Couple gets prison time for paying bribes in college scam

BOSTON (AP) — A California couple got prison time Tuesday for paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruit — the latest sentencing in the college admissions bribery scheme that’s roiled the worlds of higher education, sports and entertainment..

Diane Blake was sentenced to six weeks behind bars while Todd Blake was sentenced to four months, under plea deals made with prosecutors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Wright described Todd Blake as the more active participant in the scam but said his wife was “fully complicit.”


Diane Blake told a Boston federal court judge in a hearing held via videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic that she is “truly sorry” for her actions. Her husband said he is “ready to accept the consequences.”

The Blakes, of Ross, California, are among more than 50 people charged in the scheme led by college admissions consultant

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Proenza designers reflect on getting off the ‘hamster wheel’

NEW YORK (AP) — As New York was grinding to a halt in the spring, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the designers behind Proenza Schouler, were a world away, trekking in Patagonia. They came back to a changed city.

“Those first couple of weeks were obviously spent just figuring out how to keep the company afloat,” says Hernandez. Then the duo realized they had to start drawing their next collection. They sat in their studio in Massachusetts “with a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, blank walls, and we’re like, ‘All right, here we go … what are we gonna draw?’ We had NO idea.”

What eventually emerged was a collection, just released, that dispensed with much of the spectacle and structure of a fashion show — because for once, there wasn’t going to BE a show — and focused on ease, heavy on soft fabrics and, strikingly, shoes that

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Shop the 77 Best Sales We’ve Found

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The first batch of deals will kick off online on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Shop the 77 Best Deals We’ve Found

Get ready for big savings from Walmart! The retailer just launched their Black Friday Deals for Days with multiple sale events happening through the month of November.

Walmart’s Black Friday sale, which consists of three separate events, will offer amazing low prices on sought-after items across categories (perfect for holiday shopping!). Each event will start online and launch in stores a few days afterward. As customers continue to follow COVID-19 precautions, they will have the option to pick up their online order with contact-free curbside pickup service.

You can shop these excellent Walmart deals now and see below for the pre-Black Friday discounts which start tonight at 7 p.m. ET! Read on for details on each of the three sale events and see the list of products on sale at Walmart.

Event 1

The first batch of deals will kick off online on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

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