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Man who allegedly killed mob boss flashes pro-Trump slogans on hand in court

The man who allegedly killed a Staten Island mob boss reportedly made a court appearance on Monday with messages supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump ‘delusional communist’ on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE written on his hand.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested and charged last week in connection with the killing of reputed Gambino crime family boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali.

He appeared in a New Jersey court on Monday and flashed a pair of pro-Trump slogans written on his left hand in the direction of journalists, according to The Associated Press.

According to the AP, the phrases included “MAGA Forever” and “United We Stand MAGA.” The messages refer to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Another slogan written on his hand featured the phrase “Patriots in Charge.” He also reportedly drew a large circle in the center of his palm. It remains unclear why he chose to draw the circle. 

Brian Neary, Comello’s lawyer, declined to comment to reporters on what was written on Comello’s hand. Asked what was on the suspect’s hand, he reportedly responded, “handcuffs.” 

The AP noted that Neary also declined to comment on whether Comello maintains his innocence. He referred other questions from the AP to Comello’s Manhattan lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, whom the news service said did not return two requests for comment. 

Cali, 53, was shot and killed outside his Staten Island, N.Y., home last Wednesday. Police have said that Cali was shot 10 times, according to AP. 

Cali was referred to by federal prosecutors as the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino family in court filings from 2014, the AP added. He reportedly rose to the top position of the family after 2015. However, he was never charged with leading the gang. 

Police have not indicated if his death was a mob hit or related to something else. 

Comello agreed to be extradited to New York during the court appearance on Monday. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Saturday that Comello would be formally charged with murder once the extradition occurs, CNN reported. 

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Turning the Tide: A Report from Making Caring Common

Making Caring CommonA new report from Making Caring Common — a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that has become a leader in the movement to reshape college admissions — calls on parents and high schools to put young people’s ethical character at the center of the college admissions process.

Three years in the making, Turning the Tide II: How Parents and High Schools Can Cultivate Ethical Character and Reduce Distress in The College Admissions Process, offers guidelines for high schools and parents in promoting ethical character and describes how some high schools and colleges are working to promote greater ethical engagement among high school students, level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students, and reduce excessive achievement pressure. It also includes a pioneering statement from college admissions deans seeking to advance Turning the Tide’s goals.

The report makes the case that an intense focus on academic achievement has squeezed out serious attention to ethical character in many high schools and families, especially in middle- and upper-income communities. With a narrow focus on high achievement and admission to selective colleges, parents in these communities often fail to help their teens develop the critical cognitive, social, and ethical capacities that are at the heart of both doing good and doing well in college and beyond. Many parents also fail to be ethical role models to their children by allowing a range of transgressions — from exaggerating achievements to outright cheating — in the admissions process.

“Many parents fail to focus on what really matters in the college admissions process. In an effort to give their kids everything, these parents often end up robbing them of what really counts,” said Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty director of Making Caring Common. “College admissions may feel like a test for parents, but it shouldn’t be a test of status — it should be a test of character.”

Read the press release.

Read a summary and download the full report.

Read media coverage of Making Caring Common and the ongoing college admissions scandal.

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