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Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Outcry Over Jeffrey Epstein Ties

The director of M.I.T.’s prestigious Media Lab stepped down on Saturday after an outcry over his financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“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,” the director, Joichi Ito, wrote in an email to the university’s provost, Martin A. Schmidt.

Mr. Ito stepped down less than a day after an article in The New Yorker described the measures officials at the lab took to conceal the relationship with Mr. Epstein, who killed himself in jail last month while facing federal sex trafficking charges. Mr. Ito sent a copy of the resignation email to The New York Times after repeated requests for comment.

Internal lab emails, which a former lab employee shared with The Times, described donations that Mr. Epstein made and solicited over the years — including a $2 million gift from the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr. Ito acknowledged this past week taking $525,000 of Mr. Epstein’s money for the lab, as well as $1.2 million for his personal investment funds.

In a separate email to the lab community that he shared with The Times, Mr. Ito again apologized, confirmed his resignation and added, “The Media Lab community is strong and while this chapter is truly difficult, I am confident the lab will persevere.”

Mr. Ito has been a board member of The New York Times Company since 2012. The company did not immediately comment on Mr. Ito’s decision to leave M.I.T.

This is a developing story. It will be updated. A previous version of the article is below.

Administrators at the M.I.T. Media Lab took pains to conceal its association with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to internal emails that describe donations he made and solicited over the years — including a $2 million gift from the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Joichi Ito, the director of the influential academic center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acknowledged this past week taking $525,000 of Mr. Epstein’s money for the lab. But the emails demonstrate lab administrators’ understanding of how Mr. Epstein — who killed himself in jail last month while facing federal sex trafficking charges — also encouraged contributions from other wealthy figures.

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Mr. Epstein at a court hearing in Florida in 2008. Internal emails at the Media Lab describe donations Mt. Epstein made and encouraged over the years.CreditUma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press

In an email in October 2014 — six years after Mr. Epstein had pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor in Florida — Mr. Ito wrote that a $2 million gift from Mr. Gates was “directed by Jeffrey Epstein.” Peter Cohen, then a development official at the lab, wrote in a subsequent email, “For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift.”

Lab administrators’ efforts to conceal the donations’ links to Mr. Epstein were first reported on Friday night by The New Yorker.

Mr. Ito, in an email to The New York Times, said The New Yorker report was “full of factual errors.” He did not immediately respond to messages seeking further comment.

Messages sent to representatives for Mr. Gates were not immediately returned on Saturday. An M.I.T. spokesman did not immediately comment. Mr. Cohen, now the director of development for computer and data science initiatives at Brown University, did not respond to messages seeking comment on Saturday.

The emails were shared with The Times by Signe Swenson, who served as a development associate and alumni relations coordinator at the lab from 2014 to 2016. She said she had told supervisors at the lab several times of her “disgust” at Mr. Epstein’s involvement with the lab.

“That was never listened to,” Ms. Swenson, who worked under Mr. Cohen, said in an interview on Saturday that also included an attorney from the group Whistleblower Aid.

Ms. Swenson said she learned of Mr. Epstein’s connection with the lab when she interviewed for a position in March 2014. She said she later told Mr. Cohen that M.I.T. listed Mr. Epstein as “disqualified” as a donor, but Mr. Cohen replied that Mr. Ito had a relationship with the wealthy financier.

In one 2014 email shared by Ms. Swenson, Mr. Ito wrote about a $100,000 donation from Mr. Epstein, asking the development staff members to “make sure this gets accounted for as anonymous.” Mr. Cohen wrote in a subsequent email that the donation was “Jeffrey money, needs to be anonymous.”

Other emails suggest that Mr. Epstein sought out donations from others. In the correspondence about the donation from Mr. Gates, Mr. Cohen wrote that Mr. Ito “did not talk with Bill Gates” and that the lab “did not solicit this money.”

Mr. Ito acknowledged receiving money from Mr. Epstein in an online apology on Aug. 15, which led to calls for his resignation and a rift at the lab that deepened after a tense meeting with associates of the lab last Wednesday. At that meeting, Mr. Ito said he had accepted money from Mr. Epstein for the lab as well as $1.2 million for his own outside investment funds.

