Bill Cosby Jury to Hear Account That His Accuser Was Scheming

Supported by Television Bill Cosby Jury to Hear Account That His Accuser Was Scheming Photo Bill Cosby, right, with his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, as they make their way to the courtroom for jury selection for Mr. Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges. Credit Michael Bryant/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images NORRISTOWN, Pa. — In a major victory for Bill Cosby, the judge in his sexual assault trial ruled Tuesday to admit testimony from a Temple University academic adviser who says that Mr. Cosby’s central accuser, Andrea Constand, told her she could make money by falsely claiming that she had been molested by a prominent person.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas had barred the testimony of the administrator, Marguerite Jackson, 56, an adviser in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, during Mr. Cosby’s first trial, which ended with a hung jury last summer.
That ruling came after Mr. Constand, a former staff member for the Temple women’s bas..

Now Read This: Discussion Questions for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club’s April Pick: ‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’

Discussion Questions for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club’s April Pick: ‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’ Photo Our April pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This” is Dan Egan’s “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.” It’s an epic and wonderfully told story of history, science and reportage about the largest source of freshwater in the world, and the threat to America’s waterways. Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up to our newsletter. Learn more about the book club here.
Below are questions to help guide your discussions as you read the book over the next month. You can also submit your own questions for Dan Egan on our Facebook page, which he will answer on the NewsHour broadcast at the end of the month.
1. The five great lakes — Lake Erie, Superior, Michigan, Huron and Ontario — make up the world’s largest freshwater system. Some 40 million people live near their shores, and many more of us depend ..

New York Fed Names John Williams President, Bucking Calls for Diversity

New York Fed Names John Williams President, Bucking Calls for Diversity Photo John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, has been chosen to lead the New York Fed. He will bring academic expertise, which is in short supply among the Fed’s senior leaders. Credit Andrew Mangum for The New York Times The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday named John C. Williams as its next president, choosing a longtime insider for what is widely regarded as one of the Fed’s most influential positions.
Mr. Williams, the 55-year-old president of the San Francisco Fed, is a respected economist who will bring academic expertise that is in short supply among the Fed’s senior leaders. But unions, progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers had pushed the Fed to diversify its senior leadership beyond Fed veterans and white males, and the selection drew immediate criticism.
Mr. Williams will succeed William C. Dudley, who announced last fall that he planned to step down thi..

Wrong Flag Flying: Wall Street Greets Spotify With Swiss Banner

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Wrong Flag Flying: Wall Street Greets Spotify With Swiss Banner

Wall Street was prepared for Spotify’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Analysts were ready with their reports. The tech media was closely watching Spotify’s unusual direct listing. Gene Simmons of Kiss appeared on CNBC, representing the skeptical artist position on the streaming economy.
The exchange itself, however, didn’t have things quite right. In a botched attempt at hospitality, the Big Board marked the occasion by flying the red and white flag of Switzerland outside its building at 11 Wall Street — but Spotify has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden.
The error was quickly corrected, with a blue and yellow Swedish flag taking the place of the Swiss banner. But by then it was too late — Scandinavian Twitter had captured the mix-up.

Extremt mycket lol på Wall Street när NYSE hissar en schweizisk flagga. $SPOT #sthlmtech pic.twitter.com/snA6P1i7OX

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