A Student Caught Up In The College Admissions Scandal Has Been Kicked Out Of Yale

As the fallout continues to take shape during the ongoing college admissions scandal, Yale has rescinded one student’s spot at the university. The school did not specify the student’s precise relationship with Yale. Some 50 people across the country have been implicated in the alleged scandal, according to CNBC.

Yale University spokesperson Thomas Conroy confirms with Bustle that the student’s revoked admission status was a result of the scandal. "Yale has rescinded the admission of one student as a result of this matter," he says in a statement.

Yale’s former women’s soccer coach, Rudy Meredith, has been charged with accepting a $400,000 payment for placing a student on his roster, despite knowing that that student did not play soccer, according to CNBC. Meredith ultimately resigned and was charged with two counts of wire fraud, according to the Register. He will plead guilty to the charges, according to CNBC.

It was not immediately clear whether the student whose admission was rescinded was the student who applied to the school with an allegedly falsified soccer profile. Meredith received bribery payments on behalf of a second prospective applicant who was never admitted to the university, according to a statement from Yale’s president. The other student, according to the university, "was admitted and is attending Yale." The university has said in a "frequently asked questions" page on its website that it is not legally allowed to reveal either students’ name.

"When applicants sign their applications, they attest that the contents are true and complete," university president Peter Salovey said in a statement. "Although I do not comment on specific disciplinary actions taken with respect to an individual student, our longstanding policy is to rescind the admission of students who falsified their Yale College applications."

Prosecutors have said that students were generally unaware that their parents had allegedly participated in illegal efforts to gain them college admissions. Schools targeted with bribes and/or falsified applications include Yale, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California, among others.

Twelve suspects accused of involvement in the scandal were scheduled to appear before a federal judge in Boston on Monday, according to local ABC affiliate WCVB. William “Rick” Singer, the college admissions counselor who has been cast by reports as the alleged mastermind behind the scandal, pleaded guilty to money laundering, racketeering, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion on March 12, according to Rolling Stone. The alleged scheme included efforts to bribe coaches and test proctors, doctor test scores, and falsify student profiles, according to The New York Times.

The scandal’s revelation to the public has prompted conversations about meritocracy, wealth, and privilege. As schools comply with investigators and conduct internal reviews on their own, the conspiracy’s long- and short-term ramifications are still continuing to unfold.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," U.S. attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling told CNN. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either."

Lelling told the news outlet that the parents involved in the scandal were a "catalog of wealth and privilege," and remarked that "for every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."

Yale is currently devising "a code of conduct for athletic recruitment," according to its website. Moving forward, the school said, Yale’s director of athletics will scrutinize recruits proposed by the university’s coaches.

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What happened in Fleabag season 1 and what's in store for Olivia Colman and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in season 2?

FLEABAG, starring actress and comedian Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman is back for another series on BBC One.

At the end of season one, viewers were left shocked at the final twist that explained the mystery behind the main character and her late best friend, Boo.

What happened in Fleabag season 1?

Fleabag, who is only ever referred to by her nickname, is seen wrestling with life and the aftermath after the death of her best friend, Boo, who died as a result of a road traffic accident that she seemingly caused.

From the death of her mum, to the strained relationship between her father, sister and Godmother, Fleabag has a realm of issues that she chooses to ignore through casual sex and dark humour.

Through flashbacks we learn that Boo, her one true friend and business partner, stepped out in front of cyclist to try and garner some attention from her cheating boyfriend.

It’s only at the end of the series that we discover that is was actually Fleabag who slept with Boo’s boyfriend.

Who will star in Fleabag season two?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns as Fleabag, a 30-something woman who owns a failing cafe, has an on-off boyfriend and regularly sleeps around with other men.

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman is also set to reprise her role as Fleabag’s Godmother/Step-mother, who she has a very strained relationship with owing to the fact that not long after her mum died Godmother married her dad.

Sian Clifford returns as Claire, Fleabag’s uptight sister, along with Brett Gelman as her husband, Martin.

Hugh Skinner is back as on-off boyfriend Harry and Jenny Rainsford will also reprise her role as Boo.
Dame Kristin Scott Thomas also swells the ensemble in an as yet unspecified role, while Fiona Shaw takes a break from Killing Eve – which Waller-Bridge co-wrote – to play a psychiatrist.

