AP, Inquirer report Tom Corbett is next Pa. governor

The Associated Press and Philadelphia Inquirer declared Republican Tom Corbett the winner of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. With 82 percent of the precincts reporting, Corbett is in the lead with 53 percent of the vote versus his opponent Democrat Dan Onorato’s 47 percent.

Corbett, currently the state attorney general, will follow eight years of Democratic leadership by Gov. Ed Rendell, who will finish his two terms as governor in January. Prior to Rendell, Republicans Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker held the Pa., governor’s seat from 1995 to 2001 and 2001 to 2003, respectively.

President Hart likes Meryl Streep and rocks a condo and a hard hat, Inquirer reports

Akira Suwa / Inquirer Staff Photographer

Temple’s somewhat elusive president – have you ever seen her since freshmen convocation? – was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer today talking about the university’s 20/20 plan, reported on last week by Kali Wyrosdic of The Temple News, Temple’s relationship with the North Philly community and – well, just read the excerpt below:

She’s an avid reader and a Meryl Streep fan, and prefers modern decor. Hart is proud of her four daughters: a medical doctor, a toxicologist, an architect, and a health administrator about to start her own business. She keeps lots of photos of her grandchildren, although she no longer runs a slide show of them on her office computer – it uses too much energy.

To read the full article, click here and tell us what you think of the president’s big plans for Temple. Is it too early to be thinking about more renovations or is President Hart on the right track?

TTN letter published in Inquirer

In our final issue, the Editorial Board criticized the choice of President Ann Weaver Hart as the highlighted commencement speaker this year in the 125th anniversary.

In turn, Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin criticized us saying “these speeches are not for [students].” He also implied many would be hungover for the ceremony itself.

Not ones to take such stereotypical criticisms lightly, TTN responded with a letter, which was published in Monday’s Inqurier. Take a look here (it’s the first one).

Daily News to become Inquirer edition

Chasing the tail of the news that the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer’s parent company¬†filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy about a week ago is an announcement that, as of March 30, the Daily News will be labeled “an edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.”

According to a philly.com story by Dave Davies of the Daily News, the change is being implemented so that the Audit Bureau of Circulation will regard the two papers as a single publication with one circulation number. The papers, Davies reports, will remain separate and unique, and no content will change.

Two men shot dead south of Main Campus

From the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s From the Source, a breaking news blog:

Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

Homicide detectives are investigating the slayings of two men shot dead on a North Philadelphia street last night.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to the intersection of 10th and Master Streets and found Daheem White, 21, and Hassan Baldwin, 25, both dead of multiple gun shot wounds.

Investigators have no motive or suspects in the slayings.

Inquirer, DN file for Chapter 11

Ironic that the headline of Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer was “A Measure of Relief.”

Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C., which not only owns the Inky but also the Daily News and philly.com, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. The company faces $390 million of debt. TTN has learned an e-mail has been sent to staff members.

The company attributes “advertising downturn, rising costs for newsprint, and the migration of readers to the Internet” as causes for the profit loss.

However, the filing will not affect the daily production of the paper. A restructuring of the organization is expected.

Tyler not ‘artsy’ enough for one critic

Inga Saffron, the Inquirer’s architecture critic, had some harsh words to share about the new Tyler School of Art building at 12th and Norris streets. Agreeing with some Tyler students, she’s not happy.

Despite Tyler’s importance to the university, Temple dumped what should have been a statement building at the far end of the campus universe, plopping it down seemingly at random, so that its main entrance looks out onto the dumpsters for the Biology-Life Sciences Building.

Saffron goes on to say the “enormous, sprawling building, whose exterior resembles a run-of-the-mill high school, fails to forge a desperately needed sense of place,” as it lies among a hodgepodge of campus buildings.

She also takes a jab at the “morbidly obese” Alter Hall, “a mausoleum for the egos of the nation’s financial titans.”

Your thoughts? Do Temple’s newest buildings have a place on the crowded campus?

Photo courtesy of Temple.