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Judge orders Nov. 6 start for Cosby retrial

PHILADELPHIA

The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby that ended in a mistrial last month is scheduled to be retried in November, a judge ordered Thursday.

Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill directed Cosby, who will turn 80 Wednesday, to appear at the Norristown, Pa., courthouse Nov. 6 to again face three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

A jury spent 52 hours deliberating over five days before concluding its members were hopelessly deadlocked. O’Neill then declared a mistrial on June 17.

Prosecutors alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually abused Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women since the 1960s, but has only faced criminal charges in Constand’s case.

Philly honors Hart

PHILADELPHIA

Standing in front of a new mural of his face painted on a cheesesteak spot around the corner from his childhood home, comedian Kevin Hart celebrated his 38th birthday Thursday in true superstar style: with his very own holiday.

The city’s native son returned to Max’s Steaks for “Kevin Hart Day,” a block party that drew more than 200 fans who chanted his name as rain showers drenched the crowd.

City officials this year passed a resolution naming the actor’s July 6 birthday to be an official holiday bearing his name. And for good reason, they said, noting Hart’s donation of 500 computers to local schools and organizations as well as the four $50,000 scholarships he gave to high school students.

Hart, who will appear in an upcoming remake of the film “Jumanji” and was named by Forbes as the highest-paid comedian raking in nearly $90 million from June 2015 to June 2016, told fans he had only one rule for his new mural: “Don’t nobody pee on my wall or nothing.”

Patton Oswalt engaged

NEW YORK

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt is engaged to actress Meredith Salenger.

The couple went public with their relationship at the Los Angeles premiere of “Baby Driver.” Oswalt’s publicist confirmed their engagement Thursday.

Oswalt’s wife, Michelle McNamara, died in April 2016 from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition. She was a writer and the founder of the websit True Crime Diary, which covered breaking stories and cold cases.

Oswalt had been public with his grief, writing about it and incorporating it into his standup routine.

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