Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to charges brought over her alleged role in a nationwide college admissions scam.

The Full House actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, on Monday entered not guilty pleas while waiving their right to be arraigned in court, The Associated Press reports. It’s not clear whether the judge will require them to appear, ABC News notes.

Prosecutors last month said that Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 in order to have their daughters, who don’t row, recruited to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team. Loughlin and others were indicted on April 9, with a new money laundering charge being added alongside conspiracy to commit mail fraud. This additional charge was described by The Associated Press as prosecutors adding pressure on the parents to plead guilty.

Felicity Huffman, who was also charged in the college admission scandal, previously pleaded guilty, saying in a statement that she accepts “full responsibility” for her actions. But Loughlin is going in the opposite direction as she faces the possibility of years in jail. CNN legal analyst and former prosecutor Elie Honig told CNN on Monday that Loughlin is taking a “big risk,” and he predicted there will be a “big difference” in the end result for Loughlin and Huffman.

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6 spacious homes in Florida

Sarasota. Set in a private enclave on Siesta Key, this contemporary four-bedroom overlooks Sarasota Bay. The light-filled house has high ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, a loft library, and two large suites, one with a water-view balcony.

The verdant property includes a pool, a lounging terrace, and a private dock with a 10,000-pound lift and access to the Intracoastal Waterway. $3,495,000. Betsy de Manio and Jackie Eberley, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, (941) 914-5540.

Pensacola Beach. This 2006 four-bedroom home sits on the edge of Little Sabine Bay, a water body with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. The house features high ceilings, oversize windows, multiple balconies, and a master suite with travertine flooring and a soaking tub. The 0.64-acre property includes a saltwater pool, a two-car garage with a recreation room and an outdoor shower, and a deep-water dock with a boat lift. $1,999,000. Mark Lee, Levin Rinke Realty/Luxury Portfolio International, (850) 916-5050.

Boynton Beach. Built in 1966, this six-bedroom home was renovated in 2018. The 6,500-square-foot house has hardwood floors, two fireplaces, a downstairs main suite, a chef’s kitchen with breakfast area, formal living and dining rooms, and a screened-in porch.

A curved wall of windows looks out on a pool with a water feature, mature palms, and tropical landscaping. $1,475,000. Candace and Phil Friis, The Corcoran Group, (561) 573-9966.

Miami Beach. Saved from demolition, the Skinner House just came on the market after a three-year renovation. Built by architects Coulton and John Skinner in 1934, the four-bedroom Art Deco home has a cantilevered circular staircase, 24-foot ceilings, French windows, hand-blocked wall carvings, coral stone and Spanish oak floors, and high-tech sound and lighting systems.

Outside are a heated pool, a patio, al fresco dining areas, and a fountain. $5,275,000. Nancy Batchelor, EWM Realty International, (305) 329-7718.

Palm Beach. This four-bedroom Mediterranean was built …read more

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John Oliver ropes in Bryan Cranston, Michael Keaton to help punish Purdue Pharma’s Richard Sackler for hiding

The opioid epidemic “is very much ongoing” but “we’ve learned a lot more about many of the companies involved” since Last Week Tonight last covered the issue in October 2016, John Oliver said Sunday night. The first chapter of the opioid crisis turns out to be “a story of how major companies acted wildly irresponsibly, skirted any meaningful consequences, and for the most part, avoided public scrutiny,” he said. “For companies involved in the opioid crisis, fines just became the cost of doing business, and throughout this crisis it has been difficult to find any real accountability for the people involved.”

Oliver briefly highlighted the drug distributors, but his main example of lack of accountability was “Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin,” he said. Purdue is owned by members of the Sackler family, collectively worth about $13 billion.

Oliver focused on Richard Sackler, the near-invisible heir who was company president when OxyContin went viral. “This invisibility feels deliberate, and whether it is or not, it has definitely been convenient for Richard Sackler, because it’s honestly hard to tell the story of his time at Purdue without any video,” Oliver said. “To help you get the emotional impact of Richard Sackler’s actual words, we got an actor to play him.”

Four actors, it turned out, starting with Michael Keaton (because “when you’re casting for a shadowy heir to a vast fortune who doesn’t like to be in the limelight, you go Batman”) plus including Bryan Cranston, Richard Kind, and Michael K. Williams. The Sacklers and Purdue deny causing the opioid crisis and say Sackler’s comments were taken out of context, Oliver said dutifully. To add context, he had the actors read parts of Richard Sackler’s emails and a newly leaked deposition, both on the show …read more

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2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro makes a clear moral case for slavery reparations

At a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro was asked the best way to implement reparations for slavery, an idea he supports. He started by saying “we have never fully addressed in this country the original sin of slavery,” and “because of that, we have never truly healed as a country.” Castro continued:

Sometimes people say, you know, they’ll ask me: ‘Well, nobody today was a slave owner, and nobody today that’s living was a slave.’ And I say, you know, if somebody is out there that’s 25 years old and they say: ‘Why are you talking to me? I never owned slaves.’ I’d say that, you know, that 25-year-old person never fought in the Pacific, that 25-year-old person never had a hand in writing the Constitution of our great country, that 25-year-old person never marched with the women who were marching for the power to vote, they didn’t march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. … In other words, even though we weren’t there in past generations, we’ve inherited a lot of moral assets, but you know what? We’ve also inherited some moral debts, and one of those debts we’ve never paid is the debt for that original sin of slavery. [Julian Castro]

Castro, a recent Housing and Urban Development secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, didn’t endorse any reparations mechanism, saying he supports legislation by fellow Texas Democrat Rep. Shelia Lee Jackson to have a commission craft a reparations plan.

Castro also said the “one idea or piece of advice” we would give President Trump is to “follow the law,” reiterated his support for legalizing marijuana, said that as president he would work to expunge all criminal records for marijuana use, and joked to the person who …read more

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