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Ed Henry calls in to give update on liver transplant recovery: ‘We’ve succeeded in victory’

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Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry called into “Fox & Friends” on Saturday to give viewers an update on his and his sister’s recovery from a liver transplant the two underwent.

Henry said that while he still had a long road ahead for recovery, his vitals were strong and he was feeling healthy.

“Still got some aches and pains but it’s really not a big deal because we’ve succeeded in victory,” he said.

In July, Henry discussed his heartfelt decision to donate part of his liver to his sister who has struggled with liver problems connected to her and Ed’s family history.

“I am determined to do whatever I can to give my sister the greatest gift of all, which quite simply is life,” he said, noting that his sister Colleen’s health had become a lot worse.

ED HENRY AND HIS SISTER, COLLEEN, BOTH RECOVERING AND MAKING ‘GOOD PROGRESS’ AFTER LIVER DONATION SURGERIES

Henry said that once the surgeon put part of his liver in his sister on Tuesday, it “immediately started working.”

He initially wasn’t sure whether he should get out of bed, saying that he felt dizzy after stood up.

He started to choke up recalling how medical personnel requested that he get out of his bed to visit his sister. “I got up and went for a walk and we toasted — since we can’t have alcohol, we had apple juice.” Colleen, he said, had already gotten some her color back.

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Henry added that he hoped to leave the hospital within days, although his sister had a much longer road ahead of her.

“The prayers that we’re feeling … I can’t thank everyone personally, I want to thank everybody now. You’ve been amazing. I totally underestimated the outpouring,” he said, noting the massive amount of support he received from viewers.

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Tropical Storm Barry Live Updates: Storm Makes Landfall in Louisiana and Weakens

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Barry weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm as it made landfall on Saturday.CreditCreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

After a brief life as a hurricane, Barry has been downgraded back to a tropical storm. The center of the hurricane was about 30 miles south of Lafayette, swirling near Intracoastal City, La.

The storm is moving northwest at 6 m.p.h., and forecasters predict it will continue through central Louisiana on Saturday night. Maximum sustained wind speeds are now near 70 m.p.h. and tropical-storm-force winds are extending outward up to 175 miles from the center.

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Mandeville, La., along Lake Pontchartrain on Saturday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

But wind speed is not what is troubling much of the region. Experts predict possible rains of up to 25 inches in parts of southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, and the slow-moving storm could create big flooding risks in inland areas like greater Baton Rouge. Officials issued mandatory evacuation orders in communities along the coast, including parts of Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes.

[We’re keeping track of the storm through photographs, too.]

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell remained confident about the city’s response, but said flooding was still a threat, and warned people to not get comfortable.

“We are not out of the conditions that will cause heavy rainfall for the city of New Orleans,” Ms. Cantrell said at City Hall on Saturday morning.

To tackle flooding, New Orleans deputy chief administrative officer Ramsey Green said city public-works crews have pulled out 60 tons of debris from underground drainage lines after flooding from a storm three days ago.

Col. Kenneth Donnelly of the Louisiana National Guard said 3,800 troops, or a third of the personnel, had been deployed to Louisiana.

No curfew will be called on Saturday, said New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. “But we are strongly encouraging everyone: Shelter in place,” he said.

Officials said the potential for the Mississippi River to overtop levees ringing the New Orleans metropolitan area is no longer a concern. The river is predicted to peak at 17.1 feet on Monday, below the 20-foot levees.

[Read: Katrina on its mind, New Orleans is keeping an eye on its levees and pumps.]

More than 95,000 people were without power in Louisiana as of about noon on Saturday, according to the state’s largest energy companies.

Electric crews worked on a downed power line on Saturday morning in Morgan City, La.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

Entergy Louisiana reported that about 75,000 of its customers had been affected by power failures, mostly in the southern parts of the state. Two other power companies reported a combined 20,000 customers affected.

All flights have been grounded at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, said Kevin Dolliole, the aviation director.

Forecasters had predicted that Barry would run ashore near Morgan City, about 20 miles from the coast. But David Naquin, homeland security director for St. Mary Parish, which includes Morgan City, said the latest reports indicated that the storm had shifted.

“It’s going to push a little bit further west,” he said.

A firefighter walks past a downed tree early Saturday in Morgan City, La.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

This did not bring him any relief. “Every time it moves west, it’s actually worse for us,” Mr. Naquin said. “We get the worst side of the storm. It just puts us in the bull’s-eye of all the rain.”

But despite strong winds and increasing rain, Mayor Frank Grizzaffi of Morgan City was cautiously optimistic late Saturday morning. “Things are pretty good here,” he said. “For the most part, we’re holding up.” The city’s biggest concern for the moment was a near-citywide power outage caused by intensifying winds that left streets and yards littered with shattered tree limbs. There have been no reports of injuries, the mayor said.

