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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 Youth Events

PHOTO: Officer Sam Brayboy talks with young people during a Donut Dialogue one of 3 workshops held as part of a youth organized march and celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17. The teens walked from Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park to Rainier Community Center during the 10th Annual MLK Youth March. Susan Fried photo


Kappa Alpha Psi Celebrates Founder’s Day

The men of the Seattle Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosts the Pacific Northwest Cluster National Founder's Day Program on Saturday Jan. 24.

The site for this closed banquet is the Seattle Central Area Senior Center, located at 500 30th Avenue South. The keynote speaker is Eric Pettigrew, Washington State Representative of the 37th District and a distinguished member of the fraternity.

The celebration’s theme is, "Kappa Men- Servants of the Community."

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is a collegiate Greek -letter fraternity with predominately- African American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on Jan. 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin.

The fraternity has over 150,000 members located on more than 406 college and university campuses and Alumni chapters arrayed in some 367 cities in the United States and 9 foreign countries. Kappa Alpha Psi sponsors The National Guide Right Program which provides educational and occupational guidance for youth.

For membership information call Ron Bennett at 253-561-9704 , or go to www.pnwkapsi.com.


Parks Hosts Momentia! Event to Support Dementia-Friendly Community

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Seattle Parks and Recreation invites persons living with dementia, family, friends and all who support a dementia-friendly community to the 2015 Momentia! New Year Celebration at China Harbor restaurant.

The Momentia! New Year Celebration will offer refreshments, drinks, musical entertainment, dancing and karaoke. To register, call Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-386-9106 before Jan. 23. Tickets cost $12.

Seattle Parks and Recreation piloted dementia-friendly recreation in 2014 in response to the growing number of community members living with memory loss and the firm belief that people living with memory loss should remain a vital part of our community.

With the official launch of the program in 2015, Parks is working with a variety of local partners to offer engaging programs like watercolor painting in the park, walks at the zoo, volunteering at the food bank, and more.

Programs are mainly geared toward persons living with Early Stage Memory Loss. Friends and family are also welcome to get involved. We’re glad to help determine which programs might be a good fit, within our own offerings and among the other options available in the community.

There will be limited van transportation to the event available from Greenwood Senior Center and Rainier Community Center. Reserve a seat when you register for the event. Sponsors include Greenwood Senior Center, Full Life Care and CareForce.

For more information on dementia-friendly recreation, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/dementiafriendlyrecreation.htm.


Mutlicultural Health Insurance Events in South Seattle, North Seattle

Local organizations, the Mexican consulate and Public Health–Seattle & King County host a health insurance enrollment event in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood on Saturday. Washington Healthplanfinder hosts another event at Northgate Mall on Sunday. Trained enrollment experts will: 

  • Enroll residents in the plan that best fits their needs
  • Determine whether or not residents are eligible for financial help
  • Compare brand new plans side-by-side
  • Review the website in Spanish and other languages (including Russian, Tagalog, Somali, Amharic, Vietnamese).

Support for Saturday’s event in South Park comes from Public Health, SPIARC, Consulate of Mexico, SeaMar, WithinReach, Denise Louie, Western WA National Hispanic Nurses Association, and the UW School of Nursing.

With less than one month before a Feb.15 deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, local organizations are reaching out to include non-English speakers. Saturday Jan. 24, 2 to 6 p.m., South Park Information and Resource Center, 8201 10th Ave S., Seattle; and Sunday Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northgate Mall (Ben Bridge Court), 401 Northeast Northgate Way.

For more information go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices.


Art Panel For 'Texture: Visual Artists and Poets Create' 

Artists and poets featured in the Method Gallery's TEXTure exhibit will read from and discuss their work with curator Mary Coss from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

In this panel discussion, poets and artists will discuss the reaction-based artistic process that led to the TEXTure exhibit. The poets will read from work that inspired artwork, as well as new poetry responding to the artwork. Poet and artist collaborations will include the following creative groups.

  • Poet Sherman Alexie with artists Lia Yaranon Hall and Cedar Mannan
  • Poet Jeannine Hall Gailey with artist Carol Milne
  • Poet Daemond Arrindell with artist Maura Donegan

After the readings and discussion, a free public reception will follow at Method Gallery in Pioneer Square, 106 Third Ave. S., info@methodgallery.com.

Method is a non-commercial exhibition space in Pioneer Square. It strives to present unconventional art that is predominantly based in sculpture, installation, new media or performance. The TEXTure exhibit is funded in part by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, as well as a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

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


Biography of Mixed Race Abolitionist Featured

Community leader Carver Clark Gayton will read from his book "When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar: The Saga of Lewis G. Clarke, Born a 'White' Slave" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Street parking is free and available near the Library branch. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Gayton, a descendent of Seattle pioneers, will recount stories in the life of his great grandfather, Lewis G. Clarke, a famous black abolitionist. Clarke's experiences as a slave significantly influenced the narrative of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4704 or wwwspl.org.


The Writer's Craft at Madrona K-8 School Feb. 2

Author Ben Mikaelsen will present an informative and entertaining discussion of the challenges he faced in creating his books from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at the Madrona K-8 School Library, 1121 33rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free child care will be provided for children ages 3-12 by the Madrona Community Council.

Mikaelsen will present a slide show of his experiences as he tries to uncover the "soul of a story." These experiences include raising a 700-pound black bear, living with the homeless, working with dolphins, attending space camp, going undercover with Drug Enforcement Administration agents and living with the Maasai in Africa.

Mikaelsen is an award-winning children's fiction author whose novels include "Touching Spirit Bear," "Stranded" and "Jungle of Bones." He lives in the mountains near Bozeman, Montana with his wife.

This event is presented in partnership by Madrona PTSA, The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools.

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


Alexandra Fuller Reads from 'Leaving Before The Rains Come'

Memoirist Alexandra Fuller will read from her latest book, "Leaving Before the Rains Come," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

Fuller takes on the rise and fall of her marriage and addresses how her father shaped her view of the world in her new memoir. In hopes of understanding what went wrong and finding ways to rebuild her life after a painful divorce, Fuller turns to her African past for answers. As she explores the memories of her childhood, she hunts for clues as to what it means to live life completely and without regret.

Fuller is the author of "Don't Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood," a memoir about coming of age in Rhodesia as a long civil war raged in neighboring Mozambique, and the follow-up memoir "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness."

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


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