Witness recalls telling Bill Cosby, ‘Dr. Huxtable, what are you doing to me?’

first_imgDominick Reuter/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) — A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her lashed out at the comedian in a Pennsylvania court on Wednesday in an apparent attempt get him to acknowledge what she claims he allegedly did to her in a Las Vegas hotel room more than 30 years ago.Chelan Lasha, one of six woman scheduled to testify for the prosecution that Cosby drugged and assaulted them, told the court that Cosby allegedly molested her in 1986 when she was just a teenager.In a dramatic moment that diverted from the prosecution’s script, Lasha attempted to address the 80-year-old Cosby directly. Staring at him from the witness stand, she said, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Cosby did not make eye contact with Lasha during her outburst, staring down at the defense table as the presiding judge called for a lunch recess.The confrontation came on the third day of Cosby’s retrial in Montgomery County Court in Norristown on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury could not reach a verdict.The first trial hinged mostly on the testimony of one Cosby accuser, Andrea Constand, who says Cosby drugged her and violated her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia.While Constand is scheduled to testify in the retrial, the prosecution has been allowed to call five additional women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Cosby in an attempt prove a pattern of criminal conduct by the famous defendant.Earlier Wednesday, Lasha sobbed on the witness stand as she described allegedly being attacked by Cosby in 1986 in the so-called Elvis Presley suite of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.She told the jury that she was a 17-year-old aspiring model when Cosby invited her to his room. She said she was battling a cold when she arrived at Cosby’s suite and that he gave her a blue pill and a shot of Amaretto sweet Italian liqueur to wash it down.She recalled Cosby allegedly telling her that the pill would “help break up the cold” and urging her to drink a second shot of Amaretto.Lasha said the pill knocked her out and when she came to she was wearing a hotel robe with nothing on underneath. She recalled that Cosby woke her up by clapping his hands loudly and repeatedly saying, “Daddy says, ‘Wake up!’”As she regained consciousness, Cosby, she testified, was allegedly fondling her and humping her, making deep guttural grunts.“Dr. Huxtable, what are you doing to me?” she said she told Cosby, using the name of his TV character from “The Cosby Show.”Prior to her testimony, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that the defense could raise Lasha’s 2007 conviction for making a false statement to police, but the judge warned he would sharply limit exploration of the incident during cross-examination.It was not immediately clear if the prosecution was aware of Lasha’s conviction before calling her to testify.“This case is about credibility,” O’Neill told prosecutors prior to issuing his ruling. “The crime is a crime of falsehood; that’s all that matters.”Cosby has denied all charges of sexually assaulting and drugging women.Lasha was the second accuser to take the stand in the retrial.On Tuesday, Heidi Thomas, formerly Heidi Johnson, testified that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was a 24-year-old aspiring comedic actress.She said she met Cosby in 1984 in Reno, Nevada, after he offered through her agent to give her acting coaching. She said she was flown to Reno and driven to a home, where she found Cosby alone.According to Thomas, he asked her to do a monologue in which she would play an intoxicated person and urged her to take a sip of white wine, which she did. She said the next thing she remembered was waking up to find Cosby molesting her.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Revealed! All the Premier League third kits ranked from worst to first

first_img 4. Newcastle United – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – Navy, White and Pink haven’t featured on the same kit too often and this is probably why. Not only is the colour combination a bit too weird to work, it also serves to highlight the ever-popular Wonga logo. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 6 A new season means new kits.All 20 Premier League clubs have released their home shirts for 2015/16, and we ranked them from worst to first. Then we ranked the away shirts too.Now it’s the turn of the third kits, at least those that have been confirmed so far. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look at our rankings and let us know which shirts you love and which ones you loathe by leaving a comment below.CHECK OUT NEW PREMIER LEAGUE KITS AS YOU’VE NOT SEEN THEM BEFORE: WITH CLASSIC SHIRT SPONSORS!More importantly, where do you see your team finishing? Our man, Stan Collymore has given us his Premier League predictions.The new season kicks off on Saturday, with Chelsea v Swansea live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 8 August. 6 6 6 6. Everton – to find out which Premier League third kits ranked higher, click the arrow above – Just horrible. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 6 6 3. Bournemouth – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – The Premier League newcomers will be pretty in pink should this kit ever get an outing. The Cherries earn bonus points for proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care but the simple design and subtle stripes makes this a decent effort. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 5. Norwich City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – When your Head of Retail describes the shirt as being ‘like marmite’ you know it’s going to be a shocker. Aside from committing the ultimate third kit crime of featuring the same colours as the home shirt, Norwich’s alternative kit this season resembles that of a part-time rugby team with a horrible great logo plastered over the top. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 2. Tottenham Hotspur – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League third kits ranked – Spurs return to purple and do it in style. The whole kit is an exercise in simplicity with Under Armour keeping it under-stated with the collar and sleeves. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 1. Liverpool – Fans will be relieved that Warrior’s reign of terror is over as New Balance (actually owned by Warrior) serve up this tasteful black. A nice collar and classy trimming make this a particularly smart number. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY KITS RANKED FROM 20-1last_img read more

