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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

■ Bill Cosby will be re­tried in Novem­ber on charges he drugged and mo­lested a woman more than a decade ago. In June, a Penn­syl­va­nia jury dead­locked on the ques­tion af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing over six days. Cosby, who turns 80 this month, was or­dered Thurs­day to be ready for trial on Nov. 6. He is ac­cused of giv­ing a woman he met three pills that knocked her out be­fore he sex­u­ally as­saulted her at his home near Philadelphia. Cosby did not tes­tify at the trial, but in a de­po­si­tion in the woman’s civil suit, he called the en­counter con­sen­sual. Ac­cuser An­drea Con­stand tes­ti­fied for seven hours over two days. She said she never gave the ac­tor and co­me­dian con­sent to en­gage in sex acts with her. In­stead, she said, she con­sid­ered him a men­tor. She was a 31-year-old op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor for the women’s bas­ket­ball team at Tem­ple Univer­sity, where he, then 66, was a TV icon and the school’s most fa­mous booster. Her lawyer said she took the trial dead­lock “bet­ter than any­body” and is not afraid to con­front Cosby in court again. “She will be ab­so­lutely ready,” said Dolores Troiani, Con­stand’s lawyer. “She wants to see jus­tice done and she wants to see this through. She was in the court­room [af­ter the dead­lock] com­fort­ing ev­ery­one else.” Prose­cu­tors found them­selves back to square one June 17 af­ter the judge de­clared a mis­trial. The jury failed to reach a ver­dict in more than 52 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions. De­fense lawyers Brian McMona­gle and An­gela Agrusa de­clined to com­ment Thurs­day on whether they would be aboard for the re­trial. Cosby’s pub­li­cist did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call for com­ment.

■ Jay Leno’s car now qual­i­fies for the pop­u­lar bumper sticker “This Car Climbed Mt. Wash­ing­ton.” But this was no or­di­nary car. A tele­vi­sion crew filmed Leno’s Stan­ley steam-pow­ered car driv­ing the auto road to the sum­mit of New Hamp­shire’s Mount Wash­ing­ton this week. He told the Port­land Press Her­ald that the idea was to re-cre­ate the first time a Stan­ley drove up the moun­tain in 1899. From there, the 67-year-old for­mer host of NBC’s The Tonight Show trav­eled to Maine, where he vis­ited Port­land’s wa­ter­front and a Water­boro com­pany that made ve­hi­cles for the Os­car-nom­i­nated film Mad Max: Fury Road. Leno loves cars and owns more than 150 of them. His show, Jay Leno’s Garage, fol­lows the co­me­dian as he trav­els around the coun­try to find unique cars.



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