December 18, 2015 |
Brutal fraternity hazing led to the suicide of a Pennsylvania State University student, according to a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia by his father. Marquise Braham, 18, jumped from the roof of an 11-story hotel on Long Island on March 14, 2014, a day before he was to return to Penn State Altoona and rejoin the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court by his father, Rich, a senior editor at ABC News, alleges that the fraternity's hazing included choosing between snorting a line of cocaine or being sodomized on video; having guns pointed at the pledges' heads; being burned with candle wax; forcing pledges to fight one another; and forcing them to consume alcohol for the purpose of vomiting.
October 28, 2015 |
The scientific expertise of William G. Wolfgang was not confined to the East Falls campus of the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, son Paul said. In January 1967, three astronauts died in a flash fire in their Apollo spacecraft during a launchpad test at the NASA base at Cape Kennedy, Fla. As a consultant for NASA, his son said, Mr. Wolfgang recommended to the agency "how to redesign the space suit so it would be less flammable. " Mr. Wolfgang, 89, of Cherry Hill, who retired in 2002 as professor of textile design at what is now Philadelphia University, died Friday, Oct. 9, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill of complications from a fall at home.
July 11, 2013
JOHN BAER complained that the state of Pennsylvania should have given more money to Philadelphia public schools. Why should some taxpayer in Altoona or Pittsburgh give any money to Philadelphia's public schools? They have enough trouble funding their own. No one asks Philadelphians to fund Altoona public schools. Throwing money at Philadelphia is like throwing money down a black hole that keeps getting bigger every time you throw money into it. The responsibility lies with Philadelphia voters, who vote for politicians who can't handle Philadelphia's problems.
April 1, 2013
A visit to Wawa and Sheetz stores in Bethlehem, one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the convenience-store chains compete, finds both committed partisans and practical choices. "I use them both," said limo driver Bob Stahley, gassing up at the Sheetz on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem, across the road and just up the hill from the Wawa. "I like Wawa's soft pretzels. But this side of the road is on the way to New York. " "They copy each other," said Charles Beegle, in a Pirates cap, in his Cable Service Co. truck.
October 17, 2012
Pennsylvania on Monday reported its first case of fungal meningitis amid a national outbreak, a patient who received an epidural injection of a steroid at a clinic in Altoona and is now hospitalized. Federal officials said Monday that two more drugs from the New England Compounding Center are being investigated, and urged doctors to contact patients who got any injections from the Massachusetts company. Fifteen people have died and 214 have been sickened in 15 states. - Don Sapatkin
June 12, 2012 |
Not surprising, considering his lively bat and ability to find the outfield gaps, La Salle's Tyler Kozeniewski received interest from several Division I baseball programs. Georgia Southern offered the hard-slugging rightfielder a partial scholarship. Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth, and St. Joseph's also made inquiries. But as much as Kozeniewski enjoys being on the diamond, he says he wants to concentrate on hitting the books in college. "I'm going to Drexel to study business administration," the 18-year-old said.
June 9, 2012 |
The origin of Bret DeStefano's nickname, "Bart," dates back about a decade, when he was playing in a Little League tournament for Northampton. "The P.A. announcer called me Bart DeScripto, " the Council Rock South lefthander said. "He got both my first and last name wrong. The first name stuck. " With his teammates chirping "C'mon, Bart" throughout Thursday's PIAA Class AAAA state baseball quarterfinal vs. Coatesville, DeStefano pitched the Golden Hawks past the Red Raiders, 5-1, at Spring-Ford's Ram Stadium.
February 22, 2012
Mateen Johnson couldn't lose at Parx Casino's blackjack tables, winning $2,500 Friday night. But the 34-year-old Altoona man's luck ran out Saturday morning, when a Bensalem Township police officer "came across him" and arrested him on outstanding drug charges. Now, Johnson and his winnings are being held in Blair County Prison. Altoona police said that when Johnson cashed out on Friday, Parx officials checked his identification, learned of a warrant, and called police. But Johnson's arrest was strictly "a coincidence," Bensalem Sgt. Andrew Aninsman said Tuesday.
December 28, 2011
Jarrell Haywood settled in, stepped to the line, and knocked down two free throws to seal Cheltenham's 51-48 basketball win over Vaux on Tuesday at Plymouth Whitemarsh as part of the Jameer Nelson Philly.com/Rally Classic. Haywood's foul shots came with 20 seconds left in regulation, and the senior guard finished with 12 points. Nafis Walker scored a team-high 13. The Panthers trailed by 4 points at halftime before they rallied to outscore Vaux, 15-8, in the third quarter.