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Judge Approves Lori Loughlin’s Request For A Cushy, Low-Security Prison

Update: September 17, 2020

Lori Loughlin has arguably become the face for the whole college admission scandal that rocked the nation. The pre-Covid scandal saw parents, faculty members, and the facilitator of the scam arrested and fined for their involvement. Now, Loughlin is serving a two-month sentence at a low-security prison.

Lori Loughlin is getting ready to spend her two-month sentence at a low-security prison near her California home.

After a long legal battle, actress Lori Loughlin is going to serve her two-month sentence at a federal prison close to her California home. The federal correctional institute in Victorville is a low-security facility that offers the 300 inmates more than you might expect. According to the prison handbook, inmates can participate in yoga, pilates, and origami while serving time. Inmates are also able to take music lessons and learn how to play the saxophone, accordion, or ukelele.

Loughlin, who was sentence on August 21, will also have to pay a $150,000 fine and a $100 assessment. She will also have to complete 100 hours of community service. Loughlin will have to make a lump sum payment on the fine within 60 days of her sentencing.

“I made an awful decision,” Loughlin said during the Zoom hearing. “I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass. I have great faith in God, and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good.”

Update May 21, 2020, 11:19 a.m. PST: Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to the college admission scandal that has resulted in numerous arrests and fines. Loughlin has been charged in the scandal after paying $500,000 to get her daughters, one is aspiring social media influencer Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California (USC).

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty for their part in the college admissions scandal and struck a plea deal.

After a year of claiming to be not guilty of the crimes, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty for severely reduced sentences. Originally facing decades in prison, Loughlin is now facing two months in prison while her husband faces five months. The couple was hoping for expedited sentencing to put everything behind them but the judge dismissed the request. Sentencing is expected to happen on August 21.

Loughlin pleaded guilty to committing wire and mail fraud for her part in the admissions scandal. Giannulli pleaded guilty to committing wire and mail fraud as well as honest services wire and mail fraud.

The judge presiding over the case said he cannot accept their plea deals until seeing their records from the Massachusetts Probation Services.

The plea deal is highlighting the racial disparities in the legal system when it comes to the education of black and white kids.

Black and brown kids are often disadvantaged when it comes to their education. Funding for schools in Black and brown communities is always below the need and the children are the ones who suffer. The college admissions scandal reignited the debate around the in which some children are left behind in the educational system.

Felicity Huffman, another actress in the scandal, pleaded guilty at the beginning of the case and served her sentence. Huffman spent 14 days in prison for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Update: If only she’d just been honest, Lori Loughlin could have had a better start to the new decade. Instead, the former actress of “Full House” and its spinoff “Fuller House” is jumping into 2020 with an uncertain future and a trove of legal issues. For her involvement in the nationwide college admission scandal, Laughlin has plead not guilty and now faces up to 50 years in prison. Meanwhile, actress Felicity Huffman, who pled guilty to federal charges in May served her 14-day seance in prison and paid a $40,000 fine. In fact, the actress was released two days early when she served her time.

Now federal prosecutors seem to be making an example out of Loughlin for her part in the scandal and unwillingness to plead guilty. 

Today it was announced that federal prosecutor have accused the actress of withholding evidence in the college admissions scam case. This is despite previous requests by to turn it in.

CNN reports “the new charge accuses Loughlin and Giannulli of bribing University of Southern California employees to get their daughters admitted. USC coaches and athletics officials allegedly designated the daughters as recruited athletes, easing their admission regardless of their athletic ability, prosecutors said.”

According to reports Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli,  paid $500,000 to have their daughters pose as University of Southern California athletes so that they could get into USC. They have also been accused of bribing employees at the university to gain entrance for their daughters. Despite the severity of the charges, the couple pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and bribery.

In a court filing Friday, federal prosecutors say a majority of parents haven’t submitted their discovery materials.

According to a joint status report filed Friday, Loughlin and her husband have not provided any discovery material to the government. The term discovery material refers to information and evidence that both sides of the case share with each other prior to trial.

“The government disagrees with the defendants’ assertion that it is premature to provide their own discovery,” the filing states according to CNN. “The government contends that it has complied with its discovery obligations and continues to comply with them.”

The latest arrest of Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on “Full House” are proof of the fact that POC have a right to affirmative action. Loughlin was revealed to be part of a college cheating scam back in January. The scandal gave  kids an unfair advantage that garnered them access to some of the country’s top universities, including Yale and Stanford. This is all despite the fact that the children of these two women, as well as those of over 30 other celebrities and CEOs, were already riding on an enormous wave of white privilege that gives so many white students a leg up in the college application process each year.

Never fear fellow Latinos and POC. While most of our parents might not currently be able to fork over a load of cash to pay and have someone else beef up our SAT exam scores, there are ways to beat the system. And that’s purely on smarts and know-how. Just how abuela would want you to do.

