July 9, 2015 |
Bill Cosby offered to pay college tuition for two women who alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted them, according to court filings unsealed this week. The scholarships were not intended to buy his accusers' silence, Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition. But both offers were made immediately after the women confronted him about the alleged sexual encounters. His admission regarding the tuition payments could further complicate one of the 77-year-old actor-comedian's most visible philanthropic legacies - the millions of dollars he and his wife, Camille, have given to universities and individuals seeking college degrees.
December 5, 2000 |
Brian Westbrook has a choice to make. Within the next month he has to decide whether he wants to play a fourth season of football at Villanova, where he could try to lead the Wildcats back into the Division I-AA playoffs for the first time since 1997, probably break the I-AA career record for all-purpose yardage and maybe even win the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player in I-AA. Or, he could enter the NFL draft. Yesterday, in the Heisman Room of the Downtown Athletic Club, he learned he finished third in this year's Payton voting behind two other underclassmen, Furman running back Louis Ivory and last year's winner, Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson.
April 26, 1991 |
Joe Woolley, the Eagles' director of player personnel, said the NFL rejected a club request to allow No. 1 pick Antone Davis to remain in Philadelphia after this weekend's minicamp. In an agreement this year with the College Football Association and the NCAA, NFL rules prohibit draft picks from reporting, full time, to their respective teams before June 1. The NFL, Woolley said, makes no exceptions for players such as Davis and No. 5 pick Craig Erickson, who already have graduated.
May 27, 2000 |
Walter H. Collins, 74, who as a junior high school teacher held down a second job at 30th Street Post Office for 22 years, died of heart failure Sunday at Moses H. Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C., where he had been attending the 50th reunion of his college graduating class. Mr. Collins was with the Philadelphia public school system for 31 years, 28 of those as a math and social-studies teacher at Mayer Sulzberger Junior High School in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia.
December 17, 2012
The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor. The sides did not talk Sunday, the 92d day of a lockout that threatens to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a "disclaimer of interest" that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit. The league argued in a 43-page suit Friday in federal court in Manhattan that the union's actions were a bargaining maneuver and asked that the lockout be declared legal.
May 14, 2012
Senate hearing set on scandal WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over homeland security says he has scheduled a hearing for May 23 to review the Secret Service investigation of the Colombia prostitution scandal. Sen. Joe Lieberman told CNN's State of the Union that he believes the agency has done a thorough job in investigating the incident. But the Connecticut independent said he also wants to know whether there were warning signs about agents' behavior.
February 7, 2013 |
With Temple fresh off a 4-7 record and facing the uncertainty of the Big East Conference's future, fans wondered whether the Owls, under new football coach Matt Rhule, could bounce back in 2013. After Wednesday's national signing day, it seems as if Temple could be a team on the rise and return to the level of the teams that went to bowl games in 2009 and 2011. Temple signed 23 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, and seven were midyear enrollees. "This is really a critical class for us," Rhule said Wednesday.
September 16, 2012 |
For local artist James Burns, creating a mural depicting the emotions surrounding suicide hits close to home. "Suicide is not just about ending one person's suffering," Burns said. "What people don't realize is that it starts a whole chain reaction of sorrow for those who are left behind. " Burns, 37, is head artist on the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's latest project, "Finding the Light Within," at 119 S. 31st St. The painter was denied the opportunity to know his grandfather because of his untimely death, and while working on the two-year project, he lost friends from graduate school and high school months apart.
July 6, 2012 |
Toni Lynette Welch, 43, of East Falls, a psychologist, died Saturday, June 30, of breast cancer at home. Ms. Welch joined the staff of CareLink Community Support Services in Norristown in 2006. She was the program leader for CareLink's Star Program, which offered psychiatric day treatment for adults with sexual issues, until she became ill two years ago. Previously, Ms. Welch had been a psychologist for the Civil Mental Health Court in Philadelphia, which hears cases involving the rights of mentally ill people.
June 27, 2013 |
The Radnor School District has hired an administrator from its chief rival, neighboring Lower Merion, to be its new superintendent. Michael J. Kelly has worked at Lower Merion since 1999, first as director of pupil services, then as assistant superintendent for the last five years. He was a special-education teacher and supervisor in the West Chester School District before moving to Lower Merion, and he holds a law degree from Widener University School of Law. "I didn't go to law school intending to become a lawyer," said Kelly, 52, who went to Widener at night while teaching in West Chester.