On Friday, the Champs-Elysees gunman, who was responsible for the murder of a police officer days before the French presidential election, was almost apprehended by police. Two French police officers detained the shooter, but then freed himself. French investigators 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi is responsible for this attack. Prime minister Bernard Cazaneuve responded to the attack, saying, “Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country.”
Arkansas made use of the death penalty for the first time in almost 12 years. Ledell Lee was executed by lethal injection, Thursday afternoon, after being on death row for more than 23 years. The state currently has plans to execute three more inmates before the end of next week.
Temple football spring game:
Temple football will hold its annual spring game tomorrow at 12 at Edberg Olson field. The main storyline of the spring has been the quarterback battle between Anthony Russo and Logan Marchi. Both players will look to inch closer to winning the starting job tomorrow afternoon.
Spacecraft delivers astronauts at International Space Station:
On Thursday, a spacecraft delivered American and Russian astronauts to the International Space Station. The space capsule launched in the afternoon from the Russia-leased launch facility in Kazakhstan. After six hours, they landed at the orbiting outpost. The astronauts are expected to speak with President Trump on Monday.
Lacrosse to host Florida for senior day:
The women’s lacrosse team will take on #2 ranked Florida on Saturday for senior day. The team enters with six straight wins, and has clinched a spot in the conference tournament. The Gators enter with an identical 13-2 record, and are ranked one spot above Temple in the conference.
Prime Minister Theresa May calls for early election:
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election. The election is planned to be held on June 8, seeking to strengthen her hand in the European Union exit. May’s governing Conservatives currently have a majority, with 330 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons. With the early election, May hopes to tighten her grip on the Conservative Party.
Facebook murderer shoots himself to death:
On Tuesday, the man who posted a Facebook video of himself murdering a Cleveland, Ohio man has shot himself to death. The manhunt for Steve Stephens crossed several states for less than 48 hours. Pennsylvania police were last pursuing Stephens in Erie County before he took his life.
New Philadelphia museum:
The Museum of American Revolution opens Wednesday in Philadelphia, coinciding with the 242nd of the battle at Lexington and Concord. The museum seeks to show visitors a clear view of our country’s turning points, and museum president Michael Quinn wants to send the message that the revolution was founded upon equality, individual rights, and freedom. Visitors are asked to confront contradictions pertaining to the ideals of the American Revolution.
What If Innovation Festival:
The Career Center hosted the What If Innovation Festival on Tuesday. The event included a “Tower Takeover” at the Bell Tower that showcased the work of Temple entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, and inventors. A Lightning Speaking Panel with local industry leaders and innovators also took place in Mitten Hall.
Be Your Own Boss Bowl:
Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute is set to host its 19th annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl on Thursday, April 19 in the Alter Hall Auditorium. Finalists in four tracks have the to opportunity to compete for $180,000 in cash prizes, including the $40,000 Bernard and Murray Spain Grand Prize. Prizes such as legal, accounting, technology, and public relation services are also available. Winners will participate in Temple’s Summer Studio, a program that offers mentoring, as well as the opportunity to meet potential investors.
A bomb sent by the U.S. military to the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan has killed 36 Islamic State fighters. The bomb, which was said to contain about eleven tons of explosives, is the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat. No civilians were killed in the incident but local Pakistani villagers report hearing the explosion from miles away. The Afghan Taliban has condemned the bombing to be a terrorist attack from the United States.
District Attorney law license suspended:
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth William’s law license has been temporarily suspended as he awaits trial on federal bribery charges. Williams will not make any legal determinations or act as an attorney in cases during his suspension. However, Williams will continue administrative, policy, and personnel duties.
Feyonda Fitzgerald drafted:
Temple women’s basketball senior Feyonda Fitzgerald has been drafted into the WNBA by the Indiana Fever. As the fourth All-American in Temple history, Fitzgerald averaged 17.3 points per game. She is now the fourth player in Temple women’s basketball history to be drafted.
Fifty-three-year-old Cedric Anderson is responsible for the murder-suicide that took place at North Park Elementary School on Monday. Anderson walked into the special-education classroom and started shooting, killing an 8-year-old and the teacher, Karen Smith, who was Anderson’s estranged wife. Anderson then committed suicide. North Park will be closed for at least Tuesday and Wednesday and counselors were made available for students, family, and staff.
United Airlines passenger dragged off plane, sparks outrage:
A man was dragged off an overbooked United Express Flight on Sunday night at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport by Chicago Aviation Department security officers. The man refused to give up his seat because he said he was a doctor with patients to see the following morning. Backlash against United ensued on Monday as a video recorded by a passenger on Flight 3411 showing the incident went viral on social media. United’s CEO Oscar Munoz released a statement on Monday apologizing for how the event was handled.