Emails shared by a former employee at the Media Lab show that Mr. Epstein solicited a $2 million donation the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.CreditAlex Wong/Getty Images

News of Ms. Swenson’s emails appeared to have weakened the support Mr. Ito had maintained within the lab. A petition signed by more than 200 people urging him not to resign lost some signatories after The New Yorker story was published, and a note was added that “signatures should not be read as continued support of Joi staying on as Media Lab director.”

Mr. Ito, who has led the lab since 2011, also holds board positions and advisory roles at a number of organizations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and The New York Times Company, where he has been a board member since 2012.

The New York Times Company did not comment on Saturday. The Knight and MacArthur foundations said that they had no comment.

Another series of emails, from May 2014, indicated that Mr. Epstein also helped connect the lab to Mr. Black, the founder of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management who Mr. Epstein had advised on issues including philanthropy.

Mr. Cohen wrote that Mr. Black wanted to make a large donation “in honor of a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous,” and later asked Mr. Ito to find out from Mr. Epstein whether Mr. Black himself wanted to remain anonymous. One email indicated that Mr. Black had given the lab a gift of $4 million by wire transfer.

Mr. Cohen also asked Mr. Ito whether Mr. Black would like a thank-you note from M.I.T.’s president. Mr. Black’s preference would be something “you or Jeffrey knows best,” be wrote.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Black, who leads one of the world’s largest private equity firms, did not immediately comment on Saturday. Mr. Black has sought to distance himself from Mr. Epstein, describing his interactions with him as limited to tax strategy, estate planning and philanthropic advice. He has also said Apollo had never done business with Mr. Epstein.

Some colleagues at the lab have called for Mr. Ito to step down, questioning his judgment for taking contributions from Mr. Epstein. Two scholars said they would leave the lab at the end of the academic year because of them, and one of said he had urged Mr. Ito not to associate with Mr. Epstein.

The meeting last Wednesday was intended to help bolster support for Mr. Ito. He told the crowd that he had “screwed up” by accepting the money, but that he had done so after a review by the university and consultation with his advisers.

But near the end, one of Mr. Ito’s staunchest supporters, Nicholas Negroponte, a founder of the lab, said he had told Mr. Ito to take the money and would do it again. That prompted Mr. Ito to send an email to Mr. Negroponte in the middle of the night, complaining that he was undercutting his ability to make amends.

M.I.T. started an inquiry after Mr. Ito disclosed the contributions from Mr. Epstein last month. The university’s provost, Martin A. Schmidt, described the review as an attempt to “identify lessons for the future.”

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Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Outcry Over Jeffrey Epstein Ties

The director of M.I.T.’s prestigious Media Lab stepped down on Saturday after an outcry over his financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

“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,” the director, Joichi Ito, wrote in an email to the university’s provost, Martin A. Schmidt.

Mr. Ito stepped down less than a day after an article in The New Yorker described the measures officials at the lab took to conceal the relationship with Mr. Epstein, who killed himself in jail last month while facing federal sex trafficking charges. Mr. Ito sent a copy of the resignation email to The New York Times after repeated requests for comment.

Internal lab emails, which a former lab employee shared with The Times, described donations that Mr. Epstein made and solicited over the years — including a $2 million gift from the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr. Ito acknowledged this past week taking $525,000 of Mr. Epstein’s money for the lab, as well as $1.2 million for his personal investment funds.

In a separate email to the lab community that he shared with The Times, Mr. Ito again apologized, confirmed his resignation and added, “The Media Lab community is strong and while this chapter is truly difficult, I am confident the lab will persevere.”

Mr. Ito has been a board member of The New York Times Company since 2012. The company did not immediately comment on Mr. Ito’s decision to leave M.I.T.

This is a developing story. It will be updated. A previous version of the article is below.

Administrators at the M.I.T. Media Lab took pains to conceal its association with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to internal emails that describe donations he made and solicited over the years — including a $2 million gift from the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Joichi Ito, the director of the influential academic center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acknowledged this past week taking $525,000 of Mr. Epstein’s money for the lab. But the emails demonstrate lab administrators’ understanding of how Mr. Epstein — who killed himself in jail last month while facing federal sex trafficking charges — also encouraged contributions from other wealthy figures.

