October 22, 2014 |
TWO PUNKS terrorized a group of Temple University students Sunday night in a violent home invasion that university officials said was "not a random act. " Last night, an official with Newport Property Group, which manages the building, said the victims believe that the attack was retaliatory, payback for a previous spat between one of them and a neighborhood hoodlum. The official spoke with the Daily News on condition of anonymity. The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. at an apartment on 18th Street near Berks, just a block off campus, when two gunmen forced their way into the home, police said.
October 17, 2014 |
ON THE BLOCK near 17th Street where the image of the fiery and flamboyant civil-rights lawyer Cecil B. Moore once looked down onto the avenue that bears his name, a new building has risen. Near where the colorful mural of Moore once spread across the wall of the now-demolished Adelaide's Variety Store, large banners now proclaim: "Luxury Student Apartments. " On this block near Temple University, each new boxy apartment building has six or more stark, gray electric meters facing the street at eye level.
October 16, 2014 |
ZARIA ESTES, the high-school girl who was scheduled to be tried as an adult for attacking a Temple University student with a brick this spring, pleaded guilty yesterday morning. Estes, 15, entered into a non-negotiated guilty plea to aggravated assault, conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime. Three other charges were dropped: making terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos will sentence Estes on Dec. 17, according to online court records.
October 15, 2014 |
Gayl P. Gentile, 76, of Philadelphia, a teacher in the city's elementary schools, died Thursday, Oct. 2, of cancer at her home. For 30 years, Ms. Gentile taught reading and math to pupils with learning disabilities. Most of her career was spent at Dobson School in Manayunk. Born at Women's Lying-in Hospital at Eighth and Spruce Streets, she grew up in Lansdowne. She graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in 1956 and from Temple University with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1960.
October 14, 2014 |
ERNEST AFLAKPUI might be a native of Ghana, but the 6-8, 225-pound forward for Archbishop Carroll will remain in his home away from home to play college basketball. Yesterday, Aflakpui committed to Temple University, joining an already talented duo of local players who have pledged allegiance to the Owls. "I just felt like I saw everything I needed to see and I felt like this was the right time to make the decision," Aflakpui said via phone from his home in Collegeville. At the end of last month, Haverford School senior guard Levan "Shawn" Alston followed in his dad's footsteps (Shawn Alston)
October 13, 2014 |
More than 200 Temple University marching band members took their spots on the practice field, iPads strapped over their shoulders and smartphones in hand. They were learning a new routine to Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," in which they march in the formation of two animated sledgehammers, coming down on a head. Their phones and iPads, loaded with the app DrillbookNext, show animations of where each musician should march, step by step. In the past, they would have had to flip through paper drill charts.
October 12, 2014 |
After paying a final installment on $10,000 in restitution, the former director of the University of Pennsylvania's campus fitness center has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that will expunge her criminal record. Amy Wagner, 45, was approved for the program Wednesday during a hearing before Philadelphia Senior Common Pleas Court Judge Harvey W. Robbins. Wagner made a total final payment of $2,418 to the university and to cover court costs Thursday. Under the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, Wagner's criminal record will be expunged if she successfully completes 24 months of probation.
October 10, 2014 |
COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke expects to have a bill introduced today that puts stronger demands on landlords and Temple University to take responsibility for the conduct and safety of students who live in off-campus housing. Saying that the vast majority of Temple students in his 5th District "conduct themselves in a reasonable way," Clarke added: "There's a core group of students who move into these neighborhoods and don't respect the local community. It's just out of control over there.
October 10, 2014
WORD HAS IT that the ever-so-talented Terrence Howard was being considered to star in the movie version of the life of the late Philadelphia civil-rights leader Cecil B. Moore . But that was before the powers that be in Hollywood backed away amid concerns about Howard's messy personal life. Two of his ex-wives have alleged that Howard, who co-starred in films such as "The Butler" and "Iron Man," physically abused them. In light of heightened sensitivities stemming from the headlines surrounding the NFL's Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal, some involved with the project were nervous about moving forward with Howard.