Mr. Grizzaffi had issued a voluntary evacuation order before the storm but most of Morgan City’s 12,000 residents were opting to stay put. “I would have to say that 90 percent of our population is still here,” he said.

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Map: Tracking Tropical Storm Barry’s Path

Expected rainfall and path for a storm that threatens Louisiana.

The United States Coast Guard rescued 13 people by helicopter early Saturday from a coastal island in southeastern Louisiana outside the area’s flood protection system, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Only about two dozen people live on Isle de Jean Charles, said Mart Black, a spokesman for the parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. The lone road into the island flooded, trapping the residents who had stayed there. A voluntary evacuation order had been issued earlier for Isle de Jean Charles, as well as other areas unprotected by the levee system.

Mr. Black, who also serves as the parish’s coastal restoration director, said he was uncertain if other residents remained on the island but believed that all “who wanted to be rescued” were taken away by helicopter. He did not know whether anyone had to be hospitalized.

Isle de Jean Charles, populated in part by Native American tribes whose families have been there for generations, has often been written about as a harbinger to climate change’s impact on coastal communities. The island has lost 98 percent of its land over the last 60 years. It sits about two miles south of the 14-foot levee that protects most of the parish.

The rescue effort remains active, said Petty Officer Lexie Preston, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, and more calls for help are coming.

A team of researchers (plus a reporter and a photographer) flew this week into the heart of Hurricane Barry, then a tropical storm, to study its formation over the Gulf of Mexico.

The planes that NOAA uses are sophisticated flying research labs that launch probes and collect real-time data that is crucial to understanding hurricanes across the globe.CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

Called hurricane hunters, the researchers and their crew launch probes and collect real-time data that is crucial to understanding hurricanes across the globe. It is especially important to gather data from weather systems like Barry that defy predictions: The weirdest storms can sometimes produce the best science.

Flying these planes is not for the faint of heart. Everyone aboard is encouraged to keep a blue plastic sick bag at the ready. Violent turbulence can strike at any time.

[Read the full story here.]

A levee has overtopped on Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans, a parish spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday morning.

The levee is in the Myrtle Grove and Point Celeste communities on a spit of southeast Louisiana stretching into the Gulf. The spokeswoman, Jade Duplessis, said that the levee had not been breached, but that water from back channels close to the Mississippi River had overtopped it.

“These areas in which we’re seeing this overtopping, this was anticipated,” Ms. Duplessis said. “We’re prepared for this.”

Plaquemines Parish President Kirk Lenin said the highway eventually “could become impassable.”

Later in the morning, a levee mound overtopped in Terrebonne Parish, west of New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. A parish spokesman said the top of the levee had been contained within 20 minutes of overtopping to stop the water flow. The only serious impacts were to a road leading to a pump station in the town of Montegut.

In New Orleans, residents were waiting to see whether their complex pump-and-levee protection system would hold in the storm.

The city, which is largely below sea level, relies on dozens of massive drainage pumps to flush water out of its streets, and on miles of federal levees to block storm surges. But the aging pumps have proved vulnerable to breakdowns and power losses in recent years, while spring flooding has pushed the river higher over the last several months, nearly to the top of the levees.

Three years of crushing natural disasters have dwindled the ranks of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, potentially straining its ability to help victims of the storm.

Federal, state and local officials monitor Hurricane Barry at the State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Fewer than a quarter of the 13,654 people in FEMA’s trained disaster work force are available to assist with Barry or indeed any other emergency, agency documents show, because the rest are deployed elsewhere or otherwise unavailable. That is down from the 34 percent who were available at this point in 2018, and from 55 percent two years ago.

“I’m worried,” said Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, who ran FEMA’s disaster operations during the Obama administration. “That’s of concern, to make sure that there are enough people to respond.”

[Read more here about the concerns over short-staffing at FEMA.]

The Gulf Coast has always had hurricanes, of course. But the extreme rain associated with this storm, projected to be 10 to 20 inches or even more, fits into emerging research suggesting that climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of storms with heavy rainfall.

A warming atmosphere can hold more moisture, dumping it out in form of heavy downpours — a phenomenon seen not just in storms like Barry, but in the record floods across much of the Midwest this year.

Those floodwaters have fed the Mississippi River, keeping it at flood stage at many points. The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre spillway above New Orleans twice in one season for the first time since it was built in 1931.

[Read about how hurricanes are getting wetter as the climate changes.]

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Rising ocean temperatures have fueled some of the most devastating storms in recent years. Kendra Pierre-Louis, a reporter on The New York Times’s climate team, explains how.

Reporting was contributed by Richard Fausset, Emily Lane and Beau Evans from New Orleans; Dave Montgomery from Morgan City, La.; Christopher Flavelle from Washington; and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and John Schwartz from New York.

