, and me for a rude awakening! You need to work out, girl! Um, starting now!”

Yes, Peloton, the $2,000+ piece of home biking exercise equipment is saying what so many husbands must be thinking this holiday season: “I need my thin wife to work on her body just a little bit more.”

Thanks to Peloton, long gone are those sappy holiday commercials with images of couples sipping coffee and staring at a sparkly diamond on her newly manicured finger. Or the male dangling those car keys in front of the kitchen window, overlooking the red Lexus slowly capturing those fluffy snowflakes, just teasing her to take it for a test drive.

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This year, Peloton is all about making your loving wife, and mother of your child, super hyper insecure. They are about the “you’re just not good enough, honey” holiday message. It’s about the men telling their ladies how they really feel.

Get that fat rear end on the Peloton and ride! And don’t just ride for a cute Christmas morning picture. Make a commitment to ride this overpriced piece of exercise equipment and document it. For a year! With a vlog. Starting now!

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Haven’t seen the 30-second ad blowing up Twitter and most social media sites since its release this Thanksgiving? Quite simply: it’s about body-shaming your beautiful 116-ish pound wife the second she uncovers her eyes and sees the true meaning of love enveloped into a holiday gift next to the Christmas tree: a workout bike!

And what does the modern-day wife living in the #MeToo movement say? If you watch the commercial, it’s almost hard to tell if she’s crying, shocked, scared, or even mouthing the word “Help.” But, either way, in the next scene, her year-long journey to perfection begins with her first vlog on her new Peloton bike!

“I’m a little nervous, but excited,” she says, trembling into her phone (which serves as the video diary). “Let’s do this,” she mumbles.

Those of us watching and cringing feel her desire to go from a perfect size 2 to an anorexic size 0. To be honest, we’re not sure what’s in store next Christmas if the goal is not achieved.

But, alas, it is achieved. Fast forward 30-seconds and she definitely has an eating disorder, looks a whole four pounds lighter, and has a year-long vlog featuring of dreary morning and torturous workouts to prove it.

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“A year ago, I didn’t realize how much this would change me,” she says into the camera and into her approving husband’s eyes.

A year ago, I didn’t realize how sexist, selfish, and downright scary a Christmas ad could be. Thanks, Peloton!

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Proposed Firearms Laws (Virginia) – Forbidden Locations

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Day four (part two) of looking at the bills which several members of the Virginia General Assembly have proposed become laws restricting firearm ownership and use. From the Senate there are Bills 12141618, and 22 from Senator Saslaw; 13 and 15 (Senator Ebbin); 35 (Senator Surovell); 51 (Senator Spruill); 67 (Senator McClellan); 69 (Senator Locke); & 70 and 71 (Senator Lucas).  From the House there are Bills 2 (Delegate Plum) and 9 (Delegate Bourne). As stated previously, I know that’s a ton of bills; I expect many to fail, get changed, get merged, etc. Generally, I would wait until the actual laws have been passed. However, because of the great amount of interest I’m going to look at these as they are in their larval bill state.

Forbidden Locations:

Every year, the General Assembly seems to add a place or two where a citizen cannot carry a firearm. Here’s this year’s list.

SB16 (Sen. Saslaw) – § 18.2-287.4 – No shotguns that carry over 7 rounds anywhere in public. Class 1 misdemeanor (up to 12 months).

SB71 (Sen. Lucas) – § 18.2-308.1 – Pre-Schools and Daycare Centers. Class 6 felony. Up to 5 years if mere possession. Mandatory entire 5 years if use or try to use the firearm.

SB15 (Sen. Ebbin) – § 18.2-283.2 – Commonwealth owned buildings where government employees conduct their business. Class 1 misdemeanor (up to 12 months) and forfeiture of the firearm to the Commonwealth.

SB13 (Sen. Ebbin) – § 18.2-283.2 – Capital Square in Richmond. Class 1 misdemeanor (up to 12 months) and forfeiture of the firearm to the Commonwealth.

SB35 (Sen. Surovell) – § 15.2-915 – Allows localities to pass an ordinance to forbid firearms at an event which requires a permit. No punishment laid out.

SB51 – (Sen. Spruill) – § 18.2-308.012 – Cannot possess a firearm and drink in a public space that has been approved for alcohol consumption. Class 2 misdemeanor (up to 6 months).

