April 21, 2016 |
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.
February 27, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Worried about horse meat in your beef? Try water buffalo, donkey, and goat. South African food scientists said they have found all three in mislabeled foods including beef burgers, ground beef and sausages. A study published by three professors at Stellenbosch University found that 68 percent of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label, with the highest incidence in sausages, burger patties and deli meats. The study found soy and gluten were not labeled in 28 percent of products tested.
December 6, 2011 |
The miniature donkeys that graze at the Mount Laurel homestead of U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan became political fodder as soon as the former Eagles tackle announced his candidacy in 2009. Under a New Jersey law designed to protect farmers from soaring property taxes, Runyan receives a 98 percent tax break on most of his land because he keeps donkeys and sells firewood. Democrats attacked Runyan, whose median net worth is estimated at $7 million, for taking advantage of a farm program to avoid paying the full tax rate on 20 of his 23 acres.
June 16, 1993 |
It's the classic neighborhood bar: all soothing dark wood and low, easy talk and the murmur of a ballgame from a discreet corner television. So it gives you a jolt to walk back out into the harsh, hot day and realize that the neighborhood around Donkey's Place died years ago. No matter. Back inside, where the drawn blinds screen out the boarded-up storefronts that line Haddon Avenue near the hospital named for Our Lady of Lourdes, the folks at Donkey's have created their own neighborhood.
September 24, 1992 |
First, a few tips on how to ride a donkey. 1. Never, never, mount your donkey from behind, a la John Wayne. When you do that, says Tim Whitmer, whose business is donkeys, "you're only asking for trouble, or in the case of some players, excitement. " 2. Keep your hands away from the mouth of the donkey. Most donkeys don't bite, but . . . well, that's why they make you sign a release form, isn't it? Follow these instructions, and the donkey is still likely to buck you off, but hey, what would a game of donkey baseball be like if the players didn't take a tumble once in a while?
January 15, 1998 |
Local animal rights advocates say that Cherry Hill High School West is being, well, asinine. Friday night, the school's Varsity Club hopes the school gymnasium will fill up with at least 200 fans, cheering and laughing as students and faculty attempt to play basketball while riding on the backs of donkeys. Outside in the cold night, activists are expecting about 30 people to protest what they call the abuse of the donkeys used in the popular fund-raising event. "People sitting on the donkeys' backs, pushing them, pulling on them, balls whizzing past their heads - it's not right," said High School East teacher Marilyn Halpern, one of the animal-rights advocates.
April 9, 2007 |
"I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs," declares one diehard gamer in Seth Gordon's winning documentary, The King of Kong. "I play videogames, which is a far superior addiction. " A deep, dark look into gaming culture - pasty-faced guys with astounding hand-eye coordination and an obsession for "retro games" like Pac-Man - Gordon's film focuses on the rivalry between the long-reigning Donkey Kong champion and a nice-guy schoolteacher challenger. In one corner: a long-haired chicken-wings, hot-sauce magnate named Billy Mitchell, who has held the highest Donkey Kong score known to humankind (and nerdkind, too)
July 9, 1992 |
Up on Fairview Hill, shaded from the noonday sun by the walnut and ash trees, and right near the salt lick, the dark-eyed knight guards his jittery children. With swiveling, foot-long ears and hairy, peach-size nostrils, he scans the fields and wood lots almost to distant Barclay Mountain for hint of the approaching killers. Before this knight came several weeks ago, the killers had their way - slaughtering 130 of the sheep he now helps protect in just about a month. They were coyotes.
December 20, 2012
THERE MAY BE SOMETHING unseemly about somebody trying to make money for something that may have more to do with genetics than anything else, but I'm not going to knock a "Housewife" on a hustle. Besides, having a side gig - whether it's selling jewelry, wigs or whatever - is part of what makes acting the fool on Bravo's over-the-top "Real Housewives" series worth the sky-high heels and risk of breaking a nail in a catfight. "Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star Phaedra Parks last week released a new exercise video called "Phine Body," which purports to teach women how to get a backside like her trademark donkey booty.
January 22, 2010 |
Former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan is getting a break on his property taxes for his lavish Mount Laurel homestead - thanks in part to his four donkeys. Runyan, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House, paid $57,000 in taxes last year on five of his acres, which contain his home. But on most of his property - 20 acres - he paid $468 in taxes, according to township records. On his application for a farmland assessment in July, Runyan said he uses five acres as grazing land for his donkeys and 15 for timber, harvesting seven cords of firewood that he sold for $810.