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September 6, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A firefighter leaves the scene of a Frankford house fire which sent an unidentified woman to the hospital yesterday. The blaze occurred in the 4400 block of Elizabeth Street.
SPORTS
June 2, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Baseball nut Jack Redfern could have remained at Julia Masterman for all four years of high school. Throughout that stint, however, he would have been miserable to a certain degree. Masterman's only sin, in Redfern's mind, was that it didn't (and still doesn't) offer baseball, so after two years he packed his books and his hopes of gaining at least a sliver of baseball acclaim and transferred to Frankford. Keep in mind, Masterman is among the city's top academic institutions whereas Frankford is a neighborhood school not without its share of problems.
SPORTS
May 6, 1997 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This was Frankford's baseball game to lose. The Pioneers went in undefeated atop the Public League standings, a team of underclassmen antsy to keep their perfect record, and they faced a hungry Central team that sought to dethrone the only team ahead of it. Both teams figured it would be close, and neither conceded it was over until the umpire left the field. Only in the bottom of the ninth, two innings past regulation, did Frankford finally prevail in a game it had led comfortably before falling behind by two runs going into that final at-bat.
SPORTS
October 23, 1993 | By Pete Schnatz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Entering yesterday's home-field showdown with Frankford, Germantown football coach Charlie Hicks was hoping for a test by which to measure his team's improved play over last season. Hicks was still unsure about the Bears, who struggled to a 4-6, fourth- place finish in the Public League's Division B in 1992, but had opened this season by ripping through their first four opponents. "This is a pivotal game for us; it'll show us where we stand in the league," Hicks had told his players.
SPORTS
February 20, 2005 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fourteen titles were tallied, and 14 tales were told at yesterday's PIAA District 12 wrestling tournament. Each District 12 and Public League wrestling champion took a separate path to the top at George Washington High. Both the winner and runner-up in each weight class continue their seasons at the regional championships on March 4-5 at Norristown High. Frankford, which has won nine straight Public League dual-meet crowns, was also the team tournament champion with 287.5 points.
NEWS
December 4, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scanning the list of Public League football champions over the years, one school continues to come up. Frankford. If anything, tradition will be on Frankford's side Saturday, when the Pioneers (7-3) meet Bartram (8-1) for the Public League Championship at Northeast High (2 p.m.). Frankford has won 18 Public League titles outright, its last two years ago under John McAneney, who took over for the legendary Al Angelo. "They might have tradition," Bartram coach Tom Bazis said, "but at the same time, the typical Southwest Philly kid has no respect for tradition.
SPORTS
December 7, 1996 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Had the Public League football final between front-runner Frankford and steady-playing Dobbins been scheduled a month ago, the prognosticators would have flocked to Frankford's bench. Then came the teams' last two games: confidence builders for Dobbins, spine shakers for Frankford. In today's league championship game at 2 p.m. at Northeast High, the Pioneers (10-1), coming off a loss, enter floundering in their championship gait, and once-perceived dark horse Dobbins (9-1)
NEWS
December 5, 1989 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Frankford beat Lincoln, 2-1, to win its third straight Public League soccer championship, Pioneers coach Bill Snyder told his team that a victory would mark the first time in more than 50 years that a Frankford team had achieved such a streak. From 1917 to 1919, the Pioneers won three straight. A victory Thursday at Philadelphia Textile would tie that, he said. So what if he pulled a Joe Isuzu? Actually, Frankford won five straight championships between 1964 and '68. Snyder played on three of those teams.
SPORTS
November 20, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
For reasons that remain unclear, Daniel Antoniuk long ago was tagged "Dizzy" by a brother, and the nickname never left him. Yesterday, though, the operative handle for Antoniuk and his Central High soccer teammates was giddy. With Antoniuk, a 6-2, 170-pound senior midfielder, scoring two goals, the Lancers stunned Frankford, 4-1, in a semifinal at Abraham Lincoln to terminate the Pioneers' amazing 10-year run of Public League championships. "It's about time they lost," Antoniuk said.
