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July 15, 2012 | By Paul Hagen, For the Daily News
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.
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January 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 20, 1986 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 10, 1994 | By Larry Copeland, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
July 27, 1987 | By JACK McGUIRE, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 25, 2001 | By Mark Stroh INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1998 | By Dennis McCauley, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
April 21, 1997 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 21, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Known as a kind and gentle man, William T. Walsh had to be tough to help manage a household with 15 children, which is how he became known to family and friends as "Sarge. " "My father served time in the Navy, but the name comes from my brother Andrew, who goes by 'Bucky,' " Paul "Chet" Walsh said Thursday. "Bucky was quite the character, but he always kind of found a way to a soft spot in my father. "To keep 15 kids in line, obviously you had to be strict and a disciplinarian. Bucky used to kid him that he was like a sergeant in the Army barking out orders at us. So he became Sarge, and everybody knew that, even his nurse at the nursing home.
SPORTS
June 26, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
LEAVING THE GAME of baseball is difficult, which is why Gary Matthews, aka "Sarge," decided it was not an option after his playing days. He had a 16-year career as an outfielder with five major league clubs, including the Phillies (1981-83). After retiring following the 1987 season, he spent time as a broadcaster and hitting coach before landing a permanent home in the Phillies' broadcast booth in 2007. Matthews missed playing on the Phillies' 1980 World Series-winning team by 1 year.
NEWS
January 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
August 31, 2012 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM
Gary Matthews learned to cook from his mother, who was widowed young and had to go out to work. The same fearlessness Matthews showed at the stove as a lad - and there's nothing he wouldn't try - served him well at the plate in baseball, where his lifetime batting average was .281. It came into play the other day at a cooking demonstration at Reading Terminal Market, where under TV lights, Matthews - color commentator for Phillies broadcasts - prepared seafood chowder in bread bowls for a lunchtime audience.
SPORTS
July 15, 2012 | By Paul Hagen, For the Daily News
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.
SPORTS
August 26, 2011 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
YOU GOTTA love Gary Matthews. During the sixth inning of Wednesday's Phillies game, the former Phillies All-Star turned TV broadcaster, called the Mets a bunch of "crybabies" while on the air. Matthews did so after Mets starter Mike Pelfrey barked at Placido Polanco because he thought the Phillies third baseman leaned into a pitch. After the game, a New York Daily News reporter saw Matthews near the broadcast booth. Matthews took advantage of the opportunity by giving the reporter a message for the Mets and their fans.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2009
I THINK ASSIGNING School District police Officer Robert "Sarge" Samuels (photo at right) to Southern High was a great idea. The only people complaining are the troublemakers. And they get in trouble for mouthing off? Oh, well! Until the parents of these students start teaching them manners, nothing will change - just the number of people who live off the system by protesting everything. Unbelievable. Steven J. Donegan Essington
NEWS
December 17, 2009
AS A PHILADELPHIA police officer of 11 years, assigned to a public high school for the past five, I can identify with the tactics used by school Officer Robert "Sarge" Samuels. We are dealing with a different type of youth today, and most of them without the proper guidance from their own parents. It can be very difficult to deal with them without looking at them as you would your own children. And in doing so, you may tend to be as strict with them as you would with your own. I had the honor of working with Officer Samuels.
NEWS
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
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