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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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Multnomah County Youth Commission


Photo: Multnomah Youth Commissioners with Mayor Charlie Hales, interim Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal, Portland City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick and Multnomah County Commissioner Diane Mckeel.

Multnomah Youth Commission 3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Multnomah Youth Commission's Youth Against Violence Committee hosts the 3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence, at the AmbridgeEventCenter, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

The summit is free for youth ages 21 and under, with shuttle bus service to the summit departing from many area schools and community centers.

New aspects of this year’s summit include more hands-on activities and in-depth exploration of Gang/Police, School, and Sexual & Dating violence.

The Multnomah Youth Commission established YAV in 2011, in response to the growing violence directed towards young people and the April 2011 shooting death of 14-year-old Shiloh Hampton. As the official youth policy body for the City of Portland and MultnomahCounty, the MYC does not tolerate these acts, which create a hostile and unsafe environment for all youth throughout the city and county.

For youth who'd like to be involved in the summit or YAV, please call the Multnomah Youth Commission at 503-793-1691 or contact the Youth Against Violence Committee Co-Chairs Mariam Ngoye-Dogo and Yessica Martinez Mulet at multnomahyouth@gmail.com. Register online at YAVSummit.com.

Seed to Supper: Growing Veggies on a Budget

A free five week long gardening class (Spanish translation available) is offered by the Anawim Christian Community, 19626 NE Glisan, in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham, Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5. 

The class focus is gardening on a budget and improving nutrition. Every week participants will learn a new gardening skill, like learning low-cost ways to build healthy soil, choosing crops that fit your needs and tastes, and the perfect time to harvest veggies. 

The class is for adults and other independent learners only, but children’s activities will be offered.  Class participants will receive a free gardening book, seeds and other gardening treats!  Completion of the 5-week course yields a certificate of recognition!  For more information, call 503-221-1054 ext. 215, or email khaller@emoregon.org

Free Dance Class for Children and Teens

The Obo Addy Legacy Project is offering a free introductory class in Ghanaian dance at the East Portland Community Center, 740  SE 106 Ave in Portland on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Learn to dance with the ease and energy of an African!  The free class will offer a chance to learn movements that form the basis of contemporary hip hop today.

Call to register.  The space is limited to the first 30 people who call 503-810-0496.

Wear comfortable clothes.  Class is suitable for beginners.  A weekly series will follow this introductory session.

Eric Allotey Pappoe and Patience Sewor will be team-teaching the class. 

Both Eric and Patience performed with the National Dance Company of Ghana before coming to the United States to perform with the Obo Addy Legacy Project.

This class is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.

For more information go to www.oboaddylegacyproject.org.


Tax Credit for the Severely Disabled or Disabled Children Reinstated

The 2014 Legislature passed SB 1534 allowing all taxpayers, regardless of income, to claim the severely disabled or disabled child exemption credit.
This immediately affects nearly 1,500 taxpayers who have filed, or are filing, their 2013 income tax returns. Those who haven't yet filed may take advantage of the credit; those that have already filed may amend their return.
Previously, taxpayers above an income threshold didn't qualify.
The Oregon Department of Revenue is sending letters to tax practitioners and taxpayers they identified who claimed these exemptions, but didn't qualify because of the previous income cap. Attached to the letter will be an amended schedule with special filing instructions. Following the special instructions will ensure priority processing of the amended return.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@state.or.us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the amount of calls the department receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.


Clark County seeks applications to fill three seats on parks commission

County residents who live in the unincorporated area and are interested in park issues are encouraged to apply for three openings on the ClarkCountyParks and Recreation Advisory Commission. ClarkCounty is forming the seven-member advisory commission while expanding the  parks program.  Four county appointees to the former Vancouver-ClarkParks and Recreation Advisory Commission will serve the remainder of their terms on the new county commission. The three new appointees will serve six-year terms starting immediately.

The commission will meet 1-3 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. The commission will make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues such as:

-- Policies and standards for the Clark County Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space plan.

-- Park acquisition, development and improvement, as well rules for park use.

-- The biennial parks budget.

-- Specialized studies regarding parks, trails, open space and recreational facilities.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA98666-5000. Applicants also may submit information by email to Jennifer.Clark@clark.wa.gov or fax to (360) 397-6058.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014.


Oregon College Savings Plan Day April 6 at OaksPark

The Oregon College Savings Plan  holds a community-wide celebration on Sunday, April 6 from noon to 2 p.m at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Oregon College Savings Plan Day will feature free ride bracelets for the first 529 kids to participate in the celebration, plus crafts, prizes, complimentary cake and an instant photo booth.
The event is inside the Dance Pavilion at Oaks Park. Families are encouraged to bring their children to craft mortarboards, receive framed photos and learn more about the benefits of investing in the Oregon College Savings Plan. A cake cutting is at 1 p.m.
Representatives from the Oregon College Savings Plan will be on hand at the event to discuss and answer any questions about the 529 plan, as well as distribute materials and giveaways. They will also be reminding families that if they invest prior to April 15 of this year, they can still take advantage of the 2013 state tax deduction deadline.
For more information go to OregonCollegeSavings.com or call toll free 8667728464.

Medicinal Marijuana Education Symposium Series
A free medicinal marijuana educational symposium for patients with multiple sclerosis is April 6, at the Roseland Theatre from 2 -5 pm. For years now MS sufferers have benefitted from the use of medical marijuana. As Oregon embarks on its new law allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries, the MS Society of Oregon and others are sponsoring this educational program to teach patients about the medical benefits of cannabis, laws in Oregon and how patients can be safe and legal participants on Oregon's Medical Marijuana program.
Program sponsors include the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Oregon, Inc, the Roseland Theater, UDoxi Scientific-Liquid Amber, Eco Firma Farms, New Economy Consulting and Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP. This first symposium will address cannabis relief for Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and will be open to all interested parties 18 years of age and older.
RSVP is required, no later than April 1, by telephone 503 297-9544 or email events@msoregon.org 

Portland Fighting Fillies Announce 2014 Schedule

The Portland Fighting Fillies Women’s Full Contact football team is excited to announce their 2014 schedule. They open their season on Saturday, April 5 with a 7 p.m. kick-off at Milwaukie High School. They will face the Utah Blitz of Salt Lake City.

The home opener is Kids Appreciation Day, so all youth 12 and under will receive free admission with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

The Fighting Fillies are entering their fifth year in the Women’s Football Alliance, a national league comprised of about 60 teams. The Fillies are in the Pacific Region-North West which includes cross-town foe Portland Shockwave, the Seattle Majestics, the Everett Reign, the Tacoma Trauma, and the Utah Blitz.

The Fillies finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 5-3 and tied for 2nd in the division. The veteran core includes 2013 1st-Team All-Americans Holly Custis and Cassie Dunsire, who both travelled to San Diego, CA in August 2013 to play in the WFA All-Star game.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $8 military/senior (65+), $5 children age 6-12, children 5 and under are free. 


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