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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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Washington State Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Month

Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit will be showcased during the month of November in cities and counties throughout the state. Held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration of entrepreneurship, more than 100 activities are planned statewide to inspire, encourage and support new business startups.

Last year, entrepreneurship events took place in every county, making Washington #1 in participation and number of events among all states. Organized by local educators, economic development organizations and companies, Global Entrepreneur Week events include business plan competitions, seminars, workshops, speaker series, webinars and startup weekends, all designed to help people explore their entrepreneurial side and perhaps even become inspired to start a business.

Global Entrepreneur Week is just one of a number of programs associated with Commerce’s Startup 365 Washington, which is a clearinghouse for all the information and resources entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses need to achieve success.

A complete list of events by county and by date can be found at Startup 365 Washington http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/global-entrepreneurship-week


Murray Calls for Continued Support to Protect Washington State Families From E. Coli

This week, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wrote a letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expressing her concern over an outbreak of E.coli in Washington state associated with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. In the letter, Murray expressed appreciation for the CDC’s efforts to date to support state and local health officials’ response to the outbreak, and called for continued support to help ensure Washington state families are safe as officials continue to combat the outbreak.

“I write to express concern about the current outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in Washington state associated with Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants, and to express appreciation for the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) efforts to date in support of state and local health officials’ response. A swift and decisive local response is key to containing foodborne illness outbreaks, and the effectiveness of these actions is amplified when local and state officials can benefit from federal expertise at the CDC,” said Senator Murray. “It is essential that we work together to identify the root cause of this outbreak and do everything we can to prevent them in the future. Until we have the answers we need to ensure that Washington state families are safe from this threat, I urge you to maintain your essential support for our state and local health officials in combating this outbreak.”


Hub Bellevue to host launch party for new working space

BELLEVUE, Wash. – In partnership with the City of Bellevue, Hub Bellevue is scheduled to officially debut its new co-working space, private offices, conference rooms, innovation lab and event venue at a launch celebration Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event marks the culmination of a joint effort to renovate the city-owned Lincoln Center, a process that took more than nine months to complete.

“Working with Impact Hub is part of Bellevue’s goal to provide more opportunities for aspiring business owners to engage in innovative projects,” said Bellevue Councilmember Lynne Robinson. “By fostering an environment for companies to incubate, we hope more businesses will continue to call the Eastside ‘home’ as they grow.”

Hub Bellevue currently houses more than 100 inspiring Eastside entrepreneurs and startups. The community ranges from Saar Safra and Ken Egozi of ActiveGiver, a service that allows people to donate to politicians based on support for a specific cause, to Katherine Sears and Ken Shear from Booktrope, a collaborative website aimed at reinventing book publishing. Demand for co-working space on the Eastside is strong and is expected to continue to grow as the region’s technology, bioscience and aerospace sectors expand.

"We are very happy with the response we've seen from the community so far," said Brian Howe, CEO of Impact Hub Seattle. "There was a large unmet demand for this type of space when we arrived. We still have some work to do, but we’re looking forward to being a part of Bellevue for the long haul."

The launch party offers interested residents an opportunity to mingle with community leaders, meet the entrepreneurs, and enjoy appetizers and drinks provided by BizX, a prime example of one of the Eastside’s many innovative companies.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with short remarks from city leaders beginning at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation to the event and Hub Bellevue is suggested. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP online.


View more Seattle and Portland area events on the Community Calendar.

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