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Previous United States President George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday night at the age of 94.

He died at his house in Houston, Texas, his workplace verified in a declaration.

The declaration did not define the reason of fatality, however Shrub had a kind of Parkinson’s condition as well as had actually been hospitalized a number of times for pneumonia as well as various other infections over current years. Simply days ago Shrub had actually supposedly being dealt with for reduced high blood pressure.

Previous British Head Of State Tony Blair defined George Shrub Senior citizen as “a phenomenal as well as excellent public slave, a male committed to his nation, the worths it means at its finest as well as to making the globe much better, much more steady as well as much more tranquil”.

RT records: The 41 st head of state passed away at 10: 10 pm (neighborhood time) on Friday. Funeral plans will certainly be introduced time later on, the representative for the Shrub household, Jim McGrath, stated in a declaration.

His wellness degraded in the last few years, as he dealt with lower-body Parkinson’s condition as well as was constrained to a mobility device. In April, Shrub was released from a healthcare facility after getting therapy for reduced high blood pressure.

Previous United States leader also, George W. Shrub, called his late papa ” a male of the highest possible personality as well as the most effective daddy a child can request for.”

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Existing Head of state Donald Trump commended Shrub for his ” crucial credibility” as well as ” deactivating wit.” His ” imperturbable management” brought the United States as well as the globe ” to a tranquil as well as triumphant final thought of the Cold Battle,” Trump stated.

Amongst the numerous presidents as well as elderly international political leaders that shared acknowledgments to the Shrub household were French Head of state Emmanuel Macron, German Foreign Priest Heiko Maas, Canadian Head Of State Justin Trudeau, as well as Russian Head Of State Vladimir Putin.

Birthed in Milton, Massachusetts, in 1924, George Herbert Pedestrian Shrub originated from a well-connected household. His papa was a famous lender that later on ended up being a United States Legislator.

Shrub signed up with the Navy at 18, turning into one of its youngest competitor pilots in The second world war. Throughout the battle, he flew numerous battle objectives as well as was rejected at one factor. Upon his return house, the boy was granted with an Identified Traveling Cross.

More: Experts Suggests US Military At Risk Of Losing War With Russia or China

A Yale grad, Shrub invested 20 years operating in the oil market prior to ultimately getting in national politics.

In 1967, Shrub was chosen to Congress. His job took a detour right into the polite front in 1971 when he was assigned the United States agent to the United Nations. He later on held a polite message in Beijing, as well as also led the CIA for a year.

Shrub initially relocated right into the White Residence in 1981 at the elevation of the Cold Battle, acting as vice head of state under Ronald Reagan. After thinking the presidency in 1989, Shrub, in addition to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, assisted to finish the harmful fight in between both superpowers.

In 1991, he led the country throughout the Gulf Battle versus Iraq after its leader Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait the year prior to. Shrub additionally released a debatable intrusion in Panama, referred to as ‘Procedure Simply Reason’, which finished in the ousting as well as apprehension of the nation’s leader, Manuel Noriega.

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Ailing St. Paul photojournalist tells his story from behind the camera

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As usual, Bill Alkofer was behind his camera to capture the moment.

It was in this moment, though, that the photojournalist became the subject.

“I know the exact second when my disease manifested itself,” Alkofer says. “It was at 6:53 p.m. and 41 seconds on October 19th, 2018. I know the time because I was taking a picture at a high school football game.

“I tried to lift the camera over my head — and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t lift up the camera.”

This moment eventually led to a diagnosis: A variation of ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

There is currently no cure for the progressive condition that steals a person’s ability to move, talk, swallow and — eventually — to breathe. It typically comes with a life expectancy of two to five years.

“As soon as the neurologist said, ‘ALS is on the table,’ it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Alkofer said. “I sat in the parking lot for an hour. … That night, I dreamed of my dad.”

His dad passed away of a similar condition. Could there be a connection?

After the diagnosis, Alkofer reacted like many us do when the news is bad and we need support: He came home.

