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January 30, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN ALL of Comcast's legal and financial minds got together to discuss a purchase of NBC, do you think any of them raised the hypothetical question: "Do we have a corporate position on donkey semen?" That was the question du jour for the media conglomerate after "Fear Factor" shot an episode this past summer in which contestants were challenged to drink a glass of donkey semen (and one of urine, you know, as a cocktail) and some of them did - because one's thirst for cash knows no limits.
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August 5, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With dedication and stubbornness, Robert A. Lucas spent his life serving up cheesesteaks and drinks in a Camden bar whose reputation seemed to draw attention to the city for all the right reasons. The owner of Donkey's Place had no qualms about keeping his menu simple and his bar frills-free, and maintaining the business in the struggling city in which he was born. "He used to say this thing," his wife of 39 years, Elsie, said. "You sit them down and feed them, and they go out with a smile on their face.
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August 5, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Staff Writer
Oh, the woes of an unwanted Democratic donkey. Imagine being abandoned by New York, of all places. More understandable might be rejection by Guam, American Samoa, or even Connecticut, but the Empire State? The bluest of blues, birthplace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and home to Hillary Clinton? In the end, it is all the same for four spurned fiberglass burros that were part of the herd of 57 scattered about Philadelphia to promote last week's Democratic National Convention. They won't be going home, their delegations unwilling to pay their shipping costs.
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January 31, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain has traveled the globe in pursuit of culinary adventures for his travel and food shows, sampling delicacies such as cobra in Vietnam, iguana in Nicaragua, and warthog in Africa. This week, he dined on cheesesteaks from Donkey's Place in Camden, one of the city's most beloved lunch spots since it opened more than 70 years ago. On Monday, Bourdain and his camera crew crowded into the Haddon Avenue tavern and Bourdain savored a "Donkey steak," the restaurant's famous thinly sliced steak sandwich, served on a round, poppy-seeded kaiser roll instead of the traditional long roll.
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July 14, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITER
On early Tuesday morning, as the rest of the city was fast asleep, environmental activists left paper "donkey droppings" beneath twenty Democratic National Convention donkey statues around the city. The environmental group Food & Water Watch left the additions to protest the Democratic Party platform, which does not include a call for a ban on fracking. Food & Water Watch will also protest the DNC by marching from City Hall to Independence Hall at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 24. The protest was meant to visually show how the party really stinks, said artist Tamara Clements, who has a personal investment in environmental reform.
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March 12, 1987 | By Jane Eisner, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is difficult to say whether the recent headline-grabbing tale of Blackie the donkey stems more from the British obsession with animals in distress or from Fleet Street's obsession with itself. There's ample historical evidence for both. This is, after all, a nation that will rally to even the faintest signal of a bird or mammal in need. A nation that invented the term "animal welfare" and now has refined it to an art. A nation that generously supports such charities as the Mule Society, the National Fancy Rat Society, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and the Tortoise Trust.
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February 27, 2012 | Staff Report
A three-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike left the driver of pickup truck pulling a horse trailer seriously injured and snarled southbound traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike for most of the morning. Three distressed horses and a donkey were removed from the trailer pulled by the pickup and taken to a nearby farm, where they were treated for cuts and bruises. Police said the crash occurred near Exit 7A in Robbinsville about 5:15 a.m. when a tractor-trailer rammed the horse trailer, pushing the pickup under the trailer of another rig. It took rescue crews 2 1/2 hours to extricate the driver from the mangled wreckage of the pickup.
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November 21, 2000 | By Peggy Noonan
For many years there has been a famous phrase that derives from the 12-step recovery movement. It refers to a thing that is very big, and obvious, and of crucial importance, that people around it refuse for whatever reason to acknowledge. It's called "the elephant in the living room. " There is an elephant in the living room in the Florida story. Actually, it's a donkey. And actually, there are a number of them. When the story of the Florida recounts and hand-counts and court decisions is reported on TV and in the newspapers, the journalists uniformly fail to speak of the donkey in the living room.
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May 11, 2012 | Chris Brennan
Former Gov.Ed Rendell on June 5 will release an autobiography wrapped in a political manifesto about what he calls the "Wussification of America. " The book, A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great, is classic Rendell. He marvels at his own clever political instincts, complains about the attention of the media and waxes wonkish on issues he holds dear, such as investing in the nation's infrastructure of roads and bridges. Some highlights: No Rendell book would be complete without a few bawdy bits.
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July 15, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
First, the good news: All of the decorative "donkeys around town" are safe and accounted for. Now, the scare: Two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys, representing Democratic delegations from U.S. states and territories and posed artfully around Philadelphia to celebrate the upcoming Democratic National Convention, went missing briefly. The donkey representing Guam, perched at the top of the iconic steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was picked up and tossed into some nearby bushes, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the DNC host committee.
