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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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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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With so much at stake this election year, it’s important to understand the circumstances behind some of our biggest beliefs. Currently there are little questions as to whether Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is in opposition to a person’s right to abortion. Her Catholic faith, her academic writing, and accounts from friends affirm that she has opposes the medical procedure. During a 2017 confirmation hearing for her current position as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Coney Barret stated that she was bound to follow the Roe decision as an appeals court judge stating “Roe has been affirmed many times and survived many challenges in the court… And it’s more than 40 years old, and it’s clearly binding on all courts of appeals. And so it’s not open to me or up to me, and I would have no interest in, as a court of appeals judge, challenging that precedent.”

There’s likely no chance of changing her mind, but we were curious about how women felt.

A recent post on Reddit posed the question: What changed your mind on abortion?

Check out the answers below!

“Being pregnant (with a very much wanted baby). I’ve always been pro choice, but learning about how much can go wrong in a pregnancy made it very apparent abortion is far from a black and white issue. For example, say the fetus has some defect where it can be carried to term, but will 100% die shortly after birth. There is no reason the mother should be forced to carry out the whole pregnancy. There are so many other nuances like this that are not possible to legislate.” – kittyinparis

“having one myself. i was religious, orthodox christian once upon a time. i hate to be one of those people who didn’t understand something until i experienced it myself but it is what it was. i extremely naive and ignorant because i thought that it was as simple as “don’t get pregnant if you don’t want a kid”. but it’s really not. and you never know what someone’s story is. and even then, regardless of their situation i think if someone doesn’t want to be pregnant it’s immoral to force them to be.” – Reddit user

“Honestly? Biology class. They went over sexual reproduction step by step and I just couldn’t buy the whole “humanity begins at conception” thing anymore. Then I started reading what all those scary buzzwords meant and I got a bit pissed off. Turns out the evil “partial-birth abortions” are usually called D&Es and they’re usually only done to babies with no chance of survival or in the cases of miscarriages. That’s not evil. That’s sad. I felt lied to, in a big way.” – Moritani

“I learned more about the concepts of bodily autonomy and consent and decided that it’s wrong to force people to remain pregnant against their will.” – enerjem

“When I first learned about the concept it seemed like a terrible thing but even after just 20 minutes of research (I did a lot more clearly, but this is just to emphasize how simple this decision was) I became pro-choice at 14ish, and I’ve had that stance ever since. So I only barely changed my mind really, but I think it counts because without looking into it I could’ve gone on believing it to be morally repugnant just because of what it sounds like and because it’s a subject that’s so easy to get carried away on and not look at objectively.” – ypical_Humanoid

“Paying my own bills. It’s a lot harder to feed two mouths than one.” – Reddit user

“Having kids. Pre-kids i was very prolife. Went to rallys and everything. Would have stressed and felt guilty if i got pregnant and dont knownwhat i would have chosen though. 4 kids later and several oops…im very pro choice.” – Strikingachord

“I was pro-life until I was about 13. I figure my brain developed more and I was then better able to see the issue in a more global and expansive way and determined that pro-choice was the most ethical stance.” – searedscallops

“Meeting someone in college who had had one in the past, and who spoke openly about it. She didn’t regret it or torture herself with guilt and shame over it, but she wasn’t a depraved monster, either. She was a wonderful person who did what was best for herself and her situation.” –coffeeblossom

“Having to get one myself.” –aj4ever

“I don’t know that I was ever pro-life in the same way I don’t think I was ever really Christian. I grew up in an Evangelical Protestant denomination, and until about middle school I mostly parroted things I heard. Things like “hate the sin love the sinner” for anything from being gay to probably having an abortion.

Sometime around middle school I started questioning all of it, forming my own opinions on things. I landed on atheist pro-choice feminist and have stayed there since.” – DejaBlonde

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred during the final presidential debate. The two presidential nominees debated on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to Trump’s finances. President Trump started controlled and quickly lost control of his temperament and spiraled for much of the debate.

First, people are giving the praise to the moderator, journalist Kristen Welker.

Welker is a reporter and White House correspondent for NBC News. As moderator of the final presidential debate, Welker kept the conversation moving forward. She was also able to stop President Trump on numerous occasions when he began spiraling as the debate went on.

One of the most stunning moments was President Trump claims that low IQ immigrants show up to court dates.

“Only the really – I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ. They might come back,” Trump said.

That was President Trump’s response to a question about catch and release. The catch and release program allowed for immigrants to come to the U.S., declare their intent for asylum, and be released to, usually, family members. They are then given a court date to plead their case for asylum. An overwhelming number of asylum seekers do show up to their court cases to make sure they have the chance to seek asylum.

The Trump administration eliminated the program and began what is called “Remain in Mexico.” The current plan forces migrants to wait in other countries while waiting for their day in immigration court.

When given a chance to address the 545 migrant children missing their parents, President Trump claimed they were being taken care of.

President Trump dodged questions about healthcare.

The rushed confirmation of Supreme Court Justice pick Amy Coney Barrett could have serious repercussions for people and their health care. The Trump administration is going to be challenging the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, in hopes of overturning the healthcare law. This would eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and pregnancy.

There is currently a lot of debate over whether or not a Covid-19 diagnosis would become a preexisting condition. More than 220,000 Americans have contracted the virus and the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy because of the Trump administration.

President Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns.

Recent news about President Trump’s taxes made national headlines. Americans learned that President Trump recently paid $750 in taxes and that the president has a private bank account in China. According to his own tax returns, Trump paid more than $188,000 in taxes to the Chinese government. The bank account was previously unknown information.

Joe Biden appealed to the American voters and families.

Biden avoided getting into arguments during the debate and kept focused on the issues and how they impacted the American family. From Covid to the economy, Biden touched on all of the issues that keep American families up at night. Biden offered plans to stop the spread of Covid-19 but promoting the use of masks and safely reopening the U.S. economy to boost the economy and save lives.

Viewers are calling the debate a victory for the Biden campaign.

Several snap polls form different organizations show that people consider Biden the winner of this debate. Biden told the American people that is was running to be the American president, not a Democrat president. Biden promised to be the president for all American people and to take care of everyone, regardless of whether or not they voted for him.

READ: The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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