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September 21, 2018

BILL COSBY TO BE SENTENCED NEXT WEEK

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — This could end up being the last weekend as a free man Bill Cosby will ever have. He’s to be sentenced next week for his conviction on charges of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. And while the judge’s options for sentencing are broad, there’s the chance that his sentence could see Cosby end up behind bars for the rest of his natural life. Cosby is 81 and his attorneys say he is legally blind. In the past week or so, the comedian’s legal team and his wife have hurled legal challenges and insults at the trial judge and called on him to recuse himself before Cosby. But Steven O’Neill is expected to be on the bench when the two-day sentencing hearing begins on Monday.

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BILL COSBY - WHAT KIND OF SENTENCE MIGHT HE DRAW

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No one really knows what kind of sentence Bill Cosby will get next week on his conviction of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. But legal experts expect the trial judge will try to “thread the needle” so the sentence won’t seem too lenient, or too harsh. Daniel Filler of Drexel University’s law school says if a judge gives a sentence in the middle of his range of options, “almost no one can complain.” Legal observers suggest judges in high-profile cases try to prevent having a sentence overturned on appeal — and avoid public criticism from either side.

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BILL COSBY - HEARING

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of the key questions in the Bill Cosby sentencing hearing — is who will be speaking. Prosecutors asked the judge to let some of the other women who say Cosby drugged and molested them address the court. But the judge rejected all but the five women who testified at the trial. Meanwhile, Cosby’s reps will want the judge to consider Cosby’s legacy as a comedian and philanthropist as a reason to perhaps sentence him to house arrest or probation.

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BILL COSBY - THE JUDGE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Throughout most of the trial, Bill Cosby, his wife, reps and attorneys have been openly critical of judge Stephen O’Neill. Might that come back to bite them? One legal insider says no. Attorney Samuel Stretton often represents Pennsylvania judges in disciplinary hearings. And he says O’Neill is an even-keeled person who “understands human nature” — and says that it’s unlikely Cosby’s sentence will be more harsh because of his reps’ complaints. At the same time, Stretton says the judge-blaming could reflect a lack of remorse by Cosby — and that can be factored into the sentencing.

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SUGE KNIGHT COPS PLEA IN FATAL HIT-AND-RUN INCIDENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a while it seemed the Suge (SHUG) Knight murder case would never get started. And now, just like that, it’s all over. The Death Row Records co-founder has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for running over a man with his truck more than three years ago, killing him. Under the plea deal, Knight agrees to serve 28 years in prison. Jury selection in the case was to have begun on Monday. Had the trial gone forward and Knight been convicted, he would have gotten life in prison.

DRAKE - SICK GIRL

CHICAGO (AP) — The young girl who got a heart transplant after Drake visited her in the hospital credits the rapper for her fighting spirit. Sofia Sanchez says Drake’s advice to stay strong and keep fighting helped her through tough times. Sanchez is 11 and met with reporters yesterday as she continued her recovery from the transplant three and a half weeks ago. Drake visited Sofia in the hospital after seeing a video of her dancing to one of his songs — while attached to an IV drip.

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CHRIS CORNELL - ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a year after his death, there will be new music from Chris Cornell. The singer’s widow is behind the upcoming project “Chris Cornell” and a four-disc box set. Both hit stores in November. Vicky Cornell says the album is for her late husband’s fans and will include his solo work, as well as music he did with Audioslave, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog. Cornell died in May of last year at age 52. His death was ruled a suicide.

ONE OF JAMES BROWN’S DAUGHTERS DIES

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — One of James Brown’s daughters has died. The Brown Family Foundation says Venisha Brown died Wednesday in Augusta, Georgia. She was 53 and the family says she had complications from pneumonia.

BLACK EYED PEAS - VIDEOS

NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas are taking on two hot-button political issues with their new music videos. The clips are for their song “Big Love” — and one of the videos covers gun violence and the other deals with immigration. The group says proceeds from the song will benefit two groups. One is the student-led March for Our Lives, which is dedicated to stricter gun laws. The other is Families Belong Together. It’s a group that opposes the Trump administration policy of separating children from their families if they are caught crossing the U.S. border illegally.

AMERICAN TABBED TO DIRECT NEXT BOND MOVIE

LONDON (AP) — American filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga has been called in from the bullpen to replace Danny Boyle as director of the next James Bond movie. Word of that comes from producers of the movie, starring Daniel Craig, which would be the 25th movie in the spy series. Filming is to begin in March and it’s to be released in early 2020. Boyle left the production last month over what producers say were creative differences. Fukunaga is 41 and is the first American director in the series, which began in 1962.

JANE FONDA DOCUMENTARY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a new documentary, Jane Fonda opens up about her life as an actress, activist, and a woman in search of identity. The HBO film is divided into five chapters, the first four devoted to the men in Fonda’s life. That includes her dad, famed actor Henry Fonda, and three husbands. Fonda was married to French filmmaker Roger Vadim, activist and politician Tom Hayden, and media mogul Ted Turner. Each marriage ended in divorce, and Fonda says she’s done with relationships. Or as she put it: “I’ve closed up shop.” ″Jane Fonda in Five Acts” ends with Fonda’s life on her own. The film, debuting at 8 p.m. Eastern Monday on HBO, includes interviews with Robert Redford, Lily Tomlin and Turner. It was produced and directed by Susan Lacy.

THE GOLDBERGS-FREDDY KRUEGER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freddy Krueger is coming for “The Goldbergs.” ABC announced Friday that Robert Englund is reprising his role as the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” slasher for a Halloween episode of the ABC sitcom. The show is keeping with its 1980s setting. The Krueger episode, titled “Nightmare on Elk Avenue,” centers on the fears of the show’s teenage protagonist, Adam, after seeing “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Englund, who played Krueger in eight horror films starting in 1984, was known for killing teens in their sleep wearing a gloved hand with sharpened razors.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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