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Beverly Cleary Dies; Acclaimed Children’s Author Of ‘Ramona Quimby’ Was 104
Author Beverly Cleary, whose books charmed several generations of young readers and were adapted for film and television, has died at 104. She passed Thursday at her longtime home in Carmel, Calif., according to a statement from publisher HarperCollins. “We are saddened by the passing of Beverly Cleary, one of the most beloved children’s authors of all- time. Looking back, she’d often say, ‘I’ve had a lucky life,’ and generations of children count themselves lucky too—lucky to have the very real characters Beverly Cleary created, including Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beezus Quimby, and Ralph S.
Roger Stone was sued by the Department of Justice on Friday over accusations that he and his wife owe nearly $2 million in taxes.
The civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, said that Roger and Lydia Stone owed over $1.5 million in taxes between 2007 and 2011 and another $407,000 in 2018. The suit said that the Stones evaded taxes by using a corporate entity they control, called Drake Ventures, to pay a "substantial" amount of their personal expenses, like groceries, dentist bills, spas, salons, clothing and restaurant bills.
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'Captain Underpants' Creator's Book Pulled by Scholastic Due to 'Passive Racism'
Scholastic book publishing has pulled Dav Pilkey's "The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future" from publication and offered an apology for the 2010 graphic novel's "passive racism." Pilkey — the creator of the wildly popular "Captain Underpants" series — offered his own apology and pledged to donate proceeds from the book to organizations supporting kids' art programs and fighting racism against Asian Americans. "On Monday,"On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book 'The Adventures of Ook and Gluk,'" the company announced Friday. "Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism.
"Although they used funds held in Drake Ventures accounts to pay some of their taxes, the Stones' use of Drake Ventures to hold their funds allowed them to shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle despite owing nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties," the lawsuit said. "By depositing and transferring these funds into the Drake Ventures' accounts instead of their personal accounts, the Stones evaded and frustrated the IRS's collection efforts."
In a, Stone described the lawsuit as "preposterous."
"They are well aware that my two year struggle against the Epically corrupt Mueller investigation has left my wife and I on the verge of bankruptcy," the statement said. "I have continued to eke out a living through my company Drake Ventures. To describe my current lifestyle as 'lavish' will be proved to be ridiculous in court. The political motivation of the DOJ Will be abundantly clear at trial."
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