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September 22, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 13, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
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September 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has decided to charge with simple assault a 22-year-old Temple University student who allegedly hit another student at a campus event last month. But a lawyer for the alleged victim says he wants prosecutors to charge the student with ethnic intimidation as well. The District Attorney's Office, however, said the victim and other witnesses told authorities that they believed the assault was not ethnically or religiously motivated. The case involves student Daniel Vessal's allegation that he was punched during an argument Aug. 20 near a table set up by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
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September 12, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 15-year-old Wissahickon girl who police say used a brick to smash the face of a Temple University student, during an attack in which two other girls also beat the victim and her boyfriend, has been ordered to stand trial as an adult. Zaria Estes of the 200 block of Rock Street was ordered to stand trial by Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner after a hearing Tuesday in the March 21 assault that left Abbey Luffey with a broken nose, a broken palate, and severely damaged teeth. Photos of the damage to Luffey's face and teeth were shown in court.
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September 11, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
LAWYERS MIGHT HAVE one of the most joked-about jobs on Earth, but here in Philadelphia, they now are among the most celebrated: Temple University yesterday officially opened a national Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. The hall was founded in 2009 by the Trial Lawyer magazine, but hasn't had a physical home until now. Its goal: to honor trial lawyers "who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American trial bar," according to its website.
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September 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay G. Falkenstein, 68, of Marlton, associate vice president of facilities management at Temple University from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, died of pneumonia Friday, Sept. 5, at Virtua Marlton medical center. "It was a big job. He had a really tough job," George Ingram, retired associate vice president for university relations at Temple, said. "Jay was the kind of guy, you always knew where he stood on an issue," Ingram said. "Sometimes you go into a staff meeting and people are reticent to express views.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University will expand its police patrol borders by about 25 percent to improve coverage for students who live in off-campus housing, the university announced Wednesday. The expansion encompasses about 20 square blocks around the university's North Philadelphia campus, increasing its total coverage area to about 100 square blocks, said Charles J. Leone, executive director of Campus Safety Services. The move follows a string of violent attacks on Temple students that occurred one day last March in an area just beyond the Temple police patrol boundaries.
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September 5, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A DAY AFTER the Daily News reported that university students in Philadelphia are frustrated at a lack of alerts about off-campus crime, Temple University yesterday announced an expansion of its patrolling borders by almost 25 square blocks. "The goal is a few things," said Charles Leone, executive director of Temple's Campus Safety Services. "First thing, to provide another layer of protection. Second piece is to certainly show students and neighbors that we're responsible and safety is a priority.
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