Fleabag series two launched on BBC Three on Monday 4 March at 10:00 GMT and will be shown on BBC One at 22:35 every Monday.

What happens in season 2?

Although it's been three years since Fleabag was on our screens, series two picked up a year on from where the first series left off.

In a recent interview Waller-Bridge revealed that Fleabag is set to “find God” as she tries to deal with the events that life through at her.

She said: "She's really been trying hard to eat avocados and go jogging and live a good, quiet life."

It’s been announced that Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott is set to join the cast, playing the priest who “jolts” Fleabag into “seeing the world in a different way”.

Series two kicks off in a restaurant with a reunion dinner that soon disintegrates in ways that are both hilarious and harrowing.

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Kyrgios in on court bust-up with fan who called tennis bad boy a 'dick' before security throw him out at Miami Open

NICK KYRGIOS was involved in an on court bust-up after a fan called the tennis bad boy a “dick” – before the heckler was thrown out the arena by security.

The Aussie was leading Dusan Lajovic 4-1 in the third round of the Miami Open before he was involved in a back-and-forth with a heckling fan.

According to Amazon Prime’s commentary team the incident began with the fan mocking the tennis star about his haircut.

However, Kyrgios, who would go onto beat Lajovic 6-3, 6-1 to reach the fourth round, revealed the spat stemmed from the fan calling him a “dick”.

While the No33 ranked was also handed a code violation for throwing a ball into the stand at the fan and sarcastically clapping him.

“I had a bit of fun with it. I knew that I was going to get him kicked out. I loved it, I loved every single bit of it.

After the game, Kyrgios said: “At the change of ends he literally just said, ‘You’re a dick.’

"And I was like, 'Okay, I don't quite understand the context of it. You're sitting here, you paid good money to watch me on a Sunday night, so you obviously have nothing else to do'.

“And then he said it again, ‘You're a dick’, and I was like, ‘You have nothing else to say'. And then he was like, 'Come here and say it'.

"I was like, 'no, because I have to play'… and then it just kept going.

“Idiots like that in the crowd who have nothing better to do on a Sunday night than watch me play are talking to me as if they’re not interested in watching when they’ve literally got nothing else to do but sit there and watch me.

“I had a bit of fun with it. I knew that I was going to get him kicked out. I loved it, I loved every single bit of it.

“I thought the crowd loved this match I had a lot of fun. I mean I don’t mind. If anything he got me going a little more. I’m really happy with how I played.

“You’ve got guys like that I just don’t understand.

“When I go to a sporting event, an NBA event, I just sit there and admire the athletes and support them and watch them because I genuinely like being at an event. I don’t understand the talking.”

The incident comes two days after Kyrgios verbally attacked an umpire after he and doubles partner Taylor Fritz were knocked out in Miami.

Kyrgios went up to the umpire and said: “What the f*** is wrong with you?” You’re a disgrace. You’re a f*****g disgrace.

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Louise Mitchell to die in terrifying EastEnders twist?

Louise Mitchell (Tilly Keeper) could be set to die in a horrific EastEnders twist this spring as she is caught up in her dad Phil’s (Steve McFadden) messy criminal world – and could become a revenge attack victim.

As Phil returns from Spain, it’slear that he is in more financial trouble than ever with some ery dangerous people after his blood. As he struggles to keep his head above water, the pressure mounts and an associate called Danny Hardcastle (Paul Usher) shows up.

He firstly thanks a nervous Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) for his work over in Spain but quickly and, with a sinister edge, reminds Phil that he still owes money.

With Phil’s time clearly running out, soon Louise becomes a bargaining target – if Phil doesn’t pay up, he will lose his daughter. Phil tasks Keanu with protecting an oblivious Louise at any costs – but things will spin out of control in a big way, leading to a potentially deadly showdown with ramifications that Phil will never forget.

Ben (Max Bowden) will be back on the scene and soon be involved with his dad’s situation but is it too late for Louise as she is bundled into the back of the car as Keanu looks on in shock?

A recent trailer appeared to show Phil in a warehouse yard screaming Louise’s name – so will this prove to be the end of her? Or can her life be saved?

It’s not the only major drama unfolding in Walford in coming weeks as Jean Slater’s (Gillian Wright) cancer fight leads to the return of her troubled son Sean (Rob Kazinsky) while brave Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) bravely faces rapists Matt and Ross in court – but will she get the justice she deserves?

Louise’s torment will play out into the spring, along with the other explosive twists coming Albert Square’s way.

