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FORMER PLAYMATE: HE RAPED ME: Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations....Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first

Bill Cosby
Published Nov 23, 2014
They didn’t see a comedian. They saw the “king of the world.”

Long before there was a Dr. Cliff Huxtable, before rumpled sweaters and a collective anointing as America’s dad, Bill Cosby was magnified a hundredfold in the eyes of the young models and actresses he pulled into his orbit. For them, he embodied the hippest of the 1960s and ’70s Hollywood scene, a mega-star with the power to make somebodies out of nobodies.

He partied with Hugh Hefner and was a regular at the magazine mogul’s Playboy Mansion bacchanals. He co-owned a restaurant and hit the hottest clubs. He sizzled. Those wild, largely forgotten days clash with the avuncular image that has been Cosby’s most enduring impression on American culture. And they have been jarringly cast in a wholly different light as a torrent of women have told — and in some cases retold — graphic, highly detailed stories of alleged abuse by Cosby.

Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first and another saying he tried to drug her. more

The adventures of two Jamaican brothers Marcus Mohalland and co-author inspire reading in US schools with Silly Nomads series...“These stories are based on my life growing up in Jamaica and they incorporate some of the native language, Patois.

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsa@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, November 23, 2014  
THOUGH Marcus Mohalland left Jamaica for the United States of America when he was only 15 years old, his memories of growing up on the island are some of the things he holds most dear.
Marcus Mohalland and his co-author Janet Lewis are
 all smiles inside one of their home offices.
So much so that he has co-authored a series of books, which target children eight to 12 years old, on his adventures while growing up in Portmore, St Catherine, and is now on a mission to get the books into US schools.
“Our first book, Silly Nomads From Palmerston Close, was published on September 16, 2013 and volume two, Silly Nomads Go Ninja Crazy, was published on July 1, 2014,” Mohalland told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview.
“Our books tell the tale of two mischievous Jamaican brothers who use their imaginations to create their own adventures,” Mohalland shared.
“These stories are based on my life growing up in Jamaica and they incorporate some of the native language, Patois. “They are funny and fast-paced, and are designed to encourage children to use their imagination and enjoy their childhood,” he continued. According to Mohalland, the final book in the trilogy is to be published in 2015.
His co-author, Janet Lewis, an American, said that although both their childhood were worlds apart geographically, after they met they found out they had two things in common: “We grew up learning how to have fun making something out of whatever we had, and we wanted to write.” So they did.
Marcus Mohalland and his co-author Janet Lewis
 are all smiles inside one of their home offices.
And in that process, the two founded Mohalland Lewis, LLC in March 2013 so that they could also self-publish their culturally inspired books.
“We do interactive book readings at schools and libraries in upstate New York and in New York City,” Lewis shared. “We encourage reading and show that reading can be fun. We also want them to hear the powerful message that whatever they want to accomplish in life, they can do it. more 

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Maria Attarwala & Hon. Lisa Hanna


PALAS Medical Student, NICOLE NATION: The ABCs of making your time at university count.... A -- activism, B -- boundaries, C -- cardio (as in exercise), D -- diversity and more...

BY NICOLE NATION Career & Education writer  Sunday, November 23, 2014    
THE last time many of us revised our ABCs was when we were in kindergarten. But this simple concept can be applied to tertiary education. How? Concepts such as philanthropy, friendship and networking will come alive by the use of the alphabet as a mnemonic. By following this simple but comprehensive outline you will be able to make the most of your university experience.
A -- activism
A rest stop with friends in Clarendon, on our way
 to YS Falls in St Elizabeth.
It is important that you learn the importance of being active and being involved in your community. As one of the educated members of the Jamaican society it is also expected of you as a citizen! Individuals will look to you for leadership and when they knock, answer the call.
B -- boundaries
It is important that while you are at university you know your boundaries and limits. Respect the boundaries of others as well, both personal and otherwise. Know your limits and play within them. You don't always recognise your limits until you go beyond them, then you have to take a few steps back.
C -- cardio (as in exercise)
Keeping yourself in good health is important. Spending time each week to stay in shape is a great way to preserve your health so that you can live a fruitful life, especially when you do graduate which is where life really begins. Make it a point to schedule regular exercise with friends, whether its watching a video online or jogging around the campus with a friend.
D -- diversity
The campus is a rich microcosm of society. Without even leaving campus you can interact with so many persons from so many different nationalities. more

