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May 19, 1991
From: Martha E. GagnonEllicott CityI am writing in response to the May 8 Scene you published by Lowell Sunderland.(Howard County Sun, The Scene, "The stubborn fact about donkey ball: It's just plain fun").You state in your Scene advocating donkey basketball that this "sport" is "f-u-n".I ask you, for whom is it f-u-n? I doubt that the animals are having the timeof their lives.I would also ask you, would you accept a "job" with the following conditions?1) You must travel year-round each week, regardless of your desire to do so.2)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
If there was a lesson to be learned at the mule pull and mule jump at the Howard County Fair, it was this: If a mule doesn't want to do something, it won't. In the dusty ring Saturday morning, farmers called mules, cajoled them and even tried to dizzy them by leading them in circles. Some farmers jumped up in the air to encourage the beasts to leap over a plastic bar; the mules paid them no mind. "Mules are a lot different than horses," said Mary Streaker, who, along with her husband, Howard, organized the mule pull at the fair for the past five years.
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By Phyllis Brill | January 18, 1993
Chester, a 5-year-old donkey from Potomac, is among the Marylanders chosen to march in the 1993 Inaugural Parade.So how did he do it?"Chester is very unique -- for a donkey," said Sally Aman, parade spokeswoman. "He has black and white fur, you know."Ms. Aman said more than 500 parade hopefuls applied for the chance to march down Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day. A committee of experts pared the list to 125.Chester wasn't the only donkey to make the final cut. No fewer than four burros, including a female named Irene from Alabama and a pair of Catalonian donkeys from New Mexico, will be there, too."
BUSINESS
March 11, 2013
FEATURES
By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | January 7, 2000
Who would want to see "julien donkey-boy," Harmony Korine's grim portrait of a schizophrenic young man coping with a (what else?) dysfunctional family? Fans of Werner Herzog will want to see it to see the legendary German director in a rare screen performance as a blisteringly abusive father. Followers of Korine, who made a name for himself writing "Kids" and later made the wildly controversial "Gummo," will want to check out his latest flick if only to figure out just what he's up to. And cineastes familiar with Dogme '95, a group of Scandinavian filmmakers who authored a theory of low-tech filmmaking two years ago, may want to see the first American movie to be made under its strict aesthetic guidelines.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 18, 2001
Mike Myers is just fine as the hero, but Eddie Murphy puts the kick back into sidekick in "Shrek," a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since "Best in Show." Myers stars as the title ogre, a green-skinned misanthrope who sets out to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a lava-ringed castle guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. He does so on one condition: that the lord of the realm, a mini-potentate named Farquaad (John Lithgow)
NEWS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | May 2, 1991
Tim Shaw reassures each of his 10 donkeys as he unchains them, one by one. He leads each one to a 10-gallon bucket of water."Don't be afraid of him. He's not going to hurt ya," Shaw repeats as each animal gets its turn to drink.Despite the reassuring words, each donkey approaches the bucket reluctantly as Shaw gently tugs its chain. Each hesitates and glances at the onlooker before taking quick sips from the bucket."Drink some more. It's OK," Shaw urges.He explains that the donkeys are nervous because they aren't accustomed to having people other than their owners watch them drink.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 13, 1998
MEXICO CITY -- With his donkey "Shorty" as his ride and companion, 86-year-old Pedro Jasso Bravo walked for 28 days from northern Mexico to Mexico City to talk with President Ernesto Zedillo.He came to ask Zedillo for help in resolving a land dispute in his native state of San Luis Potosi. Almost nine months later, he is still waiting."I don't know why he won't talk to me," said Jasso. "He won't even answer my requests."With each passing day, though, as Jasso waits for a response in the heart of downtown Mexico City with his black, 13-year-old donkey their celebrity grows.
NEWS
By Christine Spolar and Christine Spolar,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 22, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents answered a week of high-tech assaults by U.S. forces in Iraq with a bit of well-orchestrated, low-tech guerrilla warfare yesterday, using donkeys to mount rocket attacks against two hotels and the nation's Oil Ministry. Rockets soared from launchers hidden in donkey carts in two attacks early yesterday - one on the Palestine Hotel and the former Sheraton in the heart of Baghdad, and one on the Oil Ministry. One American, believed to work for Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., was seriously injured in the hotel attack, suffering wounds to his head and torso.
SPORTS
September 20, 2005
"I've got a better chance of winning the Kentucky Derby on the back of a donkey than [the Ravens] have of winning the Super Bowl with Kyle Boller." SHANNON SHARPE FORMER RAVEN NOW WITH CBS "They can say whatever they want to say. To me, anybody who has to go out of their way to say something negative about somebody else, they're in a lot more pain than I am. I'm not in that kind of pain. You've got to be miserable to go out of your way just to be negative about somebody all the time."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Krishana Davis | January 14, 2013
NeNe Leakes is back in Hollywood with Gregg, renting a fabulous house alongside the celebs. As she tries to get settled in a new zip code, Kenya sent NeNe over some furniture she can use temporarily, including some “interesting” looking statutes. NeNe is hoping that Gregg will be her support system as she is busy with the new move and all of the projects she is working on. NeNe said Gregg needs to be “Mr. Mom and Mr. NeNe too.” Gregg doesn't mind stepping to the plate, but said NeNe needs to release control to Gregg so he can get some things done.
