November 19, 2015 |
Bernard F. Filippone, 84, a stockbroker and longtime resident of the Overbrook Farms section of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Nov. 5, of Alzheimer's disease at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Known for his friendly, gentle nature and devilish sense of humor, Mr. Filippone made a point of helping anyone in need, his family said. He was born to Italian immigrant parents and grew up in Narberth. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School before earning a bachelor's degree in economics from Villanova University.
November 18, 2015 |
A 53-year-old mother and her son have been charged with selling drugs out of their Main Line home to local college students, Radnor Township police said Monday. About $4,000 worth of marijuana and suspected quantities of heroin were found at the Garrett Road residence of Joann M. Badey and George J. Badey IV, son of township Democratic Party Chairman George J. Badey III, police said. Reached by phone, George Badey III declined to comment. He and Joann Badey are divorced. The two were charged with multiple counts of manufacturing, delivery or possession, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children, and related crimes.
November 12, 2015 |
John J. Leahy, 84, of Bryn Mawr, a longtime executive for Strawbridge & Clothier, the former department store, died Friday, Nov. 6, of pneumonia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. When he retired in the mid-1990s, Mr. Leahy was senior vice president for operations and also general superintendent, capping a 42-year career. He had served as vice president for 25 years starting in 1969. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving vice president within the department-store chain.
November 10, 2015 |
Vanessa Berhe, 19, is on a mission. It is personal and it is international, involving a country that most Americans know little about. Berhe, a freshman at Villanova University, has been campaigning for years to draw attention to the plight of her uncle, Seyoum Tsehaye, an Eritrean journalist. At age 5, she tried collecting money on his behalf. She knows he was jailed 14 years ago, but isn't even sure that he's still alive. She has produced an online video; founded an organization, One Day Seyoum, seeking Tsehaye's freedom; started a petition drive and website; put the word out on social media; contacted lawyers; filed a writ of habeas corpus with an Eritrean court; demonstrated at the U.N. She has appealed even to the Vatican, and said she received a personal assurance from Pope Francis.
November 5, 2015 |
CBS3 ANCHOR Erika von Tiehl didn't try to hide her embarrassment on the witness stand in Common Pleas Court yesterday as she testified at the trial of her alleged stalker, John Hart, whom she briefly dated in 2011. "Knowing that everybody out there is reading about me and associating me with him . . . it's embarrassing," von Tiehl said. "But not embarrassing enough not to [testify] because somebody needs to stand up. " Hart, 39, of Havertown, is charged with stalking, harassment, identity theft and related offenses for allegedly sending von Tiehl threatening messages, changing her phone number without her permission and getting her cable service cut after she broke off their brief courtship.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
October 25, 2015 |
Criticizing the decision to arm campus police - and the way in which it was made - about 150 Villanova University students, faculty, and staff staged a peaceful protest Friday. The move to give campus officers guns violates Catholic precepts, said the Rev. Allan Fitzgerald, director of the Augustinian Institute and a member of the theology department. "Rather than offer the principles of the NRA - more guns, less violence - we need to affirm the Catholic principles of peace and justice," he said.
October 21, 2015 |
Villanova University announced Monday that it will add armed police officers starting next fall in response to rising nationwide concerns about campus safety. The Catholic university now has a 75-member public safety department, responsible for patrol, investigations, parking enforcement, residence hall and building security, and crime prevention, but the officers cannot arrest suspects or carry guns or batons. However, under the new arrangement, 19 members of the department - about 20 percent - will become armed police officers who will have completed police academy training, the university said.
October 17, 2015 |
When Jen Rhines built up her mileage training for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials, she kept running the same route over and over again: through Fairmount Park around the Schuylkill. When she lines up to run the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on Oct. 31, she'll consider it a kind of homecoming. "This is exciting for me and I can't wait to get out there," she said. Rhines, 41, is bringing major running star power to what has been Philadelphia's largest half marathon.
October 6, 2015 |
Several local universities on Sunday warned students and faculty that a threat of violence has been made against an unspecified school "near Philadelphia. " The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, Villanova University and St. Joseph's University are among the schools that issued the warnings. According to statements from those schools, authorities have said they have no knowledge of any specific threat to students or a particular university. The threat indicated that the violence would take place Monday at 2 p.m., according to statements posted on several school websites.