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Dominion Energy Crews Moving Swiftly to Restore Power After Hurricane Dorian

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In Virginia, crews are expected to have restored power to nearly all customers by Saturday night and nearly all northeastern North Carolina customers by Sunday night, except for certain high-impact coastal areas. As of Saturday afternoon, 25,100 of the 174,000 customers impacted in northeast North Carolina and Virginia remain without power.

Patrol teams are assessing damage, with helicopters and drones supplementing on-ground efforts, in the hardest hit areas of Virginia Beach and northeastern North Carolina. Customers still awaiting restoration will be able to get individual estimated times for restoration as crews complete their assessment.

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‘Second breakfast’ should be a real meal, 62 percent of Americans polled say

Ever eaten breakfast in the morning and then a few hours later thought, “I think I’ll have breakfast again?” It’s more common than you may think.

According to new research, more than half (62 percent) of the 2,000 respondents believe it’s high time for “second breakfast” to be officially recognized as a meal.

In fact, the average American polled said they partake in “second breakfast” at least once a week. And they don’t eat it just for pleasure, as 70 percent of respondents say they feel more energized after having a second breakfast.

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70 percent of respondents in a new study say they feel more energized after having a second breakfast. (iStock)

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The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Dave’s Killer Bread, also found that breakfast foods, far and away, are America’s favorite “genre” of food, with 34 percent crowning it as the top dog.

Lunch took home second place with 24 percent and dinner got last place with 19 percent.

While there are clearly some haters for all-day breakfasting, some are fans — 43 percent of Americans — have eaten breakfast food for all three meals in a day before, with 36 percent of them saying they do so often.

But is there still stigma around when it’s okay to eat breakfast foods? According to the survey, Americans are sick of feeling judged and condemned for their love of eating breakfast foods at all times of the day.

The results showed that nearly half of Americans feel they are “not allowed” to eat breakfast foods past 10:25 a.m.

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Eggs, sausage and toast are among American’s favorite breakfast foods, according to the study. (iStock)

“Americans think we should recognize second breakfast and we agree!” said Cristina Watson, brand manager for Dave’s Killer Bread. “Three meals a day has become four, five, maybe more depending on someone’s activity. When one breakfast isn’t enough, a second breakfast can help you go the distance.”

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The study also ranked America’s favorite breakfast foods and, shockingly, bacon did not even crack the top three.

The crown for the “king of breakfast foods” goes to eggs (58 percent) however you like them, with sausage and toast taking home silver and bronze, respectively.

“It’s not surprising that toast cracked the top three of America’s fav breakfast foods,” continued Watson. “People want the classic flavors of breakfast but not necessarily in a classic setting because they’re on-the-go. Second breakfast, and especially toast packed with whole grains, protein and fiber, can be your secret weapon.”

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This story was originally published by SWNS.

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Meghan Markle cheers on friend Serena Williams in US Open final

Meghan Markle attended the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Canadian Bianca Andreescu on Saturday.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, sat courtside in Williams’ box at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Also in the box are Williams’ family members, husband Alexis Ohanian Sr, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Markle donned a denim dress with a gray coat draped over her shoulders.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women’s Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

She landed in NYC after taking a commercial flight from London on Friday to cheer on her friend as Williams attempts to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

MEGHAN MARKLE FLIES COMMERCIAL TO WATCH SERENA WILLIAMS IN US OPEN FINAL AFTER PRIVATE JET SCANDAL

Markle has reportedly left her 4-month-old baby, Archie Harrison, and husband, Prince Harry, back in the U.K. for the two-day trip but is traveling with security, according to The Times newspaper in London.

“It is a last-minute trip,” a source said. “Excited to support her friend, and then come back.”

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Of course, this isn’t Markle’s first time attending a final of Williams. She has previously watched the tennis star in the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon ladies’ singles final in London.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat in Williams’ box courtside.  (Mike Stobe/Getty Images))

The two have been close friends since meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami.

This is also Markle’s first time back (that we know of) in New York City since her star-studded baby shower in February. Williams and Amal Clooney co-hosted the shower, which took place on the Upper East Side and included guests such as Gayle King and Abigail Spencer.

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It’s also a quick solo getaway before she, Prince Harry, and Archie are set to embark on a royal family trip to Africa between Sept. 23 and Oct. 2.