FEATURES
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
Jenny stepped quickly off the trailer into her new home, striding over to Jack, who seemed interested in the fresh arrival. The two donkeys leaned their gray faces toward each other for an instant, then Jack followed her around a bit before Jenny trotted off, exploring the far ends of her fenced pasture. The gray-and-white Jerusalem donkey became the 18th livestock resident of the new Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Eco Retreat in Ellicott City, but that's if you don't count the tabby cat, Barnie.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Janell Sutherland | February 27, 2012
"The Amazing Race" stays in Argentina this week. If you're helping your kid with his geography homework, then let me give you some facts: Argentina is big enough for an 18-hour bus ride within its borders, big enough for the world's highest vineyards and big enough to hold a lot of cows. This show is better than an encyclopedia. Do kids still use encyclopedias these days?   Hey Border Patrol Agents, quit your whining Art and JJ don't believe in solar energy. The Detour was a choice between assembling a solar oven and using it to boil a pot of water, or wrangling a donkey to carry sticks and clay for a mile.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
Before the hapless "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" started doing its accident-prone thing in an endless run of preview performances, the record-holder for costliest Broadway show was "Shrek the Musical. " The latter's $25 million price tag in 2008 seems downright puny compared to the $65 million already caught in the web of that other thing, but at least "Shrek" doesn't seem to present any dangers to cast or audience — not even the danger of being bored. To be sure, this venture from DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions doesn't pack quite the visual or comic punch of the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie that inspired it. Still, as the national touring production of "Shrek" currently at the Hippodrome makes plain, the musical provides a lot of good old-fashioned family entertainment, with cute (and crude)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2011
Eight times a week, Alan Mingo Jr. can't wait to make an ass of himself. The actor and singer, who spent his high school and college years in Maryland, landed the plum role of the wisecracking, hyperactive donkey in the national tour of "Shrek The Musical. " The show about a grumpy green ogre and the feisty princess he sets out to rescue arrives at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for two weeks starting Tuesday. After graduating from Magruder High School in Rockville, Mingo received a free ride to the University of Maryland, College Park in the 1990s.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,Sun Reporter | February 25, 2007
I raised my hand to knock on the door, then paused, thinking about the tragedy that had shocked this quiet community. The day before, a gunman had burst into an Amish school four miles away and shot 10 girls, killing five, then taking his own life. By tracing the name of the father of two of the girls, I was led to this house on a hill on Little Beaver Road in Strasburg, Pa. I didn't want to trouble the family, but I wanted to learn about their daughters and tell their story. Still, I felt like an intruder as I ran my eyes over a pair of small black shoes that sat on the porch.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
If there was a lesson to be learned at the mule pull and mule jump at the Howard County Fair, it was this: If a mule doesn't want to do something, it won't. In the dusty ring Saturday morning, farmers called mules, cajoled them and even tried to dizzy them by leading them in circles. Some farmers jumped up in the air to encourage the beasts to leap over a plastic bar; the mules paid them no mind. "Mules are a lot different than horses," said Mary Streaker, who, along with her husband, Howard, organized the mule pull at the fair for the past five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2004
Here's a look at new titles that offer gamers everything from fights to play-along tunes to a shot at world domination. Mortal Kombat: Deception Bloody bouts and ultraviolent finishing moves make Midway's fighting game the target of rancor among parents and politicians. But compared with the gritty realism in many violent games, Mortal Kombat: Deception, the sixth in the series, is almost cartoonish. Impaled warriors and exploding body parts make this game a big no-no for youngsters, but it has turned into more than just a gore fest.
NEWS
By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | April 20, 2006
KENNEDYVILLE -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings had a question for hog farmer Jennifer Debnam as she handed him a plastic bag of boar semen. "UPS delivers this?" he asked, warily. "Yes, UPS or FedEx," Debnam replied as she held the tools used for artificially inseminating sows. "I just did a tour the other morning of UPS," said Cummings, with a chortle. "Now, I have a new appreciation for them." It's less than a two-hour drive from Democrat Cummings' Baltimore district to this Eastern Shore town.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 11, 2005
Say what? The N-word, the F-word ... talk about having to keep your finger on the "bleep" button. All five record-of-the-year Grammy Award nominees are sprinkled with raw lyrics -- enough to keep the Recording Academy and CBS-TV execs sweating as much as the artists, especially because all five songs would typically be performed during the live Feb. 8 telecast. Here's what the CBS censors are up against: Kanye West's "Gold Digger" repeatedly uses the N-word in its sing-along refrain and the F-word turns up in Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," as it did in the group's "American Idiot," nominated in the same category last year.
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