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth : Cop released in poisoned death of 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell case... Woman suspect still in custody

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, November 23, 2014    
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Authoritative police sources have confirmed that a policeman detained in connection with the suspected poisoning death of a teacher early Wednesday has been released pending further investigations.
01However, a woman, also held in relation to the death of 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell remained in custody up to yesterday afternoon, police sources said. Police are said to be in search of a third person, who was named as an assailant in the alleged poison attack on Powell and her boyfriend (name withheld).
The two were allegedly doused by a toxic substance shortly after daylight early Wednesday by three people, including a woman, who had entered the house at Horizon Park, Santa Cruz, in which the couple lived with Powell's nine-year-old twin daughters. The children were not harmed.
It was confirmed yesterday that the boyfriend, a truck operator, was released from hospital on Friday after recovering from the effects of the suspected poisonous substance.
The Jamaica Observer made contact with the survivor of the toxic attack yesterday. However, he declined to be interviewed for fear of "damaging" or compromising the ongoing investigation. He would say only that "everything will come to light".
A police investigator who declined to be named told the Sunday Observer much the same thing yesterday. "Intense investigations are ongoing and the truth will come out," the police source said.
Powell and her two children had lived at Horizon Park with her boyfriend for "sometime", neighbours confirmed. This was after the latter's estranged wife moved out. more

ST ELIZABETH, JAMAICA: Woman dies in crash, another found dead on roadside....Melrose Wedderburn of Westmoreland and 44-year-old Howard Harrison was found dead along Main Street in Santa Cruz.

Saturday, November 22, 2014    
ST ELIZABETH — A woman died in a motor vehicle crash just west of Gutters in St Elizabeth, close to the border with Manchester on Thursday afternoon, and a few hours later the victim of a presumed traffic accident was found dead on the streets of Santa Cruz, police say.
The motor car in which Melrose Wedderburn died when
 the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into
 the truck pictured here. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)
In the first incident, shortly before 5:00 pm the woman, identified as Melrose Wedderburn of Westmoreland, died when the car in which she was a passenger ran out of control on the steep, winding road -- made slippery by rain -- and slammed into a truck. She died in hospital.
The driver of the car was also taken to hospital, reports say.
Meanwhile, police say that about 9:30 on Thursday night the body of 44-year-old Howard Harrison was found along Main Street in Santa Cruz. Police theorise that he may have been run over by a motor vehicle.
It is understood that Harrison, who was said to be mentally ill, had a habit of hopping on and off trucks.... more

Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie And Louisa Moritz Come Forward With Allegations Against Bill Cosby (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | By Alanna Vagianos & Emma Gray Email Posted: 11/21/2014 2:03 pm EST 
Three more women have come forward with allegations against Bill Cosby. Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie and Louisa Moritz are three of the 11 women who have nowpublicly identified themselves and accused Cosby of assaulting them in some form.
BILL COSBYFerrigno, Leslie and Moritz's claims join a growing list of allegations made against the 77-year-old actor. In 2005, Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby claiming that he drugged and molested her in 2004. Not long after, Tamara Green went on the “Today Show” alleging she had a similar experience with Cosby. Twelve other women were anonymous witnesses in the Constand case, claiming they also had similar encounters with the comedian. One by one these women have come forward to publicly identify themselves, including Barbara BowmanBeth Ferrier and, just days ago, Therese Serignese who spoke at length with The Huffington Post. Other women to recently make their allegations against Cosby public include publicist Joan Tarshis and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
Carla Ferrigno, actress and wife of actor Lou Ferrigno, alleges that Cosby attacked her in his home in 1967 and attempted to force himself on her before she escaped. “He walked over to me and grabbed me, pulls me really tight to him, kisses me on the mouth, like really really rough. And I just took my hands and I pushed him away,” Ferrigno told KFI radio station.
Model and actress Angela Leslie says Cosby sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1992, telling the New York Daily News, “With his hand on top of mine, [Cosby] had me massage his penis.” more