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Mr. Epstein at a court hearing in Florida in 2008. Internal emails at the Media Lab describe donations Mt. Epstein made and encouraged over the years.CreditUma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press

In an email in October 2014 — six years after Mr. Epstein had pleaded guilty to a sex charge involving a minor in Florida — Mr. Ito wrote that a $2 million gift from Mr. Gates was “directed by Jeffrey Epstein.” Peter Cohen, then a development official at the lab, wrote in a subsequent email, “For gift recording purposes, we will not be mentioning Jeffrey’s name as the impetus for this gift.”

Lab administrators’ efforts to conceal the donations’ links to Mr. Epstein were first reported on Friday night by The New Yorker.

Mr. Ito, in an email to The New York Times, said The New Yorker report was “full of factual errors.” He did not immediately respond to messages seeking further comment.

Messages sent to representatives for Mr. Gates were not immediately returned on Saturday. An M.I.T. spokesman did not immediately comment. Mr. Cohen, now the director of development for computer and data science initiatives at Brown University, did not respond to messages seeking comment on Saturday.

The emails were shared with The Times by Signe Swenson, who served as a development associate and alumni relations coordinator at the lab from 2014 to 2016. She said she had told supervisors at the lab several times of her “disgust” at Mr. Epstein’s involvement with the lab.

“That was never listened to,” Ms. Swenson, who worked under Mr. Cohen, said in an interview on Saturday that also included an attorney from the group Whistleblower Aid.

Ms. Swenson said she learned of Mr. Epstein’s connection with the lab when she interviewed for a position in March 2014. She said she later told Mr. Cohen that M.I.T. listed Mr. Epstein as “disqualified” as a donor, but Mr. Cohen replied that Mr. Ito had a relationship with the wealthy financier.

In one 2014 email shared by Ms. Swenson, Mr. Ito wrote about a $100,000 donation from Mr. Epstein, asking the development staff members to “make sure this gets accounted for as anonymous.” Mr. Cohen wrote in a subsequent email that the donation was “Jeffrey money, needs to be anonymous.”

Other emails suggest that Mr. Epstein sought out donations from others. In the correspondence about the donation from Mr. Gates, Mr. Cohen wrote that Mr. Ito “did not talk with Bill Gates” and that the lab “did not solicit this money.”

Mr. Ito acknowledged receiving money from Mr. Epstein in an online apology on Aug. 15, which led to calls for his resignation and a rift at the lab that deepened after a tense meeting with associates of the lab last Wednesday. At that meeting, Mr. Ito said he had accepted money from Mr. Epstein for the lab as well as $1.2 million for his own outside investment funds.

Emails shared by a former employee at the Media Lab show that Mr. Epstein solicited a $2 million donation the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.CreditAlex Wong/Getty Images

News of Ms. Swenson’s emails appeared to have weakened the support Mr. Ito had maintained within the lab. A petition signed by more than 200 people urging him not to resign lost some signatories after The New Yorker story was published, and a note was added that “signatures should not be read as continued support of Joi staying on as Media Lab director.”

Mr. Ito, who has led the lab since 2011, also holds board positions and advisory roles at a number of organizations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and The New York Times Company, where he has been a board member since 2012.

The New York Times Company did not comment on Saturday. The Knight and MacArthur foundations said that they had no comment.

Another series of emails, from May 2014, indicated that Mr. Epstein also helped connect the lab to Mr. Black, the founder of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management who Mr. Epstein had advised on issues including philanthropy.

Mr. Cohen wrote that Mr. Black wanted to make a large donation “in honor of a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous,” and later asked Mr. Ito to find out from Mr. Epstein whether Mr. Black himself wanted to remain anonymous. One email indicated that Mr. Black had given the lab a gift of $4 million by wire transfer.

Mr. Cohen also asked Mr. Ito whether Mr. Black would like a thank-you note from M.I.T.’s president. Mr. Black’s preference would be something “you or Jeffrey knows best,” be wrote.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Black, who leads one of the world’s largest private equity firms, did not immediately comment on Saturday. Mr. Black has sought to distance himself from Mr. Epstein, describing his interactions with him as limited to tax strategy, estate planning and philanthropic advice. He has also said Apollo had never done business with Mr. Epstein.

