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  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges 
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  • The judge concluded Officer Edward Nero played little role in the arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray in  
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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Michael Muange with his parents


UPDATE: A viewing will be held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 9 at Caldwell's Henessey and Goetsch 20 N.E. 14th Ave., Portland  97232. Memorial service is 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the same location. After the service mourners will head to the burial at Skyline Memorial Garden, 4101 N.W. Skyline Blvd. Portland.
A reception will follow at 3 p.m. in the IRCO gymnasium, 10301 N.E. Glisan St.

At Gresham High School in 2011, Michael Muange played wide receiver and safety on the Varsity football team. Nobody could have guessed that such a strong, fast athlete had a heart condition that would take his life suddenly without warning.

Yet this week Muange's family is mourning the 20-year-old, who died suddenly of heart failure as he sat down to eat with friends.

A sophomore at Warner Pacific University, Muange hoped to build a career in business. He had been painting a house that day as part of his business assignments for a program called College Pro, says his sister Grace Muange Kambumba.

Michael was playful and fun to be around," she says. "He was funny and encouraging. And he had a lot of friends. He knew how to make people feel good about themselves. That's why they wanted to be around him.

"Michael had a strong faith and he kept his word," she says. 

A nurse, Grace explains how and why her family lost their beloved son and brother so suddenly last Tuesday evening.

"He gathered other guys to work on the business, including his brother Simon and two friends," she said. "Simon came home, but Michael's friend's parents wanted to take them to eat."

Michael's parents and seven brothers and sisters attended his graduation from Gresham High School

At the restaurant, Michael barely had time to take a sip of water before he slumped over, she said. His companions performed CPR and Michael briefly started breathing again, but gasped for air and shook so hard they feared he was having a seizure. Paramedics rushed Michael to Adventist Hospital, but it was too late to save him.

Grace says the family, who are devout Christians, prayed from 6 pm to 11 pm before they could allow the medical examiner to take his body. Later the medical examiner explained that a heart problem, present since birth, had caused his death.

"Every time his heart beat, it would pinch his left coronary artery," Grace said.

The shaking was not a seizure but caused by ventricular tachycardia, a problem that might have been reversed if the restaurant had had a defibrillator.

"I think every public space should have a defibrillator," she says.

While not common, the death of young athletes from heart abnormalities is a known problem. Immediate use of a defibrillator can save the person's life.

Michael with his mom, Lucy Muange, and dad, Simon MuangeThe death of Eddie Barnett Jr. in 2005 prompted his mother Christeen Johnson to launch a campaign for defibrillators to be installed in all Portland high schools. The campaign reached that goal in 2009, and in 2010 the Oregon legislature passed a law requiring defibrillators on all high schools and college campuses.

Businesses of 50,000 square-feet, or more, where 25 or more people congregate, also are required to have defibrillators.
A test called an echocardiogram can detect heart problems but it is not offered routinely.

Michael's father Pastor Simon Muange, came to the United States in 1995 after working with missionaries in Congo. The rest of the family left Kinshasa to join him in 1999. Despite the culture shock of moving to America from Africa, the family settled in Portland and quickly learned English. Their first languages were Lingala and French.

Michael's elder siblings all went on to college. Rebecca and Grace graduated from George Fox University. Simon attends Portland State University. His younger sister, Dorcas is following Michael to Warner Pacific. Divine, 13, attends Ron Russell Middle School. The youngest boys, Andrew, 11, and Emmanuel, 10, attend Mill Park Elementary School.

Michael Muange is survived by: his parents, Pastor Simon Muange and Lucy Muange; his sisters and brothers, Rebecca Muange Lomboto, Grace Muange Kambumba, Simon Muange, Dorcas Muange, Divine Muange, Andrew Muange and Emmanuel Muange; his brothers-in-law, Alain Lomboto and Matthieu Kambumba; his uncles and aunts, Pastor Andrew Muange, Ives Kabasele and Jeanne Muange; and Gloria Ngezaho.

A fund has been created to help the Muange family pay for the funeral. You can contribute directly to the family or at any Wells Fargo bank. Tell the cashier you want to contribute to Michael Ndanga Muange donation fund. Wells Fargo bank account number: 511500507 5586971839

Also, a portion of the proceeds from Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride this Sunday will be donated to Providence Heart and Vascular Institute's PlaySmart program. Providence PlaySmart offers free heart screenings to teenagers to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

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