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July 9, 2004 | By Acel Moore
At a Fourth of July cookout, my niece, her husband, and some of their friends gathered to eat, talk and debate current events - everything from the economy to the war in Iraq, from the Bush presidency to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. But the topic on the minds and lips of most people was Bill Cosby's critique of black America. On July 1, at the annual PUSH/Rainbow Coalition convention in Chicago, Cosby made the latest of a series of tough speeches about the state of the black community.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2002 | By Stephen Barol Goldstein FOR THE INQUIRER
The Greater Philadelphia Year of the Child event on Sunday will be the area's endeavor at putting children's futures into the forefront. It is a celebration of children and a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was created for children ages 8 to 18 and their parents with the hope of inspiring education and appreciation of cultural heritage throughout the city and surrounding counties. "Our goal is to have children recognize that Mayor Street requires something of them, that they need to take control of their lives and be productive and outstanding citizens, because they are our city's future," said Lana Felton-Ghee.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1986 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Big surprise: NBC won the week ending Feb. 23, and The Cosby Show and Family Ties were the top-rated shows of the week. With the passage of each week, the ratings race becomes interesting more for style rather than outcome. NBC is sure to win; the question is: by how much? In the big Sunday square-off, when all three networks trotted out highly publicized, original productions, NBC didn't do well at all. CBS's Blood & Orchids mini-series landed in the Top 10 with its first installment - the highest-rated start for a mini-series this season since North & South and Kane & Abel.
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April 10, 1986 | By AUDREY EDWARDS, Special to the Daily News
What does Camille Cosby have that the rest of us don't? Bill Cosby for a husband. And these days that seems to be a pretty wonderful thing to have. Bill Cosby is, after all, the No. 1 husband and father on American television. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the character he plays on his hit sitcom, the "Cosby Show," is the charming kind of husband who can keep his wife in giggles with droll little comments that expose the frequent absurdities of family life. He is the wise, sensitive kind of father who can herd the family into the upstairs bathroom to attend the funeral of his youngest child's pet goldfish because he knows it's important for children to learn how to come to terms with loss.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | Christine Flowers, Daily News
Prosecutions are like snowflakes, no two the same. Sometimes, you have a low-profile drunken-driving case where the defendant is a first-time offender, the district attorney doesn't have too much skin in the game and is willing to offer a plea deal, and no one except the parties involved will ever know about it. And then there are those cases that catapult a prosecutor into the cable-news firmament, cementing his or her status as a legal and political...
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August 3, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
I suppose he could be mistaken, but Bill Cosby has made the startling claim that he is, indeed, alive and well. A perturbed Cosby called into Larry King' s CNN show live on Monday night to refute what seems irrefutable: The Internet. Specifically widely-disseminated Web reports that the Philly native has died. Cosby, who needs to live long enough to make his Aug. 28 date at the Borgata, seemed especially upset at the conspirator(s) who started the rumor. "I don't want this person, or whatever, I don't want them to do this anymore," Cosby, 73, told temporary host, Kyra Phillips . "I found out when my daughter called the house.
NEWS
November 12, 2014
THE REPUTATION of the man known as America's Dad took a huge hit after fellow comedian Hannibal Buress joked last month in Philly about rape allegations by a number of women against Bill Cosby. Suddenly, ugly rumors that somehow had faded away were front and center once again. A much-shared Washington Post headline asked: "Is the World Starting to Turn Against Bill Cosby?" But that hasn't stopped the Cos from being, well, the Cos. The 77-year-old actor-comedian was relaxed and jovial as he talked to me by telephone in his Jell-O voice on Friday.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
Undoubtedly, some ill-feelings have arisen since Bill Cosby's unfavorable diatribe concerning the upbringing of African-American children and the almost blatantly irresponsible actions of their parents. Some might wonder how Cosby could muster the unmitigated gall. But, what Cosby so eloquently is attempting to remind us is that the strides made during the civil rights movement, and the many lives lost because of it, should be reflected by our sense of self-integrity. There was a time when our black parents who lacked education, wholeheartedly encouraged their offspring to never settle for a second-hand education, but to excel in their studies.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WATCHING "Cosby: The Women Speak" on A&E last night, it was painfully obvious that either a dozen women of different ages and different cities who didn't know one another and have nothing to gain by coming forward have conspired in one of the greatest cases of wrongful accusation in entertainment history, or Bill Cosby is a sociopath. The second option seems the obvious choice. Hiding behind a comedic career frequently centered around interracial harmony and wholesome family entertainment (Cosby even pitched for such All-American brands as Jell-O, Ford and Coca-Cola)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1987 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
The situation is this: Young marrieds were having their first baby by natural childbirth and the husband is remembering the event: ". . . My wife and I were suddenly sharing the greatest moment in our lives. This was what we had asked God for; this was what we wanted to see if we could make. And I looked at it lovingly as they started to clean it off, but it wasn't getting any better. And then I went over to my wife, kissed her gently on the lips and said, 'Darling, I love you very much.