‘IT’S A MINNESOTA THING’

Alkofer, who most recently worked for the Orange County Register in California, says that he “hails from the hinterlands of North Dakota,” but he also called St. Paul home for many years, some of them as a photographer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. And it is here — St. Paul — where he has come home.

“This is where my support system is,” he says.

Friends and fellow photojournalists Richard Marshall, left, and Scott Cohen, both of St. Paul, help set up Bill Alkofer’s new bed as he moves into his apartment at an assisted-living facility in St. Paul in June 2021. (Craig Lassig / Special to the Pioneer Press)

The 59-year-old has moved into an assisted-living facility in Highland Park. But, in addition to the caregivers and his family and friends, his support system of almost 20 people also includes people carrying cameras: his fellow photojournalists. They go back — way back. Back when pictures were processed not on computers, but in darkrooms.

“My friends here are still very loyal, with huge hearts,” he says. “It’s a Minnesota thing.”

Maybe it’s a “Bill thing,” too: Alkofer’s community of friends, family and colleagues both past and present — from California to Minnesota — came together for him after his diagnosis, raising more than $25,000 to help get him back to Minnesota, and to pay for a hotel while he waited for a spot to open up in assisted living.

And now his friends are preparing another GoFundMe — to raise money for the living wake Alkofer wants to host, as well as for his funeral.

‘THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PHOTO OF YOUR LIFE’

At the Pioneer Press, Alkofer captured life in Minnesota — and sometimes in North Dakota, too — for almost a decade.

Perhaps his most iconic image is from the Grand Forks flood of 1997.

After the Red River burst through the dikes and flooded the border towns of Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn., on April 19, 1997, a fire began burning in downtown Grand Forks.

Later that morning, Alkofer waded into the floodwaters to photograph two firefighters as they stood hip deep in the water, trying to hook up a hose to a fire hydrant — an unsuccessful effort to extinguish the blaze that eventually consumed 11 buildings.

“I wish I could go back,” he says, “and whisper to 1997 Bill, ‘This is the most important photo of your life.’ ”

‘TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE’

In between seeing patients on a recent morning, Dr. Namita Goyal remembers one of her former patients: Bill Alkofer.

“He is very tenacious,” she recalls. “He is very charming.”

He was a good advocate for himself, she recalls, wanting all other possibilities to be ruled out before they reached what was the ultimate diagnosis of ALS.

Goyal is used to seeing the cruelties of this progressive neurodegenerative disease that was first identified in 1869; she is a neurologist at the ALS & Neuromuscular Center at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange County.

“Every one of my patients have stories that are just as heartbreaking as Bill’s,” she says.

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NEW YORK (WETM) — An anti-abortion educator with the statewide organization New York State Right to Life (NYSRTL) takes issue with New York’s official stance on abortions.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and several women elected leaders and advocates held a press conference on Monday. There, they announced an official response to the abortion ban passed through the Texas Legislature last month. “I’m going forward,” Hochul said. “I’m not going back.”

“Contemplate which side of history you’re going to be on. Where do you want to put your marker down? Where do you want to draw your line in the sand?” said Lori Kehoe with the NYSRTL. “Are you going to be one of the people who say, ‘No, we can do better for women?’ Or are you going to be one of those people who someday look back and was like, ‘Yeah, I was one of those champions to kill kids because I thought women couldn’t handle it!'” she continued.

Check out a digital extra with NYSRTL’s Lori Kehoe below:

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Ask Amy: Caregiving spouse is overwhelmed

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Dear Amy: My wife was recently hospitalized, and, as I have done previously, I sent messages to family and her friends to let them know her status.

After each message, I received many in return, some asking questions that required a personal response.

When my wife was about to be discharged, I received multiple offers to help with shopping and other chores.

I had to write a tactful response to each, explaining that her diet has to be carefully controlled, so I have to do the shopping.

I have such mixed feelings about the incoming messages.

It is wonderful that family and friends care, but the volume of traffic requiring a response has been a burden on me at a difficult time.

What do you think is the proper protocol when receiving an update on CaringBridge, or through a mass email like mine?

