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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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Garlington Mural

The Garlington Center on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard looks like a small strip mall that belongs to another era.

The row of social service agencies has warm yellow walls and a Spanish brick rooftop -- a look that is out of place on the rapidly developing street.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, which owns and operates the Garlington Center, has reached a fundraising milestone to redevelop the outlet into a fully integrated wellness center and affordable housing complex.

On July 17, the Oregon State Housing Council awarded the center a $9.4 million project grant through Oregon Housing and Community Services. The grant would fund a large portion of the affordable housing units and enable Cascadia to start a capital funding campaign for the rest of the building.

Samantha Ridderbusch, the director of public affairs at Cascadia, said the award is the milestone that will help the project move forward. She said the redeveloped building will be able to better serve the community by serving the whole health of a person.

"It's definitely going to be an amazing facility with fully integrated health care," Ridderbusch said.

The Garlington Center is an outpatient mental health and addictions treatment center that provides a range of social services to people with behavioral health issues. The center is named after Reverend Dr. John W. Garlington Jr., who was a leader of the Maranatha Church in Portland during the 1970s and 1980s. Garlington was a humanitarian and activist who advocated for disenfranchised people.

Some of the programs offered through the center are addiction services, housing outreach, adult outpatient mental health services, employment and educational support. Cascadia also runs their Healing Hurt People program through Garlington, which serves young Black men who have experienced trauma from gang violence.

The redevelopment would allow Cascadia to expand these services by adding a primary care health clinic so that patrons could get regular check-ups, monitor diabetes, visit a dental clinic and more.

“With the direction of healthcare and the direction of the state of Oregon in particular, the integration of health care and being able to serve a person fully all in one place, I think it's a really good thing to be a part of,” Ridderbusch said.

Through the redevelopment on the Garlington Center, Cascadia is following the Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic model. In this model, social service agencies work in harmony with each other to treat patients holistically.

Often, people with behavioral health challenges will avoid seeking preventative medical treatment due to discomfort with traditional primary care clinics, or will seek treatment only after catastrophic health events. In the integrated behavioral health clinic model at Garlington, a person will be able to take care of mental wellness as well as physical wellness and have access to community health promotion and prevention wellness programs.

Through a partnership with Central City Concern, the health clinic will be a Federally Qualified Health Center, which allows the facility to serve Medicare and Medicaid patients and be reimbursed by the federal government.

The current design will provide 52 units of affordable housing. Ten of those would go to people with behavioral health challenges, 10 will be set aside for homeless veterans and the rest are for renters with 50 percent or below the area’s median income.

The center hosts a garden that will be a part of the new development as well. Ridderbusch said that the garden will be used as part of nutrition classes within the new wellness center. Housing facility clients will often have an interest in garden-to-table eating, but no place to grow food. She said the expanded garden will be a practical way to give residents this access.

A series of community murals adorn the north exterior of the current building. There are also murals inside the facility as well. There are plans to incorporate these murals in the design of the new property. If anyone has information about murals or suggestions on preserving them, call Cascadia’s Garlington Center project hotline: (503) 813-8060.

If Cascadia reaches its fundraising goals, construction will start in late 2016 and be completed in about a year. The Garlington Center plans to remain in operation in a temporary location that has not been determined.

Ridderbusch said the work done at Garlington is necessary work because behavioral health affects the whole community.

“Behavioral health challenges affect everyone -- personally, by a loved one, by someone you are close to or family member, there is no life that is unaffected,” she said.

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