June 28, 1990 |
Residents in the 4500 block of G Street, armed with lawn chairs and placards, today protest an infestation of rats from the old Harrowgate incinerator on the 4700 block. Neighbors demanding a cleanup say people have been leaving waste outside the fence of the facility, which has been used recently only as a refuse transfer station.
July 19, 1993 |
One reason I tend to be optimistic to the point of idiocy is because I've noticed that nothing one learns ever goes to waste. For years, I thought the nadir of my formal education was an unhappy brush with experimental psychology in which I accidentally drove a rat nuts. I was attempting to fulfill a science requirement without having to take something serious, such as physics. They gave me a Skinner box and a nice little white rat. I was supposed to teach my rat he had to press the bar in the Skinner box to get a food pellet; he learned in no time flat.
March 29, 1995 |
Mobster Lawrence Merlino was slipped into a judge's anteroom yesterday to plead guilty to third-degree murder in the 1985 murder of Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso, the Daily News has learned. Merlino is said to have agreed to testify for the prosecution in the retrial of imprisoned crime boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and six others in the D'Alfonso hit. "If it is true that Merlino pleaded guilty in exchange for his testimony, then there is no pride" in the district attorney's office, said Scarfo's lawyer Norris E. Gelman.
December 16, 1993 |
Haywood Fennell has spent 25 years in prison because he has refused to violate the inmates' code against ratting on a pal, the prosecutor said. Yesterday, Fennell, now 43, continued his devotion to the code by refusing to testify against Stephen Watkins, 44, whom he originally implicated in a statement to police in the stabbing death of Joseph Hayes, 42, during a 1968 robbery. The district attorney's office brought Watkins to trial because Fennell had said he was ready to testify.
April 23, 1988 |
The president of a Philadelphia company that supplies food to school cafeterias said yesterday that it was "purely accidental" that a rat choked to death on a cracker supplied by his firm. In an experiment similar to those performed often in other schools, sixth graders at Harrison Elementary School recently fed one rat junk food and another food from the school cafeteria to observe the effects of the different diets. On Thursday the rat eating the cafeteria food died. "In all these years of providing this program at no extra cost to school systems, we have never lost a rat," said Richard Levin, president of Blue Ribbon Services, which has sponsored similar experiments at Harrison and other schools over the last three years.
August 5, 1994
Just when we thought a few areas of natural law were settled, along comes the case of the fellow in Hillside, N.J., who has been charged with unlawfully (and unceremoniously) executing a rat in his garden. This is not so much a matter of due process: The rat was railroaded, no question. No, the charges involve the method of execution: The rat was thwacked to death with a common broom handle. (Admittedly, cruel. But in the history of rat oppression, hardly unusual.) The accused - a small-time tomato gardener named Frank Balun, 69 - doesn't deny the hit. In fact, it was he who called the American Humane Society in the first place, having trapped the rat in a squirrel cage upon discovering him nibbling the tomato plants.
July 10, 1988 |
Greg Huttie knew last year would be difficult to top. In 1987, Huttie's team, the Rathskellar, dominated the West Chester Adult Baseball League like no team had for five years. The Rat became the first team since Englund's in 1982 to win the regular-season race, the playoff championship and the Fourth of July Tournament. This year, the Rat is in the hole. Norristown captured the annual Fourth of July Tournament, defeating the defending champs in the final game, 6-3, last Sunday afternoon at Hoopes Park.
July 10, 1986 |
While predicting that trash accumulating from the municipal workers' strike will likely turn out to be more of a nuisance than a health hazard, experts say that rat bites and bacterial infections could result because of the mounting garbage, particularly at the temporary dump sites. The garbage, rotting in 90-degree-plus weather, not only will attract rats, but also flies and other insects, stray dogs and possibly raccoons, experts say. "The garbage that is sitting out is a food supply for bacteria and animals and insects," said Stanley Mayers, a professor in public health at the Pennsylvania State University.
August 12, 2010 |
A trip to a variety store resulted in post traumatic stress disorder for a Delaware County man who says he was shopping for a ribbon when he was attacked by a rat. In a suit filed this week in Philadelphia, Bernard King, of Sharon Hill, said he suffered "mental anxiety and anguish and severe shock to his entire nervous system" following a Mar. 23 visit to the Dollar Tree at the Penrose Plaza in Southwest Philadelphia. King, a 50-year-old roofer, needed a ribbon to wrap a birthday present for his daughter, his attorney said.
August 13, 2010 |
A trip to a variety store is said to have resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder for a Delaware County man who said he was shopping for a ribbon when he was attacked by a rat. In a suit filed this week in Common Pleas Court, Bernard King of Sharon Hill said he suffered "mental anxiety and anguish and severe shock to his entire nervous system" following a March 23 visit to the Dollar Tree store at Penrose Plaza in Southwest Philadelphia. King, a 50-year-old roofer, needed a ribbon to wrap a birthday present for his daughter, his attorney said.