July 15, 2012 |
It was a late June game at Citizens Bank Park, and play was about to begin in the top of the fourth inning. Down on the field, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker limbered up in the on-deck circle, while Phillies righthander Joe Blanton took his warmup tosses. Another sellout crowd was in a good mood: the Phillies had a 5-1 lead, and the weather was perfect, with a game-time temperature of 79 degrees. Up in the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, game notes and scorebooks were scattered around the microphones on the desk.
January 27, 2013 |
Meet Sarge - the $10,000 dog. The two-year-old, 60-pound Belgian Malinois is the newest member of the Folcroft Police Department in Delaware County, complete with leather collar, bulletproof vest, and an insatiable appetite for tennis balls. "They think I'm a tennis pro at Modell's," said his partner, Officer Eugene Mackey. Sarge, a bomb-sniffing expert and patrol K-9, is part of a special breed. In smaller police departments such as Folcroft's, the K-9 unit is an endangered species, an immense expense at a time of tight money.
February 20, 1986 |
While thumbing through a two-inch-thick scrapbook filled with old newspaper clippings and photographs, Warminster police officer Thomas Zablocki would stop every few pages to tell a story about his former canine partner, Sarge. "He ate a hoagie on me once," said Zablocki with a chuckle. "I left it in the truck and when I came back, the whole truck had that hoagie smell. And sure enough, there he was eating it. " With expressions of pride and sadness, Zablocki continued through the scrapbook and recalled the days that he and Sarge spent on the force during their seven-year career.
April 10, 1994 |
The Sarge sleeps light. Always has. Since Vietnam anyway, when he lived in heart-pounding terror that cover of darkness would allow the enemy to slip behind the lines. Now Sarge lives among the enemy, in a North Philadelphia apartment building that he and others say the bad guys - the dopers and whores, the pimps and pushers - have just about taken. Sarge - his name is Donald S. Johnson and he's 55, but even the bad guys call him Sarge - and a handful of others are holding out and holding on. Their building, the Antoinette, is not a major complex nor home to hundreds of residents.
July 9, 2009
ARECENT ARTICLE purporting to show that the current Phillies aren't better or worse than last year's team at the same point in the season brought to mind this familiar old joke: A man jumps off a 100-story building. As he falls past the 50th floor, onlookers in an adjacent building shout, "How's it going?" To which he merely shrugs and shouts back, "So far, so good. " Alex von Schlichten, Upper Darby Everyone rips Wheels during Phils games, but when Sarge said, "Keep in mind Victorino does a lot for Hawaii, his home country," not one person corrected him. Come on. Steven J. Donegan, Essington
July 27, 1987 |
A retarded man, who was called "Sarge" because of his lifelong desire to be a policeman, drowned yesterday after he apparently fell from a wall into the Schuylkill in his sleep. William Osterman, 47, whose last address was a rooming house on Ridge Avenue near Scotts Lane in East Falls, was last seen about 7 p.m. Saturday, police said. Following his eviction from the rooming house about two weeks ago, he often slept on a wall along the river where Midvale Avenue meets Kelly Drive in East Falls, police said.
August 22, 2010
Racy-website owners politically active LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Republican Rand Paul's campaign for Senate in conservative Kentucky wouldn't say Friday whether it would return money from a donor who runs an adult website featuring photos of lingerie-clad and nude women. Federal Election Commission records show that Cyan Banister, who founded California-based Zivity.com with her husband, Scott, contributed $4,800 to Paul earlier this year. Banister said in an e-mail Thursday that she sees Paul's limited government views as appealing.
September 25, 2001 |
It's back to Montgomery County for Walter Sikorski. At least for now. A Montgomery County sheriff's deputy and the handler of a cadaver-sniffing dog, Sikorski spent most of last week on Staten Island, N.Y., sifting through the rubble of the World Trade Center in search of human remains. The FBI was so impressed with his work and that of his partner, Lower Salford Police Officer Kim Kratz, that it would like them back immediately. But increased security demands at the courthouse have prevented Sikorski's supervisor, Sheriff John P. Durante, from giving him more time off, Durante said.
June 11, 1998 |
The nighttime battlefield is dark and terrifying. Clutching your assault rifle, you crawl through a forest deep behind enemy lines. A sudden burst of machine-gun fire zeroes in on you with deadly accuracy. With your last remaining bit of strength you reach out and reboot. Don't worry, you won't be alone out there. Battalions of virtual infantrymen have enlisted in what seems to be computer gaming's latest mini-trend - re-creating the travails of the lowly foot soldier. While military simulations have been a gaming staple for years, their focus has usually been on the more glamorous combatants - high-tech fighter jocks and deep-diving submariners.
April 21, 1997 |
She's brown with a white belly, weighs about 50 pounds and has sweet disposition. Her name is Roxie, and she's a 2-year-old pit bull. Her owners don't know if she's still alive. About six weeks ago, she was snatched by two carloads of teen-aged dognappers right out of her North Philadelphia back yard. The thieves tricked the friendly pooch into coming close to the gate for a cuddle. Then they scooped her up, threw her in the back of their car and sped off. What Roxie left behind were tears and heartbreak as her owners, Ira and Patricia Williamson, grieve for their sweet pet as they would for a lost child.