Kim Jones murder case moves to trial

Randolph Sanders, the 36-year-old charged with murder in the case of Kim Jones, waived his preliminary hearing in Common Pleas court this morning. His trial will be held on March 11.

Sanders will be held on all charges including murder, firearms carried without a license, carrying firearms in public and possession of an instrument of crime with intent.

Jones, 56, was waiting for the No. 23 SEPTA bus on the morning of Jan. 13 at the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets when Sanders allegedly shot her in the back of the head, police previously told The Temple News.

“It’s pretty clear that he planned it, and he prepared for it and he perpetrated a violent killing and I think his waiver demonstrates that there is evidence – the defense agrees that there’s evidence to go forward to a trial,” said Prosecutor Mark Levenberg.

Police spokeswoman Tanya Little told The Temple News that Sanders believed Jones was going to report him for misappropriating about $40,000 in funds from the Families and Schools Together Program of Turning Points for Children – an organization devoted to assisting abused and economically disadvantaged children, where they both worked.

“This is a horrible case because an innocent woman is dead,” said Defense Attorney Michael Coard. “Just because I’m the attorney for an accused, that doesn’t lessen the fact that a wonderful, great woman – that nobody had anything bad to say about at any point, so clearly an innocent victim – so I think first and foremost, my condolences and the condolences of all of us should go to them and then secondarily, we deal with the legal issues.”

Patricia Madej can be reached at or on Twitter @PatriciaMadej.

No agreement met for election in adjunct unionization

A conference call scheduled on Feb. 10 to discuss an election for adjunct unionization was canceled after university officials “raised technical and legal objections,” said Art Hochner, president of the Temple Association of University professionals.

Adjuncts filed for authorization cards in mid-December with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to unionize for TAUP, which represents about 1,400 full-time faculty members, not including those who instruct in the health professional buildings.

“[The university doesn’t] seem to want the adjuncts to unionize,” Hochner said. “This is simply about giving adjuncts the chance to vote. Temple doesn’t have to do anything but let them have their self-determination.”

The next step for unionization is a hearing scheduled on March 19 with the PLRB in Harrisburg where the university, adjunct and adjunct representatives can discuss differences to hopefully reach an agreement on an election date.

Until then, a rally and vigil “in support of a collective bargaining election for adjunct faculty” will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

Hochner said the event is being held to “get Temple’s attention so maybe they’ll change their mind.”

Sharon Boyle, associate vice president for Human Resources operations, could not be reached for immediate comment.

Body found in N.Y. believed to be Miles Applebaum, missing student |COURTESY

Police believe a body found in New York is that of 21-year-old Miles Applebaum, a missing Temple student.

The body was found in Glazier Preserve in New Castle, New York around 6 p.m. Thursday, New Castle Police said. They are awaiting autopsy reports from the Westchester County Medical Examiner to confirm speculation before releasing any additional information.

Applebaum, a junior jazz studies major, was reported missing from his North Castle, New York home on Monday. His car was found in the Glazier Preserve parking lot around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

Applebaum also took a leave of absence this semester, university communications confirmed.

Edward Applebaum, Miles’ father, told The Huffington Post earlier this week that his son suffers from severe depression and is suicidal.

“Our horrible fear is that we’ll never find him again,” Edward Applebaum told the publication.

Police looking for suspects involved in robbery at 18th and Jefferson streets

The Philadelphia police are looking for suspects connected to a robbery of a 23-year-old female on the 1500 block of 18th street near Jefferson.

The incident happened on July 27 where a surveillance video released by police shows a woman attempting to get into her home when she was approached by three males. The suspects punched her in the face multiple times and attempted to take her iPhone but fled toward Cecil B. Moore Avenue when they were unable to.

The first suspect is between 18-21, 5’5”-5’8”, of thin build, has dread locks as well as neck and arm tattoos. The second suspect is between 18-21, between 5’5”-5’8”, of thin build and has a “Caesar haircut.” The third is between 18-21 and wore a blue Nike shirt.

The female was taken to Temple University Hospital.

Anyone with tips or information is asked to call 215-686-8477.

