News in brief: 11.17 Issue


Six Philadelphia landmarks lit up with with blue, white and red in honor of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, according to a Billy Penn report.

The Lit Brothers Building on Market Street near 8th, displayed columns of blue, white and red in the pattern of the French flag.

The Cira Centre featured an Eiffel Tower outlined in a peace sign, as well as the French colors.

Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River was highlighted in an alternating sequence of blue, white and red.

A vigil was held at LOVE Park Saturday night, organized by the French Consulate, where mourners gathered to light candles, sing the French national anthem, display signs and grieve together.

New artwork reading “Paris” in large blue, white and red letters appeared at Graffiti Pier.

The Philadelphia skyline also reflected French colors.

-Lian Parsons


Temple Police are investigating two sexual assaults that were reported in the past two weeks.

The Nov. 2 incident at 1300 Residence Hall was reported Nov. 11, according to Temple Police’s crime log.

Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the incident was “initally reported by a third party,” and that police spoke with the 20-year-old female student, who declined to give a description of the suspect or any other information.

“We had gotten basic information from a friend who told a Resident Assistant,” Leone said. “But as far as talking with the complainant, she doesn’t want to tell us anything.”

A second incident was reported Nov. 7, the same day the alleged incident occurred, according to the crime log.

Leone said this incident occurred at an off-campus apartment along the 1600 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue. A 20-year-old female student and her friend were leaving a party when they invited two men back to the student’s apartment, he added.

One of them “inappropriately touched” the student, Leone said. Both men left, and the student’s reported the incident to Temple police, he added.

-Steve Bohnel


Four more women filed defamation lawsuits against Bill Cosby Nov. 13, ABC News reported. They each claimed Cosby sexually abused them and his representatives defamed them by declaring their stories lies.

Barbara Bowman, Angela Leslie, Louisa Moritz and Joan Tarshis are seeking compensation by claiming their defamation by Cosby’s representatives prevented them from leading their lives normally.

Bowman alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her multiple times in 1985 when she was 17 years old. Leslie claims Cosby assaulted her in 1992 when she met him in his suite in Las Vegas. Moritz alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1969, in a dressing room of “The Tonight Show.”  Tarshis claims she was 19 years old when Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1969.

All four women said they have changed their habits in public, have been accosted by strangers and have faced public ridicule since coming forward.

-Lian Parsons