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Controversial ‘Three-Parent Baby’ Fertility Technique Takes Off in Mexico City

Fox News

April 18, 2017

MEXICO CITY –  Sitting in his spotless office in the New Hope Fertility Clinic in Mexico City, soft music playing in the hallway in the background, Doctor Alejandro Chávez-Badiola shows an affable smile. “’Three-parent babies’ is not the title I would have chosen for the treatment,” the clinic director says. “But if the press had not given it such an attractive title, the news of what we’re doing probably would not have had such an impact.”

Indeed, “three-parent baby” is easier to remember than “mitochondrial replacement treatment” (MRT), a relatively new procedure offered to couples who want to reduce the chance of passing certain genetic diseases onto their children.

 

Sumner Redstone Will Not Be Deposed in Suit Against Ex-Companions

Variety

April 21, 2017

A judge ruled Friday that Viacom mogul Sumner Redstone will not have to face a deposition in his ongoing legal battle with two ex-companions.

Attorneys for the 93-year-old Redstone argued that he is in extremely frail health, and can barely communicate beyond simple “yes” or “no” replies. Redstone is suing Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland, alleging that the two women had duped him into giving them $150 million in gifts. Redstone had been close to both women for several years, but had a falling out with them in the fall of 2015.

 

Lawyer Who Looted Slave Theater Owner’s Estate Gets Prison Time: DA (NY)

DNAinfo

April 24, 2017

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A disgraced Queens lawyer will spend at least a year in state prison for looting the estate of the late Judge John Phillips, a former civil judge and owner of the famed Slave Theater, according to prosecutors.

Frank Racano, of Howard Beach, was sentenced to between one and three years in state prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to siphoning more than half a million dollars from the sale of Phillips’ now-shuttered historic theater at 1215 Fulton St., which hosted civil rights leaders including Al Sharpton as well as performances in the 1980s and 1990s., according to acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

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