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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.
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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
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
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
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.
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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.
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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June 21, 2016
A bogus hearing staged by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee last week suggested some members are determined to protect the Catholic Church and insurance companies instead of securing justice for the victims of pedophiles and the institutions that protect them. Considering a bill passed by the House that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, the committee limited testimony to the question of the measure's constitutionality. That was interesting given that committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf's law firm represented the Norbertine Fathers, a religious order that was sued by abuse victims, and opposed a similar statute-of-limitations bill in Delaware on constitutional grounds.
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June 16, 2016
A Montgomery County judge scheduled a July 7 hearing on Bill Cosby's latest bid to have his sexual assault case dismissed. Judge Steven T. O'Neill set the date after a closed-door meeting Tuesday with prosecutors and Cosby's defense lawyers. He also gave the district attorney's office until June 20 to file a response to Cosby's latest argument - that he was denied his right to confront his accuser because prosecutors failed to call Andrea Constand as a witness at his preliminary hearing last month.
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June 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Taking a step they had telegraphed, Bill Cosby's lawyers moved Wednesday to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed because prosecutors failed to present his accuser, Andrea Constand, at his preliminary hearing last month. By relying on detectives to testify and read Constand's 2005 statements to police instead of calling her to the witness stand, prosecutors denied Cosby "an opportunity to confront and cross-examine his accuser," the defense team wrote in a bid to have the charges dropped or receive a new preliminary hearing.
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June 4, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Andrea Constand waited a year to tell anyone that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted her, she said, because she was "emotionally shocked" and needed time to work through her feelings. "I want to say there was an element of fear," she told Cheltenham police in 2005. "Before I was going to say anything to anyone, I had to put my own thoughts and feelings together. " Detailed in a police interview transcript made public Thursday , Constand's reply addressed what has emerged as a critical point as Cosby's case lumbers toward a trial.
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May 27, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties. She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto - and brought her family, too. Those details trickled out to police in multiple interviews a year after the alleged assault. Cosby's defense team seized on that in Norristown on Tuesday in their bid to chip away at her credibility, and the charge against him of aggravated indecent assault.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual-assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the entertainer and his accuser was deferred for another day. At the case's first evidentiary hearing, Montgomery County prosecutors opted not to call Andrea Constand to testify - a move Cosby's lawyers decried as "garbage. " Instead, investigators read into the record portions of statements she and Cosby gave to police in 2005, airing for the first time Constand's account of the night she says he drugged her, put his hand down her pants, and forced her in turn to touch him. "I got scared," Constand told detectives a year after the alleged 2004 assault at Cosby's Cheltenham home.
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May 25, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case will proceed on a path toward trial as scheduled, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest attempt to delay it. In a one-line order, the court denied Cosby's request for a stay while it reviewed the charges against him. The ruling removes the last potential roadblock to Tuesday morning's preliminary hearing in Montgomery County Court in Norristown. Cosby's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to put that proceeding on hold as he sought a rare pretrial appeal.
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May 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
In the last decade, a mountain of legal filings, headlines, and news conferences has been devoted to exploring what might have happened when Andrea Constand walked into Bill Cosby's home in Cheltenham one night in 2004. What has been missing, however, is Constand's own description of the encounter. On Tuesday, that could change. In a Norristown courtroom, prosecutors are scheduled to introduce evidence that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, as they ask a judge to order him to stand trial.
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May 5, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt the proceedings in his sexual-assault case and consider his argument that the charges should be dismissed. The request, made public Wednesday, came a week after Superior Court denied a similar bid from the entertainer and ordered the criminal case to resume its path toward trial. Should the Supreme Court grant his request, it would mean a third postponement for the first evidentiary hearing - a step that often takes place within weeks of a defendant's being charged.
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April 27, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday rejected Bill Cosby's request to dismiss sexual assault charges against him, clearing the way for the case to resume its path toward trial in Montgomery County. In a three-sentence order, a Superior Court panel denied the 78-year-old entertainer a rare pretrial appeal. It did not address Cosby's argument that the prosecution should be stopped because of a former district attorney's decade-old promise that he would never be charged. Thus, after a months-long respite, Cosby again faces the first substantial evidentiary hearing in the only criminal case to emerge from allegations by more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
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