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How Will 'What We Do In The Shadows' Series Be Different From The Movie?

Cult film What We Do In the Shadows is back but on the smaller screen in an FX series, premiering March 27. Fans can expect the same cheeky humor and hilarious, dark characters, but with a new spin.

Creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi discussed how the FX series will differ but will still have the same vampire-blood flavor. The comedians met with The New York Times to discuss the launch of their series and looked back at their groundbreaking film that created a serious cult following.

So what elements can fans depend on seeing in the new series? But what will change? Clement and Waititi dish about what fans can expect.

This was how the series was hatched

Clement and Waititi didn’t look into their rearview after the film came out in 2014. However, their creative fangs were awakened thanks to producer Scott Rudin. ” Scott Rudin saw the film and then started harassing us until we did it,” Clement told The New York Times. “Taika. We’ve got to do this show. When is this show happening? We’ve got to get it rolling. I know it can go.”

Rudin also enthusiastically reached out to Waititi too. “I was in Hawaii, about to have my second kid,” he said. “It’d be like three or four in the morning, the phone would ring, and it would be him.”

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Shooting a television series was entirely different than the movie

When Clement and Waititi shot the film, they were the ones in charge. However, when it came time to shoot the series, things changed quite a bit. “The thing is, in the movie, we were the bosses and we never had to take notes. Now we have to take notes from the network,” Clement said. “And a lot of the notes are like, ‘In the movie … ” Oh, man. We know. We did the movie.’”

“Take notes on something you created and you know everything about,” Waititi joked. Plus, Waititi said having to listen to his voice directing and acting can got a little annoying too. “It’s hard enough listening to your own voice while you’re editing. And then also listening to your own voice while you’re directing. And acting. Doing a stupid accent and then stopping and giving a note. You’re just talking all day long.”

New characters but same idea

Thankfully the same humor and concept will remain intact. However, this new group of vampires are going to be trying to deal with life on Staten Island, according to The New York Times.

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The new cast stars Matt Berry as Lazio, known for his charisma, according to FX. Also, Kayvan Novak as Nandor, known as “Nandor the Relentless.” Plus, Natasia Demetriou as Nadja, a female vampire who is considered to be the matron of the house.

Keeping the vampires fit and fabulous are Harvey Guillén as Guillermo and Mark Proksch who plays Colin Robinson. Colin is known as an “energy vampire” who can walk in the day and still eats humans but not their blood.

Do fans get to see Viago and Vladislav? “They encouraged us to do it,” Waititi told The New York Times. “‘It’d be really cool if you guys were in the show, at least one of you.’ Well, I’m not going to do it if he’s not going to do it. Neither of us really wanted to do it.”

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Are Wedding Bells in Jill Zarin and Boyfriend Gary Brody’s Future?

Jill Zarin and her boyfriend, Gary Brody, may be walking down the aisle sooner rather than later!

“Oh, you’ll have to watch and see what happens. Ask him, right?” the former Real Housewives of New York City star, 55, told Us Weekly exclusively at the opening night of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations in NYC.

Brody chimed in, “Wedding bells are good, why not?”

Us confirmed in July 2018 that Jill started seeing the fashion executive five months after the death of her husband, Bobby Zarin. Jill told Us at the time that Brody “very much” respected her grieving process after losing her husband of 18 years to cancer.

“[He] has been an incredible friend to talk to,” she told Us. “He only wants the best for me and my daughter [Ally Shapiro].”

Jill made her relationship with Brody Instagram official in December 2018 by sharing a photo of the twosome in matching tennis outfits. The rug designer told Us on Thursday that the racket sport is one of their favorite activities to do together.

“We play tennis every day,” Jill said, noting that she’s in “better shape that [she] used to be.”

Brody added: “She plays more than I do.”

Jill, who is set to make appearances on season 11 of RHONY, also spoke to Us about the drama between the women, admitting she cannot pick a side between Dorinda Medley and Luann de Lesseps. (The two women have been arguing ever since Luann accused Dorinda of drinking too much during the season 10 cast’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia.)

“I love them both. … I think it makes good TV,” she explained. “I do think it’s real, but that’s why they pick those girls because it makes good TV too. I just hope they make up.”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

With reporting by Nicki Gostin

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New Mermaid Froot Loops Are Instagram-Worthy, But Hard to Find

Froot Loops are getting a new mascot! Well, sort of. While Toucan Sam hasn’t exactly been ousted from his perch on the colorful cereal boxes, the vibrant bird does have some competition from a spokescharacter for a new iteration of the popular breakfast food – Mermaid Froot Loops.