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Nazi concentration camp costume nominated for best figure-skating outfit, organization says

A Nazi concentration camp costume worn by a Russian figure skater in early November was mistakenly nominated for an International Skating Union (ISU) award, officials said Monday.

The ISU issued an apology over the error after Anton Shulepov received the nomination for his costume, which depicted prisoner and guard elements of an Auschwitz prison camp where more than 1 million people were killed during World War II. The skater wore the outfit in two competitions last month while dancing to the musical theme of “Schindler’s List.”

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“The ISU regrets that by error the wrong costume (Free Skating instead of Short Program costume) of Mr. Shulepov has been presented for voting,” the organization said in a tweet. “This error has been corrected and the ISU sincerely apologizes for this mistake and the bad sentiments it has caused.”

Shulepov’s costume was listed in the Best Costume category, according to TMZ Sports. He is still in the running for the award but for a turtleneck outfit, according to People.

Regardless of the mistake, the nomination drew widespread outrage on social media.

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Shulepov was not the first skater to be chastised for wearing Jewish iconography.

Satooko Miyahara, of Japan, was criticized for skating to a “Schindler’s List” track wearing a Star of David design on her back earlier this year.

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Anton Shulepov wears his concentration camp outfit at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating on November 2, 2019. (REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot)

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In 2016, Tatiana Navka and her skating partner each wore a gold Star of David during their appearance on a Russian ice dancing reality TV show. The two dancers skated to “Beautiful That Way” and portrayed themselves as Jewish prisoners in a concentration camp.

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Proposed Firearms Laws (Virginia) – Magazines and Triggers

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Day four (part one) of looking at the bills which several members of the Virginia General Assembly have proposed become laws restricting firearm ownership and use. From the Senate there are Bills 12141618, and 22 from Senator Saslaw; 13 and 15 (Senator Ebbin); 35 (Senator Surovell); 51 (Senator Spruill); 67 (Senator McClellan); 69 (Senator Locke); & 70 and 71 (Senator Lucas).  From the House there are Bills 2 (Delegate Plum) and 9 (Delegate Bourne). As stated previously, I know that’s a ton of bills; I expect many to fail, get changed, get merged, etc. Generally, I would wait until the actual laws have been passed. However, because of the great amount of interest I’m going to look at these as they are in their larval bill state.

Non-Standard Magazines:

As most everyone knows, standard magazine size for most magazine fed rifles is 20 rounds (old school) or 30 rounds. Pistol magazines typically hold at least 12 rounds. The good news is that if you already own standard magazines you can keep them. The bad news is that if you want new ones you will have to travel to Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, or North Carolina to buy them.

SB16, introduced by Senator Saslow, creates a new statute, § 18.2-308.9, which will limit the sale of magazines in Virginia to the non-standard 10 round capacity. It will be a class 1 misdemeanor (up to 12 months in jail). It also illegalizes “importing” such magazines, but that’s not defined and in context within the statute the meaning would have something to do with bringing them in to give to another (noscitur a sociis). Buying standard magazines for ones self and returning to the Commonwealth would appear to be legal.

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COMMENT:  Yes, I know that a judge in California has ruled the limitation to the non-standard ten round magazine is unconstitutional. However, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which reigns over those of us in Virginia, has held that the limit is constitutional. It’s not the sharpest opinion legally – relying a great deal on emotional appeals instead of legal analysis – and relies to some extent on the rather tenuous idea that a mass shooter will be taken down when he pauses to reload and therefore a ten round magazine will provide more such opportunities when a mass shooting is in progress. It is, of course, judged under an intermediate standard leaning toward rational basis. 

To be honest, the federal appellate courts have shown themselves over and over again hostile to asserted rights under the 2nd Amendment. I fully expect the decision by the California judge to be overturned by the 9th Circuit. Short of some sort of ruling by the US Supreme Court that these sort of cases should be subject to strict scrutiny, do not expect this law to be overturned on constitutional grounds.
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Trigger Activators:

SB14, proposed by Senator Saslow, would make it a class a class 6 felony (up to 5 year in prison) to possess a device that will enable a firearm to fire a burst, which means it could fire more than one round per trigger squeeze without becoming fully automatic.

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