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Felicity Huffman Photographed Wearing Jumpsuit In Prison While Visiting With Husband And Daughter

Felicity Huffman was spotted officially serving time for her crime over the weekend. The “Desperate Housewives” actress who pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 as part of a scam to get her daughter into a top university became the first to serve a prison sentence last week.

The Oscar-nominated actress was seen walking a jail yard for the first time since turning herself into prison for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Wearing a green prison jumpsuit, Huffman could be seen walking the outdoor area of the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. The prison is located about five-and-a-half hours away from Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and daughters and holds a total of 1,232 inmates. According to reports, Huffman was visited over the weekend at the low-security correctional facility by her husband, “Shameless” actor William H. Macy, and her younger daughter. The facility’s website says that inmates are allowed to be visited by friends and family on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Huffman is set to serve 13 days n prison and will finish her sentence this Saturday on Oct. 27.

In May, she pled guilty to paying William “Rick” Singer— dubbed the college admissions scandal mastermind— $15,000 to have a proctor change her daughter’s SAT answers after her test was taken.

In a statement to People Magazine, a representative for the actress said that she “is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions. She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released.”

In addition to her time in federal prison, Huffman was required to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. She will also be required to commit to one year of supervised release.

During her trial in September, Huffman apologized to her family and the judge saying she was “deeply ashamed” of her actions.

“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” Huffman said while reading a letter to the court. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”

Huffman went on to further say that “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. At the end of the day, I had a choice to make. I could have said, ‘no.'” 

In a statement to the press, Huffman went on to further apologize to those students she had hurt through her decisions.

“There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” she said in her statement. “And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”

While actress Lori Loughlin is the other big name caught up in the admissions scandal, only 10 parents who pled guilty to conspiracy fraud have been sentenced.

According to reports, Loughlin- who has so far stuck to a plea of not guilty, reached out to Felicity Huffman for support. Loughlin was initially charged with conspiracy fraud in March but fought the charge with her husband Mossimo Giannulli and was charged back in April with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment as a result.

For other parents caught up in the scandal, punishments have ranged from five months in prison to no prison time at all. According to federal prosecutors, 50 people were involved in the nationwide fraud that gave privileged and wealthy students a  backdoor into prestigious universities. Besides Huffman, nine other parents have been sentenced so far.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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