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Hurricane Dorian puts spotlight on homes barely recovered from Florence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Paradise has been turned to hell': Residents, aid workers in Bahamas deal with Dorian devastation

TREASURE CAY, Bahamas — Food, water and other humanitarian aid began pouring onto Abaco Island on Saturday as private pilots and charter companies ferried in supplies and carried out hurricane survivors.

Hurricane Dorian destroyed or heavily damaged what appears to be the majority of homes on Abaco, from Marsh Harbor to the Treasure Cay marina area, leveling entire neighborhoods and leaving thousands of people without shelter.

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“Some people lost their lives. Some people lost everything they had,” said Cooper’s Town resident Kevin Pritchard, 44.

Formal disaster response efforts by the Bahamian government and US-based rescue took days to begin, as teams waited for government permission to bring in doctors and equipment, gas, chainsaws and generators.

The hurricane destroyed the island’s power grid and halted cell phone service for all but a few people near a battered government building in Marsh Harbour, complicating relief efforts, which were largely being conducted via satellite phone.

“We need generators, we need fuel. We’re going to be without power for a long time,” said Darnika Farrington, 32, as a military vehicle driven by British commandos rumbled past.

The hurricane destroyed Farrington’s house, and she found a bed at her grandmother’s undamaged home.

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At Treasure Key Airport, hundreds of survivors awaited evacuation by plane, most sitting in the sun without shelter or toilets. Some had waited for days for a flight to Nassau; many island residents are Haitians who lack documentation to travel to the United States and were reluctant to leave the Bahamas for fear they could not return.

Saturday afternoon the airport was buzzing with helicopters and small planes as American pilots flew in supplies. Gary Freiberger flew over from Fort Lauderdale to help the island he’s been visiting since 1980.

He looked around at the destroyed terminal building and flipped-over baggage carts and said he felt compelled to help people he’s known for decades.

“It’s my time to give back,” he said.

In wealthier areas of the island, the storm tore off roofs, leaving air conditioners dangling, and ripped open garages. Boats were jammed onto docks or front lawns, and cars buried beneath downed palm trees. Poorer areas were simply leveled, the simple houses flattened by the wind, leaving behind rubble and kitchen stoves.

Saturday, members of the U.S-based EMPACT Northwest nonprofit urban search-and-rescue team began checking buildings in the Treasure Cay marina area, carefully walking across nail-studded boards of homes turned inside out by the wind.

They were joined by Team Rubicon and Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, assisted by companies like Tropic Ocean Airways, which was using float planes to reach more remote areas. Chef Jose Andres and his team from World Central Kitchen were flying in hot meals for survivors and rescue workers alike, and the number of doctors ready to treat patients was growing.

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On the island itself, sanitation was rapidly becoming a concern. While flights were bringing in bottled water, islanders needed much larger amounts for bathing and flushing toilets. And anyone driving around the island risked multiple flat tires from the debris, and gas was in short supply. Rescue teams siphoned gas from the tanks of abandoned cars not already emptied by residents.

“Oh my goodness. It’s hard to see the Lord’s plans in this,” said Mark Baker, 46, as he navigated a golf cart through the debris-clogged streets of his neighborhood. Baker, who owns a construction company in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, said he’s seen similar damage on church missions in Haiti. This is different, he said, because his family has been visiting Treasure Cay for decades, and usually spends Thanksgiving there.

“I have a suspicion we won’t make it this year,” said Baker, who flew down after the storm to check on his condo and boat.

Miraculously, his condo was virtually untouched by the storm, which piled sailboats onto the lawn and flipped others over at the marina. None of his windows were damaged. So with a little ingenuity, two generators and a modified extension cable, Baker had his lights, ceiling fans and even his ice maker working by Friday night.

“Our little piece of paradise has been turned to hell,” he said. “Hopefully it’s temporary,”

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Elizabeth Pipko: Anniversary of Munich massacre reminds us of need to fight anti-Semitism and terrorism

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This week marks 47 years since the Munich massacre – the appalling murder of 11 Israeli Olympic team members by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany.

Before the massacre, members of the Israeli Olympic delegation openly discussed their concerns about the lack of security assigned to them. Tragically, their concerns were mostly ignored.

During the early morning hours of Sept. 5, the members of Black September used stolen keys to break into the apartment where the Israeli team was staying. They had been scoping out the apartment and surrounding areas for weeks preparing for their attack.

