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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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Allen Temple CME Church 1ST Annual Unsung Heroes & Heroines Award Breakfast

The Allen Temple CME Church Family is inviting you to attend the first annual “Unsung Heroes and Heroines Award,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Avenue.

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Allen Temple CME Church and Presiding Elder of the Oregon/Washington District and Alaska Pacific Conference. Allen Temple CME Church is a church that reaches beyond the walls to meet the needs and serve the community.

This is a fundraising event to help rebuild our church. The cost of the breakfast is $20.00. Contact Rev. Rhonda L. Smith for ticket information.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and honor an individual(s) or organization(s) who are unknown but , making a difference in the community in the City of Portland, by assisting underserved individuals or groups and improving their quality of life. The categories of recognition are in the following areas: education, drug addiction programs, homeless ministry, athletics, religion, youth programs, journalism/media, arts, health, foster care, gang prevention/resource and social justice

 

Cooling centers open in Multnomah County, free swimming at selected Portland Pools

Multnomah County will open three cooling centers on Friday, June 26 for seniors and adults with disabilities. Listed below is a list of cooling center locations:

  • Meals on Wheels People, Elm Court, 1032 S.W. Main, Portland. (503-953-8204)
  • Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland (503-288-8303)
  • YWCA Senior Services, Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. 8th St., Gresham, (503-988-3840).

For the list of cooling center hours, see the complete schedule.

Also, Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free open play swims at selected pools during selected hours.

 

Gresham Issues Summer Burn Ban

Fire Chief Greg Matthews has issued an outdoor burn ban effective Wednesday, allowing only recreational campfires and fire pits in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village and the unincorporated areas in Multnomah County Fire District 10.

The burn ban has been issued due to the limited rainfall and ongoing, dry conditions. For updated information call the burning information line at (503) 618-3083.

The burn ban includes agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning. Backyard debris burning is not permitted until the fall burn season. Campfires in approved fire rings in the camps, parks and recreation areas in and around Oxbow Regional Park are permitted until further notice.

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed, however residents should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes, properly dispose the ashes in a metal container away from combustibles and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing them. Maintain at least 10 feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery etc. Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring the growth surrounding homes and structures, and to also maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

Smokers are reminded to ensure cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

For more information on outdoor burning, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Burning or contact Gresham Fire and Emergency Services at (503) 618-2355.

 

CARES Northwest Seeks Volunteers

CARES Northwest ‑ a collaboration of Kaiser Permanente, OHSU-Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Providence Health & Services, and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, which provides medical assessments of children for whom there are concerns of abuse or neglect ‑ is seeking volunteers. Serving more than 1,500 children a year, CARES Northwest is one of the oldest, largest child abuse assessment centers in the country, providing hope and healing for many of our community’s most vulnerable children.

Child/family support volunteers will give four hours a week, receive a free lunch weekly, engage children (birth through age 17) in fun activities, provide company and support to children and their families and have an opportunity to learn and grow while serving. The organization also needs volunteers to provide administrative/clerical support, make child-sized quilts and assist with community events and special projects.

For more information, contact Debby Kernan, volunteer coordinator at dkernan@lhs.org or (503) 276-9054 or visit www.caresnw.org.

 

Tower of Power Headlines Aug. 15 Groovin’ On The Grass Concert

Tower of Power – the iconic 10-piece ensemble that has wowed audiences for nearly 50 years with its soulful, horn-driven sound – will headline THPRD’s annual Groovin’ on the Grass concert event on Saturday, Aug. 15, 6-8:30 pm. The show will also feature Portland jazz trio Boy and Bean.

Groovin’ on the Grass will be staged outdoors on a soccer field at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 158th and Walker Rd., in Beaverton. Gates open at 5 pm.

Tickets will go on sale at 8 am on Friday, May 22, via www.tickettomato.com. General admission tickets are just $10. Early entry tickets, entitling guests to enter the venue at 4 pm (one hour before doors open), are $20. Children under age five will be admitted free. Online sales will continue through Aug. 14.

For more information,visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.

 

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