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June 19, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council is likely to vote Thursday on a proposal to add rules and regulations to the appetizing, yet increasingly crowded, chaos of the food vending trucks and carts that serve Temple University's campus. A bill sponsored by Council President Darrell L. Clarke at Temple's request would create a "vending district" for the popular trucks and carts. Its passage is seen as likely. The proposed district would extend from Diamond Street south to Oxford Street, and 10th Street west to 16th Street - boundaries much like the area on and around the North Philadelphia campus that the trucks now occupy.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margery Cohen Willis, 72, of Chestnut Hill, a businesswoman and educator, died of cancer Thursday, June 11, at home. Mrs. Willis grew up in Wynnefield and attended Overbrook High School - to which she would return to almost 50 years later as an English teacher. After earning an undergraduate degree in education from Temple University, Mrs. Willis taught at Simon Gratz High School before returning to Temple to earn a master's degree in communications. She worked toward a Ph.D.
SPORTS
June 11, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just over three months have passed since Blanca Fernandez, 23, broke her first school record for the women's track program at Temple University. Since she finished the 3,000-meter race at the Valentine Invitational in 9 minutes and 16.24 seconds on Feb. 13, Fernandez has gone on to cement her place in Owls running history, becoming the first female athlete in almost three decades to represent Temple at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships...
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested two teenagers in a string of armed robberies that took place near Temple University's campus last month and mostly targeted students, said Capt. Frank Banford of Central Detectives. The teenagers, ages 17 and 16, were taken into custody Thursday. Banford said Detectives Ralph Domenic and James Waring used videotape footage of the suspects and tips from the public to track the two to their high school and from there learned their identities. The teens face charges in a spree of six stickups, all of which took place in the span of a week - including several on the same days, Banford said.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doris Polsky, a precocious mathematician who helped integrate Mt. Airy, died in her home Wednesday at Cresheimbrook Condominium. She was 90. Along with her twin sister, she was recruited out of the Philadelphia High School for Girls to work on U.S. Army research ballistics during World War II. Together, they also helped found the Allens Lane Art Center and West Mt. Airy Neighbors. As owners of Twin Realty they helped staunch white flight in Northwest Philadelphia during the 1960s, and thwarted banks' redlining practices and selling to people of all colors, creeds and sexual orientations.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwin Rothman of Elkins Park, former director of the Pennsylvania Economy League in Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 28, of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for a short time. His family declined to release his age. As director of the Economy League's Eastern Division from 1972 to 1983, and research director before that, Dr. Rothman was an influential civic leader in Philadelphia. He had joined the nonprofit group in 1955 and wrote numerous reports that influenced government policy.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
WATCHING over Diamond Street near 33rd, the late jazz icon John Coltrane was depicted in a mural on a brick wall near the house where he overcame his heroin addiction. Coltrane is said to have played his sax in the park across the street; you could hear it throughout Strawberry Mansion. Last year the wall fell victim to development, replaced by a yard of neatly trimmed grass hemmed by pencil-thin trees and a wooden country fence. "Tribute to John Coltrane," completed by artist John Lewis in 2002, was one of several Philly murals destroyed in recent years.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day in the summer before fifth grade, Courtney Scott was jumping rope with a friend outside her family's West Philadelphia rowhouse when her parents called her inside to meet a stranger. The visit was not the only thing about KIPP Philadelphia Charter School that would be different. To ensure students were ready for college, principal Marc Mannella told the family, classes would run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Enrichment programs would take up Saturdays, and they'd meet for three weeks before school even started that fall.
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