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.
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.
October 23, 2012 |
It's Elephants-Donkeys vs. Bears-Lions and Cardinals-Giants. A battle royal! The third and final presidential debate tonight goes up against heavy TV competition: not only Monday Night Football , in which the Chicago Bears face off against the Detroit Lions, but also the seventh and deciding game of the National League Championship Series between baseball's San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals. A Game Seven is big: It determines who goes to the World Series to play the Detroit Tigers.
October 26, 2008 |
With ancient dhows fishing offshore, an absence of cars, and astoundingly vast and empty beaches, the Indian Ocean port of Lamu seems a bit like The Land That Time Forgot. But it wasn't until my daughter, Lissa, rode a donkey down the main thoroughfare that we truly appreciated the enchantingly weird charm of the place. This was our last stop on the Kenyan coast and, in all ways, the most memorable. Most visitors to Kenya go for safari, and that, indeed, was the first part of our trip.
June 13, 1988 |
It was Vice President Bush's first major post-primary assault on Michael S. Dukakis, and it was a dilly. Appearing at the Texas Republican Convention, the son of Andover, Yale and Kennebunkport, Maine, attacked as an elitist the son of Greek immigrants who brown-bags his lunch and rides the subway. "When I wanted to learn the ways of the world, I didn't go to the Kennedy School, I came to Texas," Bush said. "I didn't go to a symposium on job creation, I started a business. I didn't study a monograph on the effects of economic growth, I met a payroll.
November 22, 2003 |
A barrage of rockets fired from two donkey carts yesterday morning pounded Iraq's Oil Ministry and two downtown Baghdad hotels used by Western journalists and contractors. The attacks wounded one person seriously and shattered a week of relative calm in the embattled capital. Soldiers found a third, unfired donkey-cart launcher with 21 rockets near Kurdish Party headquarters. "These are spectacular attacks intended to capture headlines," said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmett, the chief coalition military spokesman in Baghdad.
December 10, 1993 |
When the shepherds arrive in Bethlehem - ummm, make that Mount Laurel - to search for Jesus, you can be sure they'll come across donkeys, sheep and cows, in addition to Mary and her newborn son, Jesus. But, it doesn't look like they'll run into any camels. There won't be any in the humble stable with Mary and the boy, and there most likely won't be any in the whole town. Camels, it seems, are hard to find. And expensive when found. For this 12-scene Nativity dramatization at Fellowship Baptist Church in Mount Laurel, church organizers have searched long and hard for at least one humped, long-necked mammal from the desert to round out their elaborate cast of animals.