Should people think good thoughts but maybe not respond directly?

Respond with a banal thanks/best wishes message?

Or demonstrate interest and caring by asking for more information, thus creating a stressor for the caregiver?

Thanks so much for the insights in your column, which I read in the LA Times.

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No. 1 Catholic Memorial holds off challenge from La Salle

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If you thought John DiBiaso would be full of the warm and fuzzies after his team earned a 42-26 win over La Salle Academy of Rhode Island, then you might not know the Catholic Memorial coach as well as you think.

After Friday night’s win, DiBiaso told his team in no uncertain terms that he was not pleased at all with the performance.

“The Super Bowl losses (by the Knights in 2018 and 2019) were better than that,” DiBiaso said.

Well, if the win over La Salle was so bad, you have to wonder what the Knights will do when they play up to their coach’s liking.

Junior quarterback JC Petrongolo completed 15 of 25 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to classmate Jaedn Skeete for scoring tosses of 49 and 6 yards. Through two games against out-of-state competition, the Knights are averaging 43 points per game, and it remains a mystery whether someone they play can run with their fleet of speedsters.

But none of that satisfied DiBiaso, who was fixated on his team’s shortcomings.

“What didn’t I like?” DiBiaso said. “The penalties. The turnovers. Guys cramping up. Not playing until the whistle. Playing through the whistle and getting personal fouls. I didn’t like any of it.”

The message got through to Skeete, who caught four passes for 68 yards.

“We’ve just got to do better,” Skeete said. “Our performance wasn’t that good. Luckily, we came out with a win today, but we need to be more disciplined. There were too many flags on the field. We’ve just got to work harder. We’ve got to do better. It starts in practice.”

The Knights took the opening kick and scored in less than a minute on a 3-yard touchdown run by Datrell Jones. La Salle answered with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Dean Varrichione to Justin Benson to cut the CM lead to 7-6. In the second quarter, CM answered on a 49-yard Petrongolo pass over the middle to Skeete, who outraced the La Salle secondary to the end zone.

La Salle then cut the deficit to 14-12 on a 3-yard scoring run by Jameszell Lassister, and it looked like it would stay that way until halftime. But another one of the terrific CM junior receivers, Kole Osinubi, took a 25-yard pass from Petrongolo to give the Knights a 21-12 lead at halftime.

“We try to distribute it like a basketball team,” DiBiaso said of his skill players. “This guy gets it. That guy gets it. But, again, we didn’t do as good a job as we should.”

CM finally began to pull away in the third quarter. Jones added a 13-yard touchdown run, then Skeete lost his man for a 6-yard score as CM pushed its advantage to 35-12. La Salle scored two touchdowns in the fourth sandwiched around a Carson Harwood 3-yard scoring jaunt.

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Police arrest Florida suspect after collision at Gloversville school

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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Gloversville Police Department reports the arrest of Justin J. Hughes, 31, of Gloversville on Wednesday.

Police say that, since the start of the school year, they’d received many complaints about parking near Boulevard Elementary School during drop-off and dismissal. Police patrols were increased to enforce parking restrictions and maintain a safe situation for students.

During dismissal on Wednesday, an officer handling parking at the school encountered a car parked in the median of East Boulevard. He contacted the driver—later identified as Hughes—to tell him to move, because he was not parked in a legal spot. The officer reportedly told him to pull over for a traffic stop, but Hughes allegedly fled down First Avenue.

The officer pursued. Police say that Hughes pulled into a driveway, turned around, and headed back toward the school, so the officer moved his marked police car into the oncoming car’s lane to block him. The officer said he was afraid of Hughes returning to the area populated with parents and students.