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Texas woman lived with mother’s skeletal remains for 3 years

A Texas woman who worked as a police dispatcher lived in a home with her mother’s remains left on the floor for the past three years, authorities said.

Jacqueline Crayton, 71, died in a fall inside the home in Seguin that she shared with her daughter and granddaughter, a disabled 15-year-old girl, according to news reports.

“They were in a bedroom on the floor in plain view,” Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols told reporters Thursday, referring to the remains.

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Police found Crayton’s skeletal remains Sunday after going to the house on a child abuse complaint called in by the 15-year-old, Nichols said.

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Mugshot for Delissa Crayton, 47. (Seguin Police Department)

According to Fox 7 Austin, police said Jacqueline Crayton could have survived if her daughter had attended to her injuries.

The daughter, Delissa Crayton, 47, was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child, police said.

The chief told reporters that Delissa Crayton worked as a dispatcher for the Seguin Police Department until she quit in 2014.

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Fox San Antonio reported that Jacqueline Crayton worked as a secretary and a teacher’s aide for the Sequin school district for 35 years. She retired in 2000.

Nichols said the dead woman was well-known and respected in Seguin.

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Family members have taken in the 15-year-old, he said.

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Parties Face ‘Crackup’ as Outsiders Wield Social Media Against the Establishment

WASHINGTON — On the night that he conceded defeat in 1992 after the most successful independent presidential campaign of the last century, Ross Perot made it clear that he was not done shaking up the established order. “Believe me,” he declared, “the system needs some shocks.”

So perhaps it was only fitting that on the same week that Mr. Perot died nearly 27 years later, both of the two major political parties were being rattled by the aftershocks of the earthquake that his campaign represented. President Trump was busy quarreling with former Speaker Paul D. Ryan while the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was bickering with first-year House Democrats.

In both cases, those who represented the institutional order, Mr. Ryan and Ms. Pelosi, found themselves at odds with rabble-rousers within their own parties agitating for change from outside the traditional system through the power of social media. This was not a week that showcased the competition between the parties but within them. The stress fractures that Mr. Perot identified a generation ago are tearing at the foundations of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

“This really is the crackup,” said Rahm Emanuel, the Democratic former Chicago mayor, congressman and White House chief of staff. “Usually fights are Democrats versus Republicans, one end of Pennsylvania Avenue versus the other, or the left versus the right. Today’s squabbles are internal between the establishment versus the people that are storming the barricades.”

Mr. Emanuel saw up close Mr. Perot’s campaign in 1992 (and then again in 1996) as an aide to Bill Clinton, and today he identifies that moment as “the beginning point of the crackup of the parties.” In the years since, the Bushes and Clintons have given way to Twitter-armed outsiders like Mr. Trump and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and “the squad” of her fellow Democratic insurgents in Congress.

[Ross Perot, a brash Texas billionaire who ran for president, dies at 89.]

The difference is that Mr. Trump successfully staged a hostile takeover of the Republican Party in 2016 and has since brought much of its old establishment to heel, driving the likes of Mr. Ryan out the door or into hiding. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her compatriots have not taken over the Democratic Party, but they are driving the conversation within it to a degree that few first-year House members have ever done, thanks to their online armies of like-minded disrupters tired of what they see as the corrupt status quo.

Mr. Trump’s dust-up with Mr. Ryan this week originated with the publication of “American Carnage,” a new book on the Republican civil war by Tim Alberta, the chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine. In the book, Mr. Ryan, who stepped down as speaker in January, described his frustrations trying to deal with Mr. Trump, who, he said, “didn’t know anything about government.” As Mr. Ryan put it, “I wanted to scold him all the time.”

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her compatriots are driving the conversation within the Democratic Party to a degree that few first-year House members have ever done.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Mr. Trump, the first president in American history who arrived in Washington without a single day of government or military experience but with tens of millions of followers on Twitter eager for him to break up the system, characteristically fired back at Mr. Ryan. In late-night tweets from the White House, Mr. Trump dismissed the former speaker as “a long running lame duck failure” whose “record of achievement was atrocious.”

The flare-up between Ms. Pelosi and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her allies, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, in some ways echoed those themes.

In an interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Ms. Pelosi complained that the upstarts did not understand how government works, dismissing their digital following as “their public whatever.” They in turn complained that Ms. Pelosi’s record of achievement was inadequate because she was too willing to compromise rather than confront Republicans on issues like the migrant crisis at the border.

There is, of course, no little irony that Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Ryan are now the beleaguered defenders of the old order, given that both of them were once seen as champions of the ideological extremes of their parties — she as a radical San Francisco leftist, he as a Medicare-destroying right winger.

But they both came up within the system that is now under pressure from impatient newcomers who see no virtue in spending years in the backbenches waiting for their turn when they can be empowered by Twitter to wield influence in ways that would have been unthinkable in the past.

