Tribune News Service
News Budget for Saturday, October 19, 2019
Updated at 11:20 p.m. EDT (0320 UTC).
Adds CHICAGO-TEACHERS-STRIKE:TB, CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA, CLINTON-GABBARD:NY, CHILE-PROTESTS:DPA, G7-SUMMIT-DORAL:DPA
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^Johnson asks EU for Brexit delay, but hopes he won't need it<
^BREXIT-DELAY:BLO—<Boris Johnson is sending the letter to Brussels he never wanted to write.
Bound by a law passed by opposition Members of Parliament, he will formally ask the European Union to delay Brexit until Jan. 31, according to a person familiar with the matter. At the same time, he pledged to push on with his plans to leave by his Oct. 31 deadline.
250 by Tim Ross and Ian Wishart. MOVED
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BREXIT-DELAY-2ND-LEDE:DPA — 500 by Helen Maguire and Bill Smith in Brussels/London. MOVED
^Giuliani associate made millions in Ukraine before his US fortunes turned<
GIULIANI-ASSOCIATE-UKRAINE:WA — Long before Igor Fruman was arrested in a widening political scandal that threatens the American presidency, the Soviet-born emigre and sometime Florida man came to riches through political connections in Ukraine.
Fruman's fortunes were made in Ukraine in the late 1990s thanks in part to ties to at least one politician there, according to anti-corruption groups. A review of his last two decades in business suggests he might have been trying to rekindle sagging fortunes at the time of his Oct. 9 arrest for what the indictment said was "a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office" in order to "buy potential influence with candidates, campaigns" and foreign governments.
Aside from his scowling mug shot — taken after the FBI arrested him at Dulles International Airport with a one-way ticket out of the country — not much is known about Fruman, though in 2012 he was ranked the 195th wealthiest person in Ukraine worth almost $29 million by Focus, a weekly Ukrainian news magazine published in Russian.
2150 (with trims) by Kevin G. Hall and Alexandra Marquez in Washington. MOVED
^Trump says G7 summit won't be held at his Florida golf resort<
G7-SUMMIT-DORAL-1ST-LEDE:DPA — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the 2020 G7 summit will not be held at his Doral resort in Miami amid concerns of a conflict of interest.
"Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," Trump said in a tweet.
"We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately," he added as he praised his "big, grand" property and its location "next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT."
450 by Chiara Palazzo in Washington. MOVED
^Congress has long sought to bar foreign campaign contributions<
CAMPAIGNS-FOREIGN-INFLUENCE:CON — In the decades before President Donald Trump asked Ukraine to launch an investigation into his main political rival in the upcoming presidential election, Congress tried again and again to keep foreign nationals out of American elections and government decisions.
The lawmakers' adversaries over the years sound as if they come straight out of Hollywood scripts: the Nazi party in the 1930s, the Philippine sugar industry in the 1960s, a Greek industrialist in the 1970s, an international businessman turned Chinese government agent in the 1990s.
Congress passed laws to ban what they saw as threats to the integrity of elections, foreign policy and national security. Foreign nationals found loopholes or new ways to contribute to campaigns.
Now, the person testing the legal limits of the current ban isn't a foreign national, but the president of the United States and his political team.
1500 (with trims) by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED
^Pay to play: Will California prompt congressional action on college athletics?<
COLLEGE-ATHLETES-PAY:CON — For college football fans, nothing compares to waking up on that first crisp autumn Saturday morning to prepare for a whole day of game watching. Tuning in to ESPN's "College GameDay." Sipping bourbon at the tailgate without facing societal judgment for drinking before noon.
College football's shared rituals and traditions provide millions with a weekly source of escapism and entertainment every fall. The game offers excitement, frustration and camaraderie on any given Saturday, thanks to the dizzying skills of its student-athletes.
But as the billion-dollar behemoth steadily grows, so too does criticism of its governing body's rule prohibiting players from profiting off their labor.
1150 (with trims) by Clyde McGrady in Washington. MOVED
^Sanders rallies with Ocasio-Cortez in New York campaign reset<
^SANDERS-AOC:BLO—<Bernie Sanders, weeks after a heart attack that threatened to derail his campaign, is resetting his presidential bid on Saturday with a New York City rally and the endorsement of influential Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Vermont senator looks to leverage the charismatic 30-year-old lawmaker, who has outsized influence with left-leading and younger voters, as he falls behind Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the first Democratic nominating contests.
950 by Laura Litvan. MOVED
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SANDERS-AOC:LA — 1200 (with trims) by Evan Halper in Long Island City, New York. MOVED
^Democrats seeking votes in Trump country tout miners' benefits<
DEMOCRATS-REDSTATES:CON — Senate Republicans say they're close to unveiling a plan to address a $66 billion funding shortfall affecting coal miners' and other union pension plans, an issue Democrats see as advantageous politically and as a possible bargaining chip in trade talks with the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump championed manufacturing and coal industry jobs during his 2016 campaign, including in critical swing states he won like Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the 2020 campaign, Democrats have been touting "broken promises" to workers in those states and others, including more traditional GOP bastions like Kentucky where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection next year.