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Two Israelis were murdered during the initial stage of the attack, and the remaining nine were taken hostage and later murdered during a failed rescue mission.

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Tragedies like the Munich massacre cannot and must not be forgotten.

First, we must honor those who were killed. But we must also learn how to keep such attacks from happening again.

The attack on representatives of the Jewish state of Israel terrified the world, but didn’t generate the outrage it warranted. The Olympics at first continued but were eventually suspended for just 36 hours, under public pressure.

Nor did the massacre prompt sufficient tightening of security measures around the world to prevent other deadly terrorist attacks in the years ahead.

As has often happened in history, Jews and the state of Israel tend to become the targets of a “first try” to find out what kind of damage can be caused around the world. Even today this is seen with a global rise in anti-Semitism and a lack of leadership to take action to stop it.

We are also seeing this with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This blatantly anti-Semitic movement has the goal of destroying Israel, a vibrant democracy and close U.S. ally.

Why should we pay attention to what is happening in Israel? Because if we don’t stand up for Israel when it faces these kinds of attacks today, America will be next.

The danger of complacency in the face of attacks on others was described by Martin Niemöller, who was a submarine officer in the German Navy in World War I and later became a Lutheran pastor. At first he supported Nazi leader Adolf Hitler but then became a fierce opponent and was imprisoned in concentration camps from 1938 to 1945, narrowly escaping death.

Blaming himself for not opposing Hitler sooner, he made remarks after World War II translated into several versions in English as a poem. The best-known translation states:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist / Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist / Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist / Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew / Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.

These moving words tell us how necessary it is to learn from one’s mistakes and to keep certain parts of history from ever repeating themselves.

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This anniversary of the Munich massacre must remind us that we should be vigilant to the suffering of others. The massacre shows us that violence that may seem directed only at Israel and Jews will eventually come back to haunt all of us as well.

Take a look at our world today and the threats that we are facing.

Iran has made it clear that its immediate enemy is Israel, but that is never where it ends. Iran also demonizes the United States and calls for our destruction.

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We must protect Israel as our ally and a partner in the democratic values that our two countries share, and stay vigilant about the threats Israel faces every single day.

We must learn what we can from the acts of terrorism that we have been forced to witness in recent years – including the Sept. 11, 2001 mass murders here in the U.S. almost exactly 18 years ago – and stand up to those who proudly sponsor terrorism and wage war against our allies and ideals.

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

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

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

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

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Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. (iStock)

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

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

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

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Yosemite was investigating the incident.

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Tourist charged over $68G for ‘most expensive beer in history’

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One Australian man visiting England said there’s a “massive hole” in his finances after he was wrongfully charged $68,478 for a single beer during a recent outing to a bar in Manchester.

On Sunday night, Peter Lalor ordered a Deuchars IPA from the bar at the Malmaison Hotel that should have cost him just $6.75, BBC reports, before things quickly took a turn for the worse.

Lalor, a cricket writer for The Australian in town to cover The Ashes competition, was speechless to receive the unbelievable bill for the brew.

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“See this beer? That is the most expensive beer in history,” he captioned an image of the seriously overpriced booze — around $99,983 in Australian dollars – in a Sept. 5 Twitter post that has since gone viral with over 7,800 likes and 2,100 shares.

The writer revealed that he “didn’t have his reading glasses” when the senior bartender presented him with the receipt for the IPA and didn’t think twice when the employee “had some problems” ringing up the transaction.

He was then overcome with a “sixth sense” that “something had gone wrong,” BBC reports. The man was dazed to learn he had been wrongfully charged the incredible sum for the drink in an apparent accident.

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“Australians find England pretty expensive usually, but this takes the cake,” Lalor told the outlet. “That’s a lot of money. I’m just a cricket writer, I don’t earn big bucks and it’s costing me in interest.”

Two days later, Lalor’s wife called to inform him that the whopping amount had indeed been taken out of their account – with a $1,711 transaction charge tacked on to boot.

Lalor has since detailed on Twitter that he’s been in communication with the hotel and Visa to get the charge refunded – though the headache will likely take nine business days to process.

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“In the meantime there’s a massive hole in my finances,” he lamented.

“Lesson to be learned: Always find your glasses when presented with a bill,” the bargoer concluded.

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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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