Jeffrey Epstein’s foundation looked for all the world like a charitable powerhouse: On its websites and in its news releases, the foundation was described as a patron of hospitals, universities and film festivals, run by a global philanthropist. The organization — known by various names, but usually called the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation — wasn’t officially a charity for much of its existence, having lost its tax-exempt status in 2008. But it worked to his advantage, helping improve the reputation of Epstein, a convicted sex offender. A review of tax documents, government records and information provided by federal officials shows that the foundation lost its tax-exempt status for an unknown reason in the same year Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor. In the years between that case and his suicide in August as he faced federal sex-trafficking charges, Epstein was unshackled from the rigorous financial disclosures that … [Read more...] about Epstein’s charity: an image boost built on deception
CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Christmas lights display in New Jersey is turning heads, and even dropping some jaws. It includes some provocative mannequins in very little clothing. On Sunday, CBS2’s Nick Caloway went to see what all the fuss was about. The huge display of lights has become something of a local landmark in Clifton, with visitors young and old stopping by and cars blocking traffic to snap a picture. “They have very nice decorations, full of lights, and it’s really beautiful,” resident Divya Tailor said. A New Jersey man’s Christmas display has everyone’s attention, but some think it’s not appropriate for kids. (Photo: CBS2) But upon a closer inspection, one can see four mannequins dressed in a way that would make Santa Claus blush. “It’s always nice to see a beautiful lady,” said Mark Cantor of Woodland Park. MORE: How To Help Alleviate Stress For Children With Special Needs During The Holidays They … [Read more...] about Doctor’s Risqué Holiday Lights Display The Talk Of Clifton, N.J.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– Call them the “miracle” Mets. A last-minute deal ended a lawsuit that could have cost ownership control of the team. It was a $162 million settlement over claims the owners wrongly profited from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello. WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Casehttps://newyork.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14578484/2012/03/cornell_mets1w_midday_120319.mp3 Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon was clearly relieved Monday after settling a claim from the trustee recovering money for Madoff’s victims. The trustee had demanded almost $400 million he said the Mets wrongly received from Madoff. “Now I guess I can smile. Maybe I can take a day off,” Wilpon said. Sports law expert and Fordham University professor Mark Conrad said the Mets knocked this one out of the park. “The trustee was looking for as much money as possible, and it turns out that the settlement at this point is very … [Read more...] about Mets Owners, Madoff Trustee Settle Case For $162 Million
Ilhan Omar, who is likely to be one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. Photo: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images In Tuesday night’s primaries Democrats looked like a party ready to make history, while Republicans continued rejecting their pre-Trump past. If Democrats have their way in November, Vermont will have the nation’s first transgender governor, Connecticut’s congressional delegation will include a black Democrat for the first time, and Minnesota will send one of the first of two Muslim women to Congress. Meanwhile on the Republican side, Trump critic Tim Pawlenty’s comeback attempt failed, and other candidates struggled with allegations of previous disloyalty to the president. Though the race took place last week, the president scored another primary win on Tuesday night when Kansas governor Jeff Colyer conceded to Kris Kobach, a close Trump ally. Here’s a look at the night’s most significant results. • Ned Lamont is at the … [Read more...] about Primary Results: Dems Embrace Diversity, GOP Pulls Closer to Trump
College football always needs an argument when it comes to the postseason. This year, it was whether LSU or Ohio State should be the top seed in the four-team playoff. Four was enough this season to accommodate the teams worthy of a crack at the national championship. Maybe more than enough. Unlike last season, when Ohio State was left out with a legitimate case to be in the College Football Playoff. That sparked a month of posturing and chatter — mostly from Big Ten country — about expansion beyond four teams. The university presidents who oversee the CFP ended up saying, essentially: “We're good with what we got — for now.'' Playoff expansion is an evergreen topic in sports, always guaranteed to stir up debate. In years such as this, when things fall gently into place, with No. 1 LSU (13-0) facing No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) and No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) playing No. 3 Clemson (13-0), the calls for a bigger field tend to be muted. But they don't go away. Expansion … [Read more...] about Analysis: 4 enough for now to keep CFP expansion talk quiet