1300 (with trims) by Doug Sword in Washington. MOVED
^Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney not seeking reelection<
GOP-ROONEY:CON — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, who broke with many of his Republican colleagues when he said he wouldn't rule out supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump, announced he will not seek reelection next year.
The two-term Republican grew more receptive this week to the House impeachment inquiry after acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in a televised briefing that seeking help to investigate Democrats was part of the reason military aid to Ukraine was temporarily withheld.
350 by Chris Cioffi in Washington. MOVED
^Hillary Clinton backed out of summit because of Kirstjen Nielsen, not Tulsi Gabbard, her camp says<
^CLINTON-GABBARD:NY—<Hillary Clinton's camp insists her choice to back out of a summit next week has nothing to do with her feud with presidential hopeful Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
She "was scheduled to be interviewed at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit next week and withdrew," a spokeswoman for the business mag told The New York Daily News.
The former secretary of State's sudden move fueled speculation she backed out because of Gabbard's participation. On Friday, the lawmaker fired off a mean tweet attack that dubbed Clinton "the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long," and challenged her to "join the race directly."
450 by Jami Ganz. MOVED
^Who might run for the rare opportunity that is U.S. Rep. Elijah Cumming's seat?<
CUMMINGS-SEAT-1019:BZ — Landing a congressional seat is a dream for many politicians — a position that rarely opens up, can be held for decades, and marks the pinnacle of a career.
So, the sudden death Thursday of Democrat U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings — a venerated figure who mentored a younger generation of public servants — leaves many lawmakers, even while mourning, facing a tough decision.
Should they defer to Cummings' wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who many believe would be a logical successor? Or should they run for the office themselves?
1400 Luke Broadwater in Baltimore. MOVED
^Tech workers backing candidates looking to break up their employers<
TECH-CAMPAIGN-MONEY:BLO — Silicon Valley software engineers seem more loyal to the left wing of the Democratic Party than to their own employers.
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has called for breaking up Facebook, Amazon and Google, raised more than $173,000 from tech industry employees in the third quarter, according to Bloomberg News's analysis of public data on political contributions from employees at 10 large tech companies.
650 by Eric Newcomer and Bill Allison. MOVED
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^Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor weakens as it moves across Florida<
WEA-NESTOR-2ND-LEDE:OS — Tropical Storm Nestor became Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor on Saturday and made landfall on St. Vincent Island, Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.
The system's sustained winds dropped to 40 mph as it picked up speed, heading northeast at 23 mph. The outer bands of Nestor, which still has tropical-storm-force winds out 240 miles from the storm's center, were wreaking havoc throughout the state late Friday and throughout Saturday.
600 by Richard Tribou And David Harris in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Southern California back on fire watch as dangerous winds return<
CALIF-WILDFIRE-WATCH:LA — Southern California is back on fire watch this weekend amid winds and warm temperatures, with Southern California Edison warning of possible preventive power outages.
300 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED
^PG&E warns of 10 years of power shut-offs. California officials don't like it<
CALIF-WILDFIRES-ELECTRICITY:LA — California residents face up to 10 years of widespread, precautionary forced power shut-offs until Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., the bankrupt utility giant, will be able to prevent its power transmission lines from sparking fires, the company's top official said.
The sobering projection came from company Chief Executive William D. Johnson at an emergency meeting Friday of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco.
While the need for widespread shutdowns should lessen every year, Johnson told commissioners, "I think this is probably a 10-year timeline to get to a point where it's really ratcheted down significantly."
750 by Howard Blume. MOVED
^Chicago mayor 'would be very surprised' if teachers' strike ends by Monday classes<
CHICAGO-TEACHERS-STRIKE:TB — As Chicago public school teachers rallied with healthcare workers Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggested her administration would not secure a deal with striking Chicago Teachers Union educators this weekend, raising the prospect that an ongoing walkout will cancel at least a third day of classes starting Monday.
The Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Public Schools and city negotiators resumed bargaining Saturday after the second day of the strike, which has sent about 25,000 teachers to the picket line and idled about 300,000 students.
Lightfoot confirmed 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas, her City Council floor leader, joined talks Saturday in an effort to broker a settlement. But the strike, she said, looked set to drag on.
1000 (with trims) by Madeline Buckley and Juan Perez Jr. in Chicago. MOVED
^Parents changing pleas as prosecutors threaten more charges in college admissions case<
CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-PLEAS:LA — Federal prosecutors are ratcheting up pressure on parents who have maintained their innocence in the college admissions scandal with a warning they intend to file additional criminal charges as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
The prospect of having to defend against a new bribery allegation, in addition to the money laundering and fraud conspiracy charges already leveled against them, spurred three parents to reverse course quickly and cut their losses with guilty pleas.
Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of the investment management firm Pimco, Manuel Henriquez, a Bay Area venture capitalist, and Michelle Janavs, a Newport Coast philanthropist, are scheduled to appear in a Boston courtroom Monday to formally admit their roles in the admissions scam.
In deciding to plead guilty, the three parents set themselves on a path that will end almost certainly with them being sentenced to several months in prison, if not longer. For them, seemingly, it was the lesser of two bad options when weighed against the possibility of being convicted at trial — an outcome that would mean far more time behind bars.
1400 (with trims) by Matthew Ormseth and Joel Rubin in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Goldman banker arrested over U.S. insider trading allegations<
GOLDMAN-ARREST:BLO — A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker was arrested by federal prosecutors over allegations of insider trading, according to court records unsealed on Friday.
Bryan Cohen, a vice president, leaked nonpublic information for almost three years as part of an international insider trading scheme that led to $2.6 million in illicit gains, according to a separate complaint from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that didn't identify his employer. Some information was tied to pending deals involving Syngenta AG and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., the documents show.
300 by Sridhar Natarajan and Matt Robinson. MOVED
^Law enforcement to accept vaping devices for National Rx Drug Take Back Day<
DEA-VAPING:MS — For the first time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners will accept vaping devices and cartridges during its 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26.
The goal of the event is to remove unused and expired opioids, other medicines and now vaping paraphernalia from the nation's homes, "where they are vulnerable to misuse," the DEA said.
350 Shannon Prather. MOVED
^Kurdish-led forces say Turkey is not abiding by Syria truce<
TURKEY-SYRIA-TRUCE:BLO — Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces accused Turkey of violating a U.S.-brokered five-day truce and called for the creation of a safe corridor to evacuate the wounded from a key border town.
100 by Lin Noueihed. MOVED
^Trudeau's Liberals edge ahead before Monday election, poll shows<
CANADA-ELECTION-POLL:BLO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party edged ahead with a two-point lead over its Conservative rival, within the margin of error, according to the latest poll conducted days before Monday's election.
200 by Natalie Obiko Pearson. MOVED
^Giuliani's conspiracy theories cost this anti-corruption lawmaker in Ukraine his job<
GIULIANI-LAWMAKER:LA — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team realized it had a potential problem in U.S. relations on May 10, when Rudolph W. Giuliani told Fox News that a Ukrainian advisor to the newly elected leader was a Trump enemy.
"I'm convinced that (Zelenskiy) is surrounded by people who are enemies of the president, and one person in particular, who is clearly corrupt and involved in this scheme," Giuliani said.
1050 Sabra Ayres in Kyiv, Ukraine. MOVED
^Curfew imposed in Santiago amid metro protests<
^CHILE-PROTESTS:DPA—< Chile's National Defense Chief Javier Iturriaga ordered an overnight curfew in the capital Santiago as "violent acts" continued to be registered late on Saturday.
The curfew, the first in Chile since the restoration of democracy in 1990, will be in place in two provinces and two communes of the Santiago Metropolitan Region from 10 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday (0100-1000 GMT Sunday), Iturriaga said in a televised statement.
The defense chief said that the situation would be reevaluated on Sunday.
The National Defense force said in a statement that a "large military contingent" also had to be deployed as "acts of violence" continued "in the last hours."
400 by Chiara Palazzo and Juan Garff in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED
^A smuggler describes how children die and he gets rich onb<
BORDER-SMUGGLER:BLO — Roberto the coyote can see a stretch of border fence from his ranch in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, about a mile south of El Paso. Smuggling drugs and people to "el otro lado," the other side, has been his life's work.
There's always a way, he says, no matter how hard U.S. President Donald Trump tries to stop the flow. But this year's crackdown has made it a tougher proposition. A deadlier one, too — especially for women and children, who are increasingly dying in the attempt.
1850 by Nacha Cattan. MOVED
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^In the age of mass shootings, terror waits at the mall<
SHOOTINGS-FALSEALARMS:FL — Meredyth Capasso could see the familiar look of panic wash over her daughter's face. As mall shoppers cried out while racing for cover, and police in tactical gear fanned out in search of a suspected shooter, Capasso reached into her bag and pulled out something to take the edge off.
Capasso took a bite of a pill and offered the other half to her daughter, who took cover under a desk in a back room of Tiffany & Co. They stayed in their hiding spot, fearful that a shooter would find them inside Boca Raton's Town Center mall.
