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October 27, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Leaked Emails Say Bill Clinton Got Business Deals With Foundation Donors

Clinton Foundation Fundraisers Pressed Donors for Business Deals With Former President: In a November 2011 memo, then-Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band detailed how he and a partner introduced the former president to top executives at Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, and UBS Group AG, among other companies, to secure donations for the Clinton Foundation while also pursuing paid speeches and other work for Mr. Clinton and business opportunities for Mr. Band’s consulting firm, reports The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Clinton’s daughter Chelsea had raised concerns about Mr. Band “hustling business” for his consulting firm while also acting as a top fundraiser for the foundation, prompting a review of his activities by a law firm, reports the Journal, citing emails hacked from John Podesta, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign manager. The Clinton campaign did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the memo, which Mr. Band had sent to the law firm.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Governments to Spend $18 million on Zika-Virus Effort: A program to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus is getting $8 million from the Gates Foundation and a total of $10 million from a coalition that includes the Wellcome Trust and the U.S., British, and Brazilian governments, report The Guardian and devex. The plan involves infecting mosquitoes with bacteria that prevent transmission of the virus. The hope is that the infected population will breed with local mosquitoes to pass on the bacteria so their offspring would no longer transmit the disease. The bacteria-infected mosquitoes will be released in urban areas of Brazil and Colombia starting next year in a trial period.

National Symphony Orchestra Leader to Step Down: After 15 years as executive director of the orchestra, Rita Shapiro will leave the role at the end of this year, reports The Washington Post. In recent years, Ms. Shapiro has been credited for hiring new music director Gianandrea Noseda, who will take over in 2017, and for presiding over five international tours. However, critics have said the orchestra, which performs at the Kennedy Center, had grown stagnant under Ms. Shapiro’s leadership, noting that it has done few recent recordings. Ms. Shapiro said in a statement that the decision to leave was her own. 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Cancels Concerts Through End of Year: Orchestra president Amy Adkins said all performances through December 31 had to be nixed after contract discussions with the symphony’s musicians union broke down Saturday, reports the Star Telegram. The meeting marked for the first time in almost two months that the orchestra's leaders have held talks with musicians, who have been striking since September 8. Musicians have asked for pay increases, but the orchestra's management says that’s impossible because the symphony is operating with a $700,000 annual deficit. Union president Stewart Williams said he thought symphony leaders were premature in their decision to cancel the concerts and alleged that management was uncooperative in the discussions Saturday.