As you may have guessed, the mascot for this just-released cereal is none other than a sea-dwelling lady, a.k.a. a mermaid. Unfortunately, the cereal hasn’t exactly made its way to the United States just yet. Currently, it’s only available for purchase at Costco and Aldi stores … in Australia. Furthermore, there are no plans (that we know of) to release the cereal stateside.

However, that hasn’t stopped breakfast food fans from campaigning. “I want mermaid Froot Loops!!” declared one eager Twitter user. Added another: “Now how cool is this! #Mermaid Froot Loops cereal!!! I need to get some!”

While the cereal itself is similar to the rainbow-hued Froot Loops we know and love, there are some key differences. For example, Delish reports that Mermaid Froot Loops are purple, yellow and green only. Believe it or not, they are also free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, giving them a much more muted look.

The same can’t be said for their American-made counterparts as of yet. Though Kellogg’s said in 2015 that it planned to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereals and snacks sometime before 2018, that healthier revamp hasn’t exactly hit the fruity food just yet.

This isn’t the first time the cereal company opted to offer a new take on one of its most popular creations. In 2017, the brand’s cupcake-flavored and unicorn-inspired Froot Loops became an instant hit after initially debuting in the U.K. The launch was so successful that the magical cereal eventually arrived in America, meaning there’s still hope for a Mermaid Froot Loops debut closer to home.

Still, even if Americans are never treated this Ariel-approved cereal, there’s hardly a shortage of new morning eats. Kellogg’s competitor General Mills recently announced that Marshmallow-Only Lucky Charms are returning to the market in a limited release after a two-year absence. That cereal features marshmallows (and nothing else) shaped like rainbows and unicorns.

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Which Actors In 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Are Playing Real People?

In Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the two lead characters, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, are an actor and his stuntman, respectively. While their characters are fictional, almost all of the other actors in the film are portraying real people — some actors, while others portray members of the “Manson family” who were involved with the Tate murders. Here are the many actors from the film and the real-life person they are playing.

Margot Robbie is Sharon Tate

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Robbie stars Sharon Tate, an up-and-coming actress who, in this film, is the neighbor of DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton. The real Tate was, at the time of her murder, pregnant and living in Los Angeles. She and four others were killed on August 8, 1969, at her home.

Robbie is an Academy Award-nominated actress from Australia. She is best known for playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, and Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots. She’ll reprise her role as the comic book character in the upcoming DC film Birds of Prey.

Damon Herriman is Charles Manson

Herriman portrays Charles Manson, the cult leader of the Manson Family commune which is best known for committing a series of murders in 1969. Manson was convicted for his crimes in 1971 and passed away behind bars at the age of 83 in 2017.

Herriman, who is seen for a brief moment in the trailer, is also from Australia. He has an extensive filmography but is possibly best known for his recurring role on the crime drama Justified. Herriman will be playing Manson again this year in the upcoming second season of the Netflix series Mindhunter.

Rafał Zawierucha is Roman Polanski

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Zawierucha portrays Roman Polanski, a French-Polish filmmaker who was married to Tate at the time of her death. He was not in the U.S. at the time, but returned and was questioned following the murders. Polanski is still alive but has since been effectively banished from the industry after he was charged with statutory rape.

Zawierucha has exclusively appeared in films and on TV shows in his native Poland prior to landing this part. His next film, The Soviet Sleep Experiment, is due out in 2019.

The Manson family

The Tate murders were committed by Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krenwinkel. Linda Kasabian was also in attendance, but she kept watch. Other well-known members of the “Manson family” will also be in the film in some way.

Austin Butler (The Shannara Chronicles) plays Watson, but none of the women involved in the murders are included in the cast list. They could be portrayed by any of the actresses cast in unspecified parts if they appear at all.

The other victims of the Tate murders

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In addition to Tate, four others were killed that night at her house: hairstylist Jay Sebring, screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski and significant other, Abigail Folger, and Steven Parent, who was acquainted with the property’s caretaker, William Garretson, who was living in the guest house. Garretson survived the attack, and was questioned but later released.  

Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) plays Sebring, Costa Ronin (The Americans), plays Frykowski, and Samantha Robinson (Cam) plays Folger. Parent and Garretson could be played by any of the other actors who were cast in unspecified parts.

Other real people

Plenty of other people who were either affiliated with the “Manson family” or with Tate are also portrayed in the film. Mike Moh (Empire) is famed martial artist/actor Bruce Lee, Dakota Fanning (the Twilight films) and Lena Dunham (Girls) are Manson girls Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Catherine Share, and Luke Perry portrayed actor Wayne Maunder, his final film role before his death. There are a few others, but you’ll have to wait until the movie comes out to learn who they are.

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Nolan’s Death In ‘The Perfectionists’ Book Is Way Different Than In The ‘PLL’ Spinoff

Spoilers ahead for The Perfectionists book. Sara Shepard is basically royalty when it comes to the world of YA fiction to TV drama adaptations. Pretty Little Liars, which ran for seven seasons from 2010 to 2017, ranks among the most-adored soapy teen dramas like Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. Now, Freeform is taking a crack at another one of her stories: The Perfectionists. PLL: The Perfectionists premieres on March 19, and it promises to be packed with just as much drama and mystery as its predecessor. And the main mystery at the heart of all the action is — who killed Nolan Hotchkiss and why?

In the trailer for The Perfectionists, it looks like Nolan (played by Chris Mason) has at least somewhat ingratiated himself with his classmates, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan, and co-exists with them on at least a frenemy-like basis. However, in the book series, Nolan is a bully who never hangs out with any of the main characters, except for Parker, with whom he actually had secret a relationship. (And that character isn’t even in the TV show.)

Show-Nolan can’t be all good, though, as he winds up impaled on a fence by the end of the first episode. Clearly, there are multiple people with possible motives for ending Nolan’s life, but who was brazen enough to actually go through with it?

In The Perfectionists book, the central characters Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker aren’t exactly friends in the beginning. However, they all come together when they realized how they’ve each been wronged by Nolan in the past. They jokingly plot to kill him, but never really intended to go through with it. It’s all the more shocking then, when he shows up dead in exactly the same way they’d discussed.

The major twist in The Perfectionists book comes at the end when the reader learns that two of the main characters, Parker and Julie, are actually the same person. According to Refinery 29, it turns out that Parker had been murdered by her abusive father from the beginning of the story. Julie, overcome with guilt that she didn’t let Parker sleep over the night her father killed her, invents a split personality called "Parker" to cope with her grief. It’s while she’s in her Parker state that Julie commits the murder, and is unable to remember any of it.

In the Freeform show, however, it looks like both Parker and Julie’s characters have been replaced with Pretty Little Liars alumna Alison DiLaurentis (played by Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (played by Janel Parrish). It’s possible they could choose to transfer the split-personality storyline to Caitlin (played by Sydney Park) and Ava (played by Sofia Carson), or possibly even Alison and Mona, but it’s also possible they’ll go in a completely different route.

In the universe of Pretty Little Liars, you can never really rule out any options, no matter how outlandish they might seem. Who knows — maybe it’ll turn out that the body on the fence was only a decoy, and Nolan isn’t even dead at all…

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2 injured after car crashes into Times Square barrier

An out-of-control car plowed into a recently installed concrete barrier put in place to protect pedestrians in Times Square Tuesday morning, leaving two people with minor injuries, officials said.

The 2016 Toyota with TLC license plates crashed into the barrier at the bustling intersection of West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue around 9:07 a.m., police said.

Cops say the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 42nd Street and trying to make a right turn onto Seventh Avenue when it lost control and hit the barrier.

A 25-year-old man told cops he was about to cross the street when the collision occurred, causing the barrier to strike him, injuring his right foot and toes.

Medics treated the man and transported him to Bellevue Hospital Center.

Officials say another person also suffered minor injuries.

It is unclear exactly when the protective barrier was installed, but no barriers were in place when Google last photographed the area in October of 2018.

In January of last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the city would put in 1,500 metal bollards in Times Square and other high-profile areas in an effort to ramp up safety.

The security measure came after Uzbek national Saipov Sayfullo plowed a truck into the bike path along the West Side Highway on Oct. 31, 2017, killing eight — and after ex-Navy seaman Richard Rojas intentionally drove his car up a crowded Times Square sidewalk, killing a teenage tourist and injuring 22 other people on May 18, 2017.

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