“Because of social media and because people can be their own stars, they don’t need to work through leadership or through hierarchy,” said Representative Josh Gottheimer, Democrat of New Jersey and a leader of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group seeking to find consensus in a House where that is a dirty word. “They work outside in. That is a huge challenge because technology allows it.”

The outsiders are, in their own ways, tapping into the same disenchantment with the two-party system that Mr. Perot did. When he attracted 19 percent of the vote in 1992 against Mr. Clinton and President George Bush, it was the most any independent presidential candidate had generated since Theodore Roosevelt’s unsuccessful comeback bid in 1912 and the most any independent candidate who had not previously served as president had received since the advent of the two current parties just before the Civil War.

Since then, even more Americans have chosen to dissociate from the two parties. As recently as July 2004, only 27 percent of Americans called themselves independent in Gallup polling; today, 15 years later, 46 percent do. Most of those still vote reliably for one party or the other, so they are not truly swing voters who bounce back and forth depending on the year and the candidate. But they are sufficiently turned off enough by the parties not to want a D or an R next to their names.

President Trump successfully staged a hostile takeover of the Republican Party in 2016 and has since brought much of its old establishment to heel.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times

In 2003, 56 percent of Americans interviewed by Gallup said the two political parties did an adequate job. By last year, 57 percent said a third major party was needed. Younger Americans feel that even more strongly; 71 percent in an NBC/GenForward poll in 2017 said that they wanted a third party.

Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who supports impeaching Mr. Trump, reflected that when he left the Republican Party on the Fourth of July. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions,” he wrote in The Washington Post.

But Mr. Perot’s experience offers a cautionary tale. For all his money and easy access to television — “Larry King Live” was his Twitter — he still could not crack the duopoly. By the time he ran in 1996, again targeting the two-party system with a vow to “kill that little snake this time,” his share of the popular vote fell to 8 percent. The Reform Party that he created was ultimately taken over by marginal figures — Mr. Trump ran for that party’s 2000 nomination before dropping out — and faded from the scene.

What Mr. Trump took from Mr. Perot’s experience was that breaking the two-party system from the outside did not work; instead, he had to take over one of the parties from the inside.

“The two-party system has been bankrupt for at least a decade,” said former Representative Carlos Curbelo, Republican of Florida. But “the barriers to entry in this space are extremely high,” and only Mr. Trump has figured out how to harness Americans’ frustration.

“If the two-party system remains incapable of addressing our nation’s greatest challenges and most controversial issues, younger generations of Americans will find a third way,” Mr. Curbelo said. “Unlike older voters, they will not remain complacent or resign themselves to this political misery.”

Nancy Jacobson, founder and chief executive of No Labels, a bipartisan group created in 2010, said the advent of Mr. Trump, combined with what could be a leftward lurch by the Democrats next year, could set the stage for a third party.

“The outsider populists are making it so the problem-solving voters in each party have more in common with each other than with the extremes in their current parties,” she said. “They could be forced into a new marriage.”

Maybe, maybe not. But the threat of divorce within the parties feels palpable.

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Ed Henry calls in to give update on liver transplant recovery: ‘We’ve succeeded in victory’

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Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry called into “Fox & Friends” on Saturday to give viewers an update on his and his sister’s recovery from a liver transplant the two underwent.

Henry said that while he still had a long road ahead for recovery, his vitals were strong and he was feeling healthy.

“Still got some aches and pains but it’s really not a big deal because we’ve succeeded in victory,” he said.

In July, Henry discussed his heartfelt decision to donate part of his liver to his sister who has struggled with liver problems connected to her and Ed’s family history.

“I am determined to do whatever I can to give my sister the greatest gift of all, which quite simply is life,” he said, noting that his sister Colleen’s health had become a lot worse.

ED HENRY AND HIS SISTER, COLLEEN, BOTH RECOVERING AND MAKING ‘GOOD PROGRESS’ AFTER LIVER DONATION SURGERIES

Henry said that once the surgeon put part of his liver in his sister on Tuesday, it “immediately started working.”

He initially wasn’t sure whether he should get out of bed, saying that he felt dizzy after stood up.

He started to choke up recalling how medical personnel requested that he get out of his bed to visit his sister. “I got up and went for a walk and we toasted — since we can’t have alcohol, we had apple juice.” Colleen, he said, had already gotten some her color back.

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Henry added that he hoped to leave the hospital within days, although his sister had a much longer road ahead of her.

“The prayers that we’re feeling … I can’t thank everyone personally, I want to thank everybody now. You’ve been amazing. I totally underestimated the outpouring,” he said, noting the massive amount of support he received from viewers.

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Jeffrey Epstein Was a Sex Offender. The Powerful Welcomed Him Anyway.

A strange thing happened when Jeffrey Epstein came back to New York City after being branded a sex offender: His reputation appeared to rise.

