Prosecutors offer Patriots owner Kraft plea deal over massage parlor charges

Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots sixth NFL championship under his ownership. NFL has not taken any action against him but has said its personal conduct policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL and it will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. Krafts wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander …

Poetic justice: how Jay-Z became a civil rights champion

The rapper has involved himself, and his legal team, in a string of legal cases involving black men mistreated by law enforcement On an early Monday morning in February, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot, who is African American, decided not to stand for the pledge of allegiance in his classroom at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. Another classmate, who is not African American, joined him, a civil rights complaint obtained by the Guardian claims, but the child was not questioned by the substitute teacher. Equality in this country is not fair … black people are not treated fairly, he answered the teacher when asked why he would not stand, adding, [and] police dont treat black people fairly. Within minutes, as if to prove …

US and China must focus on striking a deal for the sake of both economies

Worsening financial data on both sides of the Pacific should bring both sides together on trade In 2010 almost one in five Chinese people lived in poverty. By 2017 that figure had fallen to a little under one in 30, according to the World Bank. Its an astonishing decline in poverty achieved with a mix of authoritarianism, competitive markets and a huge increase in corporate and state borrowing. Trump has accused Beijing of subsidising its exports and artificially depressing its currency to aid that effort. In addition, the US wants Chinese companies to be banned from demanding technology transfers as the price of entering Chinese markets. It is difficult to make a case for currency depreciation when the Peoples Bank …

Death on the track: why are so many horses dying at Santa Anita?

The famous racetrack has been closed after 21 horses died in the last few months. And questions have been raised about the racing industry across the US Santa Anita, sitting in the shadow of southern Californias San Gabriel mountains, has always been a special place for American racing fans. Horses like Seabiscuit, Affirmed and John Henry have won famous victories on its track while, during Hollywoods golden age, actors such as Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich and Bing Crosby would cheer on from the stands. But late on Tuesday night, figure markedly higher than in comparable periods over the last three years. The dirt track is blamed by many, and is undergoing extensive testing. Meanwhile, some Santa Anita trainers have claimed …

Andr Previn, the classical maestro who knew the value of pop culture | Petroc Trelawny

His charismatic TV appearances won the conductor huge fame and introduced millions to Mozart and Grieg In 1977, Andr Previn was so famous that he had his own chatshow on BBC1. In one episode, wearing an expensive-looking brown suede safari jacket with big collar, and clutching his oversize glasses in his hands, he introduces the studio audience to Jonathan Miller. They discuss Millers new production of The Merchant of Venice, the director going on to predict the slow disintegration of English theatre. Its a real spirit-of-the-age moment. There is no apology for the elevated tone of their conversation; the format is simple two cultural polymaths ruminating on the arts on primetime television. Television was a medium that the conductor understood …