Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Man sentenced in Paula Deen plot

Man sentenced in Paula Deen plot

The man accused of trying to extort $200,000 from embattled Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Thomas George Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., was sentenced Monday and ordered to serve a year of supervised release. In August, 62-year-old Paculis pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to make a deal with Deen's attorney to sign a nondisclosure agreement after he threatened to publicly reveal damaging information about her.

Jackson's items to be auctioned off

Mink capes, Bruce Lee autographs and assorted Michael Jackson memorabilia belonging to Jesse Jackson Jr. will be sold to the highest bidder to help ensure the former congressman pays his debt to society in full. The U.S. Marshals Service said it will start selling 13 items in an online auction Tuesday — with proceeds going to help repay $750,000 in campaign funds that the Chicago Democrat illegally spent. In addition to requiring that Jackson, 48, pay back the misspent funds, a U.S. judge in Washington, D.C., last month sentenced the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson to more than two years behind bars.

Anti-smoking activist Hall dies

A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died Monday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., federal officials said. She was 53. A former smoker whose voice box was removed years ago, Hall took a leading role in the campaign that showed how smoking-related cancer ravages the body. Officials believe the "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign led as many as 100,000 smokers to quit.

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