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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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seattle mayor Ed Murray with Ethiopian children

PHOTO: The Ethiopian Community Association celebrated the opening of a new playground at their community center at 8323 Rainier Ave S. with Mayor Ed Murray on Sept. 2. The new facility was paid for by the nonprofit group KaBOOM! And the Dr. Pepper Snapple group. Photo courtesy City of Seattle.


Memorial Football Classic to Raise Funds for High School Athletics

Seattle Public Schools hosts its first annual Memorial Football Classic starting Friday, Sept. 12, at Memorial Stadium, Seattle Center, to raise funds for athletics transportation.

Superbowl MVP Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Malcolm Smith will make an appearance to meet organizers and participants Tuesday following an event press conference.
For the first time in more than 12 years, all high schools in the district will play in the same league. The event will celebrate the reunification of the Metro League with 10 schools competing on Friday and Saturday.

The Classic will be hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell,a Garfield High School and University of Washington alumnus and National Academic All-American First Team in Football. Special honored guest is Franklin High School alumnus and King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.

The schedule is as follows;

Friday, Sept. 12: 5 p.m.: Seattle Prep vs. Kennedy Lancers; 7:45 p.m.: O’Dea Fighting Irish vs. Mariner Marauders.
Saturday, Sept. 13: 12 p.m.: Bainbridge Spartans vs. Cleveland Eagles; 3 p.m.: Roosevelt Rough Riders vs. Ballard Beavers; 6 p.m.: Garfield Bulldogs vs. Franklin Quakers.


Seattle Women’s Commission Seeks Candidates

The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle.

Terms are for two-years and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by Sept. 22, 2014.

For more information on the Seattle Women’s Commission, visit http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-womens-commission.


Deadline Approaches to Apply for Matching Funds for Your Neighborhood Project

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help.

However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2014 to apply to this fund.

There is one more workshops scheduled where you can get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Tuesday Sept. 16, 6- 8 p.m., at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE. To RSVP call 206-733-9916. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged when you RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance.


'The Moor's Account:’ Imagined memoir from the First Black American Explorer

Laila Lalami will read from "The Moor's Account," the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

"The Moor's Account" is written from the point of view of a Spanish explorer's Moroccan slave. The slave is named Mustafa al-Zamori, but called Estebanico by the Spaniards.

As the chronicle unfolds, readers will see that black men played a significant part in New World exploration, and that Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Lalami’s hands, Estebanico’s memoir shows the many ways in which stories can morph into history.

Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the author of “Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits” and “Secret Son,” the 2010 Seattle Reads title.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or www.spl.org.


Easy Vegetable Fermenting Workshop at the Lake City Library

Ellie Cohan, a Seattle Tilth-certified instructor, will demonstrate how to ferment vegetables from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Meet in front of the branch for the workshop.

Fermented foods are full of probiotics, which many consider to have health benefits. Learn how to safely create fermented vegetables using the quick and easy steps that Cohan will demonstrate in this workshop.

For more information, call the Lake City Branch at 206-684-7518 or www.spl.org.


Robin Williams Tribute Film Series At The Northgate Library Sept. 14 - Nov. 2

Celebrate the life and work of comedian and actor Robin Williams by attending screenings of his films at The Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.

The Robin Williams Tribute film series will include:
• "Aladdin," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 – A 1992 Disney musical animation featuring Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie. Rated G.
• "Mrs. Doubtfire," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 – A 1993 comedic family drama starring Robin Williams as a housekeeper in disguise. Rated PG-13.
• "Patch Adams," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 - A 1998 comedic biography starring Robin Williams as a medical student who treats patients with humor. Rated PG-13.
• "Dead Poets Society," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 - A 1989 drama featuring Robin Williams as an English teacher who inspires his students. Rated PG.
• "Good Will Hunting," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 - A 1997 drama featuring Robin Williams as the psychologist for a math genius who is also a janitor at M.I.T. Rated R.

For more information, call the Northgate Branch at 206-386-1980 or Ask a Librarian.

Announcing October 6 ARTISTS UP event for African & African American artists

Evening of networking and resources at the Northwest African American Museum

SEATTLE (September 5, 2014) —To continue reaching communities new to regional arts service agencies, ARTISTS UP will host a free session to connect and inform African and African American artists throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. The event is designed to share best practices through peer learning, build connections between artists and funders, and demystify funding programs and processes. The event is hosted by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture and Artist Trust.

The event will take place on Monday, October 6 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) located at 2300 S. Massachusetts Street in Seattle. Artists creating dance, literature, media, music, theater, visual and public art are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Attendees that require translation, activities for school-aged children, accommodation or alternative format for a disability (facility is accessible) should notify the presenting organizations no later than end of day, October 1.

Since launching in 2013, ARTISTS UP has successfully built bridges and increased understanding of existing artist funding for Latina/o, Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander artist communities.

Transportation details: NAAM is accessible via King County Metro and Sound Transit Lite Link Rail free parking and.

Register online by October 1. For more information, contact Heather Dwyer at heather.dwyer@4culture.org, 206.296.8676

ARTISTS UP is a collaborative project between three funding agencies interested in reaching under-represented artists to better serve the communities of Seattle, King County and Washington State.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city's boards and commissions. Women, young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, people of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

HireLive Bremerton Job Fair Offers New Lyft Customers Free ride

HireLive will be working with multiple Fortune 500 companies, industry leaders and local businesses bringing candidates and companies together for a free of charge one day hiring event in Seattle – Bellevue, Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue.

Participants should bring 10-15 resumes; dress “business professional.”

Job Opportunities include:

Inside Sales Reps, Outside Sales Reps, Account Executives, Retail Managers, Account Managers, Insurance Sales, Customer Service, Technical Sales, Sales Managers, Pharmaceutical Sales, Telesales, Sales Trainer, Merchandiser, Mortgage Brokers, Financial Planner, Route Sales, Retail Sales, Retail Management, Human Resources and much more.

HireLive has also teamed up with Lyft to provide a free $25 credit ride for first time users to and/or from the event. Register for the career fair at www.hirelive.com to receive promo code.


Get Your Business Ready for Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month.

The half-hour webinars will be presented at 2 p.m., Eastern time, each Wednesday in September.

SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to check out the archived webinars and for more disaster preparedness tools.


Attend Home Retrofit Workshops at The Seattle Public Library Sept. 6 and Oct. 4

Homeowners can learn how to reduce earthquake damage to their home when The Seattle Public Library hosts retrofit experts at two Library locations on the first Saturday of the month in September and October.

The workshops, presented by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076. Free parking is available at the branches. Times and locations are:

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-684-7444
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or go to wwwspl.org.


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