Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Tuesday Reads

Obituary: Actor Roger Smith, 84, known for his role on 77 Sunset Strip, among other roles, has died from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was also known as the longtime husband of entertainer Ann-Margret, whom he married in 1967:

He began his acting career in the late 1950s, signing first with Columbia Pictures before moving to Warner Bros. In 1958, his first TV appearance was in an episode of "Wagon Train."

After "77 Sunset Strip," Smith starred as Lieutenant Douglas Roberts on "Mister Roberts," a comedy series on NBC from 1965 to 1966. He retired from acting in the 1980s after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. He managed Ann-Margret's entertainment career, producing her Las Vegas shows.

Walgreen's gets hit with a lawsuit alleging that a pharmacist refused to fill a birth control prescription because of religious beliefs.

Let's see how far Bill Cosby gets trashing his victims in court:

With that, the 44-year-old massage therapist from Toronto embarked on an emotional and detailed account of a friendship that began when she met Cosby while running operations for the women’s basketball team at Philadelphia's Temple University in 2002, and continued through half a dozen dinners and social engagements in which he mentored her for a sports broadcasting career, till the night in January 2004 when she says he gave her with three pills and penetrated her with his fingers.

The testimony offered a full account, under oath, of a narrative similar to what other women had expressed only in scattered op-eds and TV appearances, often about encounters dating back many decades.‎ It brought to the fore an accuser who had been shrouded in shadow, and seized back a cultural text that, with the accusations leveled at Bill O’Reilly and the boasts made by Donald Trump, many felt had too often focused on the aggressor instead of the aggrieved.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand and could face a decade in jail if he’s found guilty. But for a moment in a suburban courthouse Tuesday afternoon, legal outcomes took a back seat to the importance of testimony, as a woman offered a first-person lens onto the evolving dynamic between a mega-celebrity and his alleged sexual assault victim.

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