In 2010, the year after he got out of a Florida prison, Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos dined at his Manhattan mansion with a British royal. The next year, Mr. Epstein was photographed at a “billionaire’s dinner” attended by tech titans like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. A page popped up on Harvard University’s website lauding his accomplishments, and superlative-filled news releases described his lofty ambitions as he dedicated $10 million to charitable causes.

Powerful female friends served as social guarantors: Peggy Siegal, a gatekeeper for A-list events, included him in movie screenings, and Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, a champion of women’s health, maintained a friendship that some felt gave him credibility. Mr. Epstein put up a website showing Stephen Hawking and other luminaries at a science gathering he had organized.

“If you looked up Jeffrey Epstein online in 2012, you would see what we all saw,” Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, said in an interview. He seemed “like an ex-con who had done well on Wall Street,” who was close to the Clintons and gave money to academic pursuits, Dr. Botstein said. That was why, he noted, Bard accepted an unsolicited $50,000 in 2011 for its high schools, followed later that year and in 2012 by another $75,000 in donations.

Over a decade ago, when Mr. Epstein was very publicly accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, he minimized the legal consequences with high-powered lawyers, monetary settlements that silenced complaints, and a plea deal that short-circuited an F.B.I. investigation and led to the resignation announcement on Friday of a Trump cabinet official who had overseen the case as a prosecutor. Socially, Mr. Epstein carried out a parallel effort, trying to preserve his reputation as a financier, philanthropist and thinker.

Some of the respect Mr. Epstein, 66, drew on was manufactured, the accomplishments recycled. The gathering with Dr. Hawking had taken place back in 2006. The positive online notices appeared to have been paid for by Mr. Epstein: A writer employed by his foundation churned out the news releases, and the supposed author of a Forbes story calling Mr. Epstein “one of the largest backers of cutting edge science” conceded in an interview that he was given $600 to post the pre-written article under his own name.

Though some institutions and prominent people, including Donald J. Trump, said they shunned him, Mr. Epstein’s tactics largely worked. Over the past week, as the scope of his alleged offenses, involving dozens of victims in the early 2000s, became clearer after a new indictment in New York, the story of Mr. Epstein and his social circles shows how some people were willing to welcome back — or at least give a pass to — a handsome rich man who had been convicted of a crime involving a minor.

Mr. Epstein’s social strategy proceeded from his legal one. The lenient agreement he reached with prosecutors — his plea involved one girl, a 17-year-old, and the crime was prostitution, which made it look like the teenager was in part to blame — gave others a reason to dismiss his wrongdoing, decide he had already paid his penalty or not question what had happened.

At the top of New York society, plenty of people have “weird chitchat attached to their name,” said Candace Bushnell, the “Sex and the City” writer. She said in an interview that she looked into rumors about Mr. Epstein for The New York Observer in 1994 but stopped reporting after she was thrown out of his townhouse and threatened.

For years to come, people brushed such stories aside. “You’d think, ‘It couldn’t possibly be true,’” she said.

In March 2006, a year after allegations of sexual misconduct were first reported to the police in Palm Beach, Fla., Mr. Epstein underwrote the kind of elite event he prized.

It was a five-day gathering in the Caribbean of some of the world’s top scientists, including Dr. Hawking, to share ideas about gravity and cosmology, with scuba and catamaran excursions on the side. One evening, the participants had dinner on the beach at Mr. Epstein’s private island.

Some of the scientists noticed that Mr. Epstein “was always followed by a group of something like three or four young women,” as Alan Guth, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, put it in an email to The New York Times, but they did not probe further.

Over a decade later, after Mr. Epstein was released from the Palm Beach County jail, he employed a similar strategy. He surrounded himself with prestige and counted on others to look past what he had done.

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Though Mr. Epstein never attended Harvard, it became a recurring theme in his self-styled image. He made donations and mingled with its faculty, including the law professor Alan Dershowitz, right.CreditRick Friedman/Corbis, via Getty Images

“I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender,’ Mr. Epstein told The New York Post in 2011. “It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”

Ms. Siegal recalled, “He said he’d served his time and assured me that he changed his ways.”

For someone purported to have vast resources at his disposal, Mr. Epstein’s early endeavors to improve his image were oddly unpolished. In 2010 he created the first of at least a half-dozen websites, with names like JeffreyEpsteinScience.com and JeffreyEpsteinEducation.com, dedicated to extolling his philanthropy and fashioning himself a patron of technology and medicine.

The websites looked amateurish, the photos of him meeting with top scientists dated to years before his time in prison, and the name of the Harvard professor who led a research center Mr. Epstein had funded, Martin A. Nowak, was often misspelled.

