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More ‘Varsity Blues’ parents plead guilty as one parent who previously pleaded guilty in college admissions scandal assaulted by son

first_imgiStock/Graffizone(NEW YORK) — A few days before beverage magnate Gregory Abbott pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the college admissions cheating scam, police say he was beaten up by one of his children in the family’s swank Fifth Avenue home.Malcolm Abbott, who raps under the name “Billa,” repeatedly struck his father with a ruler, and punched, bit and kicked him inside the family’s New York home on Sunday, the NYPD said.Malcolm Abbott was arrested two days later and charged with assault in the second degree.Gregory Abbott and his wife Marcia, who split their time between New York and Aspen, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to paying a $125,000 bribe to inflate their daughter’s standardized test scores. Prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of one year in prison.Abbott is the founder of the beverage distribution company International Dispensing Corp.Malcolm Abbott has used the criminal case against his parents to sell tee-shirts on his social media page. The shirts say “Free Education: Bill You Later.”Prosecutors said parenting guru Jane Buckingham paid Singer $50,000 to have Mark Riddell take the ACT on behalf of her son. Buckingham sent Singer a copy of her son’s writing sample, telling him as the plan came together, “I know this is craziness, I know it is. And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.” Her family and friends sat in the front row of the courtroom during the proceedings.Prosecutors recommend Buckingham receive a sentence of 8 months and a fine of $40,000, and her sentencing is set for October 23.According to prosecutors, Los Angeles real estate CEO Robert Flaxman paid $250,000 to have Singer secure his son’s admission to the University of San Diego as an athletic recruit. Flaxman also paid $75,000 to have Riddell assist his daughter with her answers as she took her ACT exam.Prosecutors recommended that Flaxman receive a sentence of 8 months and a fine of $40,000, and his sentencing is set for October 18.Prosecutors said Marjorie Klapper, co-owner of a jewelry business in California, paid $15,000 to have Riddell proctor and correct her son’s ACT exam. Klapper told the judge today she “willingly and remorsefully” admits to her role in the scheme. Prosecutors recommend Klapper receive a sentence of 4 months and a fine of $20,000, and her sentencing is set for October 16.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford Blues defy the odds at Twickenham

first_imgOxford University notched up an unexpected 21-10 win at the Varsity Rugby Match yesterday. The result marks only the second victory for Oxford in six years. Having lost to Cambridge last year and endured a disappointing season thus far, the Oxford team were the underdogs in the buildup to the 129th game. Two tries scored in the first half by Cheesman and Crozier, alongside the skilful kicking of fly half Charlie Marr, secured an impressive win for the Dark Blues. Captain Nick Haydon told BBC Oxford, “This surpasses all my achievements. To represent Oxford University is a great honour, and to lead the side is a very special moment.” On their website, the Oxford University Rugby Club described the match, which was attended by over 27,000 people, as “a dominant Oxford performance’”. Man of the Match was awarded to flanker Stan McKeen, who led Oxford’s back row throughout.last_img read more

Guardiola has vote of confidence for Wenger

first_imgWenger, who has long been under pressure from fans and critics alike, who feel the long-serving manager has overstayed at Arsenal, is suffering a fresh bout of pressure following a run of five defeats from their last seven games in all competitions.Speaking after his side comprehensively won at the Emirates, Guardiola voiced his support for the beleaguered Wenger.He said: “We play, we fight many, many times in Barcelona, a lot of times in Bayern Munich, a lot of times here in Premier League. A lot of times.“I can understand the situation. I know all the managers can be in that situation. He knows, he handles that situation. He has a lot of experience.“He knows the club, he knows the Premier League, he knows his players. And I’m sure he’s going to take the right decision, for the club, for him, for the players, for everybody.”Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League standings, ten points off a top-four spot.They are, however, in with a shout at Europa League success, but must overcome AC Milan over two legs in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola believes the way managers are treated by the media and former players is disrespectful, and used Wenger as an example of this unacceptable behaviour.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 2 – Pep Guardiola has backed an experienced Arsene Wenger to ‘take the right decision’ for Arsenal.Manchester City recorded a second successive 3-0 win over the Gunners on Thursday night, following their League Cup success on Sunday.last_img read more