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Subject of HBO documentary arrested in murder probe

durstRobert Durst, subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, has been arrested in New Orleans based on a homicide investigation in Los Angeles, multiple media outlets reported Sunday, citing law enforcement officials.

Durst, 71, is a member of a prominent New York City family that owns a multibillion-dollar real-estate company.

In 2001, he was arrested as a fugitive and admitted to killing at Texas neighbor, Morris Black, cutting up his body and dumping the remains in Galveston Bay.


Ellen Pao gender discrimination trial grips Silicon Valley

ellen PaoIt is standing room only in court 602 of the superior court of San Francisco, the hallways are blocked by television news crews and satellite TV trucks line the sunny streets outside.

Of those who have managed to secure a seat in the courtroom, a significant proportion have laptops out, busily transcribing every word of the proceedings straight to live blogs for the many tech websites fighting to provide the most comprehensive coverage.


U of Washington investigates claims of racial slurs by SAE frat members

SAE frat house U of WashingtonBlack students at the University of Washington are alleging that members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity called African Americans “apes” and made obscene gestures and booed as marchers passed the frat’s house during a campus Black Lives Matter protest last month.

The fraternity’s president says SAE members heard comments, too, but the fraternity has conducted its own investigation and doesn’t believe its members were involved.


Koch Empire Spreads to College Sports

Koch Brothers expand to sportsRich, powerful, secretive and controversial: the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Koch brothers were made for each other.

Koch Industries has launched a multi-year national sponsorship campaign in college sports. The company has partnered with Learfield Sports, a firm that provides sports radio programming and marketing assistance to college programs, "to help tell its story" to fans of 15 universities -- many in the Big 10 and Big Twelve power conferences -- and the Missouri Valley Conference. It's not the company's first foray into college sports -- the Wichita State Shockers play in Koch Arena -- but it's a significant deal.


Edits to Wikipedia pages on Bell, Garner, Diallo traced to NYPD at 1 Police Plaza

NYPD compters edited WikipediaComputers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality, a review by Capital has revealed.

“The matter is under internal review,” an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.


Casting Out Demons: Lawmaker Gave Away Adopted Daughters

Justin HarrisAn emotional Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork), his wife at his side, told reporters at a press conference last week that he sent his two adopted daughters to live with another family, where one of them was later sexually abused, because he would have faced abandonment charges by the state.

Responding to the Arkansas Times' report that uncovered Harris' "rehoming" of his children, the state legislator said he was "failed" by the Department of Human Services when he told employees the girls were too difficult for the family to handle. He said DHS' threat to charge him with abandonment could have cost him custody of his three biological sons (and, though he did not say so, could have cost him his business as well, Growing God's Kingdom preschool).


Fraternity: Investigations underway in Texas, Louisiana

Frat investigations in Texas and LouisianaThe Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said Thursday it was investigating racism allegations at universities in Louisiana and Texas after hearing that young men at two schools sang or knew of the same racist chant caught on video in Oklahoma last weekend.

Spokesman Brandon Weghorst said the chapter at the University of Texas at Austin was being "fully cooperative" and that a probe at Louisiana Tech in Ruston was in its early stages. He said no new allegations had been substantiated.


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