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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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ayde Diaz and other members of the Canoe family, perform a dance during the Grand Ronde tribal flag posting ceremony at the high school gym in Willamina, Ore. (Marcus Larson/News-Register via AP) Nov. 16, 2015

WILLAMINA, Oregon (AP) — The Grand Ronde tribal flag now hangs In Willamina Elementary School gym alongside state and national flags.
After a long and sometimes thorny discussion the school board made the unanimous decision last summer.

"I'm proud of our community," said Willamina Elementary School Superintendent Carrie Zimbrick, who has spent her entire administrative and teaching career in the Willamina district. "With discussion and debate, we came to a decision."

Superintendent Zimbrick sat with a group of first graders as the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde staged a flag-posting ceremony in the high school gym.

"When the drumming started, they were moving their feet and hands," Zimbrick said. "Maybe they didn't catch all the meaning about what was said, but they enjoyed it."

As a result, all three flags -- as well as a POW/MIA flag --now hang on the walls of three gyms on the Oaken Hills Drive campus. And that was the result she sought from the outset.

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PHOTO: Members of the Canoe Family perform during the Grand Ronde tribal flag posting ceremony at the high school gym in Willamina, Ore., Nov. 16, 2015. (Marcus Larson/News-Register via AP)

Jon George, Denise Harvey and Tonya Gleason-Shepek represented the Tribal Council at the ceremony, which was attended by students from the entire K-12 district.

Angie Fasana, former liaison between the tribe and the school board, and originator of the flag-hanging proposal, also took part.
George explained how the tribal flag represents his culture's history, and he emphasized that tribal members represent a long line of ancestors who were present long before anyone else.

A graduate of Willamina High, he thanked teachers who helped mold him into becoming a productive member of the Grand Ronde community. He encouraged the students he addressed, many of them tribal members themselves, to be thankful for the instruction they're receiving from their teachers as well.

Fasana said the flag represents to her those Native American ancestors who fought and remained on their homeland to help keep their culture alive.
Grand Ronde celebrated 32 years of restoration during an event in November on tribal grounds.

"When I was born I was not allowed to call myself a citizen of the tribe," Fasana said. "I became a member at 11 years old."

Beginning in February 1857, federal troops marched Native Americans from a temporary reservation in Southern Oregon to the Grand Ronde reservation, a distance that covered more than 250 miles and took more than a month.

The original 60,000-acre reservation was reduced over the years until the government terminated the Tribe in 1954. All that was left was 7 1/2 acres of land, including a cemetery on Grand Ronde Road. Recognition was restored in November 1983.

President Barack Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month, and Nov. 27 as Native American Heritage Day.

"The messages Jon and Angie presented were phenomenal," Zimbrick said. "Jon expressed thanks to the teachers he had. It could have gone another way for him. Angie was all about reaching out."

When Fasana first suggested the flag-hanging to then-superintendent Gus Forster, Zimbrick said, "I thought it was a slam dunk. Ya, absolutely.

"I did a lot of research about this issue, across the nation. You're seeing it more and more."

She pointed to the University of Oregon, her alma mater, where the nine flags that represent the state's federally recognized tribes are displayed around the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater.

That project began when six students in the Lundquist College of Business were assigned to create a proposal that would enhance culture on campus and leave a lasting legacy. The project was financed through Associate Students of the University of Oregon funds.

Students worked closely with the UO Many Nations Longhouse director, while also consulting the Native American Student Union and several key faculty members. Objectives of the project included a show of respect and solidarity to the tribes and Native American students and increasing awareness of the Native American tribes among the campus community as a whole.

Information from: Yamhill Valley News-Register: Read more from The Yamhill Valley News Register here.

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