July 29, 2016 |
Federal Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, 74, of Easton, Pa., who oversaw many high-profile cases during his years on the bench - including the prosecution of mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and 17 codefendants - died Monday, July 25, in Easton. In 1988, a year after President Ronald Reagan appointed him to a judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was assigned to preside over the Scarfo trial. All 18 defendants were convicted, and all received prison terms. Scarfo was found guilty of participating in eight murders, four attempted murders, 17 extortions, and two drug deals, as well as bookmaking and loan-sharking.
July 14, 2016 |
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday took a unanimous vote of no confidence in president Neil D. Theobald during a private session, and announced its intention to dismiss him. The board's action, announced by spokesman Kevin Feeley, came after a regularly scheduled meeting. News of the planned ouster came less than a month after Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai from his post and blamed him for a $22 million shortfall in the university's merit scholarship program.
June 4, 2016 |
Temple University trustee Leonard Barrack and his wife, Lynne, have donated $5 million to the university to be used for law school scholarships, Temple announced Thursday. Both Barracks are Temple graduates. Leonard Barrack, a lawyer, graduated from the business school in 1965 and the law school in 1968, and his wife got her degree in education in 1968. Two of their children have also received Temple degrees. Terms of the five-year Barrack Scholars program are still in development.
May 15, 2016 |
Peter Liacouras had a vision for Temple University. He wanted the commuter school on North Broad Street to become a world-class institution. He wanted star sports teams and leafy green quads and all the hallmarks of a classic American college experience. He wanted a diverse faculty and a student body that looked like the city Temple called home. And for nearly two decades as Temple president, he charged headfirst toward that vision - courting controversy along the way - as the university he dreamed of slowly became reality.
February 21, 2016 |
Hello there They met in summer 2001, before the start of their senior year at Council Rock High School, when his friend was dating hers. Then school began, and another of Evin's friends asked Brett to be her date to the fall dance. Not understanding his mumbled answer, and, this being high school, she asked Evin to find out Brett's intent. "I'm going," he told Evin. "But just to hang out with you. " Despite that movie-worthy line, nothing happened at the dance. But Brett and Evin began talking more at school, and hanging out more together outside school.
July 28, 2015 |
Mary Ann Mellon Melchiorre, 79, of Ardmore, a mother, lawyer, and brokerage firm officer, died Thursday, July 16, of complications from dementia at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathryn Pizzagno Mellon. Ms. Melchiorre grew up in Colwyn and graduated from West Catholic High School. She went to work for the former Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, where she met Joseph Melchiorre. The two married and moved to Ardmore to raise a family.
March 4, 2015 |
Sitting in a 12th floor office building overlooking City Hall, two of Nelson Diaz's staffers prepared him on how to pitch a room full of Millennials that evening. "We want you to get across that you were progressive before it was cool, outside of public office, without supportive legislators," said campaign manager Ian Rivera. "You did it when it was difficult and when you took heat for it. " Rivera and communications director Barry Caro, both in their late 20s, told Diaz, 68, to focus on his commitment to fixing Philadelphia schools, his rise from Harlem tenement to Temple Law School, and his record of civil rights activism - much of which occurred long before the voters he'd be addressing were born.
January 18, 2015
ISSUE | FREE SPEECH Echoes of Penn Penn professor Anne Norton purports to protect speech but not bigotry, yet confuses both and protects neither ("Protect free speech, but don't defend bigotry," Jan. 14). Norton's model appears to be her employer, the University of Pennsylvania, which The Inquirer once branded as the nation's most politically correct university. That stemmed from a student's use of the term "water buffalo," for which Penn acted to expel him for violating its speech code.
September 7, 2014 |
Lawrence Watson, 76, of the city's Wynnefield section, a lawyer, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, of kidney failure at Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by family. Mr. Watson's interest in law, politics, and civil rights began early in his life. He participated in lunch-counter sit-ins and other civil rights demonstrations in the 1950s and had occasions to speak with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once while working the switchboard at his father's law practice. Mr. Watson was born in Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 1938, to Rufus and Arline Watson.
November 26, 2013 |
This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. Retired Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Defino was killed in a fire in his South Philadelphia home Sunday night, officials said Monday. The fire in the house on the 2500 block of South 20th Street around 7 p.m. and firefighters battled the blaze for about 45 minutes before bringing it under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other injuries were reported. "It looked like mostly the back of the house was really engulfed in flames bad. The third floor, it looked like one of the bedrooms or the attic, they had the hardest time putting it out. It kept raising," said Mario Leonardo, who lives across the street from DeFino, 86, and his wife.