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September 25, 2018

BILL COSBY SENTENCED

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defense asked for house arrest. The 81-year-old comedian did not make a statement in court. Cosby sat back in his chair, his head on the headrest, as the sentence was read. The entertainer once known as “America’s Dad” was convicted in April of sexually assaulting Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand in 2004. Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.

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BILL COSBY: NO BAIL

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby left a Pennsylvania courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving a three-to-10 year prison sentence for sexual assault. Defense lawyers tried to keep the 81-year-old out of prison while he appeals his conviction, saying he’s frail and legally blind. Judge Steven O’Neill refused their plea for Cosby to remain on house arrest, ruling Tuesday that Cosby will be locked up immediately. O’Neill says Cosby could “quite possibly be a danger to the community.”

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BILL COSBY: SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before sentencing Bill Cosby, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that Cosby is a “sexually violent predator.” The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims. Cosby’s lawyers had fought the “sexually violent predator” designation, arguing that Pennsylvania’s sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

GARY NUMAN’S TOUR BUS KILLS MAN IN CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a tour bus carrying singer Gary Numan struck and killed a 91-year-old man in Cleveland. Authorities say Numan’s bus was making a right turn when it struck the man in a crosswalk yesterday afternoon. Authorities haven’t released the victim’s name. Numan says on Twitter that he and his team “are all devastated by the fatal accident.” Numan was to perform last night at the House of Blues in Cleveland; the show was canceled by the venue. Numan is probably best known here in the states for his 1979 hit, “Cars.”

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CELINE DION TO END VEGAS RESIDENCY

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion says she has “mixed emotions” about leaving Las Vegas as an artist in residence. She notes she’s been performing at Caesars Palace for the past two decades — and feels gratitude for all the fans who have come watch her over the years. Dion ending her current Vegas run — which began in 2001 — next June. The first was from 2003 to 2007. Dion has been living in the desert since 2002.

BLONDIE TO PLAY CUBA

UNDATED (AP) — Want to catch a show by Blondie? In Cuba? If your answers are “yes” and “yes” — here’s your chance. The veteran rock band will play two shows during their March 14-18 visit to Havana. And you can tag along, since the shows are part of a four-day cultural exchange program. The tour organizer is approved to arrange for fans to travel to Cuba for the event, which will also include visits to museums and cultural institutions — as well as special tours.

FAILED MUSIC FESTIVAL ORGANIZER SEEKS LENIENCY

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for the promoter of a failed music festival says his client should get a break from the judge about to sentence him. Attorney Randall Jackson says Billy McFarland suffered from mental illness — and that’s what led him to set up the 2017 Frye Festival in the Bahamas. In an appearance before a judge in New York last week, McFarland’s lawyer cited cited a psychological report saying McFarland has Bipolar Related Disorder — and may have “delusional beliefs” about having talents that could lead to fame and fortune. McFarland got 80 investors into a plan to pour $26 million into a festival promoted as “the cultural experience of the decade.” The festival was canceled just as it was starting — when sponsors and featured performers bailed.

MEL GIBSON TO HELM “THE WILD BUNCH”

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since 2016, Mel Gibson will be the guy in the big folding chair, calling the shots. Warner Bros. has confirmed that he will co-write and direct a remake of the 1969 classic western “The Wild Bunch.” The studio says Bryan Bagby will help write the script for the reboot of the Sam Peckinpah movie. Gibson’s last turn in the director’s chair turned out well. It was for “Hacksaw Ridge” — which earned him an Oscar nomination for best director. It was one of the movie’s six Academy Award nods, including best picture.

SIRIUSXM AND PANDORA TO UNITE

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest media marriage sees SiriusXM and Pandora jump the broom. The subscription radio company has bought Pandora in a deal valued at about $3.5 billion dollars. The deal will let SiriusXM expand its service beyond cars — and make inroads into mobile devices and homes. It will also help Pandora fend off competition from fellow music streaming rivals like Spotify and Apple. SiriusXM said both brands will continue to exist, along with their respective products and services.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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