(The New York Times) Mr. Efrain González Jr., a former Bronx senator, has been convicted of fraud and corruption; prosecutors say that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from nonprofits in order to fund personal expenses. The judge, William H. Pauley III of Federal District Court in Manhattan, called the circumstance “an American tragedy,” saying that Mr. González “undoubtedly performed some good and generous acts” but ultimately “brought public disgrace onto himself and the New York State Senate.” Prosecuters asserted that Mr. González misappropriated over $500,000 to pay for various expenses such as jewelry, his daughter’s tuition, Yankees tickets, and a luxury apartment in the Dominican Republic.
(Washington Post Blog) Ms. Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network charity is no longer accepting donations and will be closed down as soon as the last of its grants are distributed. The charity began in 1998 and has donated almost $80 million to various efforts; it was established so that Ms. Winfrey’s fans could donate to their cause of choice. Ms. Winfrey’s decision to desist her talk show is said to be related to Angel Network’s end. Ms. Winfrey’s two other charities, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, will remain active.