September 6, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Zimmerman’s wife files for divorce

From Wire Reports
 

Orlando, Fla. – George Zimmerman’s wife filed for divorce Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

Shellie Zimmerman made the decision because of “disappointment,” her attorney, Kelly Sims, wrote Thursday in a short email to the Associated Press. The 26-year-old Zimmerman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week that she was having serious doubts about remaining married.

The interview came just after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband’s arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Her husband, who was acquitted on second-degree murder and other charges in July, wasn’t in the Sanford, Fla., courtroom as she was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service – even though she supported him and lied about their finances.

Cancer diagnosis for former televangelist

Garden Grove, Calif. – Crystal Cathedral founder and former televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has been diagnosed with cancer, his daughter said Thursday.

Carol Schuller Milner told the Associated Press that Schuller, 86, has a fist-sized tumor in his esophagus that has spread to his lymph nodes. Schuller’s oncologists said the tumor was either at or near stage 4 – the most serious cancer classification – but it has yet to reach his vital organs and he has been strong enough for treatment.

Milner said her father “doesn’t have a lot of energy” but has been “very reflective, very peaceful and truly beautiful.”

Harvard freshmen admit to cheating

Cambridge, Mass. – Well, that’s one way to get into an Ivy League school.

According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports, 10 percent of the campus’ new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42 percent have cheated on homework.

That’s probably going to be unwelcome news for the 377-year-old university, which is still recovering from a 2012 scandal in which more than 100 students were accused of cheating on a take-home exam for an introductory-level class on Congress.

Then, in March, Harvard Quiz Bowl teams that won four championships between 2009 and 2011 also had wins vacated because of a cheating scandal involving one student.

A university spokesman did not immediately reply after-hours on Thursday to a request for comment on the Crimson’s survey, which also reported that 80 percent of the incoming class expected to get jobs in the finance industry.


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