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July 31, 2018

CBS TO HIRE OUTSIDE COUNSEL TO PROBE MOONVES SCANDAL

NEW YORK (AP) — The fate of CBS boss Les Moonves is now in the hands of an outside counsel hired by the company to look into sexual misconduct allegations against him. In the meantime, CBS says Moonves will stay on the job. All this comes after an article in the New Yorker quotes six women who say Moonves was involved in sexual misconduct over the decades. The behavior included forced kissing, unwanted sexual advances — and harming the careers of women who rejected him. Moonves acknowledges he may have made women uncomfortable by his advances years ago, but never used his power to harm anyone’s career.

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021851-v-353:52-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-“Warren Levinson, New York”-CBS keeps CEO in place during misconduct probe (30 Jul 2018)

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LES MOONVES - ALMA MATER MAKES CHANGES

LEWISBUG, Pa. (AP) — Les Moonves’ alma mater is taking steps to distance itself from him — even before CBS decides his future with the company. Bucknell University has dropped references on its website to the CBS chief executive. PennLive.com reports university chief John Bravman wrote in a letter that the school “will not stand for sexual misconduct — on campus or beyond.” Bucknell’s site says Moonves spoke at Bucknell’s commencement two years ago.

BILL COSBY’S LAWYERS CHALLENGE BOARD’S FINDINGS

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers are challenging a recommendation by a state board in Pennsylvania that he be classified as a sexually violent predator. First, they are challenging the legality of the process the board used to make its determination. They also claim a recently revised sex offender registry law shouldn’t apply to Cosby — because it’s unconstitutional. A judge has yet to rule whether to accept the board’s finding. Meanwhile the comedian is to be sentenced on his sexual assault conviction on Sept. 24.

BOBBY BROWN - SHELTER PLANS

ATLANTA (AP) — Bobby Brown has accepted three proclamations in support of his plans to build a shelter for domestic violence victims. He got them yesterday from officials for Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia and the city of South Fulton. The center would be named after Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who died in 2015. Brown and his family say his daughter’s boyfriend Nick Gordon beat her. Meanwhile, Brown is denying he was ever violent toward Whitney Houston, despite a 2016 interview in which he acknowledged striking her at least once.

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021846-w-341:04-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Allegation clouds Bobby Brown’s plan for violence shelter (30 Jul 2018)

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021847-w-325:44-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP music correspondent, with music)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Allegation clouds Bobby Brown’s plan for violence shelter (30 Jul 2018)

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“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” CAST BACKS OUSTED DIRECTOR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Pratt says he’d love to see James Gunn return as director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And the rest of the cast agrees. They’ve released an open letter expressing support for Gunn, who was fired by Disney after old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. While not condoning the jokes, the cast letter suggests Gunn’s support for liberal causes sparked an effort from conservatives to dig up the old quotes and get him fired.

BOB WOODWARD TO WRITE BOOK ON TRUMP PRESIDENCY

NEW YORK (AP) — A journalist who made a name for himself in the Watergate era is writing a book about the current occupant of the White House. Bob Woodward’s book is titled “Fear: Trump in the White House” and it’s due out Sept. 11. Publisher Simon & Schuster says the book describes what Woodward calls the “harrowing life” of those who live and work in the White House.

PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS RELEASED, RE-ARRESTED

MOSCOW (AP) — For some members of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, the jail house had a revolving door. Right after they were freed from custody yesterday, they were re-arrested right away. The four activists had just served 15-day sentences for their protest at the World Cup finals. It’s unclear what prompted the new detentions.

BODE MILLER TALKS ABOUT CHILD’S DROWNING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife say they hope that by talking about their 19-month-old daughter’s death, it can prevent a similar tragedy for others. They were on yesterday’s edition of “Today” on NBC. Miller’s wife Morgan says she was visiting a friend’s house and realized the girl was missing. They found Emmy face down in the friend’s pool. The child died the following day at a hospital.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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