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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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Justine Hicks and her dog, Kiana float on the Wllamette River

The Northwest is having a heatwave but there are plenty of reasons to chill out this week.

We Treasure Equity

Portland's Office of Equity scored a major victory with City Commissioners voting unanimously to accept the departments new equity goals, The Oregonian's Brad Schmidt reported.

"This isn't symbolic and shouldn't be received or perceived as symbolic," said Dante James, director of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights. "We can't let it just be a symbol. We have to ensure that we mean what we say."...
Nkenge Harmon Johnson, chief executive of the Urban League of Portland, emphasized that the City Council must track progress for the newly approved racial equity goals.
"We measure what we treasure," she said. "If we don't count it, it doesn't count."  Find the goals here: http://bit.ly/1HTaQk0   Read the whole story here: http://bit.ly/1TrqBRc

Deep Jazzy House Beats 


Suge Knight on Trial

Rolling Stone looks at the life of hip hop mogul Suge Knight who is facing a murder charge after running over a friend as he sped away from a dispute.

"Knight's ongoing embrace of the thug life may have destroyed any remaining credibility he had as a businessman. "When it comes to the Piru shit, he should've stepped away a long time ago," says Jones.( Cash Jones, a.k.a. Wack 100, a former Death Row "foot soldier" who now manages Ray J and the Game.)
"Instead, he got neck-deep into it."

With proceeds from Dre's chart-topping hits a distant memory, and no new breakthrough artists to profit from, Knight has apparently had to find alternative sources of income. "Suge had to go back and adapt to what he knew: going around and getting money from people that he felt owed him," Wright says.

In 2007, when a reporter for The Washington Post asked Knight how he still had money, he preferred to evade the answer rather than lie. "I don't lie," said Knight. "The only people I lie to are the police."  Read the full story: http://rol.st/1LXlg1Y


Portland's Mic Capes at Holocene


Senators Try to Legalise Marijuana Money

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley are sponsoring a bill that could legalise banking for marijuana businesses:

"The legislation would put limits on federal bank regulators on four fronts:

  • Regulators would not be allowed to prohibit, penalize or discourage a bank from providing financial services to a state-sanctioned, state-regulated marijuana business;
  • Regulators would be forbidden from terminating or limiting a bank's federal deposit insurance if it does business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would be prohibited from recommending or incentivizing a bank to halt or downgrade its business with state-sanctioned marijuana growers or retailers;
  • Regulators would not be allowed to take action on a loan to a marijuana business that is legal under state law.

Read the whole story in the Seattle PI: http://bit.ly/1NVOTiz


Find out why Bernie Foster is calling for 'Opportunities in Oregon's New Marijuana Industry': http://bit.ly/1CwFhdA


Good Riddance to The Confederate Flag 

Watch it come down in PBS Newshour's video of South Carolina lowering the Confederate Flag for good.


Baltimore: A City in Trouble

Reuters reports in depth about the impact of Freddie Gray's death on Baltimore: 

"One consequence of the riots was that hundreds of thousands of doses of hard drugs are on the streets after an uncountable number of drug stores — 27 is the accepted figure — and two methadone clinics were looted. Baltimore already had a drug problem.

Before he was replaced, Batts said there were enough illegal drugs on the streets to keep the city high for a year."  Read the story here: http://reut.rs/1IQWXSz

Scroll to foot of page for inspiration from Baltimore writer Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Grind

Prince Harvey's 'Sometimes' tells of life working by day dreaming at night.

Find more Prince Harvey on his website: http://princeharvey.com/


Trying to Be a Father

The Atlantic reports on a father's struggle to keep his daughter. If Emanuel's sister had not pushed him to sign South Carolina's Responsible Father Registry he would have lost his rights to his child.

"Today, 33 states have putative-father registries. Some require mail-in forms. Others, including South Carolina, allow men to register online... From a birth father's perspective, however, there's a significant problem: Hardly anyone knows that these registries exist." Read the story: http://theatln.tc/1TrvXfj


Muslims Raise $$$$ for Black Churches

ColorLines is just one of the publications reporting that American Muslims have raised more than $50,000 to help repair Black Churches.

"As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues. We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property." http://bit.ly/1D7rIvZ


Rihanna's Blood-Soaked Video: Is it Powerful or Just Poor?

Rihanna's new video "Bitch better have my money" has caused controversy because of its explicit violence. The Guardian took a look at the objections and concluded it's because it puts a Black woman in control.

"To be sure, the video is vividly violent – an unabashed revenge fantasy – but here's what didn't occur to me: is it anti-feminist? Feminist? Misogynistic? Why would it? Rihanna is a grown woman who makes life and career choices for herself with the expectation and understanding that she is as free to do that as her male peers are. How is that not feminist?"

Here's the video, but take warning. It's not for under-18s.


Wanda Sykes Gives Jimmy Kimmel the Mama Look 


Marshawn Lynch Photoshoot


Mighty's VCTRY with Aaron O'Bryan Smith


Be Inspired by: Ta-Nehisi Coates

NPR has an interview with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates about his first book, 'Between the World and Me'.

"This book is personal, written as a letter to his teenage son Samori. In it, we see glimpses of the hard West Baltimore streets where Coates grew up, his curiosity at work on the campus of Howard University and his early struggles as a journalist."
Read the story: http://n.pr/1GdFhdp

Listen to the interview here: 


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