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June 28, 1989 | By Erik Cagle, Special to The Inquirer
"His name was Junkie when we got him," said Patrolman Joe Piduch, "but we changed it to Jocko, a more suitable name for an officer of the law. " On Friday, with his new name and a badge around his neck, Jocko became one of the newest members of the Camden County Sheriff's Department. Jocko, along with Brutus, Snowball, Bullet, Shadow, Patton, Tugger and Bosco, was a member of the first class to graduate from the Camden County Sheriff/Conrail Canine Academy. After the graduation ceremony, the eight police pooches strutted around the Camden County Lakeland Training Complex in Blackwood with their trainers, who are officers from six different police departments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and posed for pictures.
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April 19, 1999 | by Rob Laymon, For the Daily News
It was the annual opportunity for the folks of this quiet "family resort" to act like nuts. You knew the place had gone to the dogs Saturday with the arrival of the first participants in the 14th annual DooDah Parade - 200 basset hounds dressed as clowns, divas, cowboys and soldiers. Also in the ranks was a bulldog - disguised as a basset hound. Later entries, too, proved Ocean City's version of the Pasadena, Calif., original was something less than sober. For instance, there was the Ocean City Swat Team, a group of shambling citizens carrying huge fly swatters.
NEWS
November 17, 1991 | By Deborah Lawson, Special to The Inquirer
KCP is one of only six benched shows remaining in America. Except for Westminster in New York, it's the sole benched event on the East Coast. "Philadelphia's benching system brings the spectator closer to all aspects of a show dog's life than other benched competitions," show chairman Charles Schaefer said. He explained that exhibitors must set up their grooming stations adjacent to the long, divided platforms where dogs and owners stay when canines aren't in the ring or being spruced up. This provides the opportunity for spectators to question breeders and handlers about a dog's care and special qualities.
NEWS
February 19, 1993 | BY MIKE ROYKO
The judging for the grand champion of the Westminster dog show was on TV the other night, and I had no trouble picking a dog to root for. Part of it was a simple process of elimination. Several of the dogs looked like shaggy blankets, balls of yarn or dust mops. One looked like a man's blond hairpiece with tiny legs. I have nothing against little dogs that look like dust mops. I'm sure they make wonderful pets and companions. Even fierce watchdogs, should your home be invaded by midget burglars.
NEWS
October 20, 1988 | By Steve Wartenberg, Special to The Inquirer
She doesn't like the role of favorite, but Radnor's Erika Stenstrom better get used to it. On Saturday, the Radnor sophomore won the Central League singles championship, topping Tricia Lehman of Conestoga, 6-1, 6-3. Last year, Stenstrom finished second to Conestoga's Gayle Miller in the league and district championships and finished third to Miller's first at the state championship. With Miller graduated, Stenstrom is in the uncomfortable role of top dog, instead of the underdog.
NEWS
May 26, 1991 | By Kay Raftery, Special to The Inquirer
Only once in her 13 years as a volunteer did Debbie Brown miss part of the Devon Country Fair. Her son, Thomas, was born on May 20, 1985, the week before the horse show began. Even with that, Brown showed up on the Thursday of horse show week and sat in the hot dog booth while her husband, Carl, took her place at the grill. Brown, who lives in Paoli, started out working in the hot dog booth. She worked her way up to chairwoman for hot dogs before taking over the car raffle, known as the Devon Derby.
LIVING
December 6, 1996 | By W. Speers This article contains material from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today
In a gastronomic upset, Japan's noodle-eating champ, Hirofumi Nakajima bested two-time hot dog titlist Ed Krachie at his own game in a Coney Island mouth-off Wednesday. Nakajima (22, 5-foot-6 and 144 pounds) wolfed down 23 1/4 weiners (buns included) in the allotted 12 minutes to 21 by Krachie (33, 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds). Nakajima was presented with a jeweled mustard yellow belt by the International Hot Dog Federation. "When I walked into the room and heard all those people cheering for the American, I just had to win," said the new champ.
NEWS
August 5, 2005 | Marcianne Waters
Marcianne Waters lives and writes in Moorestown I've lived in Moorestown for 12 years now, and I've always believed it to be America's number one town. Now that Money Magazine agrees, it's official. One of the more charming aspects of Moorestown at the moment is the collection of Nipper Dogs sprinkled through town. There are 30 of these five-foot tall, fiberglass replicas of the RCA company's old trademark, a fox-terrier mix with his ear cocked to hear his master's voice on that great invention, the Victor talking machine, ancient precursor to that great invention, the portable CD player.
NEWS
July 5, 2007 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, two-time Wing Bowl champ Joey Chestnut emerged yesterday as the world's hot dog-eating champion, knocking off Japanese eating machine Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing-yet-repulsive triumph. Chestnut, 23, the great red-white-and-blue hope of the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes - a staggering one every 10.9 seconds - before a screaming Coney Island crowd.
NEWS
May 12, 1995 | By David Mastio, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Rep. Susan Molinari (R., N.Y.) found a stray dog outside a deli on Staten Island the day George Bush was elected president in 1988. She named her new dog George, and six years later she - yes, George is a she - is probably one of the most influential dogs on Capitol Hill. George, a mixed breed, inspired a bill introduced yesterday by Molinari and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D., N.Y.) that would allow more elderly and disabled people who live in government-subsidized housing to keep their pets.