Some colleagues at the lab have called for Mr. Ito to step down, questioning his judgment for taking contributions from Mr. Epstein. Two scholars said they would leave the lab at the end of the academic year because of them, and one of said he had urged Mr. Ito not to associate with Mr. Epstein.

The meeting last Wednesday was intended to help bolster support for Mr. Ito. He told the crowd that he had “screwed up” by accepting the money, but that he had done so after a review by the university and consultation with his advisers.

But near the end, one of Mr. Ito’s staunchest supporters, Nicholas Negroponte, a founder of the lab, said he had told Mr. Ito to take the money and would do it again. That prompted Mr. Ito to send an email to Mr. Negroponte in the middle of the night, complaining that he was undercutting his ability to make amends.

M.I.T. started an inquiry after Mr. Ito disclosed the contributions from Mr. Epstein last month. The university’s provost, Martin A. Schmidt, described the review as an attempt to “identify lessons for the future.”

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NH Dem party chair jokes that Trump is the devil: ‘We did our best to get the sulfur smell out’

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The head of the New Hampshire Democratic Party jokingly compared President Trump to a demonic entity during the state party’s convention on Saturday.

“First off, I want to apologize,” Raymond Buckley told convention-goers at Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester. “Two weeks ago, Donald Trump was here, and we did our best to get the sulfur smell out of here, and I apologize but there’s still a lingering scent.”

Buckley’s comments are the latest in a long line of Satanic comparisons by public figures.

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Former President Obama smelled himself at a rally in 2016, poking fun at radio host Alex Jones’ contention that the former president and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, bore the demonic scent.

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“I was reading the other day. There’s a guy on the radio who apparently said me and Hillary are demons, said we smell like sulfur. Ain’t that something?” he told a crowd supporting Clinton’s presidential bid.

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Former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez took a more serious tone when he used the sulfur reference to describe President George W. Bush during the United Nations General Assembly in 2006.

“The Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here,” he said, crossing himself. “And it smells of sulfur still today.”

In December 2009, Chavez referred back to the 2006 speech when he harshly criticized Obama during a U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, saying: “It still smells like sulfur in the world.”

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Man jailed for placing spy cameras in James Bond studio toilets

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for secretly placing spy cameras in the female toilets of the studio where the new James Bond movie is being made.

Peter Hartley, 50, was given a 16-month sentence on Friday for using miniature motion- and vibration-sensing cameras to spy on women who were using the bathroom at Pinewood Studios, which is west of London. Hartley, who worked in maintenance, installed the cameras behind a grill in one of the women’s lavatories, and prosecutors say he taped over the camera’s LED light so it wouldn’t be detected.

He was originally charged with voyeurism after a freelancer working on the new Bond film, “No Time to Die,” reportedly saw a beam of light reflecting off the hidden camera’s lens. The woman subsequently removed the grill with a screwdriver and uncovered the camera, according to the Guardian.

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When asked why he planted the device in the studio toilets, he told police, “I suppose sexual gratification is the main reason, as I’ve learned from my past whenever something bad or stressful happens I act out.”

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Peter Hartley, 50, arrives at Aylesbury Crown Court, Friday, September 6, 2019 where he was jailed for 16 months after planting a spy camera in the ladies’ toilets of Pinewood Studios, where the latest James Bond is being filmed. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/ Press Association via AP Images

Hartley completed a sex offender rehab program just eight months before his act was discovered in June. He was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday for 16 months and placed on a sex offender register for 10 years.

“I don’t believe he has any remorse,” said the victim. “This was a deliberate act, using high-definition, wide-angle and vibration-triggered equipment. He knew exactly what he was doing and must have seen the damage [to previous victims] last time.”

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Hartley had a history of similar voyeuristic offenses dating back to 2008. He was convicted of placing cameras in a council building in 2009 and in a changing room in 2016. In total, he has three convictions for eight offenses.

The victim who discovered his voyeurism at Pinewood Studios said she’s experienced anxiety and needed mental health treatment. Judge Francis Sheridan said the woman has been “devastated” by Hartley.

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“I am not eating or sleeping properly, and I don’t feel safe anywhere,” the woman said. “I check the whole house for cameras. I don’t doubt that I will check every bathroom I go into for the rest of my life.”

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Antonio Brown to the Patriots only makes sense. Other possible landing spots

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The baggage is not complementary when it comes to Antonio Brown.

