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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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PHOTO: Portland’s Black chapter of PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) holds its annual Black History Month special event Feb. 26, from 6 – 8 p.m., with the theme “Remembering our past and building towards our future: The past and future of the Black LGBTQ Movement.” The group plans to share a timeline of Black LGBTQ History in Oregon through photos, with a video to guide the conversation of the future of the Black LGBTQ Movement. Join a panel of longtime organizers and activists to remember the past and build towards the future. Portland PFLAG’s Black chapter was the first formed in the United States. Refreshments provided, RSVP on Facebook under PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, or go to www. pflagpdx.org


Roosevelt High School Gym Sees Last Games Friday Night

Roosevelt High School plays its last four basketball games on Feb.20, and the school plans a full slate of commemoration starting with the girls’ Junior Varsity game at 3:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ junior varsity, then the girls varsity and then the boys varsity.

Mayor Charlie Hales is expected around 7:30 p.m. A student and alumni dance kicks off after all the games are over, at about 11 p.m.

The nearly 100-year old gym will be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for a $92 million renovation.

For more information call the school at 503-916-5260.


Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Game in Portland 

On Saturday, Feb. 21, Portlanders will have a chance to prepare for fire, floods, earthquakes and zombie attacks. Not the most likely of disasters to occur? Still, better to be prepared, and what better way to get ready for disasters than by participation in the Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Game. This free event is open to the public and an opportunity for players to learn basic safety skills, win prizes and build an emergency kit – all while getting chased by zombies.

In the course of the game, players are guided by their smartphones to find Red Cross “Zombie Training Specialists” located around the city. According to Melinda Davis, preparedness and partnership manager for the Red Cross Cascades Region, Zombie Training Specialists will host mini-workshops (5-10 minutes) spotlighting survival skills that can be applied in any emergency.

The Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Game is a free community event produced by The Go Game - a company that designs interactive games around the world.

At least one player on each team should have an iPhone 4 or newer version on which the game app can be downloaded in order to play. All participants should wear good walking shoes, clothing appropriate to the weather and whatever one would normally bring when leaving home (e.g., wallet, ID, etc.).

The game runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at a location to be revealed at the time of registration.

For more information, visit www.thegogame.com/zombiepdx.


Allen Temple C.M.E. Church Celebrates 66th Anniversary

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. and the Allen Temple C.M.E. Church family will be celebrating their 66th church anniversary Sunday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, March 1. 

The schedule of events includes: 

  • Sunday, Feb. 22, 3:30 p.m. “Celebrating Lasting Legacies” (Memorial) Worship Service Location: Maranatha Church 4222 NE 12th Ave., Keynote Speaker is Rev. Robert C. Jointer, Bethesda Baptist Church.
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, Allen Temple CME Church Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Ramada Inn at Airport 6221 NE 82nd Ave., tickets $25.
  • Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m., Family & Friends Worship Service, Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Ave. Keynote Speaker is Bishop C.T. Wells, Emmanuel Temple COGIC. 

For more information call 503-287-0261.

Community Discussions on Race and Policing

Widespread protests in response to the deaths of black men at the hands of police in 2014 have prompted national conversation over issues of race and policing—subjects with which many residents of the Portland area have long been familiar.

In February, Oregon Humanities invites Portland-area community members to talk about the challenges built into how we protect ourselves in a series of community discussions on race and policing. The discussions will be led by trained facilitators and will take place at the following locations around Multnomah County, one last event is scheduled:

Saturday, Feb. 28, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark St., Portland. Facilitated by Wendy Willis, executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative.

The events are free and open to the public. Oregon Humanities is planning two additional events for later in February. Visit oregonhumanities.org for the latest information.


Cat Spaying and Neutering Deals 

In honor of World Spay Day, Feb. 24, the Spay & Save program is running a special promotion called Spay Odyssey from Feb. 23-27, providing free spay/neuter surgeries for people who qualify. Regular co-pay for surgeries is $10. For anyone who would like to get their cat fixed through the program, please call 1-800-345-Spay. 

Under the leadership of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP), the Portland metro area’s “Spay & Save” program has altered over 50,000 cats in just five years.

