Lo Último 28 de Abril de 2017

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Monica Logroño and Kristine Aponte host the second episode of Lo último. They discuss Philadelphians coming together to send medical aid to those injured amidst Venezuelan protests, as well as the Day Without Immigrants taking place in Philadelphia on May 1st. Roberto Pelucarte catches us up with the latest in sports, including the NFL Draft being held in Philadelphia, and our very own Temple Owl, Haason Reddick, being the 13th overall pick in the draft. Izamarie finishes the program with our five day weather forecast. Stay tuned for Fall 2017 when Lo último picks up again with the latest in Latino news.

Monica Logroño y Kristine Aponte presentan el segundo episodio de Lo último. Discuten sobre ciudadanos de Filadelfia que vienen juntos para enviar ayuda médica a los heridos en las protestas de Venezuela y también hablan sobre El Día Sin Inmigrantes, teniendo lugar en Filadelfia el 1 de mayo. Roberto Pelucarte nos informa con lo último en deportes como el NFL Draft en Filadelfia y nuestro propio buho, Haason Reddick, siendo selección decimotercero en el draft. Izamarie termina el programa con nuestra pronóstico de cinco días. Siga sintonizado para otoño de 2017 cuando Lo último regresa otra vez con las últimas noticias de los latinos.

3 Things to Know for Thursday, April 27

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A forensic officer examines a knife at the scene of the arrest. (Courtesy of Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Delaware state trooper shot:

  • A Delaware state trooper was shot and killed outside a convenience store on Wednesday. The trooper, Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, was shot multiple times as he approached a vehicle in a convenience store parking lot. One of the suspects ran while the other was arrested on the spot. The gunman barricaded himself in his house 15 miles away for hours. This morning, he exited the home, and after engaging police, he was shot and killed just before 9:30am.

Flynn warned about foreign government payments:

  • Documents released Thursday reveal that former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities not to accept foreign government-sourced money without “advance approval” by the Pentagon when he retired from the military in 2014. Flynn was later paid tens of thousands of dollars for work of foreign interests. Investigations are now taking place to determine whether Flynn properly informed military authorities about the payments.

UK man arrested on suspicion of terrorism:

  • On Thursday, police performing a counterterrorism operation arrested a man carrying knives in a bag near Britain’s Parliament. The 27-year-old man was accused of planning terrorist acts. No one was injured during the incident, which took place where an attack killed five people last month.

Construction Continues on New Wellness Center

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Just ten months after breaking ground in August 2016, construction on Temple University’s new Health and Wellness Center is well under way. John Doman, Director of Campus Recreation at Temple, said the new center will have more amenities for students to use in addition to the IBC and TUFF recreation centers. According to Doman, one of the most ideal things about the new facility is the space for weight rooms available to students.

“We’re always looking to improve recreation facilities for students,” said Doman, “One of the areas that we found we were most lacking was the free weight space.”

While the new center is expected to provide students with more amenities, the noise associated with the construction is disrupting some students. Brooke Damore is a senior at Temple who lives across from the construction site on 16th Street. She said the construction impacts her daily routine.

“On a normal day, Monday through Friday, they usually start construction between six and eight in the morning,” Damore said, “I’m a late night person so I don’t go to bed until later to begin with and my classes aren’t until later in the day so it [the construction] wakes me up every morning.”

In response to noise complaints like Damore’s, the university issued a statement saying, “Temple University cares about the impact construction projects may have on nearby residents. We do our best to mitigate any issues and respond to concerns raised by community members who live near construction sites.”

Grand Opening of Tiny House

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Temple University’s Tiny House has made its grand opening!

After more than two years, Temple’s Office of Sustainability has created a “Tiny House” that promotes sustainability on a smaller scale.

Don’t doubt this house’s size, as it includes solar panels, a green roof, and cork siding. These components are not only going to make this house more energy efficient but also promote sustainability to the Temple University and the Philadelphia community.

From a design charrette in January of 2015, to the construction in June of 2016, careful time and dedication have been two major components.

Katherine Elmhurst, Program Manager from the Office of Sustainability, has been working with faculty and students from the Architecture and Engineering Colleges, throughout the process.

Nine students from Temple’s Architecture Department and four from the College of Engineering have taken on this project, not only as a learning experience, but also as a chance to improve Temple’s grounds.

Architecture Professor Bob Schuman has been involved in the project since the beginning and worked with his students through the summer of 2016, setting the foundation for this project.

This project has combined the knowledge of different departments and has given them a chance to connect and work together.

The Philadelphia Science Festival Takes Over

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science lets guests touch live jellyfish from the Jersey Shore. The institute has been a part of the festival since its start seven years ago and creates a new theme every year. This year, the institute’s theme is, “how to become a marine biologist.”

The institute is one of 27 core collaborators in the Philadelphia area taking part in the Philadelphia Science Festival. It is a nine-day event featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of science educational experiences for all ages.

Aaron Lawson, Children Educator at the Wagner Institute of Science, said, “So we do a lot of different things with geology, fossils, minerals, biology, and water. So, it’s just really cool and a lot of different things here that can bring the community together.”

There were arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities with marine animals, and a lecture from a Temple University Marine Biologist professor.

“I get to go down in submersibles to work on the ocean floor. And, I really love being here today just sharing that excitement for what I do and especially talking to little kids about it and seeing, you know, the excitement in their faces,” said Erik Cordes, Marine Biologist Professor at Temple. 

