November 2, 2015 |
HIGH ABOVE the Schuylkill River, joyful folks from Manayunk and Lower Merion Township met in the middle of the Manayunk Bridge yesterday to reopen it as a trail that joins the two communities for the first time in 30 years. Just before the ceremonies began, John Newhall, 82, from Penn Valley, told the Daily News that his golden retriever, Lucy, 7, who was demanding love from everyone within barking range, was the first dog to cross the bridge. "Lucy and I walked across from the Cynwyd Heritage Trail at 10:15 this morning," Newhall said, smiling.
September 13, 2015 |
FEDERAL prosecutors yesterday filed a motion to dismiss an indictment against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, had been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of wire fraud in May. In their motion, prosecutors wrote that since the indictment, "additional information came to the attention of the government" and "it is in the interests of justice to dismiss the indictment without prejudice in order to pursue this additional information.
August 31, 2015 |
D. Dudley Bloom, 92, of Penn Valley, a retired real estate executive, died Thursday, Aug. 20, of causes related to aging at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Bloom had several careers. He was the first businessman to suggest that travel and other everyday pieces of luggage should have wheels for ease of movement. His suggestion came in 1957 while serving as marketing vice president for what became Atlantic Luggage Company; ultimately, though, he could not convince officials at Atlantic of the efficacy of rolling luggage, so another firm patented the invention.
August 3, 2015 |
Josie Lecks, 86, of Haverford, a mother, reading specialist, and fund-raiser, died Saturday, July 25, of cancer at her home. She was the widow of Leonard E. Lecks, a cardiologist who practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for more than 30 years. Mrs. Lecks was the granddaughter of Joseph Salus, a banker. The Salus family also produced several prominent lawyers, including Samuel W. Salus, a Pennsylvania state senator from 1911 to 1938. In 1940, Mrs. Lecks moved with her parents to Hollywood, where she attended a performing-arts school.
July 16, 2015 |
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
June 6, 2015 |
Xiaoxing Xi, the former chairman of Temple University's physics department, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of illegally sharing sensitive U.S. technology with entities in China. Xi, who is free on $100,000 bail, was formally arraigned on four counts of wire fraud. A trial date was not set. Regarded as a leader in superconductor research, Xi, 47, is accused of plotting to exploit technology he purchased from a U.S. company for the benefit of Chinese entities, including its government.
June 5, 2015 |
DURING A BRIEF appearance before a federal magistrate yesterday, a Temple University professor accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China pleaded not guilty. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, dressed in a blue pinstriped suit, stood in the hallway outside the courtroom afterward with his wife. When asked if he had any comment, he told reporters: "Probably should talk to my lawyer. " Attorney Peter Zeidenberg, of the Arent Fox firm in Washington, D.C., later said: "Professor Xi is innocent of these charges.
May 24, 2015 |
The chairman of Temple University's physics department lost his leadership post Friday, one day after federal authorities accused him of illegally sharing sensitive U.S. technology with entities in China. Xiaoxing Xi, a naturalized U.S. citizen, however, would remain on the faculty, officials said. The case against Xi, who was charged with four counts of wire fraud, left colleagues, researchers, and former students perplexed and wondering how the professor they knew as a leading luminary in the field of superconductor research had ended up the latest target in the government's efforts to stanch the theft of trade secrets by China and Chinese businesses.
March 28, 2015 |
SEPTA will not appeal a federal court ruling that the transit authority must accept virulently anti-Muslim advertising on its buses, SEPTA officials said Thursday. In accepting the ruling, SEPTA officials also said they have tightened the agency's advertising standards to legally prohibit such ads in the future. The black-and-white ads proclaim "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" and feature a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Hitler and Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist who made radio broadcasts supporting the Nazis.
March 12, 2015 |
Ever thought you were too old to take on a fresh challenge, learn something new, or add a few more chapters to your memoir? Please allow me to introduce Frieda Lefeber. Lefeber will turn 100 this month, and she's celebrating with her first solo art exhibition, a retrospective of landscape and portrait paintings that opens at Rosemont College's Lawrence Gallery on Thursday. It's the achievement of a lifetime for the Penn Valley mother, grandmother, retired nurse, and Holocaust survivor, who began taking art classes at Rosemont in 1991 at age 76 and earned a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 83. "It kept me young," Lefeber said - and it kept her busy.