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News Budget for Tuesday, September 10, 2019


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^In college admissions scandal a judge must decide: Does it matter how much parents paid?<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-SENTENCING:LA—<As a judge in Boston prepares to sentence parents in the college admissions cheating scandal, prosecutors, defense lawyers and others are battling over unresolved questions: Is prison the right punishment? And, if so, should the amount of money a parent paid in the scam determine their time behind bars?

So far, 15 of the nearly three dozen parents charged with conspiring to commit fraud with the scam's leader, college admission consultant William "Rick" Singer, have pleaded guilty. The first two in the group were slated to be sentenced this week, but U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani hit pause in the proceedings to resolve a stark disagreement over how she should calculate the parents' culpability.

1400 (with trims) by Joel Rubin. MOVED


^Special election for NC congressional seat<

NCCONGRESS-9THDISTRICT:CH — Democrat Dan McCready McCready and Republican Dan Bishop face off in a special election that has garnered national attention and money. Findings of election fraud nullified the 2018 election in this district.

800 by the Charlotte Observer

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^Can Kamala Harris recapture the lost magic? She gets her shot Thursday<

^HARRIS:LA—<Jan Sweetland was searching for a female Democrat to support for president and thought she'd found the one in Kamala Harris. She was so entranced at a May campaign event that her husband, Dennis, leaned over with an observation: "This is your woman."

Sweetland, a 72-year-old retiree from Bedford, N.H, agreed, and approached campaign organizers that day with an offer to volunteer.

The campaign never followed up, and by mid-summer Harris' glow had dimmed considerably. The Sweetlands were dismayed by Harris' uneven appearances on the campaign trail and disenchanted by her wan performance in Democrats' July debate.

"She seemed to be not in control," said Dennis, 72, who backs South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

In the nearly eight months since she formally launched her White House bid, California's U.S. senator has fallen into a familiar pattern.

1450 (with trims) by Melanie Mason and Mark Z. Barabak in Manchester, N.H. MOVED


^2020 candidates with military experience struggle to break through<

DEMOCRATS-2020-VETERANS:BLO — Three Democratic 2020 candidates could boast of military service in America's longest-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that experience is doing nothing for them in the current race.

Of the three veterans remaining in the Democratic campaign, Pete Buttigieg hasn't cracked double digits in national polling. Tulsi Gabbard failed to qualify for the third debate in Houston on Thursday. Joe Sestak, a retired admiral, has 0% support in an aggregate of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. A fourth, Seth Moulton, dropped out in August.

900 by Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED


^Booming Texas economy may usher in a Democratic win in 2020<

TEXAS-2020:BLO — For Republicans, the Texas Miracle may become a victim of its own success.

The booming economy that helped the Lone Star State weather the 2008 recession has also sparked a migration there that's changing the face of Texas politics. The workers who have moved to Texas for jobs in the energy and tech sectors are more liberal than Texas natives, slowly turning the deep-red state into a richer purple.

Democrats now find themselves close enough to winning Texas that they've scheduled the third round of 2020 primary debates for Houston on Thursday.

1300 (with trims) by Gregory Korte and Joe Carroll in Washington. MOVED



^Tropical Storm Humberto has yet another chance to form as a tropical wave moves toward Florida<

WEA-TROPICALSYSTEM:OS — A tropical wave, with the possibility of becoming Tropical Storm Humberto, has Florida in its trajectory as it descends upon the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Several tropical waves exist with the potential to develop tropical maturity over the next five days including a new system that spawned Monday night near the Cabo Verde Islands.

300 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^In interview, Fotis Dulos says he believes missing wife Jennifer Farber Dulos is still alive<

MISSINGMOTHER:HC — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Farber Dulos, believes she is still alive despite investigators' theory that he ambushed at her New Canaan home the morning she disappeared.

Dulos insisted his wife is still alive in an interview that aired Monday night on "Dateline NBC" as part of the program's episode detailing the Farber Dulos case.

"I wish she were here to, to sort this mess out and I'm still hoping that she's going to show up," Dulos told NBC reporter Dennis Murphy during the interview.

400 by Zach Murdock in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^The Jennifer Dulos case: 5 things to know about the disappearance of the Connecticut mother<

^MISSINGMOTHER-5THINGS:HC—<Jennifer Farber Dulos, a mother of five from New Canaan, Conn., was reported missing on May 24 after missing multiple appointments in New York.

More than three months later, police continue their investigation into the disappearance of Farber Dulos, and have recently revealed new theories as to what they believe happened that day.

If you are just catching up on the case, here's what you need to know:

950 by The Hartford Courant in Hartford, Conn. MOVED



^Women pediatricians earn less than men — and work more at home, study finds<

MED-WOMEN-PEDIATRICIANS:PH — Female pediatricians not only get paid less than their male counterparts, but they're more likely to have prime responsibility for housework and caring for their own children, according to new research.

An additional finding that may strike a familiar chord with working women in other professions, half of the women pediatricians reported feeling rushed all the time, compared to a third of their male colleagues who said they felt that way.

650 by Rita Giordano in Philadelphia. MOVED




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^She fled North Korea for a better life. How her lonely, impoverished death became political<

SKOREA-REFUGEE-DEATH:LA — When they heard the news about Han Sung-ok, they gathered from all corners of the capital and other South Korean cities near and far.

Most had never met the 42-year-old single mother, who long ago had escaped from North Korea.

She and her 6-year-old son Dong-jin had little contact with the outside world in the months leading up to late July, when they were found dead in a low-income Seoul apartment, possibly of starvation.

But many fellow North Korean refugees felt like they knew her. They understood the dangers Han must have endured to reach this metropolis — and the hardships that came with trying to make a new life.

1850 by Victoria Kim in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED


^In Cherokee country, opioid crisis seen as existential threat<

OPIOIDS-CHEROKEE:SH — Here in the foothills of the lush Ozark Mountains, where the Cherokee Nation re-formed its government after U.S. soldiers marched members of the tribe out of the South in the 1830s, people say the removal of children from their Native homes is the most troubling part of the opioid crisis.

The earliest evidence that the opioid epidemic had seeped into Indian Country came in 2014, with a spike in the number of children taken into tribal custody because their parents were addicted to prescription painkillers.

Nearly three-quarters of the hundreds of Cherokee children who were taken from their parents because of opioid addiction have been placed in non-Native homes, because there weren't enough tribal families who were able to take them in.

1350 by Christine Vestal in Tahlequah, Okla. MOVED




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