October 1, 2014 |
Andrea Canepari wishes that more people knew that Italy's No. 1 export is machinery - not food, as he said many seem to believe. Canepari is Italy's consul general in Philadelphia. Since taking office in August 2013, he has been working to establish trade relationships between Italy and the Philadelphia region, an effort that has led to a monthlong series of events in October called Ciao Philadelphia. Canepari wanted to establish a showcase for years to come of the influence of Italian craftsmanship and innovation in America.
September 27, 2014 |
Amid complaints from some community leaders and residents, Google has decided to stop using the name "Temple Town" on Google Maps to describe the North Philadelphia area around Temple University. In a statement issued late last week, a spokesman for Google Inc. said the company could not say how the name came to be on its Web application or how long it had been there, but added that it was "working on updating the map so that Temple Town no longer appears. " Community members had complained that the name "Temple Town" shifted the focus of the neighborhood to the university.
September 26, 2014 |
LARRY ROBIN wants to dig deeper into Philadelphia's role in the Underground Railroad. Robin, director of Moonstone Arts Center, and formerly of Robin's Bookstore, designed the center's upcoming Hidden History Program, "The Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. " The events will run from Sept. 29-Oct. 26. The program will kick off Monday with a showing and discussion of the film "The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story," at 5:30 p.m. at Walnut Street West Library. Moonstone Arts Center is offering nine free showings of the film throughout the program.
September 24, 2014 |
Tuesday, Sept. 23, would have been John Coltrane's 88th birthday. And there's a big Coltrane panel Tuesday at Temple University. Resonance Records will be there, along with Temple people and the Ars Nova Workshop. But there's more than a birthday to celebrate. There's a just-released recording of a legendary Coltrane concert at Temple in 1966, eight months before his death. Resonance has just released Offering: Live at Temple University , a restored, often-bootlegged recording of the saxophone colossus and onetime Philly resident at his spiritual and improvisational peak.
September 23, 2014 |
GIGANTIC dinosaur bones aren't the only things being dug up by Philadelphia archaeologists. A late-life recording by Philly-based saxophonist John Coltrane was recently discovered in the archives at Temple University by scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka, then dusted off for much-belated release by Resonance Records. And tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., on what would have been Coltrane's 88th birthday, the album will be debuted and discussed in a free-admission gab session at Temple's Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, sponsored by Ars Nova Workshop.
September 23, 2014 |
BACK IN the '60s, college students who saw the need for change at their institutions didn't file petitions or write letters. They demonstrated. Temple University wasn't immune. In 1969, students staged a sit-in in the office of president Paul Anderson to demand the admission of more African-American and Latino students, then a tiny minority of the school's student body. Anderson agreed to the demands and looked around the campus for someone who had the interest and the leadership qualities to lead a recruitment program.
September 22, 2014 |
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
September 16, 2014 |
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters had announced a fund-raising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.
September 13, 2014 |
An unencrypted desktop computer containing personal information on 3,780 patients was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office in late July, the university said in a statement Thursday. The computer, in the department of surgery, contained files with patient information that could be used for identity theft, including name, age, billing codes, and, in some cases, the name of the referring physician. The files did not contain Social Security numbers or financial data, according to the university.
September 12, 2014 |
THE FALLOUT from an alleged assault at a Temple University activities fair continued yesterday. Abdel Aziz Jalil, 22, was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment after he allegedly punched another student during a heated argument Aug. 20, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. The victim - whom law-enforcement sources identified as Daniel Vessal - initially claimed that Jalil had used anti-Semitic slurs during the confrontation. However, Vessal later told the D.A.'s Office that "he does not believe that he was assaulted because of religion, race or ethnicity," said Jamerson, who also noted that witnesses to the incident echoed that belief.