December 28, 2015 |
Bruce L. Castor Jr. thrived on locking up criminals, once winning five first-degree murder convictions in a year. He spoke his mind. He fought with fellow Montgomery County commissioners who forged an alliance against him. He had ambitions of becoming governor. Now, Castor's action-packed career in public office is coming to a quiet close. The confident, spotlight-loving, cowboy-boot-wearing Republican lost a race this fall to return to his former position as district attorney.
December 20, 2015
VIRGINIA School canceled over Islam lesson A Staunton school district canceled classes and a holiday concert after being flooded with angry messages over a school calligraphy lesson that involved copying a Muslim statement of faith in Arabic. Some of the tens of thousands of emails and Facebook posts "posed a risk of harm to school officials" and threatened protests at Riverheads High School, Superintendent Eric Bond said Friday. The students were to practice calligraphy by writing a statement that translated to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
December 16, 2015 |
Bill Cosby lashed out Monday at seven women who have publicly accused him of sexual misconduct, saying they fabricated "malicious" and "opportunistic" allegations for financial gain. The accusation - lodged in a countersuit he filed in federal court in Massachusetts - offers the entertainer's most forceful defense yet to claims from dozens of women, who say he assaulted them in incidents dating back decades. It could also offer a glimpse at one potential defense strategy should Cosby face criminal charges in Montgomery County, where prosecutors are nearing a January deadline to decide whether to pursue a case against Cosby based on the decade-old allegations of a former Temple University employee.
December 11, 2015 |
The Temple University Faculty Senate has passed a motion that "condemns" Bill Cosby in connection with the sexual assault allegations against him and board of trustees chairman Patrick O'Connor for representing him while they both served as university trustees. The faculty vote comes amid ongoing criticism of the university for failing to denounce Cosby, accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women over several decades, Art Hochner, president of the Temple faculty union, said Wednesday.
December 9, 2015 |
Bill Cosby has lost another honor. Swarthmore College's board of managers voted Saturday to rescind an honorary degree in humane letters that the college awarded to the entertainer in 1995. College President Valerie Smith announced the decision Monday. "Mr. Cosby has testified in a deposition under oath, which was made public in July, that he routinely and premeditatively drugged women before having sex with them," wrote Smith, who became president this year of Swarthmore, one of the nation's highly selective colleges.
November 27, 2015 |
Bob Saget: Cosby is tarnished Comic Bob Saget , who has said Bill Cosby was his greatest teacher, says Cosby's reputation is forever destroyed by allegations that he raped more than 40 women. "I went to Temple University and he was a mentor of mine," Saget tells HuffPost Live. "It's very sad. I think the answer is obvious: that the man has been tarnished, and it's just sad for all the people involved. " Added Saget, "I think any human being that does things that are despicable to other human beings will be slightly tarnished by history.
November 22, 2015 |
Another institution has revoked an honor previously bestowed on Bill Cosby. Central High School's alumni association voted this week to remove the entertainer - who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault - from its Hall of Fame. Cosby briefly attended Central in the 1950s, spending only a portion of ninth grade there. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. After months of consideration, the alumni association board voted, 22-6, Thursday night to strip Cosby of the honor, said Jeffrey A. Muldawer, board president.
November 21, 2015 |
McCarthy lashes out Charlie Sheen paranoia is spreading. Several women who have slept with him have voiced concern that he didn't disclose he had the HIV virus. Now his Two and a Half Men costar Jenny McCarthy says Sheen is guilty of negligence for not telling her he had the virus when they pretended to be lovers on the sitcom. "Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, 'Ick! That's not fair. It's scary,' " she said on her Sirius XM radio show.
November 14, 2015 |
Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania share the same West Philadelphia neighborhood, but their stands on honorary degrees they awarded to embattled entertainer Bill Cosby are decidedly different. Joining a growing number of universities across the country, Drexel on Thursday revoked the degree it gave to Cosby in 1992. "The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel's values," Drexel president John A. Fry wrote to the Drexel community Thursday.
November 13, 2015 |
ADD DREXEL University to the list of colleges and universities distancing themselves from entertainer and accused serial rapist Bill Cosby. University president John Fry said yesterday that Drexel has revoked Cosby's honorary degree. "The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel's values. As a result, the University has revoked the honorary Drexel degree bestowed upon Mr. Cosby in 1992," Fry wrote in a statement posted on the university's website and included in a newsletter sent to faculty and staff.