May 19, 2016 |
Preparations are underway for the 90th edition of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the world's oldest and largest high-school rowing competition, Friday and Saturday on the Schuylkill. Police on Tuesday advised motorists of road closures for the event. From 10 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Saturday, Kelly Drive will be closed between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green Drives. Entrance into the regatta zone is by permit only, police said. There will be pay gates for the entrance to the parking areas adjacent to Reservoir Drive.
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | PETER LIACOURAS Temple's redeemer The passing of former Temple University President Peter Liacouras marked the official end of an era ("Former Temple president Peter Liacouras dies," Philly.com, Friday). Liacouras saw his charter in a simple manner - to lead and manage Temple's transition - and this vision became a reality along Broad Street and in North Philadelphia. His years of work benefited Temple, the neighborhood, and the community, and as with Comcast cofounder Ralph Roberts, social activist the Rev. Leon Sullivan, and former Mayor Richardson Dilworth, his sense of uncompromising integrity raised the bar for all Philadelphians.
May 17, 2016 |
On nights when Xiaoxing Xi can't sleep, his mind races through the possibilities of what may have started it all. He thinks back to emails that could have prompted the FBI probe. About conversations that might have drawn the armed agents to his home. Through the events that left him publicly labeled a Chinese spy. It's been nearly a year since federal prosecutors accused Xi, a world renowned Temple University physicist, of selling scientific secrets with potential military applications to China.
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.
May 13, 2016 |
After weeks of lessons on nutritious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, the instructors had given the kids exactly what they wanted: a class entirely focused on desserts. And, still, the students were pushing back. "Why does it have to be healthy cheesecake?" asked Oscar Wolfe, 13. "I don't want to make my cheesecake healthy. " And thus the challenge of trying to undo the negative perception of eating right. "Well, as my mom always says, 'You are going to want dessert, so you might as well put something good in it,' " said Sally Vitez, my daughter, and the namesake of My Daughter's Kitchen, the healthy-cooking program being taught by volunteers at 31 urban schools throughout the region.
May 13, 2016 |
SARAH S. PONDER, 96, an accountant, financial secretary, and longtime South Philadelphian known as "Sissy" or "Sis" to family members, died Saturday, May 7, at Good Shepherd Penn Partners at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ponder was born on Sept. 21, 1919, in Hopewell, Va., to James and Anna Belle Smith. Her family moved to Philadelphia when she was an infant, and she attended public schools, graduating from South Philadelphia High School in 1936. She then took accounting classes at Temple University before joining the staff of Union Baptist Church in 1938.
May 11, 2016 |
Jeff Featherstone, 68, of Media, a Temple University research professor and an international expert on water use and management, died Saturday, May 7, of an infection at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In a statement marking his death, the university wrote: "Jeff Featherstone's life's work was to make the world a better place than he found it. Every job, every project, every workshop and conference he participated in bore witness to that goal. " Although Dr. Featherstone was based at Temple's Ambler campus, his influence in water resources management and dispute resolution was felt as far away as China and the Mideast.
May 9, 2016
Charlie Sacchetti is a writer in Cinnaminson In 1955, I decided that I wanted to be a baseball player. My dad had taken me to my first Phillies game, at Connie Mack Stadium, and I was completely enthralled by the smell of the grass and pure beauty of the game. It was with these thoughts in mind that I joined my first baseball team, the Southwest Colts, just before my eighth birthday. Back then, things were different. Teams played to win and actually kept score. There were no trophies for just showing up. You had to earn them, either individually or by your team's winning the championship.
May 7, 2016 |
At Temple University Hospital on Thursday morning, Naomi Stevens, all 6 pounds, 9 ounces of her, was resting up for the big day ahead. Born two days before, Naomi was going home that day with her mom, Aracely Castro, 22, to West Philadelphia to be introduced to her brother and sister. "They were always kissing my belly," her mother said softly. "They didn't meet her before. " Along with mother and baby would come a special welcome gift from the hospital - one that will be given to all babies born at Temple in the next year.
April 30, 2016 |
Police on Thursday were searching for four young men who robbed and punched a man on Temple University's campus over the weekend. The victim, a 43-year-old man, police said, was walking on the 1300 block of Norris Street about 10:40 p.m. Sunday when he was attacked. The victim is not affiliated with the university, Sgt. Eric Gripp, a Philadelphia police spokesman, said Thursday. Police said the four assailants punched and kicked the man, and during a struggle, took the man's shirt.