Any team that chooses to sign him — assuming his agent Drew Rosenhaus’ search for the next organization signals his client’s desire to continue playing football — will not only be paying for an elite wide receiver, but also a past in which he’s torched his two previous teams on the way out. Brown can sign with any team after 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Twitter is hardly logical, but the collective clamoring across social media Saturday after the Oakland Raiders released Brown, ending a months-long saga since he joined the organization in March, is for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to scoop up the wideout. 

Such a precedent is in place for the organization and Belichick, who has brought in players seeking a change of scenery before. Before Brown made it cool to rail the Raiders, Randy Moss was unhappy in Oakland following the 2006 season. The two teams worked out a deal during the 2007 NFL Draft, and Moss became an integral member of a record-setting offense that came within a game of going undefeated. 

More than a decade later, when the Cleveland Browns gave up on receiver Josh Gordon, they found a willing trade partner in New England. Gordon played 11 games and had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. (Gordon has been reinstated from his Dec. 20 suspension that kept him out of the Patriots’ postseason games.) 

The Patriots aren’t in dire need of receiver help. Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Philip Dorsett II and Gordon form a solid crew for quarterback Tom Brady to spread the ball around. But adding premier talent for potentially dimes on the dollar — Brown can sign for any amount; Oakland voided nearly $30 million in guarantees  — fits the Belichick model. Plus, the Patriots are always creative in finding a morsel of cap space to make any deal possible. 

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New England is the favorite to win the AFC East for the 17th time in 18 seasons, with or without Brown. Adding him would make the path even clearer and could help bring a third Super Bowl in four years to the Patriots. 

Seattle Seahawks 

It didn’t work out between Brown and one of the league’s most eccentric personalities, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. Maybe Seahawks coach Pete Carroll can find a way to get through to him and create a positive work environment. Imagine Russell Wilson escaping a rush, rolling out and finding a streaking Brown down the sideline for a long score. 

Dallas Cowboys 

Owner Jerry Jones is permanently prepared to make a splash. There are plenty of big personalities on the team already, and the proverbial pie Jones refers to when discussing future contracts shrinks with each extension. Pairing Brown with Amari Cooper to give Dak Prescott another weapon, along with Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, would give Dallas one of the best offenses in the NFC. 

Washington Redskins 

The Redskins have shown they aren’t afraid to take a chance on veteran talent (think Adrian Peterson). For an organization cast in a negative light in nearly every scenario, this may be a stretch. 

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Antonio Brown to the Patriots only makes sense. Other possible landing spots

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones reacts to the news that the Oakland Raiders have cut Antonio Brown after a tumultuous couple of months with the team. USA TODAY

The baggage is not complementary when it comes to Antonio Brown.

Any team that chooses to sign him — assuming his agent Drew Rosenhaus’ search for the next organization signals his client’s desire to continue playing football — will not only be paying for an elite wide receiver, but also a past in which he’s torched his two previous teams on the way out. Brown can sign with any team after 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Twitter is hardly logical, but the collective clamoring across social media Saturday after the Oakland Raiders released Brown, ending a months-long saga since he joined the organization in March, is for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots to scoop up the wideout. 

Such a precedent is in place for the organization and Belichick, who has brought in players seeking a change of scenery before. Before Brown made it cool to rail the Raiders, Randy Moss was unhappy in Oakland following the 2006 season. The two teams worked out a deal during the 2007 NFL Draft, and Moss became an integral member of a record-setting offense that came within a game of going undefeated. 

More than a decade later, when the Cleveland Browns gave up on receiver Josh Gordon, they found a willing trade partner in New England. Gordon played 11 games and had 40 catches for 720 yards and three touchdowns. (Gordon has been reinstated from his Dec. 20 suspension that kept him out of the Patriots’ postseason games.) 

The Patriots aren’t in dire need of receiver help. Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Philip Dorsett II and Gordon form a solid crew for quarterback Tom Brady to spread the ball around. But adding premier talent for potentially dimes on the dollar — Brown can sign for any amount; Oakland voided nearly $30 million in guarantees  — fits the Belichick model. Plus, the Patriots are always creative in finding a morsel of cap space to make any deal possible. 

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New England is the favorite to win the AFC East for the 17th time in 18 seasons, with or without Brown. Adding him would make the path even clearer and could help bring a third Super Bowl in four years to the Patriots. 