Lewis Katz memorial to be held Wednesday

By Patricia Madej

Temple will hold a memorial service for Lewis Katz, alumnus and former trustee member, Wednesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center. The service will be open to all.

Katz, 72, died Saturday evening when the private Gulfstream IV he was on erupted into flames. Katz was traveling from Massachusetts to New Jersey with seven others members aboard. There were no survivors.

In addition to being a board member, Katz was an avid donor to the university. In November, he donated $25 million to the school, the largest in the university’s history. The Temple Medical School will be named after Katz in his honor.

Katz was also a co-owner of the Inquirer, Daily News and after winning a bid to buy the trio along with other media subsidies for $88 million last week along with trustee H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest.

Katz received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple in 1963.

Arrests made, no charges filed yet, in Friday’s assault cases

Five juveniles believed to be connected with Friday’s assault on a 19-year-old student and her 20-year-old boyfriend have been arrested according to the Philadelphia police.

The minors have not yet been charged and are awaiting a court hearing as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said.

Three of the people arrested were 15 years old, one was 14 and another was 17, Stanford said.

The arrests came in the wake of surveillance footage released last night of four teenage females walking toward the 1700 block of Norris Street before the assault took place.

At 6 p.m., a female student and her boyfriend said they were attacked by a group of eight to 10 youths who appeared to between 13 to 14 years old. One of the attackers, a female, hit the 19-year-old victim in the face twice with a brick resulting in emergency oral surgery, a fractured jawbone and mild concussion.

Two other students reported similar attacks within a half-hour of the aforementioned assault by a group of juveniles ranging in the same size.

The couple assaulted with a brick called 911 en route to Hannehman University Hospital within 10 minutes of the attack while a second female attempted to report the attack to the 22nd Precinct police station on 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue but did not file an official report.

A third student waited until Sunday afternoon to speak to Temple police.

It is not clear whether all three attacks are related at this time.

Bill Clinton to visit Liacouras Center in April

A new fundraising lecture series hosted by the Temple University Law Foundation will start on April 10 at 5 p.m. with former President Bill Clinton as the program’s first guest speaker. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is to moderate a question-and-answer discussion afterward. Tickets for the event range between $40 to $100.

According to the Beasley School of Law, the series is intended to “[benefit] student scholarships and the Barrack Public Interest Fellowship Program.” Clinton will be the ninth president to speak at the University, following John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and more.

B.o.B, Far East Movement announced as Homecoming 2013 performers

Main Campus Program Board announced today via Twitter that the Homecoming performers this year will be B.o.B with opener Far East Movement.

The concert will be on Oct. 19, following Homecoming week events which extend from Oct. 17-20.

Students with an ID can purchase tickets for $20 starting this Friday, Sept. 28, at the Liacouras Center.

The show itself will be at the Liacouras Center at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Georgia-based B.o.B is best known for songs “Headband” featuring 2 Chainz, “Strange Goods” featuring Lil Wayne and “So Good.”

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Subaru Fall Festival

Greensgrow Farms will host its 6th Annual Subaru Fall Festival at 2501 E. Cumberland St. on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, will celebrate rurally grown foods in an urban setting. The festival will have farm animals, a chili competitions, crafts, music and more for its attendees to enjoy. There will also be a demonstration by Philadelphia Magazine’s 2013 Best Chef Rich Landau, along with other demos from restaurants and local chefs. Festival goers can expect demonstrations on making their own vanilla extract and soda making. Vendors include Philly Cow Share, Abena’s Kitchen, Local 215 Truck and more.

Diamond Marching Band recognized in Rolling Stone Magazine

The Temple University Diamond Marching Band has another accomplishment to add to its name.

Rolling Stone has listed the band’s cover of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” in their “10 Mind-Blowing College Marching Band Cover Songs” published online on Sept. 17.

“It’s only fitting that Temple blows up the song into its most grandiose form with a version loud enough to fill a stadium,” Rolling Stone said in the article.

Others on the list are the Univeristy of California at Berkleley’s cover of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Iowa State University’s cover of No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs” and a Skrillex Medley by Michigan State’s marching band.

The Temple University social media accounts quickly took to both Twitter and Facebook sharing the article on their pages.

The Diamond Marching Band’s performance of the cover can be found on YouTube.