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Judge: Michael Douglas' son can go to Los Angeles to act
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October 18, 2017 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge who sentenced Michael Douglas' son to nearly a decade in prison says he can move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

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Wed Oct 18 17:36:27 EDT 2017

Celebs continue to rally help for the victims affected by natural disasters in the last couple of months. Days after Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony put together a star-studded telethon concert titled “Somos Una Voz Live” in multiple cities, Jay-Z threw his third annual charity concert,“TIDAL X: Brooklyn” in New York City, but this time around he donated all ticket sales to organizations supporting victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the earthquake in Mexico.

In the last two years, the music and entertainment platform TIDAL donated proceeds to Robin Hood, the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York and the New World Foundation, which aims to advance “positive community relations and effect systemic change for the development and sustainability of just societies,” as it states on its website. Bacardi, the iconic spirits brand, sponsored the presentation, also donating $1.3 million specifically to TIDAL X: Brooklyn charities.

This year, was all about the multiple cities that have faced devastation from recent natural disasters.

Among those joining the good cause and eventful night were Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi and a special appearance from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Lopez, being in her home state, performed throwback songs like “Jenny From The Block” and “I’m Real,” with a backdrop of New York City and the 6 train line, the subway the runs through her old neighborhood in the Bronx. Before composer and lyricist Miranda introduced his fellow Puerto Rican onto the stage, he shared a heartfelt message: “For every generation, there are moments that define you… These are the moment’s history remembers. Tonight, through music, TIDAL has brought together people across generations, backgrounds together to support the people of Puerto Rico. On behalf of mi gente (my people), thank you! We refuse to stay silent.”

Jay Z stayed true to the New York theme of the night by performing “Empire State of Mind,” while Latin stars like Daddy Yankee performed his 2004 smash single “Gasolina,” and Cardi B stole the show with her No. 1 hit “Bodak Yellow,” which had the audience yelling for an encore.

The concert aired live on Tidal. Donate to the cause here.

Wed Oct 18 17:09:58 EDT 2017

McKayla Maroney’s 2012 Olympic teammates are rallying around her after the elite gymnast alleged on Twitter that she was a victim of years of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was fired in 2015 after almost two decades with the organization.

“I was molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, the team doctor for the US Women’s National Gymnastics Team, and Olympic team,” Maroney, 21, wrote in the Twitter post under the #MeToo hashtag, which has remained a trending topic on social media after a number of women accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault earlier this month.

“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and didn’t end until I left the sport.”

Just hours after revealing her story, members of Maroney’s 2012 Olympic team voiced their support, including Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross.

Maroney’s heartbreaking post goes into detail about Nassar’s alleged assaults.

According to Maroney, Nassar’s behavior worsened during the 2011 World Championships, when she was given a sleeping pill by the doctor during a flight only to wake up in his hotel room later.

“Sure, from the outside looking in, it’s an amazing story,” Maroney says of her storied career. “I did it. I got there, but not without a price.”

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More than 80 women have accused Nassar of sexual assault. In July, Nassar pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in federal court, ABC News reported via ESPN. In exchange for Nassar’s guilty plea, U.S. prosecutors have agreed not to pursue charges in two additional incidents of alleged sexual crimes with minors. He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 7, according to the Lansing State Journal.

He still faces 33 charges of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan, according to USA Today. The Lansing State Journal reports jury selection begins in the state case the same week as his federal sentencing.

A lawyer for Nassar did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Schuette declined to comment on Nassar’s case. He remains in federal custody in Michigan.

Wed Oct 18 17:08:32 EDT 2017

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A Facebook video of a teacher telling students speaking Spanish they’re being disrespectful and demanding they “speak American,” has generated controversy in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

In the video, recorded by a student, the English instructor at Cliffside Park High School says:  “Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They’re fighting for your right to speak American.”

In response, many students protested by leaving the class.

Although school officials haven’t released the name of the educator, students have been identifying her on social media and claiming she’s made bigoted comments in the past. “She has always made racist remarks. I couldn’t even tell you the amount of times that myself or other students walked out of her class because we couldn’t deal with it anymore,” one student noted.

Another student, who admitted he’s not been her student, wrote: “I remember speaking with my friends (in Spanish & Portuguese) in the hallway once and she told me to speak English. I just thought ‘Did she just say that?'”

Alumni Esly Osuna told PIX11, the local news station that broke the story, that she had a similar experience: “If we were speaking Spanish in the hallways and she heard us, she would single us out , ‘No you can’t speak Spanish here,” Osuna said.

In their segment on the controversy, PIX11 also noted that a large number of students attending the high school come from bilingual Latino families. The high school is populated by Cliffside Park residents, 29 percent of whom identify as Hispanic or Latino and Fairview residents, 54 percent of whom claim Latin roots.

On Monday, 100 students from the high school staged a walkout, carrying flags from their countries of origin, according to NBC New York.

People Chica reached out to Cliffside Park School District but has not received comment and it’s unclear what actions, if any, school officials plan to take against the instructor.

NEW YORK (AP) — Sexual harassment and mistreatment of models have always been widely known and tolerated in the fashion industry, Christy Turlington Burns said.

DETROIT (AP) — When Samer Saem Eldahr finished university, he was ready to spread his wings and start his career. He planned a month away from home to discover and pursue his craft.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Co. that dealt with a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

TORONTO (AP) — Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Jon Pardi was a kid growing up in Northern California, he was so obsessed with country music that when he was asked his name in preschool, he'd list off the genre's biggest stars.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music fans who tune in to the Country Music Association awards next month will get to hear performances by the reigning Entertainer of the Year and the singer coming in with the most nominations.

Firefighters must be our last real superheroes. They run toward stuff that's on fire, for heaven's sake. There are the few public servants — not cops, politicians or doctors — as beloved or who have managed to stay untainted.

"American Chopper" will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended. The reality series follows feuding father and son motorcycle builders Paul Teutul (TUHT'-ehl) Sr.

NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York's Carnegie Hall.

LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton. Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read.

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to protest music, there's the subtle stuff and the really angry stuff. The all-star band Prophets of Rage takes the latter to a whole new grab-you-by-the-throat level.

NEW YORK (AP) — Crikey! The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of "The Crocodile Hunter" star and family patriarch Steve Irwin.

NEW YORK (AP) — A novel Sam Shepard completed shortly before his death is coming out in December. In an announcement Wednesday, Alfred A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month.

For devoted fans of certain prestige directors, it's always a little disarming to see them make a true children's film. Expectations have to be readjusted in real time as you submit to something else, something different.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, now says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, has a book coming out next year. WaterBrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "There is More: When the World Says You Can't — God Says You Can" will be published in March.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Years before Elvis Presley became the King of Rock and Roll, the story goes, he lived in a small house up a hill from his elementary school in northeastern Mississippi and played with other kids in a nearby field.

NEW YORK (AP) — The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity. A new survey of top literary publications finds that the ratio of women to men ranges from roughly equal in The New York Times Book Review and Granta to men substantially outnumbering women in The Atlantic, the Paris Review and other publications.

PARIS (AP) — A huge abstract sculpture deemed too obscene for the regal gardens of the Louvre Museum has found a new home at Paris' edgier Pompidou Center.

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA. The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the group that awards the Oscars and his producers guild expulsion is a formality at this point, but now questions are being raised about what to do with others accused of wrongdoing who remain card-carrying members of the entertainment industry's most prestigious organizations.