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Prep girls golf: Phoebe Sundberg claims 3rd at NCS D-II tournament

first_imgPhoebe Sundberg shot a 78 to take third-place in the North Coast Section Division-II tournament, Monday at Beau Pre Golf Club in McKinleyville.Sundberg was the highest finisher of any Humboldt-Del Norte League golfer at the tournament and one of the top finishers of the 87-person field. The McKinleyville High senior will head to Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park on Monday to compete in the NCS D-I tournament, where a top-4 finish would land her a spot in the NorCal tournament.Monday’s section …last_img

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SA fan to break attendance record

first_imgThe Last Fan Standing, Thulani Ngcobo. Ngcobo is enjoying the world’s best football. (Images: Last Fan Standing) MEDIA CONTACTS • Maphamola Lebelo Media Liaison Officer MTN +27 83 212 9918 RELATED ARTICLES • Exciting start to World Cup • The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th man • Bafana frenzy grips the nation • SA buzzing with World Cup spirit • Bafana final squad announcedBongani NkosiAs the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off, one avid South African football fan began a record-breaking attempt to attend 38 out of 64 matches.The 29-year-old Thulani Ngcobo, from Soshanguve township, began his countrywide trip to stadiums in all nine host cities at Soweto’s Soccer City on 11 June, where hosts South Africa and Mexico faced off in the opening game.The staunch Kaizer Chiefs fan has an opportunity to watch 38 matches live, with all expenses paid, thanks to the MTN Last Fan Standing competition he won late 2009. Ngcobo, a supply chain practitioner at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, beat other fans in a 40-question multiple choice test to scoop the prize.He’s also set to break a Guinness World Record for the most Fifa World Cup matches attended by an individual. The current record is 20 matches, and Ngcobo is confident that he’ll smash it.“Standing a chance to break a world record is a dream come true,” he said. “This is something that I will be recognised for.” Local mobile services provider MTN confirmed in 2009 that Guinness World Records has endorsed Ngcobo’s attempt.Dedicated supporterNgcobo 2010, the sobriquet he’s picked up, watches at least two matches a day, shuttling from stadium to stadium. He had already been to five matches by the morning of 14 June, and was preparing for matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.“Running from stadium to stadium is not an easy task. It needs passion for football,” he said.A taxing journey awaits him, with 17 000km across South Africa to cover. He has tickets for 28 group and four Round of 16 matches, two quarter finals, two semi finals, the third and fourth place playoff, and the final. By the end of the tournament he would have seen about 30 teams in action.Fatigue is of little concern to him. “I may feel tired at times, but when I’m inside the stadium watching a match I’m freshened up,” said Ngcobo.‘Ghana support awesome’He’s seen scintillating football played in his home country in the first three days of the tournament. He enjoyed the opening match, where Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Mexico. “It was fantastic to have seen that game on African soil.”But his best moment so far is Ghana’s 1-0 defeat of Serbia. The atmosphere in Pretoria was “great”, he said.  He was also amazed by the support the Ghanaian Black Stars received from South Africans and other Africans.“The support for Ghana was awesome,” said Ngcobo. “We were so happy that Ghana, an African team, had won. We celebrated all the way.”Ngcobo should not struggle to reach his goal. An ardent football fan, he usually attends at least four local premier league games every week, and follows his favourite team Kaizer Chiefs all over the country. He attended all Bafana group stage matches, the third place game and the final, at the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.Before winning the Last Fan Standing competition, Ngcobo had planned to buy tickets for 10 matches, which would have seen him spend more than R2 000. “I’m thankful to MTN,” he said.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio And Spotify

