Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

(CNN)Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. According to the race website, Panek’s team finished the race in just shy of two hours and 21 minutes. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. Thanks to volunteer human guides, he has since completed 20 marathons. Still, Panek missed the feeling of independence, which ultimately inspired him to start a formal training program for running guide dogs. “It never made sense to me to walk out the door and leave my guide dog behind when I love to run and they love …

Cheat. Bribe. Lie. Here’s how the college admissions scam allegedly worked

(CNN)The college admissions scheme revealed Tuesday is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted, federal prosecutors said, and features 50 defendants across six states, millions of dollars in illegally funneled funds and a handful of the country’s most selective universities. “One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents’ kids into school with fake athletic credentials,” Lelling said at a press conference in Boston. A total of 50 people were charged in the case. Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Lelling. Here’s how the plan …

Wealthy parents, actresses, coaches, among those charged in massive college cheating admission scandal, federal prosecutors say

(CNN)In what is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, wealthy parents, Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment. The parents, Lelling said, were a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm. “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud,” Lelling said. “There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” He added, “For every student admitted through …

Real-life snow angels, a one-of-a-kind gym and a baby tapir!

(CNN)Here’s a money-saving tip: If you want to have fun and do some good in the world, lend someone a hand. Most of the time, it’s completely free.If you think about it, kindness is kind of its own renewable energy source, and this week was full of people putting their endless stores of kindness on turbo-max mode. We dare you to read on and not feel newly energized yourself. Our favorites this week

5 things to know for March 1: Jared Kushner, India and Pakistan, Netanyahu, gun reform, pedestrian deaths

(CNN)Say hello to Toni Harris, the female athlete who accepted a scholarship this weekto play men’s college football. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Donald Trump overruled objections from White House senior staff and the intelligence community to get Jared Kushner his top-secret security clearance. That’s what is alleged in a report in The New York Times, which said back in May the President ordered then-chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — the clearance the day after the White House Counsel’s Office urged …

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft accused of soliciting sex, police say

(CNN)New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of soliciting prostitution as part of a large-scale sex trafficking crackdown that has led to hundreds of arrest warrants in Florida, police said. A spokesperson for Kraft has denied that he committed a crime. “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” the spokesperson said. Kristin Rightler, a Jupiter police spokeswoman, said Friday that Kraft has not been arrested. People wearing football jerseys and others were seen taking group photos and selfies outside the door of the Jupiter spa on Friday. Another billionaire also charged John W. Childs — a billionaire and CEO of the private …

5 things to know for February 22: Jussie Smollett, NC election, Vatican, Venezuela

(CNN)Looking for a new way to beat the traffic? If you live in Mumbai, you can use Uber to summon … a speedboat. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Actor Jussie Smollett was on the set of his Fox show “Empire” last night, hours after he was arrested and accused of filing a false report in the January 29 incident in which he said he was the victim of a hate crime. The 36-year-old actor called a meeting of the cast and crew and apologized for any embarrassment they might have felt during his …

5 things to know for February 11: Border security, ISIS, Denver strike, snow, Grammys

(CNN)Are you one of those people who wants to know how the sausage gets made? Then the world’s first sausage hotel is for you. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) The chances of another government shutdown shot up over the weekend after talks between Republicans and Democrats on border security broke down. The sticking points in the talks are the level of funding for barriers on the border and how much money to spend on ICE detention facilities. Another partial government shutdown could start at the end of the week if the two …

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmn is found guilty on all counts

New York (CNN)Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmn Loera, who once headed a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal counts against him. There was no visible reaction from Guzmán, whose conviction on the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise carries a mandatory term of life in prison. He will be sentenced on June 25. “It is a sentence of which there is no escape and no return, ” US Attorney for the Eastern District Richard Donoghue said.       US District Judge Brian Cogan confirmed the verdicts with each of the eight women and four men on the jury, …