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March 11, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Never in doubt was the presence of creativity. What Bill McAlister wondered was whether a sales sensation was in the room. Something, say, like Hot Buns - the miracle worker for hair, mind you, not sagging buttocks. Or the buckwheat-filled Sobokawa Pillow. Or Urine Gone. Or Mighty Putty. They're behind the more than $2 billion in "As Seen on TV" sales that McAlister, president of Top Dog Direct in Trevose, has helped ring up by bringing products from inventors' workshops to shoppers' carts during his more than 25 years in the direct-response-television industry.
TRAVEL
September 9, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
My best gal pal Olivia and I had just arrived at our Vermont spa destination late one spring evening after a nine-hour drive from central Pennsylvania. I set up my laptop to check my e-mail and Olivia jumped on the queen-size bed and sprawled out on the starched white duvet cover. It was hard to believe that just three months earlier this delightful little Jack Russell terrier mix, whom I had adopted, had been sitting on death row in a Tennessee animal shelter. But here we were in the lap of luxury at the Essex Resort & Spa, ready to start our parent/puppy renewal weekend.
SPORTS
March 21, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
LEBRON JAMES scored 25 points as the visiting Miami Heat overcame a 27-point deficit in the third quarter and won their 24th straight game, 98-95 over the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night to extend the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The Heat are within nine games of matching the record of 33 consecutive wins held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. James and his teammates have insisted the record isn't one of their goals, and for more than 30 minutes the defending champions seemed disinterested and on the verge of losing for the first time since Feb. 1. Miami trailed 67-40 with 7:44 left in the third quarter.
SPORTS
February 13, 2013
Banana Joe , the Affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat, walked off as America's top dog on Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The 5-year-old wagged his tail after earning his 86th best in show title overall, a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. Old English sheepdog Bugaboo's Picture Perfect was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a Bichon Frise, and a smooth fox terrier.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012
FANS OF District 12 baseball still might be wearing black armbands. Why? One year ago this Wednesday, six D-12 teams played first-round games in PIAA state tournaments over four classifications and . . . well, everyone struck out. Though two games were close, the overall score was 44-10 and frustration intensified over Greater Philly's inability to make a baseball dent. The Public League began competing in state playoffs in the 2004-05 school year and the Catholic League signed up for 2008-09.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
UPON FIRST GLANCE, there's a strong temptation to think Oumar Diawara is cool only because he has participated in five sports this school year for Boys' Latin Charter. And, indeed, that's an amazing accomplishment. But Diawara, a 6-foot, 150-pound senior, also deserves praise for his classroom feats (cumulative 3.2 GPA through 4 years), especially with one very important variable in mind. As recently as 7 years ago, English was mostly a rumor to Diawara. Though he was born in Philly, at age 5 he'd been sent to Bamako, Mali, in Africa, to live with his grandfather/namesake, Oumar Diakara.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
A GAME OF Executive Musical Chairs in the animal-welfare world has slowed progress toward making this a "no-kill" city. After less than three years on the job, Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Sue Cosby resigned in order to run the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), a soon-to-expire subsidiary of the PSPCA, which now is seeking a new top dog - its third leader since 2007. A new ACCT starts as a city-created, city-related nonprofit agency on April 1, which is no joke. There are no laughs for the 30,000 dogs and cats that annually languish in cages in the city's shelter.
SPORTS
February 4, 2012
Top Choice Kansas at Missouri, Saturday at 9 p.m., ESPN: The fourth-ranked Tigers get the top dog of the Big 12 - the No. 8 Jayhawks - on their home court in this duel of high-scoring, hot-shooting teams. Missouri will rely on its long-range attack led by 6-foot-3 senior Marcus Dedmon, while Kansas will ride the excellent inside game of 6-9 junior Thomas Robinson, the nation's No. 2 rebounder (12.0 per game). Starting Five Ohio State at Wisconsin, Saturday at 2 p.m., ESPN: The No. 19 Badgers give up 49.5 points per game, fewest in the nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
EYE-CATCHING Jack Russell performances in "Beginners" and "The Artist" have prompted calls for a special Oscar to recognize dog performances. Why, people have asked, can't they throw Uggie ("The Artist") or Cosmo ("Beginners") a bone? As it turns out, there is already a movie award program for dogs - it's called the Golden Collar Award, and Uggie and Cosmo are up for best actor. (Uggie was actually nominated twice this year, for "The Artist" and his work in "Water for Elephants.
SPORTS
December 11, 2011
You could argue this on technicalities, but the reality is that Villanova had been on top of Philadelphia's college basketball heap for the last eight seasons, since Jameer Nelson and Delonte West and the rest from Hawk Hill took over the city in 2003-04. Even two seasons back, when Temple won more games and beat 'Nova and won the Big Five title, the Owls didn't necessarily dethrone the Wildcats, who were a No. 2 seed in that season's NCAA tournament. The Owls' 78-67 victory Saturday at the Liacouras Center won't be the sole top-dog indicator.
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