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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school's 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives in a ceremony at the St. Frances Community Center on April 20. In addition to giving $2 million to St. Frances in 2005 to support its scholarship program, Camille Cosby also has a strong connection to the founders of the Baltimore school, having been educated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the oldest order of African-American nuns in the country, for seven years.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
When St. Frances Academy needed another $2 million to build its community center in East Baltimore, one nun turned to her "good friends and two of the very finest persons I know" — the Cosbys. Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, an Oblate Sister of Providence and one of the school's longest-serving teachers, called the couple. Camille Cosby said yes right away. Her husband, Bill, one of the country's best-known comedians, insisted repeatedly, amid much laughter at a dedication ceremony Friday, that he was not consulted.
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By GREGORY KANE | December 27, 1998
YEAR'S END usually means a time for reflection. As I think back on 1998, I have to ponder if Greg Kane was as downright ornery as some readers said he was.Why, one critic wanted to know, did I single out Camille Cosby for criticism in a couple of July columns, which were written in response to her USA Today column charging that America had taught the killer of her son, Ennis Cosby, to hate blacks.I wrote those columns because the last I checked, Camille Cosby had not cornered the market on grief.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school's 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives in a ceremony at the St. Frances Community Center on April 20. In addition to giving $2 million to St. Frances in 2005 to support its scholarship program, Camille Cosby also has a strong connection to the founders of the Baltimore school, having been educated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the oldest order of African-American nuns in the country, for seven years.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2005
Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife who attended a school in Washington run by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, is giving $2 million to the small East Baltimore high school operated by the country's oldest order of black nuns. "It's a tremendous gift, and we're extremely grateful," said Sister John Francis Schilling, principal of St. Frances Academy. "We've been on a shoestring budget for so long, it's almost second nature." The donation, announced yesterday, will be used to create an endowment that will pay the tuition for 16 students a year in perpetuity, Sister Francis said.
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By GREGORY KANE | July 10, 2004
BILL COSBY, the actor, comedian and philanthropist, has on two recent occasions been accused of "airing black folks' dirty linen" in public. The first was at Constitution Hall in May, when Cosby chided those blacks who, in his words, haven't held up "their end of the bargain" in educational achievement. In the past two weeks, Cosby lashed out at those Afro-Americans who insist on blaming white people for the conduct of those blacks. Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, was in Baltimore July 2. She mentioned in her speech the "76 percent of African-American males who do not finish public high school in Baltimore City ... and more than 50 percent of Baltimore ninth-graders [who]
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
When St. Frances Academy needed another $2 million to build its community center in East Baltimore, one nun turned to her "good friends and two of the very finest persons I know" — the Cosbys. Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, an Oblate Sister of Providence and one of the school's longest-serving teachers, called the couple. Camille Cosby said yes right away. Her husband, Bill, one of the country's best-known comedians, insisted repeatedly, amid much laughter at a dedication ceremony Friday, that he was not consulted.
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By Gregory Kane | May 29, 2004
THE NEXT time a group of black folks invites somebody with the last name of Cosby to speak anywhere, you can be sure it'll be Camille Cosby, not her husband, Bill. A few years back, after the Cosbys' only son, Ennis, was killed by a Russian immigrant who had racist attitudes toward black people, Camille Cosby published an op-ed piece blaming whites. It was white America, Camille Cosby wrote, who taught her son's killer to hate blacks. She even drew a connection to President Ulysses S. Grant's picture on the $50 bill and his ownership of two slaves - who became his legal property after he married his wife - to the gunman pulling the trigger.
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By GREGORY KANE | April 6, 2005
PROVIDENCE provides, but let's look for some more earthly providing first. "Providence provides" is how St. Frances Academy Principal Sister John Francis Schilling concluded Sun reporter Laura Loh's story in yesterday's paper. Camille Cosby, wife of some curmudgeonly comedian named Bill, donated $2 million to St. Frances. Interest on that money will pay for 16 scholarships to attend the school. Those scholarships will be around "in perpetuity." Or as long as St. Frances lasts, and that's going to be a while.
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April 10, 2005
Two killed in shooting spree A shooting spree that began in Laurel, Del., and ended 45 minutes later in Salisbury left six people shot, two fatally, and a Delaware man, Allison Lamont Norman, in jail charged with first-degree murder and handgun violations. New trial for Blackwell A Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted a new trial to Maurice Blackwell, the former West Baltimore Roman Catholic priest convicted of molesting a one-time choirboy. The judge ruled that improper testimony from police investigators about other alleged victims was heard by the jury.
