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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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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong's home is one of the sites listed on Google's Black history virtual tour

In honor of Black History Month, Google has put together a list of places celebrating Black heritage and culture. Clicking on the bold, highlighted link will take one to the Google Street View to take a virtual tour of the sights. Cruise along the historic Albina district in North Portland or visit the Jimi Hendrix statue at Broadway and Pine St.in Seattle.

In addition to Northwest Black History landmarks, there is also a virtual tour for national landmarks. Clicking through the links reveals the historic music venue, the Apollo Theatre which hosted “Showtime at the Apollo and launched the careers of Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the Jackson 5.

You can also see the historic site of Monroe Elementary School which is a memorial named for the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools.

Northwest Black History places:

1. Northwest African American Museum: Established in 2008, in The Northwest African American Museum serves to present and preserve the connections between the Pacific Northwest and people of African descent and investigate and celebrate Black experiences in America through exhibitions, programs and events. Address: 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle, WA 98144

2. The Albina District: The historic heart of Portland’s African American community, civic institutions such as the Urban League of Portland and the Portland Trail Blazers Boys and Girls Club call this district home. Address: Albina district of North and Northeast Portland.

3. Oregon Supreme Court: In 1853, the Supreme Court was the setting for the Holmes v. Ford case, which freed a slave family and reaffirmed that slavery was illegal in the Oregon Territory. Address: 1163 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

4. Fort Lawton Historic District, Discovery Park: This former army base served as a point of embarkation during World War II, but its connection to African American heritage goes back to the early 20th century. Starting in 1909, the base was home to the 25th Infantry Regiment, one of four all-Black regiments in the U.S. military. These were known as "Buffalo Soldiers," a name conferred to the troops by Native Americans of the Great Plains. Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199

5. Jimi Hendrix Statue: A monument to the Pacific Northwest’s first rockstar, a life-size bronze sculpture called "The Electric Lady Studio Guitar" by artist Daryl Smith depicts Jimi Hendrix playing a Stratocaster. Address: Broadway & Pine St, Seattle, WA 98127

 

National Black History places:

1. Martin Luther King Memorial: A memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring a 30-foot statue of the Civil Rights leader carved into the Stone of Hope. Address: 1964 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024.

2. Little Rock Central High School: Historic site and school of the “Little Rock Nine,” or the students whose persistence in integrating the high school in 1950s garnered national attention. Address: 2120 West Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202.

3. Underground Railroad’s “Grand Depot”: This was known as “the Grand Depot” on the Underground Railroad, and was a major center for abolitionism. Address: Plymouth Church, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn.

4. 16th Street Baptist Church: Former Civil Rights movement meeting place and the target of a racially motivated bombing by the KKK that killed four girls in 1963. Address: 1530 6th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

5. Madame Walker Theater: A U.S. National Historic Landmark whose development was initiated by Madame C.J. Walker, America’s first self-made millionaire, prior to her death. Address: 617 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

6. Brown vs. Board of Education Historic Site: The site of Monroe Elementary School, which was named a national historic site to commemorate the Supreme Court decision ending racial segregation in public schools. Address: 1515 Southeast Monroe Street, Topeka, KS 66612.

7. Louis Armstrong’s Home: The jazz legend's former home and now a museum & National Historic Landmark. Address: 34-56 107th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

8. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: This was first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, and Bethune’s home from 1943 to 1949. Address: 1318 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20005.

9. Apollo Theater: Historic music hall for African-American performers, and the former home of Showtime at the Apollo. Address: 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027.

10. The Birthplace of Rap: Where DJ Kool Herc is credited with helping to start hip-hop and rap music, at a house concert on August 11, 1973. Address: 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx.

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