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October 5, 1986 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Baron sits calmly near his friend, Laurie. Although he's just a youngster, he spends every working day on the third floor of the Dague Agricultural and Natural Resources Center in West Chester. Somehow, he seems to know that when he's at work, he must behave quietly; at home, he unleashes his fun-loving personality. Baron is a 90-pound, 11-month-old black Labrador seeing-eye puppy that is being raised for a year by Chester County 4-H agent Laurie Sicko-Sandow as part of the 4-H puppy project.
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May 5, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A guide dog interrupted a burglary and rescued a 54-year-old legally blind woman from a potential gas explosion early Friday in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. At 2:47 a.m., police were called to the 4700 block of Marple Street in Holmesburg, where they found that the woman had been led out of her house, said Capt. Francis Bachmayer, commanding officer of Northeast Detectives. The house had been filled with natural gas, Bachmayer said. The woman was awakened by her service dog barking, as at least one intruder had entered the house through a rear basement door, Bachmayer said.
NEWS
May 5, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
When Bernie Seitlin came out of Bookbinders at 2nd and Walnut streets after dinner on a spring evening three years ago, he hailed a cab to drive him home. A Philadelphia Yellow Cab driver, however, pulled away from Seitlin as he opened the door, yelling, "I don't want any mutts in here. " Seitlin, of Kater Street near 7th, is blind. The "mutt" in question was his guide dog, a golden retriever named Lucan. Yesterday, Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg ruled the cab company broke the state's utility regulation law and must pay a $500 fine.
NEWS
May 5, 1987 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Just shy of 7 o'clock one night in August 1984, Bernard Seitlin finished dinner at Old Original Bookbinder's and walked out to Second and Walnut Streets with a pal named Lucan to meet the Yellow Cab he had called. The cabbie took one look at Lucan and zoomed away yelling "no mutts. " Lucan, a golden retriever, is Seitlin's guide dog. Seitlin is blind. Commonwealth Court ruled yesterday that the driver's action would cost Metro Transportation Co., operator of Yellow Cab, $500 - compensation for what Seitlin said in an interview was "an ongoing problem.
NEWS
April 5, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Thanks to Viola, Jordan Ortiz won't need to take anyone's arm when she walks across the Rowan University green to accept her diploma next month. Ortiz, who as a child lost her vision to cancer, will let her golden retriever guide the way in style - as Viola has done since freshman year. "She earned her degree, too," Ortiz says. That's why her thoroughly adorable guide dog will walk up to the dais in her own cap and gown May 13. It's also why Ortiz and classmate Danielle Larsen have been helping train a golden retriever named Zara for the last five months.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
NEWS
December 19, 2008 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fledgling Philadelphia lawyer firmly issued a command, then strode confidently across a bustling city intersection, holding tightly to his new lifeline: "a big ball of fluff. " Paul Sullivan, 25, an East Falls resident who has been blind since birth, was completing a training program at the Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., the world's oldest dog guide school. For Sullivan, acquiring his new canine companion, a regal golden retriever named Bravo, was bittersweet. Sullivan lost his first guide dog, Edward, when he was hit by a car on Memorial Day - weeks before Sullivan was scheduled to take the bar exam.
NEWS
June 22, 1987 | By JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writer
Chuck Groom and his longtime friend Jurni made their final journey together over the weekend. Up at the crack of dawn Saturday, the pair started their last day together the same way they began thousands of others over the years: A walk down to the baseball field, then breakfast. Lately, however, the walks have been shorter, the breakfasts lighter. Their daily routine over, the two friends boarded a Route 9 bus in Roxborough and headed down Ridge Avenue for 30th Street Station.
NEWS
October 30, 2003 | By Adam Fifield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since taking the helm of the state's Division on Civil Rights just more than a year ago, J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo has pursued violators of the state's antidiscrimination laws with the zeal of Eliot Ness. The quiet, Venezuelan-born lawyer has earned the praise of civil-rights leaders and veterans of the division who credit him with energizing a sluggish agency plagued by backlogs. "He personifies the saying, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick,' " said Olga Vazquez-Clough, a member of the state Commission on Civil Rights, which advises the division.
NEWS
May 6, 2003 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County judge sentenced a blind man to prison yesterday for kicking his guide dog "Inky" to death a year ago. Judge Paul W. Tressler ordered Craig S. Miller, 43, formerly of Lansdale, to serve four to 23 1/2 months in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Miller also will have to pay $1,000 to the Leader Dogs organization, which trained Inky, a black Labrador, to be a guide dog. Miller's personal problems, including depression, a troubled home life, alcohol and drug use, weren't excuses for his conduct, Tressler said.