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The unofficial leaders of the streaming-music market, Rdio and Spotify, are both awfully good services. But neither is close to perfect, which led me to wonder just how you’d create the ultimate online music service.The answer isn’t hard: Just merge Spotify and Rdio. Alternatively, the two sites should just copiously steal features from one another. Or someone could found a new service that blends the best of both. Whatever. I want the best of both, and I want it now.Allow me to explain. Almost two years ago, when Spotify finally launched in the U.S., I signed up. Within 48 hours, I had canceled my Rdio subscription and agreed to pay Spotify $10 per month to access its service on my phone, ad-free. (See Also: How To Choose The Right Music Subscription Service)But for the last few weeks, I’ve had the luxury of using a premium Rdio demo account, and I’ve gotta say: It’s sometimes tempting to switch back. As impressive as Spotify is, Rdio is much, much better designed. On the other hand, Spotify has a few excellent features Rdio lacks. (Both sites offer approximately the same amount of music, which is often available via high-quality 320 kbps streams.)Frankly, I’m torn. But I’d rather not have to choose at all. I suspect many other music fans — whether they know it or not — feel the same way.What Rdio Gets Right: Design and Music ManagementWhen it comes to design, Rdio wins, hands down. Spotify’s apps aren’t terrible, but Rdio sports what feels like a cleaner, more minimalist design. The blue and white color scheme is more refreshing and it feels like the company put some thought into typography. More importantly, Rdio organizes your music much, much better than Spotify does. It has long blown my mind that Spotify refuses to display your music library in a way that’s at all analogous to how you’d organize music in real life. There’s no collection. There is no “Albums” tab.  It’s just playlists, starred tracks and search. If I find a new album I want to routinely listen to, I have to star the whole thing or add it as a playlist. It’s bizarre.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Tags:#mobile apps#music#rdio#spotify#streaming music 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… By contrast, Rdio lets me easily add albums to what is intuitively labeled my “Collection,” which is organized by artist. To anybody who’s ever used an iPod, scrolling through a list of artists is an familiar, almost expected interface. Spotify users, for whatever reason, don’t have this simple luxury. Rdio’s built-in music discovery is also superior. The “Heavy Rotation” tab recommends music to me based on what I listen to and who I follow on Rdio. Depending on those two details (especially who one chooses to follow), the suggestions can actually be pretty spot-on. I don’t know what powers the “Recommended Albums” carousel in Spotify’s “What’s New” tab, but the fact that it thinks I’d enjoy Kelly Clarkson’s new album suggests it’s not paying very much attention.What Spotify Gets Right: Add-On Apps & Infinite MusicWhat Spotify lacks in native recommendation features it makes up for via third party add-ons available through its built-in app platform. Spotify might not be aware of what I actually like, but Last.fm is — and its Spotify app is a mere click away. If I want music to match my mood, there’s MoodAgent, which builds playlists based on things like tempo and the emotional qualities of a given song. For less robotic, more human-curated recommendations, there are apps like Hype Machine and Shuffler.fm, both of which corral the best new stuff from influential music blogs, broken down by genre. Then there are good, old-fashioned hand-picked recommendations from individual critics via the Rolling Stone, Guardian, Pitchfork or NME apps. Spotify’s third party app platform is by far its most promising feature, aside from the music itself. Realizing that it can’t build the end-all, be-all music service for every listener, Spotify has smartly opened up its platform to developers, who can use HTML5 and related Web technologies to build applications that plug into Spotify’s vast music library.These add-ons have yet to find their way into Spotify’s mobile apps, but they continue to push the desktop experience forward in a way that makes it hard to break the Spotify habit. And Another Spotify Win: ImportsThe other chief advantage Spotify offers — and that Rdio and others should just steal outright — is the ability to import your own MP3 collection into the service. This is a huge perk.No matter how many licensing deals these companies strike, their music libraries are never going to include everything. There will always be big-name holdouts like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, not to mention a score of smaller, independent artists who either haven’t done the leg work to get their music onto streaming services or simply don’t want to. Allowing users to effectively merge their personal music collections with Spotify’s music library makes for an experience that feels more comprehensive and focused. As more of our music consumption moves online, the listening experience inevitably becomes fractured across sites and apps. We might not be able to avoid this entirely, but Spotify’s integrated approach makes it easier to at least minimize the problem.  There are, as always, technical limitations to implementing this feature. Since Spotify primarily exists as a desktop app, it can easily scan your hard drive for music tracks and index them, iTunes-style. The alternative would be to allow users to upload their tracks directly to the service, a la Google Music and the Amazon Cloud Player.Waiting for thousands of songs to upload doesn’t present the most compelling user experience, but it is one possible technical solution. For the most part, Spotify’s local indexing approach works pretty well. Rdio has desktop apps, but they’re more or less a clone of its Web interface without much extra functionality tacked on. If Rdio were to include the ability to import and manage music, I’d be that much closer to ditching Spotify. The desktop app is also a crucial component to syncing local MP3s to users’ phones and tablets, another feature unique to Spotify in the U.S. (Deezer does this, too). Toward The Ultimate Streaming ServiceMusic is a pretty personal thing. If these companies want us to shift our listening habits into their respective clouds, they need to be particularly sensitive to what works for users. I’ve presented one framework here. Perhaps you have your own ideas, which I encourage you to leave in the comments. A flawlessly-designed, super-comprehensive, extensible and flexible music subscription service would be well worth the money. It’s a little frustrating, because Spotify and Rdio collectively have most of the pieces required to build the ultimate streaming service. It’s almost as if the two could merge and we’d be set. It’d be unlikely, but if this new hybrid music dream service could steal a page from Tomahawk’s playbook and integrate additional music sources like SoundCloud and YouTube, it’d be even better. Whether or not Rdio, Spotify or any of its current direct competitors deliver this mythical dream service, somebody will. The music subscription space is going to heat up substantially this year, as Google and Amazon are both rumored to be entering this market. Meanwhile, MOG will be reborn as Daisy and Deezer is expected to launch in the U.S. We already have a few very awesome, yet imperfect music subscription services. As the space gets more crowded, there exists a real opportunity to launch something truly, thoroughly compelling. Who will it be? Lead photo by Alexandre Normandlast_img read more

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