BILL COSBY FILES APPEAL OF CONVICTION
UNDATED (AP) – There’s very little new about the approach Bill Cosby and his legal team are taking when it comes to their appeal of his sexual assault conviction. Many of the issues were raised when the comedian was arrested in December, 2015 – and others came up during the trial itself. For example, the appeal questions the trial judge’s decision to let five other Cosby accusers testify at his retrial. Steven O’Neill said the women’s testimony showed “chilling similarities” to that of Cosby’s main accuser – and points to a “signature” crime. In the appeal, Cosby’s reps say the additional testimony was “strikingly dissimilar” to the charges which landed Cosby in prison.
MICHAEL JACKSON REMEMBERED 10 YEARS AFTER DEATH
UNDATED (AP) – From public gatherings at his Los Angeles-area gravesite to private listening to his music – people took time yesterday to remember that it was ten years ago that Michael Jackson died. Among those speaking about what Jackson’s life and career meant are fellow musicians like Fantasia Barrino and Johnny Gill. At the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, more than 200 fans joined hands in a giant circle at 2:26 p.m. – the time Jackson died. After a moment of silence, they pointed at the sky and yelled “Michael!” in unison.
SENATE LEADER PROMISES 9/11 RESPONDERS FUNDING BILL MOVEMENT
WASHINGTON (AP) – Has Congress been shamed into action by Jon Stewart’s criticism of a lack of movement on a compensation fund for 9/11 first responders? One of the recovery workers suggests it has. John Feal was among those who met yesterday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – and he says the Kentucky Republican now has “a sense of urgency” about getting the measure passed. Earlier this month, Stewart lambasted lawmakers for failing to act on a bill to ensure that the fund would never run out of money. And yesterday, McConnell committed to a measure that would do just that.
OMAROSA – JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s been a minute since we’ve heard anything from Omarosa, especially since she was fired from the White House. But she’s back in the news again – and that isn’t necessarily good news for her. The Justice Department filed suit against her yesterday, claiming the former reality TV star failed to file a financial disclosure form after leaving the administration. The suit claims by not filing the statement within 30 days of exiting the White House, Omarosa violated the Ethics in Government Act. She could face a penalty of up to $50,000.
THOMAS KELLER – DISCRIMINATION CASE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A pregnancy discrimination trial against celebrity chef Thomas Keller is close to wrapping up. The San Francisco Chronicle reports a jury is deliberating after hearing evidence over three weeks. In the suit, Vanessa Scott-Allen is seeking more than $1 million from Keller’s restaurant group. Scott-Allen claims that just after she moved from New York to California and told her managers she was pregnant, she was told there was no job for her. Attorneys for Keller say the whole thing is a misunderstanding – and that the woman was never offered a job transfer.
S.F. SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR HAS HEART OPERATION
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who’s been music director of the San Francisco Symphony has undergone a medical procedure. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas had heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. A rep says doctors consider the operation a success – and that Tilson Thomas will spend the summer convalescing. He’s expected to return to work in September for the start of his 25th and final season as music director of the San Francisco Symphony.
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