Tag: Cheating

After Reports of Astros’ Cheating, M.L.B. Is Left to Restore Trust

A.J. Hinch was defiant before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium last month. Hinch, the manager of the Houston Astros, denied reports that his team had been relaying catchers’ signs by whistling from the bench during the series opener in Houston. He was especially upset that the reports were based […]

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Former Head of Pimco Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Case

BOSTON — Douglas Hodge, a retired chief executive of Pimco, one of the world’s biggest asset managers, pleaded guilty on Monday in the nation’s largest college admissions prosecution. Mr. Hodge, one of the most prominent business executives caught up in the scandal, acknowledged that he conspired to pay more than $500,000 in bribes to get […]

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Parents Paid to Open College Doors. Now They’re Spending to Limit Prison Time.

BOSTON — One parent, hoping to avoid prison in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud case, stood before the judge with an elaborate proposal for a community service project: He could make amends, the parent’s lawyers offered, by designing and raising funds for a “cutting-edge” collaboration between the Special Olympics and private schools. To reinforce […]

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Parent Gets 4 Months in College Admissions Scandal

BOSTON — The ruse was flagrant: The father ordered water polo gear online and had his son pose in it for a photograph in the family’s swimming pool. He then hired a graphic designer to enhance the photo, another piece in a scheme to pass his son off as a water polo player and secure […]

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Facing Sentencing, Felicity Huffman Says She Wanted ‘Fair Shot’ for Daughter

BOSTON — The popular television actress exuded confidence in front of the camera, but as a mother, she said, she was insecure. Felicity Huffman, the actress who is expected to be sentenced on Friday in the nation’s largest college admissions cheating case, said she was always searching for “the right book or the right piece […]

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The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter

EVERY AGE HAS its defining minor characters, those who briefly light up the public’s imagination not for their achievements but for how they personify our anxieties and most fervent human desires. Consider the half-Chinese, half-Malay Princess Caraboo, who in 1817 was kidnapped by pirates from her native island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean and […]

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Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas

By Farah Stockman and Carlos Mureithi Sept. 7, 2019 Tuition was due. The rent was, too. So Mary Mbugua, a university student in Nyeri, Kenya, went out in search of a job. At first, she tried selling insurance policies, but that only paid on commission and she never sold one. Then she sat behind the […]

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Looming Over the College Admissions Case: Will Parents Like Felicity Huffman Get Jail?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — With the first sentencings on the horizon for a group of wealthy parents accused of paying big sums to get their children into prestigious colleges by cheating, the legal drama has come down to a simple question: Will they serve any jail time? The actress Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying […]

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Hacker Discovers Way to Cheat in Zwift, the Virtual Bike Racing Exercise Game

Brad Dixon can cycle at superhuman speeds, climb steep inclines, bank corners, and flow through downhill sections. He’s so good, he can even grab something from the kitchen while pedaling away. That’s because Dixon isn’t really cycling. Instead, he’s cheating Zwift, a popular game and ‘smart trainer.’ Zwift allows cyclists to compete in virtual worlds […]

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What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?

I work in the public sector and have a great relationship with most of my colleagues. One of my co-workers, a caring person who works hard for the community we serve, has more than once made racially insensitive comments, using phrases like “playing the race card” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I am […]

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Russia Has Restarted Low-Yield Nuclear Tests, U.S. Believes

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration believes Russia has restarted very low-yield nuclear tests, officials said on Wednesday in a finding that could be used to renew in earnest the arms race between Moscow and Washington. But the significance of the statements by the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a senior National Security Council […]

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