This in turn has led to a decrease of cat euthanasia in local shelters by 82 percent with less cats being relinquished -- saving thousands of furry lives.

The six largest public and private animal shelters in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA metro area saved an unprecedented 91 percent of cats that came through their doors in 2014 - one of the highest save rates in the nation - compared to 49 percent in 2006 when ASAP was founded.

Spay & Save is ASAP’s highly successful low-cost spay/neuter program which serves cat owners in need of financial assistance as well as people who feed stray or feral cats. The program has altered over 50,000 cats since its launch on February 10, 2010, decreasing the number of cats entering Portland Metro area shelters by 39 percent.

For more information, visit www.asapmetro.org.


Portland Job Fair Coming Up

The City of Portland's 15th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at The Ambridge Events Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of its ongoing mission to "Get America Back To Work in 2015", The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair offers the general public a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiters and staffing managers from Union Pacific, Country Financial, Kaiser Permanente, Les Schwab Tires, Oregon State Lottery and over 20 other major employers representing hundreds of jobs and careers from entry to professional level.

The largest and longest-running recruiting event for diversity and inclusion in the nation, The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair serves Multicultural and Bilingual communities, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBT, Veterans and Mature Workers. Oregon's top corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations eagerly participate to discover the Greater Portland area's most qualified candidates at this huge annual event.

The Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is free and open to the general public 18 years of age and older. Business attire and résumés are required. Candidates can skip the lines by emailing résumés to fasttrack@citycareerfair.com with PORTLAND in the subject line.


Local Grassroots Organization Offers Free Health Screening

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Fresh Start Restorative Health Services and the Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing, holds a free public health screening.

Participants can get their blood glucose tested (requires a 3 hour fast), blood pressure, height, weight and even body mass index checked. Fresh start will provide free healthy snacks for attendees and even a free door prize.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Celebration Tabernacle, 8131 N. Denver, Portland. Fresh Start encourages attendees to bring their children, who can participate in Kids Club, a program that educates children on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. Kids ages 7 to 13 are welcome.

For more information, call Robin at 503-890-5393 or visit:  www.freshstarthealth.org


Portland’s Black Creative Collective @ Work

Stop by the Collins Gallery at the Central Branch of the Multnomah County Library from through March 8 to check out a curated installation of Portland's Black creatives mobilizing visual art, printed materials, movement, and voice to honor and celebrate the intersection of interests, histories, and cultural production of our community.

Then join the poets, performers, and image makers of Portland’s Black Creative Collective: BrownHall for an art-filled Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 pm.

Featuring: Akela Jaffi Auer, Turiya Autry, Samiya Bashir, Aasha Benton, Aisha Edwards, Diamond Ferguson, Chris Fuzell, Keyon Gaskin, Jamondria Harris, Elijah Hasan, Lin Lucas, Nakeia R. Medcalf, André Middleton, S. Renee Mitchell, Sidony O'neal, Alex Riedlinger, Jonny Sanders, Sharita Towne, Tasha Triplett, David Walker.

Free and open to the public, Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor Central Library, 801 SW10th Avenue, Portland.

For more information go to www.multcolib.org/events.


RACC Hosts Public Art Murals Information Session 

On Saturday, March 14, RACC hosts a free information session to help local artists and other community members learn how to organize, fund and navigate two different approaches to creating murals in the City of Portland. 

The event is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m –noon, at RACC, 411 NW Park Ave., Suite 10.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Presenters include Gage Hamilton, an organizer of Forest for the Trees Northwest—a public art mural project that brought twenty artists together in August to paint murals—and Robin Corbo, a local artist known for her skill at organizing and creating community murals. Peggy Kendellen, Manager of RACC’s Public Art Murals Program, and Doug Strickler from the City’s Bureau of Development Services will also be on hand to help participants navigate the two options available for creating an exterior mural on a wall in Portland. 

The workshop is free and open to artists, property owners, business owners, and community and neighborhood association members. To sign up, email publicartmurals@racc.org with the subject heading “Public Murals Workshop” and include contact information in the text of the email.


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