Mar 18, 2019

Old Dominion's Jeff Jones fights cancer, heads to NCAA tournament

Passionate as ever as he battles cancer, head coach Jeff Jones of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, led his Monarchs to the NCAA tournament by defeating Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship Saturday night.

The big picture: "All he could do was stuff his face in a towel on the sideline as confetti fell and emotion overcame him," CBS Sports' Kyle Boone writes. His first trip to the NCAAs in six years at Old Dominion is "enough reason to be emotional. Here's more: he announced last fall he is battling prostate cancer."

Columnist Harry Minium writes that Jones, who recently became a grandfather, "didn't have to tell anyone. He chose to in order to raise the awareness of prostate cancer."

  • Axios' Danielle Jones writes: "My husband Jeff Jones and I recently learned what a challenge it can be when insurance declined to cover a cancer test he needed.  ... Along with Coaches vs. Cancer, we are fundraising until the 2019 Final Four for cancer patients in need."

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  1. Mike Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 NDAs
  2. Wells Fargo to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges
  3. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
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  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.

Bloomberg offers to release women from 3 nondisclosure agreements

Mike Bloomberg. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Mike Bloomberg said Friday his company will release women identified to have signed three nondisclosure agreements so they can publicly discuss their allegations against him if they wish.

Why it matters, via Axios' Margaret Talev: Bloomberg’s shift in policy toward NDAs comes as he tries to stanch his loss of female support after the Las Vegas debate. It is an effort to separate the total number of harassment and culture complaints at the large company from those directed at him personally. That could reframe the criticism against him, but also protect the company from legal fallout if all past NDAs were placed in jeopardy.