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April 10, 2005
Two killed in shooting spree A shooting spree that began in Laurel, Del., and ended 45 minutes later in Salisbury left six people shot, two fatally, and a Delaware man, Allison Lamont Norman, in jail charged with first-degree murder and handgun violations. New trial for Blackwell A Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted a new trial to Maurice Blackwell, the former West Baltimore Roman Catholic priest convicted of molesting a one-time choirboy. The judge ruled that improper testimony from police investigators about other alleged victims was heard by the jury.
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By GREGORY KANE | April 6, 2005
PROVIDENCE provides, but let's look for some more earthly providing first. "Providence provides" is how St. Frances Academy Principal Sister John Francis Schilling concluded Sun reporter Laura Loh's story in yesterday's paper. Camille Cosby, wife of some curmudgeonly comedian named Bill, donated $2 million to St. Frances. Interest on that money will pay for 16 scholarships to attend the school. Those scholarships will be around "in perpetuity." Or as long as St. Frances lasts, and that's going to be a while.
NEWS
April 5, 2005
WORLD Pope's body moved to basilica With more than 100,000 faithful watching, the body Pope John Paul II was carried across St. Peter's Square into the ancient basilica where he will lie in state until his funeral Friday. [Page 1a] Similar doctrine to pope's favored One of the most senior U.S. members of the Vatican hierarchy said that the next pope would best serve America by continuing Pope John Paul II's strict interpretation of doctrine - even if the approach alienates some of the country's 67 million Catholics.
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By Laura Loh and Laura Loh,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2005
Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife who attended a school in Washington run by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, is giving $2 million to the small East Baltimore high school operated by the country's oldest order of black nuns. "It's a tremendous gift, and we're extremely grateful," said Sister John Francis Schilling, principal of St. Frances Academy. "We've been on a shoestring budget for so long, it's almost second nature." The donation, announced yesterday, will be used to create an endowment that will pay the tuition for 16 students a year in perpetuity, Sister Francis said.
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By GREGORY KANE | July 10, 2004
BILL COSBY, the actor, comedian and philanthropist, has on two recent occasions been accused of "airing black folks' dirty linen" in public. The first was at Constitution Hall in May, when Cosby chided those blacks who, in his words, haven't held up "their end of the bargain" in educational achievement. In the past two weeks, Cosby lashed out at those Afro-Americans who insist on blaming white people for the conduct of those blacks. Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, was in Baltimore July 2. She mentioned in her speech the "76 percent of African-American males who do not finish public high school in Baltimore City ... and more than 50 percent of Baltimore ninth-graders [who]
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2004
The early 19th-century notion of a Catholic woman of piety was one reserved for white women. So for Elizabeth Lange, a Haitian refugee living in Baltimore, driven by what she felt was her life's calling to be a nun, there was nowhere to study and few places to turn for guidance. She would wait 10 years to divulge her convictions to a white Sulpician priest named James Nicholas Joubert. And with his help, in 1829 she and three other black women would start the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first order of black nuns in the nation.
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April 5, 2005
WORLD Pope's body moved to basilica With more than 100,000 faithful watching, the body Pope John Paul II was carried across St. Peter's Square into the ancient basilica where he will lie in state until his funeral Friday. [Page 1a] Similar doctrine to pope's favored One of the most senior U.S. members of the Vatican hierarchy said that the next pope would best serve America by continuing Pope John Paul II's strict interpretation of doctrine - even if the approach alienates some of the country's 67 million Catholics.
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By GREGORY KANE | July 15, 1998
The smart money says that Sun readers are smarter than the paper's writers. In last Saturday's column, I challenged Camille Cosby to cite sources to support her charge that our 18th president, U.S. Grant, owned slaves.Two callers, Bill Larson and Martin McKibbin, called to report that Grant did indeed own slaves. Larson said Grant's wife, Julia Dent of Missouri, owned slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free her slaves, Larson said, because Missouri was a border state loyal to the Union.
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By Gregory Kane | May 29, 2004
THE NEXT time a group of black folks invites somebody with the last name of Cosby to speak anywhere, you can be sure it'll be Camille Cosby, not her husband, Bill. A few years back, after the Cosbys' only son, Ennis, was killed by a Russian immigrant who had racist attitudes toward black people, Camille Cosby published an op-ed piece blaming whites. It was white America, Camille Cosby wrote, who taught her son's killer to hate blacks. She even drew a connection to President Ulysses S. Grant's picture on the $50 bill and his ownership of two slaves - who became his legal property after he married his wife - to the gunman pulling the trigger.
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By GREGORY KANE | December 27, 1998
YEAR'S END usually means a time for reflection. As I think back on 1998, I have to ponder if Greg Kane was as downright ornery as some readers said he was.Why, one critic wanted to know, did I single out Camille Cosby for criticism in a couple of July columns, which were written in response to her USA Today column charging that America had taught the killer of her son, Ennis Cosby, to hate blacks.I wrote those columns because the last I checked, Camille Cosby had not cornered the market on grief.
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