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.
February 22, 2009 |
My boyfriend, Thomas, and I were vacillating on whether to stay an extra day at Jele's sobe, or guesthouse, in Dubrovnik, but it turned out to be the most magical day of our two weeks floating along the Dalmatian coast. I struck up a conversation with a young girl, a native of Croatia, who raved about her day-long adventure over the rocky coastline and valleys of Croatia's wine region, the Peljesac peninsula. Croatia has a thriving wine region, and you can drive there for the day - who knew?
February 6, 2009
Handsome hedonists go yachting on the Mediterranean - armed with DV cam, party drugs, champagne and galley knives - in the two-thirds thrilling, one-third exasperating Donkey Punch . A photogenic first film from U.K. music video director Olly Blackburn, Donkey Punch opens on the Spanish resort of Mallorca, where a trio of English girls go clubbing, meet three British lads, and are invited back to the fancy boat that they crew....
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.
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)
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)
February 8, 2007
AS A PARENT and alumna of Holy Name of Jesus elementary school, which closed in June after 100 years in Fishtown, I think it is wonderful that the archdiocese is finally addressing this issue. Too many children have been uprooted from their beloved parish schools and far too many parents or guardians have had to deal with not only finding replacement schools, but with the yearly tuition increases as well. There are some programs that assist parents with tuition, but some of us make just a little bit too much and can't enroll in them.
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.
February 3, 2003 |
The donkey in the corner didn't say much. If he had a name, no one at Congregation Shaare Shamayim knew what it was. But as religious congregations across the city struggle with dwindling attendance, the donkey's presence at a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue yesterday spoke volumes about how city churches can stay vibrant even when much of their membership has moved to the suburbs. "We originally wanted a camel," says Jacques Lurie, the frenetic principal of Shaare Shamayim's Hebrew school, known for staging wacky community-building events.
December 10, 2000 |
Hi, kids! Wanna hear about the hottest new board game for the holidays?? It's so new that it hasn't even been PRODUCED yet! (And if any clever game entrepreneurs think they can steal the idea from here, watch out.) The game is called . . . Monopolize! The whole aim, see, is to monopolize the board while jumping ahead from square to square, blocking your opponents' path but being careful to avoid scary pitfalls - men in black robes, lawyers in dark suits, women with big fake eyelashes - that might block your own path.