Seattle Seahawks 

It didn’t work out between Brown and one of the league’s most eccentric personalities, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. Maybe Seahawks coach Pete Carroll can find a way to get through to him and create a positive work environment. Imagine Russell Wilson escaping a rush, rolling out and finding a streaking Brown down the sideline for a long score. 

Dallas Cowboys 

Owner Jerry Jones is permanently prepared to make a splash. There are plenty of big personalities on the team already, and the proverbial pie Jones refers to when discussing future contracts shrinks with each extension. Pairing Brown with Amari Cooper to give Dak Prescott another weapon, along with Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, would give Dallas one of the best offenses in the NFC. 

Washington Redskins 

The Redskins have shown they aren’t afraid to take a chance on veteran talent (think Adrian Peterson). For an organization cast in a negative light in nearly every scenario, this may be a stretch. 

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Kevin Hart’s car was supposedly missing key safety features: report

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Kevin Hart‘s car lacked important safety features which could have prevented many of the injuries he suffered in a car accident earlier this week, experts tell TMZ.

The souped up 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hart was riding in did not have a five-point harness and a roll cage. The features are critically important for cars — like Hart’s — which also have a 720 horsepower engine.

Still, the comedian was lucky to be alive this week, after the Sept. 1 accident on Mulholland Highway left him with three spinal fractures.

He has since undergone back surgery and will require physical therapy to make a full recovery.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post

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‘Project Runway’ Star Chris March Dead At 56

Designer Chris March, who appeared on the fourth season of Project Runway and went on to dress the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Prince and Meryl Streep, has died at 56.

Sources close to March’s family told TMZ that he died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

March, who also appeared on Project Runway All Stars and briefly had his own show, Mad Fashion, had struggled with his health since June 2017, when he fell and hit his head at his apartment. Afterward, he was placed in a medically-induced coma and faced serious complications.

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Andrew H. Walker March, who appeared on Project Runway All Stars and briefly had his own show, Mad Fashion, struggled with his health since June 2017 when he was placed in a medically-induced coma after falling and hitting his head at his apartment. 

“I fell and hit my head in my apartment. It’s that simple,” March later explained on Facebook. “I passed out and laid there for 4 days. I woke up and called 911 and somehow got to the hospital. In the hospital all sorts of medical problems happened: My blood sugar was over 500. My organs started failing, my right lung collapsed, and they had to give me a tracheotomy and put me on a ventilator.”

He was left partially paralyzed, too.

His friends launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his ongoing medical treatment, after he said the cost of his health insurance jumped 500 percent.

“Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times,” March said in an April update on the campaign page. “I have tried my best to make strides.”

Following the news of March’s death, Bravo star Andy Cohen, who worked with the reality star, remembered him as “a joy and delight.”

 Others remembered him fondly, too.

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Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump’s Scotland property

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TLDR: Form a Blue State Coalition of SOE Banks to put Federal Withholdings into escrow when a corrupt Federal Government goes against the majority of it’s people.

This system is broken beyond repair. It’s showing it’s true colors with a compromised Trump that’s a puppet of Putin, a GOP which is a criminal enterprise, and establishment Democrats like Pelosi that won’t hold Trump accountable because of the money that is influencing her inaction.

What is the plan to fix this, specially when the 2020 election will be compromised? If the system and the Constitution only work based on the “good faith” of politicians to do their jobs, are they actually representing the majority while taxing us? It’s obvious they don’t, and it’s getting worse ever day. The system needs a major overhaul mainly on the premise of climate change that needs to happen in less than ten years, while also have representation by taxation.

How do you stop corruption against a criminal and entrenched GOP party that is willing to go against the majority of it’s citizenry in the modern age, and in a peaceful and passive resistive way?

Every State in the Union has the right and plenary authority to own State Owned Enterprise and assets. One such enterprise in this case is a banking system, California almost passed CA SB930 to create an online Bank for Cannabis; this is what plenary authority means and the ability for a State to create it’s own banking system that can’t be touched.