At the same time, Mr. Epstein launched a public-relations campaign composed of a blizzard of news releases, along with canned write-ups designed to resemble news stories. For the most part, the announcements, which circulated from 2012 to 2014, were recycled accounts of donations he had made in the early 2000s and did not reflect new charitable giving. The earliest releases listed Mr. Epstein’s personal contact information, though later ones had the name of a media consultant. Some of the ersatz news stories found their way onto sites like Forbes and The Huffington Post.

Of all the names Mr. Epstein dropped, perhaps the most frequent was Harvard’s.

Though Mr. Epstein never attended Harvard or even got a college degree, the university has been a recurring theme in his self-styled image as a Renaissance man of finance and science. He found Harvard’s doors open to him once he opened his wallet, with donations starting in the early 1990s that eventually totaled at least $7.5 million.

He took to wearing Harvard sweatshirts, gravitated to mingling with celebrity scientists like Stephen Jay Gould and Steven Pinker, and developed friendships with the former Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers and the law professor Alan Dershowitz, who later helped defend him. (In civil suits, Mr. Dershowitz has been accused of having sex with two of Mr. Epstein’s accusers; he has denied the allegations and accused their lawyers of malfeasance.) Mr. Epstein, a former math teacher, even popped up for lunchtime discussions among scientists at a Harvard cafeteria, Dr. Pinker said in an interview, adding, “He weighted his own opinions as much as scholarly literature.”

By 2014, a page appeared on the website for Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, the initiative Mr. Epstein had financed 11 years earlier with a $6.5 million donation (and a pledge of $23.5 million more that never came), featuring a studio portrait, his résumé and links to his websites. “He is one of the largest supporters of individual scientists, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Seth Lloyd and Nobel Laureates Gerard ’t Hooft, David Gross and Frank Wilczek,” the Harvard bio said, in what appears to be an exaggerated claim.

A Harvard spokesman said he did not know who was responsible for the page, which has since been removed.

That same year, Mr. Epstein resurfaced at a prestigious science conference. Dr. Pinker, who sat at the same table as Mr. Epstein, said he was treated as an important donor to be wooed.

Although he was often described as a billionaire, Mr. Epstein did not come close in his philanthropy to other superrich people. His charitable foundations rarely gave away more than $1 million a year during the 2000s, according to tax records, and much of it was money others had given him.

In 2015, a new foundation Mr. Epstein created, Gratitude America, received a $10 million infusion and started making donations. The source of the money is something of a mystery. Like his earlier giving, which was financed largely by $21 million in donations to his foundation from a close friend and business associate, the retail magnate Leslie H. Wexner, the 2015 money did not appear to have come from Mr. Epstein.

Tax records show the $10 million donation came from a limited liability company located at a 22-story building on Park Avenue in Manhattan that also houses the family foundation of Leon Black, a billionaire investor and chairman of the Museum of Modern Art. He has known Mr. Epstein for years. In 1999, Mr. Black gave $166,000 to another of Mr. Epstein’s charities, and Mr. Epstein once served on the board of Mr. Black’s own foundation. The two men also appear in photos at a 2007 meeting with scientists at Harvard.

It could not be determined whether Mr. Black was responsible for the $10 million donation. His representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, founder of the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai, gave Mr. Epstein another form of currency.

The physician, who served for many years as an in-house doctor of NBC, is a breast cancer survivor who used her experience as inspiration for a holistic treatment approach. A former model and Miss Sweden, she is the wife of Glenn Dubin, a founder of Highbridge Capital Management who is No. 1168 on the Forbes billionaires list. The two are known for their philanthropy, and in 2006 they bought Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s former apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue, a symbol of their standing in the city.

Dr. Andersson-Dubin also has a long history with Mr. Epstein, and has remained loyal to him since the 1980s.

The publicist Peggy Siegal, left, and Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin supported Mr. Epstein after his release from prison. Leon Black, the chairman of MoMA, donated to his foundation in 1999.CreditPresley Ann Slack/Patrick McMullan; Rob Kim/FilmMagic; Dimitrios Kambouris/Museum of Modern Art via Getty Images

At that time, she was putting herself through medical school. She became his girlfriend and, with his encouragement, put modeling aside to focus on her studies. They remained close after she married in 1994. After Mr. Epstein’s release from jail, she continued to socialize with him; those in her circle were aware of their continued friendship.

Despite longstanding news reports about Mr. Epstein’s behavior, Dr. Andersson-Dubin said through a spokeswoman that she was shocked by the recent news. “She’s a very loyal friend and didn’t abandon him after 2008, but the frequency of their contact was less,” the spokeswoman said. The new allegations “are completely counter to the person she is familiar with.”

Their relationship went a long way toward dispersing the cloud around him, according to some observers. If Mr. Epstein had Dr. Andersson-Dubin’s friendship, it suggested to others that perhaps he should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Ms. Siegal, perhaps the city’s most prominent professional hostess, took a more active role, using her gate-keeping powers to usher Mr. Epstein, a friend, into screenings and events.

