By Jason Henry | [email protected] | Pasadena Star NewsPUBLISHED: March 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 1:01 pm Warned repeatedly by state and local auditors that it will likely never recoup nearly $50 million in loans to a private health-care center, the City of Industry nevertheless is opening its purse strings once again for its costly pet project. In the past year, city officials have offered another $1.15 million in taxpayer funds to prop up the El Encanto Healthcare and Habilitation Center — which has strong ties to City Hall — even though no plan exists to ensure the money is repaid or spent properly. In January, the state controller criticized Industry for not requesting repayment in the past three decades. The city, according to the controller’s audit, failed to establish policies to “adequately safeguard public resources” lent to the health-care center, also known as the Industry Convalescent Hospital, A month after the … [Read more...] about Health-care facility owes $47 million to this city, yet its City Council keeps offering more money
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey May 18, 2016 IT’S ONE OF THE MOST enduring selling points for the value of higher education: The best route out of poverty is through the college quad. Spend four years in college, and all that book learning, mind opening, and network expanding will help even the lowest-income student jump up several rungs on the economic ladder. Nowhere is that message preached as often or with as much evident authority as in Massachusetts, the nation’s historic capital of private, nonprofit higher education, where the concentration of colleges in some areas is surpassed only by the number of Dunkin’ Donuts franchises. But just how true is this truism about college lifting low-income students out of their circumstances, Horatio Alger style? In fact, like the actual story of author Horatio Alger, who was born into a well-established family and graduated from … [Read more...] about The college debt crisis is even worse than you think
Ecclesia College, shown in this file photo, is a private Christian college in Springdale. The Department of Finance and Administration has asked state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office to sue Ecclesia College to reclaim at least $600,000 of kickback-tainted grants the college received from the General Improvement Fund. "It appears that a significant portion, if not all, of these funds were procured in coordination with criminal activity that has been and is being prosecuted by the United States attorney's office," Larry Walther, director of the state's department of finance and administration, wrote to Deputy Attorney General Monty Baugh in a letter dated Sept. 7. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette acquired a copy of the letter Thursday. Sentencing of all four defendants in the Ecclesia kickback case ended Thursday. "With the sentencing of Micah Neal, we now have a better understanding of what is owed in restitution from the criminal defendants in this investigation," … [Read more...] about State to sue Arkansas college for return of kickback-tainted grants
(Editor's note: We published this story in honor of Bear Bryant's 100th birthday. We're bringing it back today because.... well, as every Alabama fan knows, you never need a reason to celebrate Bear Bryant.) Paul "Bear" Bryant was born 100 years ago today, on Sept. 11, 1913. To mark the occasion, here are 100 facts you may or may not know about the legendary Alabama football coach, presented in chronological order. Growing up 1. Paul William Bryant was born in Moro Bottom in south central Arkansas. Moro Bottom is not an actual town, but rather a plot named for nearby Moro Creek. 2. Bryant was the 11th of 12 children, three of whom died as infants. Bryant's father, Monroe, was a farmer, and his mother, Ida Mae, cared for the family, which later moved a few miles south of Fordyce, Ark. "Bear" meets bear (again): University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant comes face-to-face with an old nemesis on Sept. 12, 1972, but they didn't wrestle. 3. Legend has it Bryant got his … [Read more...] about 100 years of Bear Bryant; 100 facts you may not know
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