June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
May 24, 2014 |
For those who are Shore-bound, Atlantic City Aquarium offers live diver and animal-feeding shows through Memorial Day. From Saturday to Monday, the Live Diver Feeding Show begins at 11 a.m. Guests can observe and interact with the scuba diver while he or she hand-feeds sharks and stingrays in a 25,000-gallon tank. At noon and 3, join in on the fun and help staff feed the stingrays. At 2, the Exotic Animal Show begins, presenting the unusual inhabitants of the aquarium including the 6-foot-long Amazon tree boa constrictor, the inland bearded dragon lizard, tarantulas, and more.
May 16, 2014 |
A legal fight between a Moorestown woman and Burlington County animal welfare workers ended in Municipal Court on Wednesday when 66 charges were dismissed. The charges - 33 criminal and 33 civil - against Kate Decker alleged that she neglected her dogs, because some did not have water. Investigators also said some stacked crates did not have a barrier between the top and bottom, as required by law. Decker, 69, a widow, cares for rescued animals, mostly dogs, in her home and garage.
May 10, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER An East Bradford Township man is suing the Chester County SPCA and the District Attorney's Office, alleging that two shelter staff members falsely represented themselves as authorized humane officers during a raid at his house in which more than 20 of his animals were confiscated. Larry Woodward of Bridge Road contends that his rights were violated when SPCA officials Christina Cain Pelosi and Craig Baxter, along with two police officers, came to his home April 22 with a search warrant.
April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
April 11, 2014 |
MAYBE IT was the phony penises. After years of escalating tensions between the Philadelphia Gun Club and the animal-rights activists who object to the club's semiannual pigeon shoots, club members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the activists of stalking, harassment, trespass, intimidation, defamation, libel and privacy invasion. In a 21-page complaint filed last Friday, eight club members claim that activists from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) harassed and blocked them as they drove in and out of the club's Bensalem grounds, spied on them both at the club and elsewhere, posted their pictures and other personal information online and even glued rubber penises along the club's fence.
April 11, 2014 |
THE LAST OF his kind leads his family on a perilous voyage, with a distinct environmental message - "Rio 2" is "Noah" with funkier music. Bruno Mars contributes a song, as does Janelle Monae, but I was partial to Kristin Chenoweth singing "Poisonous Love" - a ballad that a tree frog sings to her would-be cockatoo boyfriend. The soundtrack and the songs are supervised by Sergio Mendes, who, working with director Carlos Saldanha, has shaped the sequel as a full-on musical, perhaps to capture some of that music/movie "Frozen" synergy.
March 28, 2014 |
LOOKING BACK on it, Lanie Jacobson of Frankford isn't sure what drew her to felines and their finicky ways, how one tabby became two or how two became 200, but she just went with it. Jacobson, according to a sign on a fence at one of her two side-by-side Fillmore Street rowhouses, became a "crazy cat lady. " "No way, that's not an insult, fella," Jacobson, 64, said yesterday in a telephone interview from her home. "It's not an insult at all. Every cat is perfect. " Jacobson runs Animals in Crisis, a nonprofit organization that adopts out cats and, as its website says, hopes to solve feline "abuse, abandonment, and overpopulation" in Philadelphia.
March 13, 2014 |
ANDREA STRAUB, the Main Line Realtor accused of dumping animal carcasses on a neighbor's lawn after the neighbor and Straub put their homes up for sale at the same time, is suing CBS3 for defamation, emotional distress and more, saying the station broadcast "a preposterous and knowingly false story" about the incident. Anchor Chris May , reporter Walt Hunter , news director Susan Schiller and account executive Kim Papay also are named as defendants. Andrea Straub said she lost an annual income of about $500,000 from her job at Prudential, plus $16 million in listings, and was "effectively run out of town" after the story aired June 26. She also received "hate-filled" voice mails, email and letters, she said.
March 4, 2014 |
Jade is a delightful 11-year-old with gorgeous hazel eyes. When asked what she likes most about herself, she replies, "I'm pretty, I'm nice, and I'm good . . . well, most of the time. " She loves animals and hopes to have a career working with them, especially as a veterinarian. However, she's keeping her options open and considering other possibilities. "I want to be a singer, a police officer, or someone famous," she says. Her social worker describes her as beautiful and energetic, and indeed, Jade keeps busy with a variety of activities, including watching television, singing, dancing, listening to the radio, and riding her bike.