Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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BILL COSBY - SENTENCING HEARING

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Two lingering issues about Bill Cosby's future have yet to be resolved: the length of his sentence and whether he'll be branded a sexually violent predator. The answers to those questions begin to come today, the first day of a two-day hearing near Philadelphia. Judge Steven O'Neill can decide that Cosby gets probation -- or up to 30 years in prison. Meanwhile lawyers for the 81-year-old comedian will try to persuade O'Neill not to rule that Cosby be labeled a predator. If the judge agrees with a state sex-offender board's conclusion that he is, Cosby would have to get lifetime counselling -- and people in his community must be alerted to his presence. A predator label could also be used as evidence in the many defamation lawsuits filed against Cosby. His civil accusers say he falsely dismissed them as liars when they told of being drugged and molested by him.

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COSBY - ACCUSERS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Two of the women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault say they hope he ends up in prison. Lise-Lotte Lublin (LOOB'-lihn) and Chelan (shuh-LAHN') Lasha spoke with reporters over the weekend, along with their attorney, Gloria Allred. They hope the judge will let them read victim impact statements before Cosby is sentenced. Lublin, who testified at Cosby's trial in April, says she prays Cosby will get the 30-year max, saying "he deserves every year." More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year showbiz career.

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BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK (AP) _ "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" has ticked off a box office win. The movie made 26.9-million dollar in ticket sales in its debut weekend. At the same time, the horror movie is the only one of four new movies to woo audiences to a significant degree. Among the disappointments: "Fahrenheit 11/9." Michael Moore's documentary about the Trump administration took in 3.1-million. While that's huge for most documentaries, it's well short of the 23. …

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