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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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Why Your Vote Matters

Two former sheriff’s deputies, two former prosecutors and a retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice came together to urge voters to Vote Yes on Initiative 91 and make marijuana legal in Oregon.  In a press conference at the advocacy nonprofit Partnership for Safety and Justice, each gave a list of reasons why legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana will lead to more respect for the law, less wasted time for police and prosecutors, save $50 million a year spent on marijuna enforcement, and prevent 12,000 Oregonians a year from getting a hefty, $650 ticket and a record that can hurt them for years.  Pictured here back row from left: Pete Tutmark, former sheriff’s deputy; Paul Steigleder; former Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy; retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice William Riggs. Pictured Front row from left: Cassandra Villanueva, director of organizing and advocacy for Partnership for Safety and Justice; Darian Stanford, former Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, Chris Olson, former United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Tuskeegee Airman in Portland Nov. 5

Lt. Col. Alex Jefferson, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen ,speaks  in Portland, Wednesday, Nov.5 at 7 p.m. at Lewis & Clark College Agnes Flanagan Chapel. Admission is free.
Lt. Col Jefferson speaks about his wartime experiences as well as what it was like to be a young black man during the war years in America. Jefferson was shot down during one of his missions over Germany and spent time in a German POW camp. Following the war he continued to serve others by teaching and inspiring students to do their best.
Following his address Lt. Col. Jefferson will sign books during a reception. Members of several other veterans of color groups plan to attend the discussion. More information at www.college.lclark.edu/live/events

 

‘The Wake of Vanport’

First public screening of the Vanport Oral Histories Nov.15  The screening of the NPMTC 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project oral histories will be presented November 15 at 2 p.m. at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, 3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, Oregon.

Join us for this screening of multimedia works produced during the 2014 Vanport Multimedia Project dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative.  

Immediately following the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with survivors and producers. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

The Vanport Multimedia Project is an ongoing project of The North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) to collect and archive oral history from individuals in the Portland African American community.

For more information go to www.npmtc.org

 

Legislators to Host Town Hall on 82nd Ave. Opportunities

East Portland legislators host a Town Hall Nov. 6, about Northeast 82nd Avenue opportunities.  The event is Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30  to 8 p.m. at PCC Southeast Center (Community Hall), 2305 SE 82nd Ave.
Hosted by Sen. Michael Dembrow and Reps. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Barbara Smith Warner, the event includes a presentation from ODOT on their current planning process for an 82nd Ave. transportation study, information about transferring 82nd Avenue from the state to the city of Portland, and an update on potential funding sources for improvements.  With the 2015 legislative session approaching, now is a great time to get plugged in. There will be time for public comments, and brief remarks from legislators. 

Portland Community College will be offering free parking for this event. 

 

RACC Seeks Applications for New Public Art Murals

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for mural funding through its Public Art Murals Program. Applications are due the first Wednesday of every month through June 2015.

Applications and guidelines are available at racc.org/public-art/mural-program. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. RACC’s review and approval process takes 4-6 weeks, and all proposals are reviewed by the Public Art Murals Program Committee, whose members include artists, arts advocates and other creative professionals. For more information, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503-823-4196 or kendellen@racc.org.

On Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 am to noon, RACC will offer a free workshop to help artists understand the mural application process at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St. For more information and to RSVP, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503.823.4196 or kendellen@racc.org.  

Another route for painting a mural in the City of Portland is through the city’s Original Art Mural Permit, which has different requirements and a fee of $50. Funding is not available through the City’s permitting process. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/50737  for more information.

 

Northeast Community Center Fine Arts & Cool Crafts Show and Sale

Friday evening, November 7, 5-8pm, free admission, complimentary wine & cheese.

Continuing Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm

Location:  Northeast Community Center, 1630 NE 38th, Portland, necommunitycenter.org

30 plus artists/crafters, selling their quality original and handmade crafts – paintings, jewelry, holiday décor, cards, glass art, candles, bath & body and much more.

Proceeds support programs & activities at the Northeast Community Center

 

Third Annual Clark College Fall Choral Festival

Clark College and the Clark College Music Department hosts the third annual Clark College Fall Choral Festival, Friday, Nov. 14, in Gaiser Hall. 

Twenty middle and high school choirs and vocal jazz ensembles from schools in SeaTac, Wash. and Pleasant Valley, Ore., as well as area schools from Woodland, La Center, Longview, and Gresham will join Vancouver’s Hudson’s Bay High School, Evergreen High School, Laurin Middle School, and Shahala Middle School. Choirs will begin performing at 9 a.m. in the choral clinic with adjudicators.  A showcase performance featuring four groups begins at 7 p.m.

 The Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble and Concert Choir, directed by April Duvic, will also perform at the 7 p.m. showcase concert Friday.

 Admission is $5 for the day.  Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge.

For more information go to   http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/choral/index.php.

 

WSU Vancouver Diversity Event with Texas State Representative

Texas State Re p. Mary González will be the featured speaker at Washington State University Vancouver's fall Marquee Diversity event. González, who has twice been featured in Latin Leaders Magazine for leadership in education and politics, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110.
Her talk is titled "Identity Culture and Social Justice: How Tortillas and Rainbows Taught Me to Change the World." She will discuss her personal identities as a member of the Latino and LGBTQ communities, and how they intersect with each other and her work. She will also talk about what inspires her to advocate for social justice, and how members of the audience can affect positive change in their communities.
González has been recognized as one of "10 Next Generation Latinas" by Latina Magazine and one of 10 newly elected politicians in the nation to watch. She has held positions at the National Hispanic Institute and Southwestern University and serves on the board of directors for allgo, a statewide organization in Texas for queer people of color.
The event is free and open to the public. You can reserve a seat online at vancouver.wsu.edu. Click on the events calendar and locate the event.

 

Documentary about Mental Health and the Military

What: Portland screening of “Mind Zone,” a documentary on mental health and the military by filmmaker, clinical psychologist and Portland State University professor emeritus Jan Haaken, part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.  

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 (after “Mending the Line”)

Where:  Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

“Mind Zone” follows therapists with the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment as they carry out two conflicting missions: protecting soldiers from battle fatigue and keeping these same soldiers in the fight. With psychiatric casualties mounting, the United States Army ups the deployment of mental health detachments to war zones—an undertaking on a scale previously unimaginable. As the 113th is deployed to Afghanistan and trains for their dual roles as soldiers and healers, Colonel David Rabb and his team of therapists are equipped with a wide arsenal of psychological techniques. The documentary moves between the battle zone and the home front, offering a rarely seen glimpse of heated debates within the field of psychology over diagnosis and treatment of combat conditions and the limits of using categories such as post-traumatic stress disorder to capture the psychological impacts of warfare. (50 minutes) 

For more information on the film, go to www.mindzonemovie.com

 

 

 

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