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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 15, 2019 1:00 am


Students sue over bribery scandal

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – In one of the first lawsuits to come out of the college bribery scandal, several students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they were denied a fair shot at admission.

The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco. They argued that applicants who played by the rules were victimized when bribes enabled unqualified students to get into highly selective universities. Legal experts, though, said the students could have difficulty holding the colleges responsible.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against 50 people, including coaches and dozens of parents, among them TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. On Thursday, the The Hallmark Channel cut ties with Loughlin, a longtime star of its feel-good movies.

Gambino family crime boss killed

The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti.

Police said Thursday they were reviewing surveillance-camera video of the attack on Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, who was gunned down Wednesday night at his red-brick colonial-style house in a quiet Staten Island neighborhood. The assailant sped off in a pickup truck, police said.

NYC plans to fortify against flooding

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan Thursday to meet the “existential threat” of climate change by extending a section of the lower Manhattan coastline as much as 500 feet into the East River.

The mayor said the $10 billion effort to protect lower Manhattan from flooding by extending the shoreline between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Battery will be funded partly by private development if federal funds are not available.

Officials have been developing schemes to fortify the city's waterfront since Superstorm Sandy destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in 2012.

Smollett pleads not guilty in attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago a few weeks ago.

Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor in Cook County Circuit Court. Smollett is charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.