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Peter Martins to Retire From New York City Ballet After Misconduct Allegations

Peter Martins retires from NYC Ballet

Peter Martins, the artistic director of New York City Ballet and an instructor at School of American Ballet, has been accused of sexual harassment, and suspended from teaching his weekly class at the school, according to a new report.

According to an article in the New York Times, Martins has been accused of harassment in an anonymous letter. Both NYCB and the school told that publication that the allegations in the letter had not yet been substantiated but that the “safety and well-being of our students is our absolute priority.” (Variety has contacted both City Ballet and the school for further comment.)


Customers line up for legal recreational marijuana in California

Legal marijuana sales begin in CaliforniaCustomers hoping to be among the first in California to purchase marijuana legally lined up early Monday, as the arrival of the new year brought with it broad legalization of cannabis, two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.

Just after midnight, some raised joints instead of champagne glasses.

Johnny Hernandez, a tattoo artist from Modesto, celebrated by smoking "Happy New Year blunts" with his cousins.

"This is something we've all been waiting for," he said. "It is something that can help so many people and there's no reason why we should not be sharing that."


Neighbors Greet Vacationing Mike Pence With ‘Make America Gay Again’ Banner

Make America Gay Again banner greets PenceVice President Mike Pence was welcomed to Colorado with snow-dusted pines, cool mountain air and a bright rainbow banner with the words, “Make America Gay Again.”

Neighbors who live next door to the Aspen property where Pence and his wife are staying on vacation hung the flag on a pillar fronting the two homes’ shared driveway, according to the Aspen Times.

“You couldn’t miss it,” Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione told the newspaper.


Intoxicated man found with small arsenal on top floor of Hyatt Regency in Houston

Hyatt Regency in HoustonA man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, Houston police said.

Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man's hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.


Sheriff's Deputy Killed, 4 Others Injured in Shooting Near Denver

Deputies down in DenverOne sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday and four others injured after a shooting outside of Denver, authorities said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office had initially reported “multiple deputies down” following the incident at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, which occurred while police were responding to a domestic disturbance call. The sheriff’s office later confirmed the death of one deputy on its official Twitter account and said five deputies total had been shot.


Civil rights figure Recy Taylor dies at age 97

Recy Taylor dies at 97

Recy Taylor, the black woman from Alabama who bravely came forward in the 1940s against her white attackers, passed away on Thursday morning. She was 97 years old.

Taylor’s brother, Robert Corbitt, told NBC News that she died in her sleep at a nursing facility in her hometown of Abbeville. Taylor, who is survived by Corbitt along with two sisters, a granddaughter and multiple great-grandchildren, would have been 98 on Sunday. Her daughter Joyce Lee Taylor tragically died in a car accident in 1967.


Erica Garner, daughter of police chokehold victim, dies in Brooklyn

Erica Garner dies after hearth attackThe daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner died in Brooklyn Saturday morning, sources said.

Erica Garner, 27, had been fighting for her life since she suffered a massive heart attack a week ago, family members told the Daily News Thursday.

“She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn’t pull the plug on her,” said Esaw Snipes, Garner’s mother. “She left on her own terms.”

Relatives and friends had kept a constant vigil at Woodhull Hospital.


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