In an interview, she said that her relationship with Mr. Epstein was not a paid one: They had developed a rapport over the years, with him often quizzing her about films and other topics. “I was a kind of plugged-in girl around town who knew a lot of people,” she said. “And I think that’s what he wanted from me, a kind of social goings-on about New York.”

After he left prison, she had no trouble continuing the friendship. She knew other people who had served time and then resurrected their lives, she said. “The culture before #MeToo was — ‘You’ve done your time, now you’re forgiven.’”

At screenings, Mr. Epstein would shuffle in at the last minute, sit in the back, speak to no one and leave before the party, Ms. Siegal said. He had no ambitions for New York’s party circuit, she and others said, and preferred to entertain people in his own space.

But her invitations helped. In 2010, just after Mr. Epstein left prison, he attended a screening of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Soon a flattering blind item appeared in The New York Post about how he was “greeted warmly by guests.”

“It was the first time he has been out in two years, but nobody blinked he was there,” an anonymous source told the newspaper.

A few months later, Ms. Siegal threw the dinner party at Mr. Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion for Prince Andrew, giving Ms. Couric, Mr. Stephanopoulos, Chelsea Handler and others a chance to speak to a member of the royal family a few months before the much-anticipated wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

“It was just one of those strange nights,” Ms. Handler said in an interview. Ms. Siegal had not emphasized who was hosting, several guests recalled. “The invitation was positioned as, ‘Do you want to have dinner with Prince Andrew?’” Ms. Siegal said. Mr. Epstein did not speak much. Dr. Andersson-Dubin was there, but others said they barely knew who Mr. Epstein was or what he had been convicted of.

Two of the other guests have also been accused of sexual misconduct, then or since: the television host Charlie Rose and Woody Allen, who attended along with his wife, Soon-Yi Previn. (“So how did the two of you meet?” Ms. Handler recalled asking the couple.) Soon after, outraged headlines appeared about Prince Andrew’s associating with Mr. Epstein, a sex offender.

In a recent email, Mr. Stephanopoulos said he regretted attending. “That dinner was the first and last time I’ve seen him,” he said, referring to Mr. Epstein. “I should have done more due diligence. It was a mistake to go.”

After the #MeToo era dawned in 2017, others were starting to feel less comfortable with Mr. Epstein. The Miami Herald published an investigation that spurred new interest in the case. Ms. Siegal began to distance herself. It was obvious that he was going to face renewed scrutiny, she said, but “he was in complete denial.”

Others echoed that description. Just three months ago, as federal prosecutors were closing in with new charges, Mr. Epstein had a conversation with R. Couri Hay, a publicist, about continuing to improve his reputation. Mr. Epstein asserted that what he was convicted of did not constitute pedophilia, said Mr. Hay, who declined to represent him.

The girls he had sex with were “tweens and teens,” Mr. Epstein told him.

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Olivia Culpo shows off body in skintight jumpsuit at ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’ open casting call

Olivia Culpo wasn’t shy to show off her body in a skintight jumpsuit this week.

The former Miss Universe attended the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit” open casting call in Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday, where she donned a black and white jumpsuit made by luxury fashion brand Chanel, per the Daily Mail. Culpo, 27, paired the look with a round Chanel crossbody bag, gold hoops, and metallic heels to match.

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The model later took to Instagram with a video that showed her presenting one lucky model at the event with a “golden ticket” — moving her to the front of the line.

Later, the brunette bombshell stunned in a sheer mini-dress at the Swim Week Kick-Off Party hosted by W South Beach x Sports Illustrated in Miami, according to the Daily Mail.

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Earlier this week, Culpo made headlines when she got candid in a lengthy and vulnerable post about her personal struggles with depression. She took to Instagram Thursday and poured her heart out over a series of two photos. The first being a recent snap of herself and the second from a time she claims she was in a low place in her life.

“Looking at the difference between these two photos today, and thought it was important to share something with all of you,” Culpo began her post. “2nd photo, a few months ago: I was depressed. I had no appetite, was drinking way too much, smoking, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t eat. But I was still taking photos on social media and pretending everything was great.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

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Estimate: Illegal immigrants made up 23 percent of U.S. foreign-born population

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An analysis by the Pew Research Center estimates that roughly 10.5 million immigrants in the United States were unauthorized in 2017.

That number represented 23 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population of 45.6 million. Lawful immigrants comprised the vast majority with 35.2 million, or 77 percent. The remainder included lawful permanent residents (12.3 million) and temporary lawful residents (2.2 million), according to the analysis.

The report, posted Friday, came as presidential candidates offered ideas for tackling a growing immigration crisis.

Pew reached those numbers by estimating how many immigrants in the country were legal and subtracting that figure from the total number of migrants — found through a census or national survey.

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The number of illegal immigrants has become the subject of debate in recent years as differing estimates have emerged.

