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Louisiana advocate for ex-inmates among those pardoned

Jan. 20, 2021 2:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prisoner who operates a Louisiana nonprofit aiding ex-inmates is among those pardoned in the final hours of the Trump administration. Syrita Steib-Martin’s pardon was announced by the White House early Wednesday. The Louisiana native pleaded guilty in 2000 to...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons dad charged in college admissions scandal

Jan. 20, 2021 2:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A prominent Miami developer and investor who was among a slew of wealthy parents charged with paying hefty bribes to get their children into elite universities was pardoned early Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Robert Zangrillo was arrested in March 2019 in a college admissions bribery...

FILE- In this March 12, 2005, file photo, a student leaves after taking the SAT at Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. The College Board said Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

Jan. 19, 2021 2:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The College Board said Tuesday it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape. “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of being innovative and adaptive to what lies ahead," according to a statement...

First-year student applications down in UMaine System

Jan. 15, 2021 2:50 PM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Applications for first-year admission to the University of Maine System among students in the state are down 13% from a year ago, the school reported. The system said in a statement Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic has upended the typical college search process, which usually...

FILE - Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, foreground, departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Giannulli is asking to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli's lawyers said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Giannulli believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Mossimo Giannulli asks to finish prison sentence at home

Jan. 14, 2021 6:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli asked Thursday to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli, who reported to a California prison in November for...

High school senior Gabriella Staykova poses for a photo at her home in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. As a senior, she planned on visiting college campuses during the last spring break, but with campuses closed due to the pandemic, she is applying to colleges sight unseen. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Pandemic's toll shows up on students' college applications

Jan. 13, 2021 1:10 AM EST

In a college application season like no other, students who have seen every aspect of their lives disrupted by the coronavirus are grappling with how to show their potential. High school seniors around the U.S. are facing January and February college application deadlines without SAT and ACT entrance exam scores,...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, actor Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Loughlin was released from federal prison in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Lori Loughlin released after prison term in college scam

Dec. 28, 2020 12:18 PM EST

“Full House” actor Lori Loughlin was released from prison Monday after spending two months behind bars for paying half a million dollars in bribes to get her two daughters into college. Loughlin was released from the federal lockup in Dublin, California, where she had been serving her sentence for...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, an image of veteran Constance

Beyond COVID-19: Politics, legal news grabbed 2020 headlines

Dec. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Massachusetts’ biggest story of 2020 involved something so tiny it required an electron microscope to view. The coronavirus pandemic hit the Bay State hard, killing nearly 12,000 — the nation's ninth-highest death toll — and ravaging communities of color and long-term care facilities. Nearly...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, former college entrance exam administrator Niki Williams of Houston, right, arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, after pleading guilty in September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Former exam administrator gets probation in bribery scheme

Dec. 21, 2020 4:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former college entrance exam administrator was sentenced on Monday to one year of probation for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme that has ensnared wealthy parents across the nation. Niki Williams, a former employee of the Houston Independent School District, pleaded guilty...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, an image of veteran Constance

Beyond COVID-19: Politics, legal news grabbed 2020 headlines

Dec. 21, 2020 9:23 AM EST

Massachusetts’ biggest story of 2020 involved something so tiny it required an electron microscope to view. The coronavirus pandemic hit the Bay State hard, killing more than 11,000 — the nation's ninth-highest death toll — and ravaging communities of color and long-term care facilities....