If a coalition of Blue States joined to create a business licensing and banking system of this nature, they could force a system that puts Federal Withholding’s into escrow accounts if a Federal government, be it a President, judge, politician, or lobbyists steps one toe out of line and is corrupt, or in the pockets of Wall Street or Foreign asset as they “pray” on C Street. It would mimic Anonymous LLC’s and Shell Companies today so that the business is agent to the State to force the Federal Withholding’s pass thru.

As for Blue State Treasury bonds, you have to offer an option for the same, if not better or quicker returns at the current average of 3% over 30 years. Once that is in place, you literally force countries and citizens to back a system where both labor is happy and corruption is stifled, in this case it’s neither in the US since the global economy and the Federal Reserve has only the interest of the 1%ers.

You create smart contacts on trade deals that can’t be manipulated by insane people like Trump to trigger escrow as well. It would show our dwindling trading partners that we have a safer trading system than dealing with the likes of the Orange Clown as well.

This Government is beyond repair, and the ping pong match is guaranteed to not fix Climate Change in the next ten years, which is a global threat at this point.

If and when Trump runs his campaign as the Mueller report details (the playbook), with GOP support to suppress voters, judges to nullify elections similar to Bush and Gore, or with Russia hacking the election, what is our “Plan “B” suppose to be?

Violence won’t happen, not when the majority of people are just trying survive the hamster wheel of life, income inequality, and a rigged economy.

Gandhi used passive resistance against the British where the PR and money spent was so damaging to England they had to abandon their imperialism. I see that here with Blue State unifying as well under a movement to empower it’s labor and people against this “Cold Civil War” the GOP has finally unveiled. It would allow labor to be a form of protest and with States like California or New York stepping up to the plate could stifle a corrupt Government in less than month in a peaceful and safe way, while empowering labor and leveraging Federal Withholdings to combat against the corruption this Government thrives on as it’s lifeline.

When the American Revolution started it was a small minority of people based mainly on an entanglement of economic and religion issue that spurred it on (there are a lot of parallels we have today, income inequality, Christian Zealots, Tyranny). In this case it’s safe to say that the majority of the country is feeling this Government is running against the needs of it’s citizenry, while there is a dire need for a system to be a “in-real-time” check against the bad faith Presidents, judges, or politicians that gets voted or appointed in, yet panders to Wall Street, xenophobia, or foreign influence.

People need to educate themselves on this country and how we are literally water and oil when it comes to values and how centrist and Republicans are one in the same, they are using our tax money while not representing us; taxation without representation.

The best way to explain this is through money, and a rigged economic and political system. There is a metric that explains the effect and how vastly different parts of the country is. This metric is called the American Human Development Index (AHDI). It similar to GDP, yet is a better method to measure the quality of life of how people are living based on politics, healthcare, education, and economic values of each State, in other words values of Democrats and Republicans.

Simply put, when you look at the AHDI in these States you find that Red States economies and political policies are the equivalent of living and suffering as a person in Russia, while in Blue States this metric indicates that people’s quality of life is closer to that of the Netherlands.

A more glaring issue is when you dig a little deeper and you ask yourself “if money and politics are the catalyst, how are Red States able to financially stay solvent to support their people?” The simple answer is “they can’t,” they literally depend on Blue State withholdings as a slush fund for the only thing keeping their States from total collapse. 43% of Red States ability to stay somewhat solvent is based on capital markets and their access to Federal funds to invest into those markets, where the majority of that money comes from Blue State Federal Withholdings; Blue States tend to be “Net Payers” while Red States are “Net Takers” of [Federal Withholdings] (https://www.businessinsider.com/federal-taxes-federal-services-difference-by-state-2019-1). The criminal part is none of that money really goes to helping their people and citizenry; these Red States have taken money from Blue States while still ignoring the needs of their people.

At some point and if the 2020 election is compromised we need to seriously consider a “Plan B”, when looking at Red and Blue State economies, we’re are basically two different countries and it’s getting worse every day. I’ve written in length on how we can achieve this since the majority of people are just hoping for something to happen, yet have no real solution or proposals that are safe and peaceful ways to transition.

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Military Stopover at Scottish Airport Sometimes Includes a Stay at a Trump Resort

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WASHINGTON — United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland while Defense Department planes stop over and refuel at the nearby airport, according to a person with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

Questions about the overnight stays at the Trump golf resort emerged after House investigators wrote to the department in June to ask about the surge in military stopovers at the obscure Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which is 23 miles from the Trump property.

