Ray White, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, was left homeless after befriending a con man who systematically scammed him out of his South Philadelphia house, vintage Bentley and Cadillac, and everything else he valued. On Tuesday, 61-year-old Melvin McIlwaine pleaded guilty to cheating White of his worldly possessions, clearing the way for the retiree who served in the Battle of the Bulge to put his life back together. The guilty plea came at “the 11th hour” just as jury selection was about to begin for McIlwaine’s criminal fraud trial, said Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cooper Nixon. McIlwaine was able to delay his trial by complaining about illnesses that Nixon said were just a continuation of his deceptions. Now was McIlwaine’s last opportunity to plead guilty. “When it was time to face the music, there was nobody to con except the judge and jury,” Nixon said. “He wasn’t prepared to do that.” Michael Huff, McIlwaine’s attorney, could not be reached for comment. White was unable to attend court Tuesday, but he planned to be at McIlwaine’s sentencing, set for Feb. 6, Nixon said.
Getty Images Brian Williams NBC News’ Brian Williams has bookedEdward Snowden’s first U.S. television interview, the network said on Thursday. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked government surveillance documents, has previously given interviews to a German broadcaster and delivered an address via satellite at the South by Southwest festival. STORY: Sony Nabs Film Rights to Edward Snowden Book In April, he also appeared on Russia Today in a prerecorded clip asking questions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Snowden has not, however, sat down with a U.S. broadcaster since his video remarks to The Guardian were first posted in July 2013. He has given interviews to U.S. newspapers including The New York Timesand the Washington Post since the story broke. Williams interviewed Snowden in Moscow for “several hours” this week, NBC said, for an hourlong special to air at 10 p.m. on May 28.
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When Books Went To War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II By Molly Guptill Manning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 288 pages, $25 By Michael D. Langan NEWS BOOK REVIEWER It may be a stretch for some to remember why American troops loved their books so much in WWII. A book sent abroad was often a gift sent by loved ones or, believe it or not, by the U.S. government. Mail call in the military meant GIs queuing up to receive letters, or an occasional book, usually thrown at them by their sergeant. The receipt of a book helped a GI in a foxhole in Europe, or in a trench in the South Pacific, to feel something that reminded him of home and why he was fighting.
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