Temple women’s lacrosse:
The Temple women’s lacrosse team returns home to host Butler on Wednesday in a BIG EAST matchup. The Owls will be looking for their fifth straight win. Temple enters sitting in the second position in the BIG EAST standings, while Butler is ranked last in the conference.
On Monday, multiple people were shot at North Park School in San Bernardino, California. As of Monday afternoon, four persons were shot in the elementary school classroom in an apparent murder-suicide. Two adults are dead, and two students are currently being hospitalized.
Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court:
New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday morning. In the ceremony, President Trump said Americans would see Gorsuch as “a man who is deeply faithful to the constitution of the United States.” He is filling the nearly 14-month vacancy after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who served for nearly three decades before his death in February of last year.
Larry Atkins seminar:
Adjunct Professor Larry Atkins lead a seminar in Annenberg Hall on Monday on how journalists can be savvy media consumers in the age of advocacy and fake news. Those who attended learned about how to critique the media and see both sides of all stories, which promotes objectivity.
Early Friday President Donald Trump ordered the launching of nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base in Syria. The attack marked the first time the U.S. directly targeted Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. While the order has been widely hailed, Russian President Vladimir Putin disagrees with the decision. The UN Security Council is set for a briefing on the airstrikes Friday afternoon.
Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court:
The Senate has confirmed that Neil Gorsuch will be the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch will fill the seat of Antonin Scalia after winning support from 51 of the chamber’s Republicans and three moderate Democrats. When he is sworn in, Gorsuch will restore the court’s conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia’s death.
Temple men’s soccer honored at Philadelphia Soccer Six banquet:
Temple men’s soccer was honored at the Philadelphia Soccer Six Banquet Thursday night. Recent MLS draftee Jorge Gomez Sanchez took home the Chris Jones Player of the Year award. For the second year in a row, Alex Cagle posted the best Goals Against Average of any goalie in the City Six. In all the Owls saw two players named to the Soccer Six All-Star Team.
Chairman of House intelligence committee steps away from Russia probe:
The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes announced Thursday that he is temporarily stepping down from his leadership position in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats have said that Nunes, who was on President Trump’s transition team, is too close to the White House and cannot guide an unbiased investigation.
Shelter-in-Place drill on all U.S. campuses:
Temple initiated a Shelter-in-Place drill on all U.S. campuses at noon today. The drill was enacted to prepare for environmental hazards like severe weather or chemical releases. All students and faculty were urged to stay inside, away from windows and doors for around 15 minutes. The drill was accompanied by a test of the TU Siren system.
Rocky Steps to shut down during NFL draft:
The NFL draft will be in Philadelphia from April 27th to the the 29th. A temporary theater for the draft is being built in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which covers the iconic steps from the Rocky Balboa film series. Tourists and fans will not be able to use the steps until the stage is removed, but they can still see the sneaker imprints at the top landing and the Rocky statue at the bottom.
On Wednesday, a northern Syrian town experienced a chemical assault, which is one of the deadliest attacks in Syria’s civil war. Doctors say a combination of toxic gases was released during airstrikes, causing a high death toll and severe symptoms. The death toll has risen to 75, and the UN Security Council has met to discuss the attacks.
Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council:
A memo published Wednesday has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council. A White House official said that Bannon was originally placed on the council to ensure implementation of the president’s vision, which became a controversial decision. Officials are not yet discussing the changes.
Defects found on oil train routes:
Federal regulators discovered 24,000 thousand safety defects on almost 58,000 thousand miles of train routes across 44 states. The defects were found on railroads that are responsible for hauling volatile crude oil. Government inspectors identified problems from worn rails to loosened or missing bolts in the tracks. Regulators said 1,118 violation recommendations have been made to improve safety.
Maryn Lowell named BIG EAST player of the week:
Temple women’s lacrosse freshman goalie Maryn Lowell has been named the BIG EAST Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Georgetown. Lowell tied her career high with 11 saves to help lead the Owls to a 11-9 victory. Her record on the season now sits at 6-1, and the team currently stands at 9-2, and 2-1 in BIG EAST play.
Nine people are dead and another forty injured after a subway bombing in St. Petersburg, Russia. The blast Monday afternoon hit the train as it traveled between stations. Within two hours of the blast, Russian authorities diffused a second bomb at another nearby station. Investigators are looking into whether the explosion on the train was a terror attack.
Petition calls for resignation of Temple Student Government President:
A petition is circulating online asking for the resignation of Temple Student Government President Aron Cowen. The petition released by an anonymous Twitter handle condemns Cowen for an abuse of power, citing his unannounced appearance at a Parliament meeting. Both Connecting TU and Activate TU have declined to comment on the petition. Read the full story here.
Sustainability Week on campus:
Monday is kicking off Sustainability Week on Temple’s campus. The week annually raises awareness about the importance of sustainable and responsible practices for discarding material. Students were able to bring paper material to a ProShed truck where the materials were safely disposed.