Federal contract documents show that the Defense Department signed an agreement with the Prestwick airport to serve as a refueling location for military flights in August 2016, during the final months of the Obama administration. It could not be determined on Saturday if the department had contracts with the airport before then.

The records also show that the first payments under this contract started in early October 2017 and that a total of 917 payments for “liquid petroleum” have since been made at a total cost of $17.2 million. It is unclear how many stopovers this represents, as multiple payments were often made on the same day.

Details about the flights, and possible visits to Turnberry by United States military personnel, were first reported by The Guardian newspaper in early 2018 and then again on Friday by Politico.

In June, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, wrote to the Pentagon asking if the refueling stops might be part of a politically motivated effort to help keep the struggling Prestwick airport open, and to help drive sales at Trump Turnberry.

“The airport closest to the Trump Turnberry golf course — Glasgow Prestwick Airport — has been viewed as integral to the golf course’s financial success, yet it too has lost millions of dollars every year since its purchase by the Scottish government in 2013,” Mr. Cummings’s letter said. “Given the president’s continued financial stake in his Scotland golf courses, these reports raise questions.”

Mr. Trump himself has helped bolster the profile of the Turnberry resort, visiting the property in June 2018 and during his presidential campaign in 2016. Mr. Trump has claimed to have spent about $264 million since 2014 to buy and renovate the property — a figure that has not been verified independently.

There are more than two dozen hotels, guesthouses and inns just a few miles from the Prestwick airport, most of them much less expensive than the full advertised rate at Trump Turnberry, where rooms this time of year typically sell for about $380 a night.

The Trump family bought the Turnberry golf course in 2014. It generated $23.4 million in revenue last year, up by $3 million compared to 2017.

A representative for the Trump Organization confirmed Saturday that United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry. But the representative said that it happened only a few times a year and that the company was charging the government a discounted rate.

Any profits from the stay, beyond covering basic services like housekeeping, are being paid back to the federal government, the Trump representative said, adding that it is illegal for a private company to give a service to the federal government at no cost.

Representatives from the Defense Department did not respond on Saturday to requests for comment so the arrangements could not be independently confirmed. But when a reporter from the Guardian wrote about the flights, a Pentagon spokeswoman rejected any suggestion that the visits to the airport were intended to help the Trump resort.

“The selection and use of any airfield by the Department of Defense is guided strictly by that airfield’s ability to support combined (U.S., U.K. and NATO) air operations in support of our shared security objectives,” Capt. Jhanelle Haag, an Air Force spokeswoman, told The Guardian.

The Guardian also reported that the Scottish government sought out the contract with the Defense Department to try to help increase revenue at the airport. That effort also included discussions with Trump Turnberry about offering special rates for travelers that used the hotel or other ways to lift business there.

The Prestwick airport, which does not have direct flights from the United States, has struggled financially in recent years. The Scottish government bought the airport in 2013 in an attempt to keep it operational, and it is now trying to sell it.

The next closest airport to the Trump Turnberry resort is the main international airport in Glasgow, which is 55 miles away, or nearly twice the distance. A spokesman for Trump Organization said most international travelers headed to Trump Turnberry already use the larger Glasgow airport, so the Trump resort received no major benefit by keeping the Prestwick airport operational.

The Trump Organization announced in 2014 that it was teaming up with executives at the Prestwick airport to try to drive more traffic to its runways.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Glasgow Prestwick Airport,” Mr Trump said during a visit to the airport at the time, after he bought the golf course and was renovating it. “They have a tremendous facility with a unique, rich history.”

The news media in Scotland reported at the time that as part of the deal, the Trump Organization would offer rides from the airport to the Turnberry resort either by a Trump-owned helicopter or via hired cars.

“Forging a new partnership between the airport and the Trump Organization will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial to both parties,” Iain Cochrane, then the chief executive of Prestwick Airport, was quoted as saying at the time.

Mr. Trump, sharing a link about the deal on on Twitter, wrote, “Donald Trump pledges to make Prestwick Airport ‘really successful.’”

House investigators said they were frustrated that no one from the Defense Department had responded to questions about operations at the Prestwick airport.

“The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation,” the committee said in a statement. “The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not begin complying voluntarily in the coming days.”

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