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Brazil Supreme Court gets first black president: official

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Joaquim Barbosa, the tough justice overseeing Brazil’s high-profile corruption trial, was officially nominated president of the Supreme Court, the first black to assume the post.

In a plenary session, the court’s 10 justices picked the 58-year-old Barbosa, the most senior member, to assume the rotating presidency for a two-year term.

He will formally take his post in the coming weeks.

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In a country, where more than half of the 194-million-strong population is of African descent, Barbosa is the only black on the court.

The low-key justice has shot to fame as the most vocal critic of the congressional vote-buying scheme laid bare in the ongoing “Mensalao” (big monthly payments) trial of former top aides of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva;

Tuesday, six of the court’s 10 judges found Lula’s ex-chief of staff Jose Dirceu guilty in connection with the scheme, which ran from 2002 to 2005 during the popular president’s first term.

The head of Lula’s ruling Workers’ Party (PT) at the time, former guerrilla Jose Genoino, and its treasurer, Delubio Soares, were also convicted on charges of corruption.

The trio, who are among 37 former ministers, lawmakers, businessmen and bankers on trial before the Supreme Court, were said to have distributed money to lawmakers to “illegally secure the support of other political parties to form a ruling government coalition.”

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The trial, which is receiving blanket media coverage, has mesmerized the nation since it opened in early August and Barbosa has emerged as a folk hero for his uncompromising stance even though he was nominated to the court by Lula in 2003.


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Here’s why a new rule could result in Trump losing his diploma from Wharton

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In 2019, a college admissions scandal rocked the country. Thus far it has resulted in 53 people being charged with cheating the system, paying for people to take standardized tests and paying their way into schools. Over the 7-year investigation, the FBI uncovered everyone from celebrities to wealthy families for conspiracy to commit felony mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In response to the scandal, the University of Pennsylvania announced that would revoke the degree of any graduate found to have given false information in an admission application, cheated on an exam or tempered with their records, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis still won’t reveal true COID-19 data — so things are probably much worse

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Florida reached 213,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to encourage the state to reopen at all costs.

According to CNN's Randi Kaye, the numbers spell "trouble" for the state as it's GOP leaders are opting for a simplistic approach to reopening.

Just in the last 24 hours, they have had more than 1,600 people hospitalized for COVID," she cited. "In the last two weeks, the hospitalization haves gone up 90 percent. The ICU bed demand has gone up 86 percent, and the ventilator usage has gone up 127 percent. The governor is saying he's sending 100 nurses and 47 beds to Jackson Health because they need it so much. But at last check, we've noted that about 56 hospitals around the state have run out of ICU beds, which means they have no space for anyone who needs an ICU bed. This is really critical for Miami-Dade because they make up the 24 percent of the cases throughout the state, so they really need those hospital beds."

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Joe Shapiro — the man who took Trump’s SATs for him

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The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is being thrust into the spotlight after it was alleged that President Donald Trump was admitted after his sister did his homework for him and a friend named Joe Shapiro took his SATs.

In a new tell-all book by the president's niece, Mary Trump, it was revealed that the Penn grad wasn't quite the "genius" he has claimed to be. He announced he was "first in his class at Wharton," though he never was admitted to the prestigious MBA program at the school and he was never listed on the dean's list the year he graduated, the Penn student newspaper reported in 2017.

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