The patrol car in his path was reportedly damaged in the collision with Hughes, who was arrested. He was charged with:

  • Third-degree criminal mischief
  • Obstruction of governmental administration
  • Resisting arrest
  • Unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle
  • Reckless driving

Back on March 16, Gloversville detectives helped U.S. Marshals arrest Hughes, who was considered a fugitive. He was wanted at that time on several outstanding Florida warrants for:

  • Possession or promotion of a photo or movie of a sexual performance by a child
  • Possession of a photograph of a sexual performance by a child
  • Distribution of obscene material to a child

When he was arrested this week, Hughes was reportedly wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet as a result of the case in Okaloosa County, Florida. He was arraigned in Gloversville court and remanded to the Fulton County Correctional Facility without bail. He was also served with a Letter of Trespass restricting him from school properties.

Gloversville police say they don’t usually release mug shots of suspects, but decided to release Hughes’ based on the nature of the Florida charges and his presence on school grounds. They say to call (518) 773-4577 if you have any information on this matter.

NEWS10 requested a copy of bodycam footage and to speak with the officer involved in the incident. Our request was denied.

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Murphy steps up to lead Reading past Barnstable

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READING — When Reading needed him most, James Murphy delivered.

Murphy threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a crucial late third-down completion as No. 12 Reading outlasted 10th-ranked Barnstable, 18-14, on a mist-filled Friday night in Reading.

Murphy compiled 134 yards in the second half, 57 of which came on the Rockets (2-0) go-ahead drive at the start of the fourth quarter.

“This was one of the better games I have been part of as our guys played the full 48 minutes,” Murphy said. “The offensive line gave me more time in the second half so all I needed to do was put the ball where it needed to be.”

After tailing the Rockets 12-7 midway through the third quarter, Barnstable grabbed the advantage using its physical style of play to seemingly wear down Reading. Eugene Jordan capped off the 10-play, 55-yard drive with a seven yard plunge into the end zone to put Barnstable on top 14-12.

Murphy and the Rockets responded. The junior quarterback led the offense on a 15-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a five yard touchdown reception by Jesse Doherty to put Reading back in front 18-14 with 8:48 remaining.

After the two sides traded turnovers, Barnstable found itself with an opportunity to take the lead with less than five minutes to play. The Reading defense, however, forced a turnover on downs with Alex DiNapoli making a key pass breakup on fourth down to turn the ball back over to the Rockets.

Barnstable had one last chance after forcing Reading into a third and 12, but Murphy stepped up in the pocket and fired a perfect ball to Doherty for the first down that sealed the win for the Rockets.

“Hats off to Barnstable, they came out with a great game plan,” Reading coach John Fiore said. “James was fantastic. Our receivers came up big. We had some physical matchups but our guys kept going after it.”

Reading opened the scoring on its second drive of the game. On first and 10 from his own 27, Murphy dropped back and fired a quick wide receiver screen to Ryan Strout who navigated traffic and took off down the far sideline for a 73 yard touchdown and a 6-0 Rockets lead.

Barnstable jumped in front to begin the second quarter as on its first frame of the stanza Henry Machnik rolled left and heaved a ball to the back of the end zone where Colin Fay made a miraculous catch for a 29 yard score that, coupled with the point after, gave the Redhawks a 7-6 advantage.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Pittsfield resident is a $1 million winner in the Massachusetts Lottery’s “100X The Cash” instant ticket game.

According to the Massachusetts Lottery website, William Porter, Jr. of Pittsfield has claimed a $1 million prize (before taxes) in the Lottery’s “100X The Cash” instant ticket game on August 25.

Porter chose the cash option on its prize and received a one-time payment of $650,000 (before taxes). He plans on using some of the money to buy a set of fitted golf clubs.

He bought his ticket at East Street Gulf located at 730 East Street in Pittsfield. The retailer will get a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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Big second half leads Springfield Central to road win at BC High

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After surrendering a dizzying 67 points in a season-opening loss to Central Catholic last week, it’s clear that the vaunted Springfield Central offense is going to need some help from the defense to reach their sky-high potential this fall.

Against BC High on Friday night, that unit took a significant step forward, especially in the second half as the Falcons picked off a pair of passes and pitched a shutout after the break as Central used 34 unanswered points to pull away for a 50-20 victory.

“Huge for the defense, but we have a long way to go and a long way to grow,” said Central coach Valdamar Brower. “We definitely want to be more physical than we were last week and play more complementary football — offense, defense and special teams.”