If you’ve already completed your college applications and you met all the deadlines, know that there are several things that you can do to improve your application post-submission. There are also cosas que puede hacer that are just for you because this is a time when you also need to practice some self-care and to remember that you are worthy.

1. Get back to taking care of yourself

Now that your applications are in and you’re not multi-tasking ad nauseam, you should take care of your mental health. Get back to sleeping seven to eight hours a night and cut back on junk food. Get back to making and eating actual meals when hungry rather than snacking on empty calories. Get back to your exercise routine, quit staying up too late, and research some mindful techniques to help you through the stressful waiting period.

2. Start researching scholarships

There are scholarships for everything and everyone. Scholarships for first-generation college students, Dreamers, musicians, people who wear glasses, and on, and on. This McDonald’s Scholarship is seeking to give money to Latino students. The due date is February 4! Looking for other kinds of scholarships? Check out this directory.

3. Double-check letters of recommendation

Most colleges are using online tools to collect your application and recommendation letters, and most colleges will not turn you away for a late letter. Go to all sites and confirm that all your letters of recommendation have been turned in. Contact any teachers who haven’t turn in letters by sending a cheerful e-mail letting them know that their letter is not showing in the portal, say something like, “Dear Ms. Lopez, I went to the UC Davis portal and did not see your letter of recommendation. Please let me know if there’s something else you need from me.”

 4. Check your FAFSA

If you haven’t filled out the FASFA, you need to do it now. If you have filled it out be sure to make sure all information is filled out correctly to minimize annoying delays. You CAN fill out the FAFSA and provide tax information even if your parents are undocumented. Simply enter 000-00-0000 for their Social Security number. Do no enter their TIN or tax identification numbers that they use to file their taxes!

5. Do more research on each college you hope to attend

In order to make the best decision when you start getting those acceptances that we know you’ll get, you should start researching each college, and the program in the college you intend to major. You should also research student body demographics. It might be very difficult to go to a school that has very few Latinx students.

 6. If you’re concerned about funding, consider community college for the first two years.

You should know that students who go to community college have better persistent rates and get better grades than students who go straight to a four-year. Most California community colleges have Puente programs that provide extra support for Latinx students.

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

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Ecuadorian Sisters, 3 And 5, Dropped By Smugglers From 14 Ft High Mexico-US Border Wall

New York Post

A recent video shared by a border patrol agent highlighted a shocking moment of smugglers literally dropping two little girls over a 14-foot high fence in the New Mexico desert. Right in the dead of night.

In the disturbing video, the smugglers can be seen climbing the fence and then dropping the two 5-year-old and 3-year-old sisters to the ground.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez shared that the incident occurred “miles from the nearest residence.”

The two little girls (Yareli, 3, and Yasmina, 5) were rescued after agents spotted them during a virtual surveillance sweep. The two sisters are from Ecuador and were dumped by human smugglers at the border wall according to an official.

“[US Immigration officials] need to verify the identity of the parents and confirm they are the parents and make sure they are in good condition to receive the girls,” Magdalena Nunez, of the Consulate of Ecuador in Houston, explained to The New York Post on Thursday. “It’s a process … We’re working to make sure it’s an expedited process and the girls spend as minimal time as possible separated from their parents.”

“Hopefully it can happen soon, in a week or two, but  it can take up to six weeks. We are working to make sure sure it happens as quickly as possible,” she explained before noting that the two sisters are “doing very well.”

“We have been in contact with them and confirmed they are in good health,” Nunez shared. “Physically, they are perfect — emotionally, obviously, they went through a hard time, but I guarantee you right now they are in good health and they are conversing. They are very alert, very intelligent.”

In a statement about the incident, the Ecuadorian consulate confirmed that the two girls had been in touch with their parents, who live in New York City.

“The Ecuadorian Consulate in Houston had a dialogue with the minors and found that they are in good health and that they contacted their parents, who currently live in New York City,” explained the consulate.

In a statement from the girls’ parents sent to Telemundo, the girls’ parents had left their daughters behind at their home in Jaboncillo, Ecuador, to travel to the US. The parents of the two girls have been identified as Yolanda Macas Tene and Diego Vacacela Aguilar. According to the New York Post, “The girls’ grandparents have asked President Biden to reunite the children with their parents. Aguilar paid a human smuggler to take his kids to the border — though the grandparents didn’t know how much they paid.”

“[The parents] wanted to be with them, their mother suffered a lot, for that reason they decided to take them,” paternal grandfather Lauro Vacacela explained in an interview with Univision.

It is still uncertain as to whether or not the girls’ parents are in the country legally.

Photos of the girls showed them having snacks with Agent Gloria Chavez.

“When I visited with these little girls, they were so loving and so talkative, some of them were asking the names of all the agents that were there around them, and they even said they were a little hungry,” Chavez told Fox News. “So I helped them peel a banana and open a juice box and just talked to them. You know, children are just so resilient and I’m so grateful that they’re not severely injured or [have] broken limbs or anything like that.”

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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