Spelman College suspends endowed Cosby Chair
The Cosby Chair for the Humanities, a prestigious professorship at Spelman College funded in part by a $20 million gift that Bill and Camille Cosby gave to the school in the 1980s, has been suspended indefinitely while the comedian and actor deals with the fallout from allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.
The endowed chair named for Cosby and his wife, Camille, "was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to [historically black] Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life," a school spokeswoman told the newspaper. "The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until . . . the original goals can again be met."
The decision follows Cosby's resignation after 32 years as a member of the board of trustees at Temple University and his resignation as an honorary cochair of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's capital campaign. - Michael Matza
Social Security nominee
President Obama's pick to head the Social Security Administration has run into more trouble after Senate Democrats canceled a procedural vote on her nomination. Obama nominated Carolyn W. Colvin to a six-year term as commissioner in June, and Colvin's nomination cleared one procedural hurdle on Saturday. However, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) canceled a vote, making it likely Colvin won't get a vote until next year, when Republicans take Senate control. - AP
Newtown mother speaks
The mother of a first grader killed in the Newtown school shooting rampage spoke out against gun violence Sunday on the second anniversary of the massacre, saying it has broken the hearts of other mothers. "And just like our hearts were broken and we can't breathe, the hearts of the mothers in Ferguson, in Bridgeport, in Hartford, in Florida, in New Haven, in Danbury, they can't breathe," said Nelba Marquez-Greene, who lost her daughter, Ana Grace. She spoke at First Cathedral in Bloomfield. Other churches also remembered the victims as the Newtown community marked the day. The town held no official memorial events. - AP