Special teams mistakes from the Falcons gave the Eagles life in the first half as the hosts recovered one muffed punt and blocked another, setting up short fields that BC High cashed in on for an early 12-8 edge.

BC High (0-2) led again at 20-16 with 3:06 left in the first after a 68-yard pass from Brennan Malone to Ben Evee. Malone completed 16-of-29 passes for 207 yards, connecting with Evee seven times for 162 yards and two TDs.

The Falcons dominated the rest of the way, however, denying new coach Ed Mantie his first win. Central fed running back Tariq Thomas a steady diet of touches and he responded, turning his 25 carries into 189 yards and four touchdowns.

“I just like doing whatever I can do to help the team win,” said Thomas. “Whether that’s blocking, catching the ball or running the ball.”

Star quarterback William Watson was largely efficient and frequently electric in going 13-of-17 for 164 yards and a TD through the air and adding 48 yards and a score on the ground. Central even gave linebacker Mesias Lee a goal-line tote and he converted for a 1-yard TD at the end of the third quarter that sent the fourth into running time.

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MOAB CITY, Utah (NewsNation Now) — Blogger Gabby Petito, who vanished while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van, is now at the center of a nationwide search.

Investigators say Petito, 22, was last in contact with her family in late August when the couple was visiting Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

The trip was well-documented on social media until it abruptly ceased allegedly somewhere in Wyoming. The couple documented most of their trip, which started in July, on a YouTube Vlog called “VAN LIFE”.  The last posts to both their Instagram accounts were from Grand Teton National Park.

Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is now a person of interest in the case and has refused to talk with authorities.

Here is a timeline of what we know in the disappearance and subsequent search for Gabby Petito:

July 2: Petito, Laundrie leave for road trip

Petito and Laundrie leave New York for a cross-country road trip to national parks out west in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

The couple documents their travels on both their personal Instagrams and a travel account under the name “Nomadic Statik.”

Aug 12.: Petito, Laundrie get into dispute

Moab City Police in Utah respond to reports of an alleged physical interaction between Petito and Laundrie. Hour-long body camera footage from the investigation shows officers responding to the 911 call with Petito crying “uncontrollably,” saying the pair had been having “little arguments” that day. Authorities said Laundrie told officers the couple had been traveling for four to five months, which “created emotional strain between them and increased the number of arguments.”

You can view the full bodycam footage below:

Petito and Laundrie reportedly separated for the night, with Petito keeping the van and Laundrie getting lodging assistance from police. In the report, Laundrie is listed as the victim, but Chief Bret Edge said there was not enough evidence to move forward with any charges.

Aug. 21: Petito’s father last speaks with her

Joseph Petito, Gabby Petito’s father, Facetimes with his daughter for the last time. He said he helped her order food in Salt Lake City.

“No red flags that popped out,” Joseph Petito said in a Zoom interview to NewsNation affiliate WFLA. “I’m trying to wrap my brain – Monday morning quarterback it, you know what I mean – still nothing is popping in my head.”

Aug. 25: Petito’s mother last speaks with her

Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, says she last spoke with her daughter on Aug. 25. She said the couple was near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming when she last spoke with her.

Aug. 30: Schmidt receives last text from Petito’s phone

Schmidt says she received her last text from Gabby Petito’s phone that day.

“The last text I got from her was on Aug. 30,” Schmidt added. “I don’t know if that was her texting me or not.”

She has not heard anything since.

Sept. 1: LAUNDRIE RETURNS TO FLORIDA WITH THE VAN

Florida authorities say Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in Florida with Petito’s van.

Sept. 11: pETITO IS REPORTED MISSING

Family members report Petito missing to Suffolk County Police in New York. Later that day, North Port Police in Florida confirm they recovered the van at Laundrie’s parents’ home. Police say the couple also lived there.

Sept. 15: Laundrie named person of interest

Florida authorities say Laundrie is now a person of interest in the case after Petito disappeared while on a cross-country road trip together. While Laundrie was identified as a person of interest, police said he “has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators or has provided any helpful details.” 

