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Parkland band plays Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at their high school, students from Parkland, Florida, have followed through with a long-planned Carnegie Hall performance.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony played at the renowned New York venue Tuesday during a concert featuring high school bands.
The concert was scheduled before the Feb. 14 massacre. Among those killed was freshman Alex Schachter, who played in the marching band that includes the wind symphony and other groups.
The 65-player wind ensemble decided to go ahead with the Carnegie Hall show.
It became an uplifting plan in the depths of tragedy. Members say they appreciated spending some time immersed in music.
Protected status for Playboy Mansion
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new owner of the Playboy Mansion has agreed to maintain the facade in its original condition under an agreement with the city of Los Angeles.
Daren Metropoulos entered into a permanent protection covenant for the 5-acre property he bought for $100 million. He agreed to not demolish the 20,000-square-foot main residence as he proceeds with plans to connect the mansion and its grounds to his 2-acre plot next door.
The deal, announced Tuesday by Councilman Paul Koretz, will remain in effect for future owners. City News Service says the designation stops short of giving the building landmark status.
Hugh Hefner, who died last year, bought the estate in 1971 and made it into the epicenter of his Playboy brand and one of the world’s most famous homes.
Agent accused of groping not charged
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a talent agent whom actor Terry Crews said groped him at a Hollywood party.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Adam Venit, an agent at William Morris Endeavor, twice grabbed Crews by the groin, but because there was no contact with his skin, and no restraint involved, the allegations were not a felony.
They sent the case to the Los Angeles city attorney, who prosecutes misdemeanors. The city attorney’s office said Wednesday the statute of limitations for them to prosecute Venit had expired. The party was in February 2016. Crews did not report the incident until November 2017.
Crews has also filed a lawsuit against Venit.
After-hours messages seeking comment from Venit’s office were not immediately returned. Crews’ publicist declined to comment.