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William H. Macy Wasn't With Felicity Huffman for Guilty Plea

Actress will be sentenced Sept. 13

(Newser) - Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time... More »

$6.5M College Bribery Mystery May Have Been Solved

Sources say Chinese parents paid to get daughter into Stanford

(Newser) - It was the big unanswered question in the college admissions bribery scandal—who paid $6.5 million , far more than any other parents, to get their kid into college? Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that the parents in question are those of Yusi Zhao, a Chinese student who was... More »

Prosecutors Want Felicity Huffman to Go to Prison

She faces 4- to 10-month sentence in college admissions bribery scandal

(Newser) - Prosecutors want to see Felicity Huffman admitted to prison for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal. They say the actress should serve between four and 10 months in federal prison for paying a consultant $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers altered, according to court documents... More »

Olivia Jade Is 'Very Angry' With Her Parents

Or so a source tells People magazine

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin's daughter wasn't exactly a babe in the woods when it came to the college admissions scandal, a source tells People . "She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen," the source says of Olivia Jade, whose USC admission allegedly... More »

House Sale 'Makes No Sense' —Until Admissions Scandal

Harvard investigating sale of coach's home to father of 2 students

(Newser) - The modest home on a quarter-acre lot in Needham, Mass., had been assessed at $549,300. When it sold for $989,500 in May 2016, Needham's top assessor was surprised to find it "in bad shape." Of the sale, he simply noted: "Makes no sense."... More »

Dr. Dre Deletes 'Strange Brag' About His Kid Getting Into USC

She got in 'on her own,' says dad who donated $70M

(Newser) - Dr. Dre is a proud man—his daughter, Truly Young, got into the University of Southern California, and unlike some other celebrity parents , he didn't have to pay somebody to bribe coaches or facilitate cheating on exams. But the hip-hop legend may have gone too far with what Mashable... More »

Stars in College Bribery Scandal Lawyer Up

Huffman, Loughlin hire high-powered Boston lawyers

(Newser) - Celebrity parents accused of trying to buy college admission for their children have bought themselves some top-notch legal representation. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have hired some of the most high-powered lawyers in Boston, where they have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the scandal,... More »

7 Jarring Quotes From College-Admissions Scandal

Including Felicity Huffman's light tone of 'ruh ro' about a glitch

(Newser) - The jarring college-admissions scandal is still reverberating, and some of the quotes cited in the affidavit continue to resonate as well. Here are 7 examples, gleaned from the Washington Post , the AP , Vox , Good Housekeeping , and others:
  • Felicity Huffman: “Ruh Ro!” the actress wrote in an email to
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His Story Is Antidote to College-Admissions Scandal

Once-homeless Dylan Chidick is accepted to 17 colleges, so far

(Newser) - Getting accepted to 17 colleges is an impressive feat for any high school student. It means something more to New Jersey's Dylan Chidick, considering the 17-year-old came to the US as an immigrant from Trinidad at age 7 and spent the next decade in and out of homelessness. Even... More »

Yale Dad Wore Wire to Expose Admissions Scam

Morrie Tobin sought leniency in securities fraud case: WSJ

(Newser) - The college admissions scandal might never have been revealed had a Los Angeles dad not been accused of securities fraud . Financial executive Morrie Tobin was being questioned about a scheme to inflate the price of owned stock and sell it at a profit when he told federal authorities that the... More »

College Entry Scandal Came From an Unexpected Tip

Financial exec in securities fraud probe told investigators of bribe request, hoping for leniency

(Newser) - In the wake of this week's massive college-admissions scandal comes the first, though likely not the last, lawsuit. Two Stanford students are suing their own university, along with Yale, USC, and other schools caught up in the mess, reports Bloomberg . They say they were denied entry to their first-choice... More »

Huffman's Friend David Mamet: Apply the 'Texas Verdict'

Writes that he sees no difference between 'bribing the building committee' or someone else

(Newser) - David Mamet and Felicity Huffman go way back. The playwright/director had her as a student decades ago, but their 35-year history is outpaced by that of Mamet and Huffman's husband, William H. Macy. The men have been friends nearly 50 years, and "I'm crazy about them both,... More »

Full House Episode 'Eerily Similar' to Real Life for Loughlin

'Aunt Becky' 'fessed up to scheme to get her kids into elite preschool in recently unearthed airing

(Newser) - First an awkward interview with William H. Macy resurfaced after his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, was indicted in a major college-admissions scandal. Now an episode of Full House has emerged that's sure to prove cringeworthy to actress Lori Loughlin, also indicted Tuesday. The Week reports that in early 1993,... More »

College Cheating Scandal Mastermind: I Created 'Side Door'

William Rick Singer pleads guilty on all charges

(Newser) - The mastermind of a college admissions cheating scandal that involved scores of wealthy parents admitted full responsibility in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to charges that could send him to prison for up to 65 years. William Rick Singer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy,... More »

Heads Roll at Schools After Admissions Scam Unveiled

Stanford, USC fire some who were charged

(Newser) - The college admissions scheme in which actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and dozens of others are accused has already caused heads to roll at at least two of the involved colleges, CNN reports. Stanford University fired head sailing coach John Vandemoer just before he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in... More »

Interview With Huffman's Husband Now Pretty Awkward

William H. Macy spoke of 'stressful' admissions process in January

(Newser) - It's the biggest college admissions bribery case the DOJ has ever prosecuted, and it has snared some pretty big names: Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among those indicted for mail fraud Tuesday in an alleged bribery scam . The latest:
  • A name fit for Hollywood: The investigation is
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Hollywood Celebs Accused in College Admissions Scam

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among those facing charges

(Newser) - A new scandal has emerged involving Hollywood celebs, but it's one you might not have expected. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those accused of participating in college-admissions fraud on behalf of their children, reports NBC News . Essentially, wealthy parents used shady tactics including bribes, made-up sports... More »

College 'Legacy' Benefit Is Completely Unfair

If your parent went to an elite university, you're much more likely to be accepted there

(Newser) - Bryan Walsh, a Princeton alum, has been interviewing Princeton applicants who live near him for years now, sending his recommendations to the university. And in a piece for Medium , he lays out "the dirty secret of elite college admissions": At a time when universities are accepting a smaller and... More »

Suit: Harvard Has Skewed View of Asian-American Applicants

School is accused of unfair admission policies

(Newser) - Harvard evaluates prospective students based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, outside activities, and personality characteristics, such as likeability and kindness. But according to an affirmative action lawsuit filed by a group representing Asian-American students, the school consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than other groups on personal qualities,... More »

Super High Achiever: Teen Accepted by 113 Colleges

Jasmine Harrison was also offered $4.5M in merit-based scholarships

(Newser) - Jasmine Harrison is not just another high achiever. The North Carolina high school student got a thumbs-up from an astounding 113 colleges and universities. "When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, 'Okay, this is really happening,'" Harrison told WFMY News 2... More »

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