After professor Cordes’ presentation, guests were able to step outside to see what goes into studying life underwater.

Visitors experienced how marine biologists catch and study the different species of fish, look at organisms through a microscope, and touch live aquatic animals. For some, it wasn’t about the animals at all, but rather…

“My favorite part was getting this tree pencil,”Justin, a visitor, said.

“My favorite part was the crafts,” said Angelina, another eager visitor.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science plans on coming back for the eighth year of the Philadelphia Science Festival with new and exciting exhibits for people to enjoy.

Former Temple Instructor to Receive Philadelphia Award

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Charles Blockson in the Blockson Collection on April 18, 2017.

 

Dr. Charles Blockson is a man of many titles, a historian, an educator, and an author. Next month the former Temple instructor will be honored with one of the highest awards a Philadelphian can receive.

“I’m honored to be receiving on May 25th the prestigious Philadelphia Award, which was a surprise.” said Dr. Blockson.

Dr. Blockson is most well-known at Temple University for the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Sullivan Hall, which he donated around 30 years ago.

The Blockson Collection houses over half a million artifacts including books, manuscripts, sheet music, portraits, statues, and more ephemera that document the global history and culture of African descent. The collection is one of the most prestigious collections of African-American history in the country.

Dr. Blockson says he began his quest for African-American history at the age of 9 years old, when a teacher told him that “African-Americans have no history.”

Since then he has spent his life debunking that statement by visiting various corners of the world in search of artifacts that document the African-American history his teacher told him did not exist. . “My life has taken me from Salvation Armies, to bookstores and all over.” Paris, Scandinavia, and Africa are just a few of those places he’s been.

“We are blessed to have associated with Temple University one of the greatest historians of all times. And we are also blessed to have here at Temple University the Blockson Collection,” President Englert said.

“Mr. Blockson has been an inspiration not only to myself but many others especially African-American writers. His award is well-overdue and well deserved,” said Dr. Diane Turner, curator of the Blockson Collection.

For young minds, Dr. Blockson offered this piece of advice–“Whatever you believe in from an early age which you believe is right for humanity…go for it.”

3 Things to Know for Wednesday, April 26

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President Trump speaks at the Interior Department on April 26th. (Courtesy of AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump order blocked:

  • For the third time in Donald Trump’s first hundred days, a federal judge has blocked one of his executive orders. William Orrick shot down an order that would cut funding for sanctuary cities across the U.S. on Tuesday. Trump responded on Twitter, calling Orrick’s decision “ridiculous.”

Trump proposes tax reduction:

  • On Wednesday, Donald Trump proposed to reduce taxes paid by big and small corporations. Trump’s administration states that this will “spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class.” These cuts will reduce tax percentages from the thirties to the teens for the businesses, and mid-thirties for individuals.

NFL Draft Experience:

  • The NFL Draft Experience officially starts Thursday. Fans will be able to participate in free events such as an autograph station, a photo booth with the Vince Lambardi Trophy, and athletic competitions along the parkway. The Draft Experience ends Saturday night.

3 Things to Know for Tuesday, April 25

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Ivanka Trump chatted with a panel on April 25th. (Courtesy of AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Arkansas executions:

  • After a 12 year span without executing a single inmate, the state or Arkansas has executed three in past few days. Two of the executions took place in one night by the form of lethal injection. This is the first double execution in the United States since the year 2000. Arkansas said the executions needed to be carried out before its supply of one lethal injection drug expires on April 30.

Ivanka Trump in Berlin:

  • Ivanka Trump went on her first international outing on Tuesday by attending a women’s conference in Berlin. There, she discussed her role at the White House while also defending her father in the process. She touched on her hopes for her new job as a woman in the White House and her confidence in the future of the country in the hands of the current administration.

District Attorney candidates on campus:

  • The District Attorney candidates will host on a forum on campus today from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. The event is hosted in part by the Master of Public Policy program. The opening statements will be in room 021 of Gladfelter Hall. Students can meet the candidates afterwards in the Student Center Atrium. The candidates campaigned at the beginning of April to replace Seth Williams.

3 Things to Know for Monday, April 24

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Workers taking down the Liberty Place monument. (Courtesy of AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

President Trump pushes for wall:

  • With the budget deadline approaching, President Trump is putting pressure on Congress to push for the Mexican-American border wall. The president said in a tweet on Monday that the wall would be a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth. This effort comes as the one hundred day mark approaches, and failure to come to a consensus could risk a government shut-down.

Marijuana bust:

  • Nearly two dozen people were arrested on Saturday night after police raided a large-scale marijuana event. Nineteen men and three women were apprehended following the “Philly smoke session” in the Northeast section of the city. Police confiscated four handguns, fifty pounds of marijuana, and fifty-thousand dollars in cash.

Statues removed:

  • Early Monday morning workers in New Orleans removed the Liberty Place monument, the first of four Confederate statues issued to be taken down after the city council voted for their removal in 2015. The remaining statues to be taken down include Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, PGT Beauregard and Confederate States of America president Jefferson Davis.

3 Things to Know for Friday, April 21

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Arkansas conducted its first execution in a dozen years. (Courtesy of AP News)

Champs-Elysees gunman:

  • 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 execution:

  • 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.