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^Wanted in Russia, he partied at Mar-a-Lago — and invested in cheap South Florida homes<

TRUMP-MARALAGO-RUSSIAN:MI — Last year, President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., hosted a black-tie "Safari Night" fundraiser for a favorite charity of one of his older sisters. The event included Chinese dancers, a silent art auction and one unusual guest: Sergey Danilochkin, a Russian real estate investor who had settled in South Florida after authorities in his home country accused him of taking part in a massive tax fraud linked to the most contentious corruption case of the 21st century.

Partygoers had no idea they were rubbing shoulders with a wanted man. While the guests sipped cocktails and studied photos of African wildlife, Danilochkin, who is also an aspiring journalist, filmed the bustling ballroom on a smartphone and posted the footage on YouTube. Holding a flute of champagne and wearing a dark suit, the Russian emigre addressed the camera in his native tongue, alluding to the uncanny way Russians seem to turn up in the president’s orbit.

3100 by Nicholas Nehamas and Lily Dobrovolskaya in Miami. MOVED



^Cory Booker’s supporters think he’s ‘Obama 2.0.’ Is that what Democrats want?<

BOOKER-MESSAGE:WA — Cory Booker has set himself apart from the 2020 Democratic presidential field with a decidedly positive and unifying message, evoking the hope-and-change campaign of Barack Obama.

Brady Quirk-Garvan was so inspired by it that he resigned from his post as the chair of the Charleston County Democrats in South Carolina to endorse the New Jersey senator, confident that his approach was the best way to defeat a divisive figure like President Donald Trump.

"Barack Obama won by talking about hope and change. Bill Clinton won by talking about the promise of the 21st century," said Quirk-Garvan, who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. "Democrats win when we talk about laying out a positive vision for the future."

But another member of Obama’s 2008 campaign, former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers, isn’t sold on the approach, arguing that it’s out of step with an enraged progressive base that’s eager to take down Trump.

1700 (with trims) by Adam Wollner in Washington. MOVED



^A marriage, a stabbing, an arrest near Mexico: Manhunt leads to capture of husband in Baltimore ‘panhandler’ killing<

BALTIMORE-STABBING:BZ — In this little truck-stop town in the Rio Grande Valley, Keith Smith steered his rental car into a gas station to refuel. He and his adult daughter had traveled 1,770 miles away from Maryland — trying, police say, to outrun murder charges in Baltimore that authorities here had been alerted to shortly before the unsuspecting pair arrived.

Mexico lay just 20 minutes ahead. They were almost there. They just needed some gas.

No one appeared to notice as Smith got out at pump No. 2 to refill the silver Camry with out-of-state plates.

No one but a Texas state trooper who was on the lookout for just such a car.

2250 (with trims) by Tim Prudente, Jessica Anderson and Doug Donovan in Combes, Texas. MOVED


^When a big crime reaches a small town: Alleged Baltimore killers cause a stir near the Mexican border<

BALTIMORE-STABBING-TOWN:BZ — The phone keeps ringing on the desk of the Texas sheriff, but what is there to say?

Here in Cameron County, "the front door to Mexico" as Sheriff Omar Lucio calls it, they don’t often find themselves jailing alleged murderers — two from far-away Baltimore, no less — and the sort who attract attention from around the country.

And yet, this 80-year-old — a friendly man with a silver mustache whose won re-election four times — likes to be helpful, if he can.

600 by Tim Prudente in Cameron County, Texas. MOVED


^How much difference will Eli Lilly’s half-price insulin make?<

^MED-INSULIN-PRICE:KHN—<When Erin Gilmer filled her insulin prescription at a Denver-area Walgreens in January, she paid $8.50. U.S. taxpayers paid another $280.51."It eats at me to know that taxpayer money is being wasted," said Gilmer, who has Medicare and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while a sophomore at the University of Colorado in 2002.The diagnosis meant that for the rest of her life she’d require daily insulin shots to stay alive. But the price of that insulin is skyrocketing.Between 2009 and 2017 the wholesale price of a single vial of Humalog, the Eli Lilly and Co.-manufactured insulin Gilmer uses, nearly tripled — rising from $92.70 to $274.70, according to data from IBM Watson Health.Stories about people with Type 1 diabetes dying when they couldn’t afford insulin have made headlines. Patient activists have protested high prices outside Lilly’s headquarters in Indianapolis.Last October, the Minnesota attorney general sued insulin manufacturers, alleging price gouging. Pharmaceutical executives were grilled on Capitol Hill.This is the backdrop for Lilly’s announcement last week that it is rolling out a half-priced, generic version of Humalog.1300 (with trims) by Bram Sable-Smith. MOVEDPHOTO^TCA VIDEO NETWORK <^<Tribune News Service distributes video of news, entertainment, business and sports stories. For help with a video, please contact our newsroom at 312-222-4196 or email tcavideo@tribpub.com .^RECEIVE TNS NEWSFEATURES BUDGETS BY EMAIL<^<You can have the Tribune News Service newsfeatures budget emailed to you. Just send an email request to Carol Johnson, carjohnson@tribpub.com . If you want to add other recipients, or need a user ID and password for our website, please let us know. To unsubscribe from this group and to stop receiving emails from it, send an email to tns-newsfeaturesbjt-unsubscribe@tribpub.com .^<Tribune News Service is available at TribuneNewsService.com . Subscribers can access 30 days’ worth of budgets with clickable links to stories and art; stories searchable by subject and category with links to images; and an easy-to-search archive of more than 1 million items — stories, photos, graphics, illustrations, paginated pages and caricatures.Subscribers who now receive TNS via AP DataFeature can also have access to these Internet features. To obtain a user ID and password, please call Rick DeChantal at Tribune Content Agency, 1-800-245-6536, Ext. 4544 or email rdechantal@tribune.com .Tribune News Service Newsfeatures Editor: Carol Johnson, 312-527-8062, carjohnson@tribpub.com Tribune News Service News Desk: 312-222-4131, tcanews@tribpub.com Tribune News Service Photo Service: 312-222-4194, tcaphoto@tribpub.com ———2019 Tribune Content Agency

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