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August 13, 2016
The biggest hits of the Democratic National Convention - besides the Clintons, the Obamas, Cory Booker, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan - might have been the 57 colorful Donkeys Around Town. The fiberglass figures, each representing a state, U.S. territory, or Democrats living abroad, attracted both conventioneers and area residents. Coupled with a scavenger hunt app that had 2,213 participants combing the city Pokémon GO-style, the donkeys dressed up and showed off Philly, drawing thousands to shops, restaurants, museums, and public squares that visitors otherwise might have missed.
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August 6, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
"Caryn Kunkle is off the deep end," sighed former Gov. Ed Rendell, head of the Democratic National Convention host committee. He was reacting to accusations by Kunkle, CEO of the arts advocacy site ArtJawn.com, that the artists who painted the DNC donkeys were misled in their contracts. Fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys have romped around Philadelphia since July 1, each representing a state or territory. The initiative, Rendell's brainchild, was funded by the host committee. ArtJawn and the Mural Arts Program sorted through applications.
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August 5, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Staff Writer
Oh, the woes of an unwanted Democratic donkey. Imagine being abandoned by New York, of all places. More understandable might be rejection by Guam, American Samoa, or even Connecticut, but the Empire State? The bluest of blues, birthplace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and home to Hillary Clinton? In the end, it is all the same for four spurned fiberglass burros that were part of the herd of 57 scattered about Philadelphia to promote last week's Democratic National Convention. They won't be going home, their delegations unwilling to pay their shipping costs.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
First, the good news: All of the decorative "donkeys around town" are safe and accounted for. Now, the scare: Two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys, representing Democratic delegations from U.S. states and territories and posed artfully around Philadelphia to celebrate the upcoming Democratic National Convention, went missing briefly. The donkey representing Guam, perched at the top of the iconic steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was picked up and tossed into some nearby bushes, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the DNC host committee.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, STAFF WRITER
On early Tuesday morning, as the rest of the city was fast asleep, environmental activists left paper "donkey droppings" beneath twenty Democratic National Convention donkey statues around the city. The environmental group Food & Water Watch left the additions to protest the Democratic Party platform, which does not include a call for a ban on fracking. Food & Water Watch will also protest the DNC by marching from City Hall to Independence Hall at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 24. The protest was meant to visually show how the party really stinks, said artist Tamara Clements, who has a personal investment in environmental reform.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
On a sun-drenched Philadelphia day, Lynnette Shelley settled outside a warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal, paintbrush in hand. The warehouse didn't allow for much natural light, and to finish her masterpiece on the sixth day (on the seventh, she rested), she needed to see its vivid colors and make sure they matched. She touched up images of flora and fauna, and complex geometric patterns, until her donkey was resplendent. Let's backtrack a bit. On Friday, in celebration of the Democratic National Convention, 57 fiberglass donkeys are coming to town, courtesy of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the city Mural Arts Program, and ArtJawn.
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April 21, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Get a kick out of this: 57 painted fiberglass donkeys are coming to town. The Democratic National Convention's host committee announced Tuesday that the painted donkeys - representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Democrats abroad - will be scattered across Center City to drum up excitement for the convention and draw tourists to different parts of town. "It did come out of my fertile and overactive mind, but it had some rational basis," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the host committee, at a news conference announcing the donkeys.
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February 7, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
Dropping everything and heading west is a romantic notion people dream of but rarely carry out. Bucking the norm, a young South Philadelphia couple are preparing for just such an unlikely journey: a trek on the backs of a horse and a donkey, in the company of a dog. People can decide whether they're bold, or crazy, or simply not yet 30 years old. "We like to take plunges into things," easygoing Christian Muniz, 25, said. "Everybody who knows us says it makes sense," his hard-charging wife of eight months, Deidra Slough, 27, said.
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August 5, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With dedication and stubbornness, Robert A. Lucas spent his life serving up cheesesteaks and drinks in a Camden bar whose reputation seemed to draw attention to the city for all the right reasons. The owner of Donkey's Place had no qualms about keeping his menu simple and his bar frills-free, and maintaining the business in the struggling city in which he was born. "He used to say this thing," his wife of 39 years, Elsie, said. "You sit them down and feed them, and they go out with a smile on their face.
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April 17, 2015 | Christine M. Flowers, Daily News Columnist
IT'S POPULAR to say that age is just a number. I never understood that statement. Aside from being self-evident, the implication that age is irrelevant makes absolutely no sense. Age is a number that means a lot of things, including how much you have accomplished, experienced and, perhaps most importantly, the mistakes you've avoided making during a lifetime. But when we say "age is just a number," it's as if we're trying to minimize the negative perception of being "older. " I put that word in quotation marks because its connotation has evolved over recent decades.
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