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November 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The story seemed too good to be true: Guide dog for blind Holmesburg woman scares off teen burglar who broke into her house and then dials 911 to bring police to the rescue. Turned out it was, as the Philadelphia District Attorney's office acknowledged Thursday in withdrawing all charges against 19-year-old Tomayo McDuffy. District Attorney Seth Williams released a statement saying new information developed by McDuffy's lawyer, William Davis, and further investigation by prosecutors raised "substantial concerns about the victim's prior history and visual acuity.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the day he was born until his high school graduation Friday, 17-year-old blind musician Rocco Fiorentino has experienced major life events a bit earlier than most of his peers. On Friday, Fiorentino, of Voorhees, and his guide dog, Glamour, both with dark blue gowns draped over their shoulders, walked across the graduation stage. "I'm just really grateful to everyone who has helped me through high school and who has been around me and supported me," Fiorentino, the first blind student to go through Eastern Camden County Regional High School and the district, said in an interview before the ceremony.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tamayo McDuffy apparently sized up his next-door neighbor as an easy target: a blind woman who lived alone. McDuffy didn't bargain on a few things, though. Such as the fact that she might recognize his voice. Or that her dog would call 911. That would be Yolanda, the golden retriever guide dog that lay quietly in court Friday as her owner told the remarkable story that ended with McDuffy, 18, being held for trial on attempted murder and burglary charges. "It was the voice of the boy next door," testified Maria Colon, 54. Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Francis, Colon said she went to bed in her Holmesburg rowhouse about 10 p.m. May 3. She said she was awakened by a noise and the sound of her dog growling.
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A guide dog interrupted a burglary and rescued a 54-year-old legally blind woman from a potential gas explosion early Friday in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. At 2:47 a.m., police were called to the 4700 block of Marple Street in Holmesburg, where they found that the woman had been led out of her house, said Capt. Francis Bachmayer, commanding officer of Northeast Detectives. The house had been filled with natural gas, Bachmayer said. The woman was awakened by her service dog barking, as at least one intruder had entered the house through a rear basement door, Bachmayer said.
SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Columnist
"In terms of getting a Ph.D. without the ability to read print, I can say I learned a lot about perseverance in wrestling. " The drill comes at the end of George School wrestling practices. The Cougars go on a four-minute run, and midway through, Terry Christensen lines them up along a wall. Christensen, an assistant coach, gives the perseverance pep talk, which goes something like this: "Your opponent is breathing really hard. Sweat's running in his eye. He's running on empty.
SPORTS
January 21, 2013 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
"In terms of getting a Ph.D. without the ability to read print, I can say I learned a lot about perseverance in wrestling. " The drill comes at the end of George School wrestling practices. The Cougars go on a four-minute run, and midway through, Terry Christensen lines them up along a wall. Christensen, an assistant coach, gives the perseverance pep talk, which goes something like this: "Your opponent is breathing really hard. Sweat's running in his eye. He's running on empty.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
PRIOR TO Hurricane Sandy, some East Coast residents described themselves as anti-government, anti-union, self-reliant, "every man for himself" tough guys. I wonder how these folks feel about being saved from drowning by union members of big-government agencies that are funded by distant taxpayers who have nothing at stake. There are no atheists in foxholes and no libertarians in rescue boats. Jay Lynch Upper St. Clair, Pa. It is Saturday morning after the storm. I'm reading posts on Facebook and it seems like the people in New Jersey and New York are so bad off, I'm half expecting "Mad Max" to pull up with a gas can looking for petrol.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
LAST MONTH'S column on rehabbing handicapped ramps throughout the city was followed by howls of outrage about the cost, hilarity at the placement of some of them and photos from citizens showing some really questionable ramps. Because of changes in federal regulation, Philadelphia (and every other city, town and hamlet in the nation) must install upgraded handicapped ramps meeting new guidelines, including plates with truncated domes that look like bumps the size of elevator call buttons.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By April Saul, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elizabeth Messaros beamed as she ran her hands over Egyptian relics thousands of years old at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The sightless teen, a student at the Overbrook School for the Blind, had a similar experience once at an art museum - but had to wear gloves. "There, we were relying on rubber!" she said. Not so at Penn, where blind and visually impaired visitors had only to wipe their hands clean in between the half-dozen artifacts featured on a "touch tour" designed by Trish Maunder, coordinator of special tours.
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