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February 6, 2016
ISSUE | BILL COSBY Castor's non-prosecution deal sounds fishy Bruce L. Castor Jr. testified that he verbally committed himself and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office about 10 years ago to "never prosecute Bill Cosby" ("Cosby case to proceed," Thursday). There is no written record of that decision, either to support his testimony or bind his office. As a lawyer in an elected position of trust, it was Castor's responsibility to record such an agreement. If he neglected to do so, intentionally or otherwise, he failed his office and the public miserably.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
BILL COSBY'S LUCK ran out on a dark and rainy Wednesday in a Norristown courthouse. He lost the legal battle, but I suspect, unhappily, that he will win the war. Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill nixed Cosby's motion to dismiss the sexual-assault charges brought against him in December. The 78-year-old entertainer argued that he was shielded by a promise to not prosecute made a decade ago by then-Montgomery County D.A. Bruce Castor. My colleague Jenice Armstrong fumed Wednesday that Castor didn't prosecute Cos and seemed to be blaming the victim.
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February 5, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday rejected Bill Cosby's efforts to have his sexual-assault case dismissed, ruling that prosecutors were not legally bound by a former district attorney's promise that the entertainer would never be charged in an alleged 2004 attack. The decision by Judge Steven T. O'Neill clears the way for the only criminal charges filed since a wave of accusations emerged against the 78-year-old celebrity. O'Neill ordered Cosby to return for a March 8 preliminary hearing.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Veteran prosecutors, using such words as extraordinary and unusual, said they were puzzled by the promise by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. never to prosecute comedian Bill Cosby. Such deals rarely happen, the prosecutors said, simply because it is impossible to know what new information might emerge. And when the deals do emerge, they said, it is critical to get the agreement in writing. Castor testified Tuesday at a hearing on the aggravated indecent-assault charge against Cosby that his 2005 announcement not to file criminal charges amounted to a pledge that his office, and his successors, had dropped the case forever.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Outside the Norristown courthouse, stragglers smoking cigarettes gawked or guffawed over the rows of satellite TV trucks and scores of journalists. The first major hearing of Bill Cosby's sexual-assault prosecution brought a media spectacle unlike any in the municipality's history, not to mention dashes of drama inside the Montgomery County Courthouse. But out on the street, Norristown mostly shrugged. "It's one great adventure," quipped Darrell Mayo, 54 - a toothpick dangling from his mouth as he sashayed past the courthouse - "without the rides.
NEWS
February 4, 2016
BILL COSBY'S tattered reputation might be front and center now, but so is that of his alleged local victim, Andrea Constand. My mind couldn't help but go there Tuesday evening as I read about the latest installment in the Cosby comedown earlier in the day in the courthouse in Norristown. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. was on the witness stand for nearly six hours telling a judge that although he believed Constand's allegations, he had concerns over inconsistencies in her story.
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February 4, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bruce L. Castor Jr. told a judge Tuesday that he couldn't remember every detail from his decade-old investigation of Bill Cosby, but on one point the former Montgomery County district attorney was certain: His 2006 declaration that he would not pursue sex-assault charges on claims by a former Temple University employee amounted to a pledge that none of his successors would, either. "Mr. Cosby was not getting prosecuted at all - ever - as far as I was concerned," Castor said. "My belief was that I had the power to make such a statement.
NEWS
February 1, 2016
For Immediate Release February 17, 2005 Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr. has announced that a joint investigation by his office and the Cheltenham Township Police Department into allegations against actor and comic Bill Cosby is concluded. Cosby maintains a residence in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. A 31 year old female, a former employee of the Athletic Department of Temple University complained to detectives that Cosby touched her inappropriately during a visit to his home in January of 2004.
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February 1, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bruce L. Castor Jr. has said he thought Bill Cosby was guilty. He has said he would like a chance to prosecute the comedian himself. But Castor has also said his declaration that he would not charge Cosby in 2005 - when he had the chance as Montgomery County district attorney - might prevent prosecutors from now pursuing their sexual-assault case against the comedian. How Castor reconciles these positions is likely to play a central role Tuesday at the first pivotal court hearing since Cosby's arrest last month.
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January 30, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby's defense team on Thursday accused Montgomery County prosecutors of playing "gotcha" with his rights by ignoring what they said was a valid, decade-old agreement not to charge him, even if it was never put in writing. The District Attorney's Office "cannot rely on the fact that the agreement was not reduced to writing as a basis for shirking its obligation," defense lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote in a filing that again urged a judge to throw out the sexual-assault case against Cosby.
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