It was that moment on Oct. 13 that Capasso, her daughter and apparently the thousands inside the mall believed they were caught up in yet another mass shooting in yet another city in yet another venue that has now marred the United States' landscape. They thought they'd joined the ever-expanding network of communities touched by mass violence. They thought that they, too, could possibly die.
That's life in America now. We all live in terror, waiting to become the next victim.
1800 (with trims) by Eileen Kelly and Brooke Baitinger in Boca Raton, Fla. MOVED
^Judge who drew fire for jailing jurors has faced criticism before<
FLA-JURYDUTY-JAILED-JUDGE:FL — As a criminal court judge, John Kastrenakes put murderers in prison for life, sent fraudsters away for decades and issued thousands of orders.
But no ruling he ever made in 10 years on the bench has stoked more anger and prompted more second-guessing than the 10 days he made DeAndre Alexander Somerville serve in Palm Beach County Jail.
Who puts a 21-year-old man with no criminal record and a solid family upbringing behind bars with violent gang members, rapists and drug dealers for the offense of juror misconduct, of all things?
Yet it was a page right out of Kastrenakes' playbook. He gave a similar contempt of court punishment to another young juror scofflaw six months earlier. And, it just so happens he pounced on two misbehaving jurors twice in early 2015.
1750 by Marc Freeman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^His classmates set him on fire a decade ago. But survivor won't let horrific past consume him.<
TEENONFIRE:FL — Michael Brewer held his baby girl in his arms. More than anyone else, she helps him to forget the pain he once felt, the pain he almost always feels, from a horror that nearly claimed his life 10 years ago. Her tiny hands reached for his beard and tugged. He laughed.
"I just look at her and I don't think of any of that stuff," he said. "It's a wonderful feeling. She's what keeps me going."
In fall 2009, Brewer's was a household name. He was the survivor, a 15-year-old Deerfield Beach Middle School student who was set on fire by a group of schoolmates in the parking lot of an apartment complex near his home.
With second- and third-degree burns covering two-thirds of his body, Brewer's survival at the time was far from certain.
The boy who was engulfed in flames emerged with scars inside and out, but he emerged alive, and that was more than most on Oct. 12, 2009, expected.
"I do know how lucky I am," he said.
1350 by Rafael Olmeda in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^What New Orleans can teach other cities about reducing homelessness<
NEWORLEANS-HOMELESS:SH — In the shadow of the Superdome — the epicenter of Hurricane Katrina's horrors — Will Vanslaughter zips in and out of traffic, scrubbing windshields, charming drivers, armed with a squeegee, a water bottle and a smile.
"A lot of people think we're bums," said Vanslaughter, 46, who recently landed an apartment with the help of a local nonprofit after living under a bridge for three years. "But I don't come out here to get money for drugs. I come out here to feed myself. This is how I survive."
Vanslaughter is one of thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people the city of New Orleans is struggling to stabilize. Still, in many ways, New Orleans is a success story.
1600 (with trims) by Teresa Wiltz in New Orleans. MOVED
^SPECIAL REPORT: WHEN BODY PARTS HARVESTING HINDERS JUSTICE<
^In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended<
BODYPARTS-HARVESTING-1:LA — When 69-year-old Marietta Jinde died in September 2016, police had already been called to her home several times because of reports of possible abuse. A detective described conditions at the woman's home in Gardena as "horrendous."
She was so emaciated and frail that the hospital asked Los Angeles County adult protective services officials to look into her death.
Yet by the time a coroner's investigator was able to examine Jinde's 70-pound body, the bones from her legs and arms were gone. Also missing were large patches of skin from her back. With permission from county officials and saying they did not know of the abuse allegations, employees from a Southern human tissue procurement company had gained access to the body, taking parts that could have provided crucial evidence.
The case is one of dozens of death investigations across the country that the Los Angeles Times found were complicated or upended when transplantable body parts were taken before a coroner's autopsy was performed.
4150 by Melody Petersen in Los Angeles. MOVED
^How organ and tissue donation companies worked their way into the county morgue<
BODYPARTS-HARVESTING-2:LA — As the sun set over the Nevada desert, coroners from across the country mingled with business executives, sipping icy margaritas and Tanqueray and tonics by a pool.
The private party, held on the terrace of Las Vegas' Golden Nugget hotel on a summer night in 2017, was a gift from Cryolife, a biotech company that sells valves sliced from human hearts to be used as medical devices. The festivities reflected the cozy relationship that has grown in recent years between the nation's coroners and the industry that trades in tissues from human cadavers.
The relationship wasn't always so warm. Only a decade before, coroners and medical examiners complained they were shut out as the companies helped rewrite the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. Within three years and with a push from the company's lobbyists, a version of this new model law had been passed by 46 states.
The act makes it much easier for body parts to be harvested quickly — even in cases in which coroners believe it interferes with their ability to determine the cause of death.
4350 by Melody Petersen and David Willman in Los Angeles. MOVED
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