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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A retired drama teacher accused of sexually assaulting boys in Massachusetts and New York was allowed to teach in a program for senior citizens that's affiliated with the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn campus.

Lee Daniels didn’t want to touch the story of Billie Holiday. “Lady Sings the Blues” already existed after all. The 1972 film with Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams showed him Black romance and a Harlem like he’d never seen on screen before. It was the film that made him want to be a director.

LOS ANGELES — When Christopher Plummer appeared at the Ahmanson Theatre in "A Word or Two," his costar was a mountain of books. He was delighted to be in such excellent company. The 2014 solo show had the feeling of a four-star general touring old battlegrounds before retiring to civilian life. But Plummer wasn't going anywhere. He had won an Oscar only two years earlier, his first, at age 82, ...

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials investigated more than 1,400 complaints about violations of the state’s coronavirus restrictions last year, ranging from allegations of employees and customers not wearing face coverings to failing to report positive tests among workers.

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