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June 25, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
DEEP IN THE heart of Frankford, a few blocks from SEPTA's bustling transportation center, there is a 4-acre oasis of graceful lawns, shade trees, flower gardens, winding pathways, songbirds and serenity. The Friends Of Overington Park, wearing "FOOP" name tags, recently welcomed neighbors to a picnic and a salsa contest - where painful memories of a dish labeled "Trip to the Hospital Salsa" inspired the warning sign: "Salsa is hot! Be careful!" Twenty years ago, when FOOP president Diane Kunze, who introduces herself as "a fanatic gardener," bought her house facing Overington Park on Orthodox Street near Leiper, the former 19th century estate was not an oasis.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Pickup burned down a Frankford factory to get rid of fingerprints from a burglary. But instead of throwing off investigators, the arson led authorities to Pickup - and, on Monday, landed him a federal prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Darnell Jones II sentenced Pickup to five years behind bars and three years on supervised release - what prosecutors had sought - for orchestrating what raged into a four-alarm fire at 2211 Wakeling St. on Dec. 16, 2012. The arson at Arco Sales Co. shut down Amtrak and SEPTA service on the Northeast Corridor line for three hours, and left the naval products manufacturer reduced to ruins.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman was attacked and slashed with a box cutter Wednesday morning while walking into a El stop in Frankford, SEPTA officials said. Transit police were still searching for the suspect in the case Wednesday afternoon, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. The attack happened at 9:27 a.m., officials said, when a woman tried to enter the Margaret-Orthodox station of the Market-Frankford Line and got into an argument with a man inside the station....
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quiet was hard to come by on the second floor of 4740 Frankford Ave., where five apartments had been carved out of a former redbrick rowhouse. There was a bar next door, busy Frankford Avenue outside, and the Market-Frankford El directly across from the front windows on the second and third floors. And then there were the tenants. They could be loud. That's why Jamie Utter didn't call police the evening of March 20, when, moments after hearing a woman's screams for help and a thud, she answered the door and saw her blood-spattered next-door neighbor, Jeffrey Bowen.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
JEFFREY BOWEN came to her apartment door with blood on his forehead, blood on his body, Jamie Utter testified yesterday. Moments earlier on that Friday night, March 20, Utter, who lived next to Bowen on the second floor of a Frankford apartment building, said she heard "some yelling" in Bowen's apartment and "a female voice say, 'Help me!' " She then "heard a couple of bangs, like things being thrown. Then, I heard a thud. " A short time later, Bowen knocked on her door. "Jeffrey came to my door asking for a condom," Utter testified at Bowen's preliminary hearing on murder and related charges.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Aubrey Whelan, Michael Boren, and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the seconds before Amtrak train No. 188 derailed at Frankford Junction, the train's speed surged from 70 m.p.h. to 102 m.p.h. - more than twice the speed limit on the dangerous curve, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday. Just before the crash, with the train traveling at 106 m.p.h., the train's engineer, Brandon Bostian, hit his emergency brakes, NTSB officials said. But it was too late. Two days after the deadliest train crash on the Northeast Corridor in three decades, the revelations on the train's acceleration - while providing the most detailed account yet of the moments before the derailment - raised new questions about the 32-year-old engineer's actions.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TRAINS HAVE barreled down the tracks behind R-Way Gasket & Supply day and night for decades, past the prostitutes parked with johns out front and the man who took a bullet to the head while he polished hubcaps at the car wash next door. The building on Sedgley Avenue near Frankford shakes when the trains come, employee Will Puchalski said, and in the neighborhood he couldn't name, people simply have gotten used to them. "It's really no man's land around here," he said through a gate at the garage yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, STEPHANIE FARR & LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FIVE PEOPLE were killed and at least 53 people were injured — six critically — when a seven-car Amtrak train carrying 238 passengers and five crew members from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed in Frankford last night. "It's a devastating scene," Mayor Nutter said. "It's unbelievable. " Nutter said the train cars were "completely overturned, on their side, ripped apart. " He said that the engine was separated from the rest of the train and that one of the cars was perpendicular to the train.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 12-year-old boy was stabbed once in the back during a fight in Frankford on Thursday afternoon. Police said the fight was a large one, and took place at Saul and Pratt Streets around 3:52 p.m. It was unclear whether the boy, whose name was not released, was involved in the fight or simply in the vicinity, police said, and it was not known how the fight began. No arrests had been made, police said, and the 12-year-old was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
RODOLFO BLANCO, a Frankford barber with neck tattoos, repeatedly told a federal jury yesterday that he did whatever the plainclothes narcotics cops wanted him to do - including staying in a hotel near the airport against his will - out of fear. "I had to do what I had to do for fear of my life, my children," he said, speaking through a Spanish interpreter at the trial of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers. Blanco, 40, who lived with his wife and five kids on the second and third floors above his barbershop, testified that more than 10 cops raided his home on the evening of Feb. 28, 2006, including five who wore masks.
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