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Don Imus will retire this March

NEW YORK (AP) — Don Imus, the cantankerous radio host whose career was temporarily derailed when he made racist and sexist remarks, is retiring from his morning show.

WABC-AM says Imus’ last morning drive time show on New York-based station will be March 29. On Twitter, the show announced : “Turn out the lights… the party’s over.”

In 2007, Imus was fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC for using a racial slur to talk about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. He later apologized and got a new gig a few months later.

The 77-year-old veteran radio personality, who had stints at WNBC in New York and WHK in Cleveland, offered a stew of media and politics on his shows and often had key newsmakers calling in to weigh in on a day’s events.

German director resigns from festival

BERLIN (AP) — A prolific director of German television dramas has resigned as head of a theater festival following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Dieter Wedel has denied claims by several women that he pressured them for sex. The allegations, first published by respected weekly Die Zeit, mostly date back several decades.

In a statement Monday, the 75-year-old said the allegations had left him “deeply disturbed and shaken,” and damaged his health.

Wedel, who’s best known in Germany as the director of popular TV dramas, is the first prominent figure in the country to be named since the #MeToo movement targeting alleged sexual abusers in the media and the arts emerged last year.

Jury selection set for Cosby’s retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection for Bill Cosby’s criminal sex assault retrial will start March 29 in the suburban Philadelphia county where he’s accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

The 80-year-old entertainer’s first trial had jurors from the Pittsburgh area, about 300 miles away. It ended in a mistrial when they couldn’t reach a verdict after five days of deliberations.

This time, Montgomery County prosecutors and Cosby’s new defense team have agreed to seek a local jury for the retrial, scheduled for April 2.

Cosby’s former lawyers insisted on a jury from a different county because the case was an issue in the local district attorney’s race.

Last time it took three days to select 12 jurors and six alternates.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

Lohan’s cousin punched at restaurant

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston College hockey player who happens to be Lindsay Lohan’s cousin is out indefinitely after he was punched at a Boston restaurant and sent to the hospital.

The university said in a statement Sunday that graduate student Kevin Lohan was the victim of an “unprovoked assault.”

Police are investigating a report of an assault at a Domino’s restaurant at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

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