Sept. 16: Petito’s family pens letter to Laundrie family, potential case connection

Attorneys for Petito’s family read a letter on behalf of the family, pleading with Laundrie’s family to help the investigation.

“If you or your family have any decency left please tell us where Gabby is located,” the letter said. “Please tell us if we’re even looking in the right place.”

That same day, Brian Laundrie’s sister became the first family member to speak on Petito’s disappearance.

“Obviously, me and my family want Gabby to be found safe,” Cassie Laundrie, Brian Laundrie’s sister, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a clip. “She’s like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and sound and this to be just a big misunderstanding.”

Gabby Petito, 22, has been missing for weeks, her family says, after taking a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend. (Photo Courtesy: Suffolk County Police Department)

Authorities in Utah also said they are “not ruling anything out” in a potential connection between Petito and Laundrie, who were in Moab a day before a newlywed couple were last seen. The alleged domestic dispute between Laundrie and Petito happened outside Moab on Aug. 13. The next day, Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were seen for the last time at a bar in Moab. Days later, Schulte and Turner were found dead at a campsite near Moab.

The search for Petito is still underway. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds.  She has blonde hair, blue eyes and several tattoos, including one on her finger and forearm that reads “let it be.”

The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

This story will be updated as more details are confirmed.

NewsNation affiliates WFLA, KTXL and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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In day four of ‘Varsity Blues’ trial, student testifies almost everything in defendant’s daughter’s profile is ‘untrue’

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A Wellesley College senior testified on Friday that virtually everything in the athletic profile of the daughter of one of two parents on trial in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal was untrue.

On the fourth day of testimony in the trial of former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and another parent, Rachel Sih was shown her high school yearbook, which included the same photo of a girl playing basketball that was used to try to get the defendant’s daughter into the University of Southern California as a basketball recruit.

“Is that Sabrina Abdelaziz?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank asked.

“No,” said Sih, the prosecution’s second witness in the high-profile trial in federal court in Boston.

“Did Sabrina try out for the varsity team?” Frank asked.

“Yes,” Sih said.

“Did she make it?” Frank asked.

“No,” Sih said.

When asked about other things on Sabrina Abdelaziz’s athletic profile, she also said, “It’s untrue that she was starting point guard or varsity captain.”

Sih’s testimony was a blow to the defense of Gamal Abdelaziz, who is on trial with former Staples and Gap Inc. executive John Wilson on charges they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to help get their children into USC by falsely presenting them as athletic recruits. Wilson also is accused of paying more than $1 million to buy his twin daughters’ ways into Harvard and Stanford.

William “Rick” Singer, the so-called “godfather” behind the “Varsity Blues” scheme, is now cooperating with the government and has handed over emails and secret recordings he made of his dealings with parents.

In one recording played on Friday for the jury, Singer tells Wilson that he’s “going to do more than 730 of these side-door deals at 50 or 60 schools.”

In another recording, Wilson asks, “Is there any way to make those (payments) tax-deductible, as like, donations to a school?”

Singer assures him there is.

On Wednesday, Frank showed jurors multiple emails between Singer, parents, and others, including one from March 2018 to Abdelaziz, thanking him for his “generous donation” of $300,000 to Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation, adding the money would benefit disadvantaged youngsters.

Recordings of conversations between Singer and Donna Heinel, the former senior associate athletic director at USC, discussed “structuring” some donations, which FBI Special Agent Keith Brown told jurors meant breaking them into smaller amounts to evade taxes.

Defense lawyers have claimed that the parents were duped by Singer and led to believe that their payments were legitimate donations.

Earlier this week,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Gordon Ernst, the former head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown University, has agreed to plead guilty in connection with soliciting and accepting $3.4 million in bribes to facilitate the admission of prospective Georgetown applicants and failing to report a large portion of those bribes on his federal income taxes.

The parties have agreed to a sentence of at one to four years in prison, two years of supervised release and forfeiture of $3.4 million.

 

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