Many organizations have used Census data to estimate migration levels but a joint study between Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found much higher numbers through a different methodology.

Noting that illegal immigrants had an incentive to stay undetected, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor looked at the issue but bypassed population surveys and looked at data including border apprehensions and visa overstays. The researchers reached a figure of about 22.1 million.

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According to another Pew study, the majority of illegal immigrants came from visa overstays and Mexicans dropped, in 2017, from their position as having the majority of illegal immigrants in the United States.

According to Pew, 4.9 million of the reported 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants were Mexican in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia increased by 130,000 and those from Central America rose by 400,000 from 2007.

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Pennsylvania police in hours-long standoff with man standing on top of old blast furnace

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A man has been perched atop an old blast furnace in Pennsylvania, hundreds of feet in the air for more than 17 hours as a police crisis team continues to talk him down on Saturday morning.

The unidentified man reportedly decided to climb up the large furnace in the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday night as people were getting ready to enjoy a free concert. Authorities canceled the show as well as another concert in the nearby ArtsQuest building.

The man has been seen shouting and raising his arms throughout the ongoing negotiations, according to The Morning Call.

The SteelStacks campus where the furnace is located has remained closed and Bethlehem police have asked the public to stay away from the area as emergency personnel works to resolve the situation.

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Bethlehem police Chief, Mark DiLuzio, said officers were called to the area at 6:52 on Friday where they saw the man taking up position on a single steel beam, according to The Morning Call. They asked the public for help in identifying the man on Friday night, but as of now remained unsuccessful.

DiLuzio said officers tried to climb up the large furnace on Friday, eventually reaching a platform below where they attempted to converse with him.

Concertgoers had assembled on the nearby Levitt Pavilion lawn on Friday, as police walked through the crowd asking them to raise their hand if they knew who the man was.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said concert attendee Nahum Molina.

It’s not clear why he decided to climb the furnace, but the Morning Call reported the man first appeared to be taking photos until he gained more attention from the crowds around him.

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“The more people looked at him, the more animated he became,” bystander Dave Gilfoil told the newspaper.

Photos were taken of the man on Saturday morning attempting to wave off a drone and his movements were reported as being lethargic and slow.

Another man climbed the same furnaces back in 2012, where he told police he did it to get a photo.

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Florida woman says dad died of flesh-eating bacteria less than 48 hours after entering water

A Tennessee man died just 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria from waters in Florida after his daughter says the hospital he was treated at ignored her warnings that he had contracted necrotizing fasciitis.

Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, a resident of Okaloosa County, said her parents had come down from Memphis to spend several days with her last week.

During their stay, the family spent several days in the water, including at a beach in Destin, a creek and a swamp in Boggy Bayou. Wiygul said she had heard the recent reports of people in Florida contracting a flesh-eating bacteria and as a result, she took extra precautions with her father, who was previously diagnosed with cancer.

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“When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid bandaid,” she said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”

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Wiygul said that at around 4:00 a.m. Saturday – some 12 hours after being in the water – her father began to complain of fever, chills and some cramping. The family decided that it would be best if he was treated back in Tennessee where the doctors were already familiar with his previous health issues.

They left later that morning where the symptoms worsened. He was taken to a hospital in Memphis at around 8 p.m.

Wiygul said that while her father was changing into his hospital gown, staff noticed a “terrible swollen black spot on his back” that had not previously been there. Her mother sent her a picture and Wiygul instantly recognized what was wrong with her father.

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“I told her to tell them he was in the water in Florida and it was necrotizing fasciitis. She told everyone that came in the room. One person told her the media had blown that out of proportion. Others said it was staph. They would not biopsy it,” her lengthy Facebook post read.

The man’s conditioned worsened despite being treated with antibiotics, and at around 1 a.m. he became septic and coded a short time after. He was brought back by medical staff but his health continued to decline.

“Less than 48 hours after getting out of the water feeling great, the bacteria had destroyed him,”

— Cheryl Bennett Wiygul

“My dad had a lot of medical issues but heart was not one of them. They had to intubate him. He coded again. They said his organs were too damaged and his blood was too acidic to sustain life,” Wiygul said. “He was gone by Sunday afternoon.”

Wiygul said that the hospital conducted tests which confirmed that her father had in fact contracted vibrio vulnificus which manifested into necrotizing fasciitis.

She blamed the beaches for not posting advisories about any bacteria in the water, adding that her father may have been alive today had she known the dangers.

“Less than 48 hours after getting out of the water feeling great, the bacteria had destroyed him,” she wrote. “I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”

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Wiygul shared her dad’s story hoping it would shed more light on a crucial issue that she feels the general public lacks the most basic information on.

“I do believe if there was a simple sign posted about the risk of swimming with an open wound or an immune disorder, we wouldn’t have let him get in … here is information out there but I didn’t find it all until it was too late. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

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