July 31, 2016 |
Patriotic flurries of straggler confetti drifted from the high altitudes at the Wells Fargo Center throughout the morning Friday, adding to the piles of confetti blanketing the arena floor long after thousands of exuberant Democratic National Convention attendees had left the city. While the party celebrated into the night, Wells Fargo workers using "spikes on a stick" began popping the thousands of balloons released after Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her party's presidential nomination.
July 24, 2016 |
Travis Dredd is an ex-Marine, so not much scares him - except the thought of a failed balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention's climactic moment Thursday night. "Since 2004, that's been my nightmare," said Dredd, 45, deputy chief executive for the Democratic National Convention operations. "In 2004, they didn't fall right away. I have nightmares about that happening again. " As much as Dredd supports Hillary Clinton, his current gig is anything but political. Dredd is in charge, on behalf of the entire Democratic party, of making sure that everything is set up for the convention at the Wells Fargo arena.
May 25, 2016
The long: Year-round, the zoo's most outwardly visible, helium-filled attraction rises above the Schuylkill, inciting pleas of, "Can we?" every time you pass. Yes, you can. The short: A 10-minute rite of passage for Philly kids. The demo: All ages. Must be at least 9 to ride without a grown-up. The wait: On a recent, unusually sunny weekday, about 25 minutes. Weekends: Arrive early. How high: The tether stretches 400 feet - high enough to warrant warning flags to low-flyers not to pass underneath.
November 28, 2015 |
Amid spectacular weather conditions, America's oldest Thanksgiving Day parade went off without a hitch in Philadelphia on Thursday morning, featuring the usual complement of bands and balloons, as well as a marriage proposal from one spectator on bended knee. Missing from the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, fortunately, were security threats. Following the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris, New York City had substantial security along the route of its nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
October 15, 2015 |
The first thing that Mae Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut, saw through the window of the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992 was her hometown of Chicago. "I thought about that little girl who grew up wanting to go into space," she said. "And so, the first thing to happen to me there was this huge smile. " She wore that smile Tuesday morning into the gym of Kearny School at Sixth Street and Fairmount Avenue, where - greeted by children wearing neon construction-paper crowns dotted with stickers of spaceships and stars - she spoke about her experiences as an astronaut and her belief that "daring makes a difference.
March 15, 2015 |
The worn and delicate newspaper under careful watch inside Deptford Township's municipal building - an inked record that has survived since the presidency of George Washington - does not mention the Gloucester County town. Yet those who know the events of Jan. 9, 1793, understand that a small story tucked inside, about a "majestic" hot-air balloon flight, has Deptford written all over it. On that day 222 years ago, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard left Philadelphia for the sky in a spectacle that attracted the nation's first commander-in-chief and future Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
October 31, 2014 |
The helium-filled balloon deployed to search for Eric Frein has been returned to Ohio. "Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area, the balloon was not as helpful, as everyone hoped it would be," Pennsylvania Trooper Tom Kelly said. The dense woods of the Poconos have hampered every method of searching for Frein, police said. The terrain has made it difficult for officers to search for the alleged killer on foot, with search dogs, helicopters, and now with an unmanned balloon.
October 28, 2014 |
A helium-filled balloon has joined the manhunt for Eric Frein. The round Mylar balloon was deployed to offer aerial surveillance over the woods where police are searching for the accused killer of a state trooper, Pennsylvania state police said Monday. The state police borrowed the balloon, which transmits video images, from the Ohio Department of Transportation, said Trooper Tom Kelly. Unlike helicopters, the device is silent. It offers the same search capabilities as other aviation equipment, Kelly said, "at a fraction of the cost.
June 18, 2014 |
The pilot of a hot-air balloon died Sunday morning when he fell out during a landing in an East Pikeland Township field and was crushed under the basket, police said. The basket was carrying 10 passengers. Jeffrey Hooten, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., fell when he reached out of the balloon's basket to pull a rope that would deflate the balloon around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, said East Pikeland Police Chief James Franciscus. The Federal Aviation Administration said Hooten fell when the balloon bounced after it struck the ground, according to preliminary findings.
May 17, 2014 |
Funeral services have been set for Ginny Doyle, 44, the University of Richmond women's basketball associate head coach, who was killed Friday, May 9, in a hot-air balloon accident near Doswell, Va. Coach Doyle and two others died after the balloon struck a power line and caught fire about 8 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating. At basketball games around the country, players and officials paused in a moment of silence earlier this week to memorialize the tragedy.