November 23, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Temple University has received a pledge of $25 million from the philanthropist and businessman Lewis Katz, which would be the largest single gift for the North Philadelphia institution, university officials said Thursday. Katz, a co-owner of The Inquirer, made the announcement Wednesday night at an awards dinner in his honor organized by the university's Fox School of Business and Management. "The evening was intended to honor Lewis for his exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial success," Temple president Neil D. Theobald said in a statement.
November 16, 2013 |
Barbra Watson Riley, 45, the daughter of Bernard C. Watson, a prominent educator and civic leader in Philadelphia, died of breast cancer Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Mayo Clinic and Hospice in Phoenix. She lived in Paradise Valley, Ariz. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Riley attended John Story Jenks and Julia R. Masterman Schools before graduating from Germantown Friends School, where she played on the tennis team. Her father is chairman of the board of trustees of the Barnes Foundation.
November 5, 2013 |
It is the last agonizing hurdle of law school, and it takes place after graduation. Each summer and fall, thousands of law students nationwide throw themselves into frenzied review courses in advance of taking the bar exam. They spend hundreds of hours and often quite a bit of money cramming for a test that will, for most, decide whether the three preceding years lead to a career or were merely a futile exercise. This torment typically has been the newly graduated law student's alone to bear.
October 4, 2013 |
Albert J. Bartosic, 85, of Cheltenham, head of litigation for the former Rohm & Haas Co., died Monday, Sept. 30, of congestive heart failure at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Mr. Bartosic worked for Rohm & Haas for more than 35 years before retiring in the early 1990s. His work involved defending materials the chemical company manufactured, when, for example, they came under scrutiny in fire-safety and trade-related cases. Rohm & Haas was acquired by Dow Chemical Co. in 2009.
August 8, 2013 |
Last in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Cory Booker, seeking his first political office, was not quite 29 when he told his hometown newspaper, "I'm the most ambitious person you'd ever meet. " He has lived up to those words, spoken to the Newark Star-Ledger in early 1998. Booker, a former Stanford University football player who then studied at Oxford and got a law degree from Yale, won a Newark City Council seat that year, knocking out an old-guard incumbent in a race that then-Mayor Sharpe James described as the Rhodes scholar vs. "the road scholar.
August 5, 2013 |
Welcome home, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. Or halfway home. On Tuesday, after four years in a Kentucky prison, you are scheduled to be transferred to the Kintock Erie Avenue facility in North Philadelphia, six miles but a world away from your 33-room, Oreck-filled Green Street mansion with the heated sidewalks. At Kintock, you will bunk in a dorm with 40 fellow federal residents. Most likely, you are the only resident who owns four homes. The rules are many. Cellphones and Internet are prohibited - a challenge, since your technological prowess once earned you the nickname "Senator R2D2," and you won fame for your emphatic electronic correspondence and exclamations!
August 2, 2013 |
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is scheduled to leave federal prison in Ashland, Ky., Tuesday morning after spending four years behind bars, his lawyers said. Fumo, 70, a longtime power broker in city and state politics, will live in a North Philadelphia halfway house and work as a $10-an-hour office assistant at his attorney's law firm. His fiancee, Carolyn Zinni, is scheduled to pick him up and make the drive of more than 500 miles back to Philadelphia. Zinni does not fly, his lawyers said.
July 28, 2013 |
Warren McElroy Ballard, 102, a professor emeritus at Temple University's School of Law, died Thursday, July 18, of natural causes at his home in Catonsville, Md. A native of St. Louis, Dr. Ballard lived in the same house in Wyndmoor for 51 years before moving in 2002 to a retirement community in Catonsville. As a young man, he was a precocious student. He completed high school in Maplewood, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1932 and a master's degree in 1933, both in political science with honors.
July 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate plugged two more vacancies in President Obama's second-term leadership team on Thursday, confirming Thomas Perez as labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. After months of Democratic complaints that Republicans were stalling Obama's efforts to staff his administration and the federal courts, the spurt of movement followed a bipartisan deal reached Tuesday. Republicans agreed to allow votes on seven nominations, and Democrats in return shelved efforts to change Senate rules to weaken the minority GOP's powers.
July 17, 2013 |
Patrick J. Artur, 67, a criminal defense lawyer in Philadelphia for 40 years, died of lung cancer Monday, July 8, at PennMedicine Hospice at Rittenhouse. He had fought the disease for three years. "He died as he lived to the last moment - with wisdom, humor, courage, and grace," his family said in a statement. He grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at La Salle College in 1967 and a law degree from Temple University in 1973. He taught at Father Judge High School for a short time before becoming an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia.