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.
May 13, 2014 |
GINNY DOYLE had nerves of steel from the free-throw line, where she once set an NCAA record by downing 66 consecutive shots - then humbled a male sportscaster who'd doubted her by going 20-for-20 in a head-to-head challenge. But Doyle, an Archbishop Ryan High School hoops star in the 1980s, seemed jittery - although excited - as she waited Friday to board a hot-air balloon in Virginia, adding an "#anxiety" hashtag to a tweet of her standing beside the balloon's basket. "Getting ready to go up!"
May 12, 2014 |
Ginny Doyle was a slick free-throw shooter at Archbishop Ryan High School whose love of basketball took her to the job of associate head coach for the women's basketball team at the University of Richmond. Chris Mooney, who also played basketball at Archbishop Ryan when Doyle played there and who is head coach of the Richmond men's team, told The Inquirer he learned around 11 p.m. Friday that Doyle had been aboard the doomed balloon. Mooney said Doyle was an excellent recruiter who loved to talk about coaching.
March 23, 2014 |
THE ICONIC Channel 6 ZooBalloon will "soar once more" in the Philadelphia skyline following its controlled deflation last month, Mayor Nutter said yesterday. "I am honored to make this announcement and thrilled that we will all have the opportunity to fly in the ZooBalloon, including myself," Nutter said. The harsh winter and heavy snowfall damaged the tethered helium balloon that hovered over the Philadelphia Zoo for more than a decade. Despite efforts to minimize the impact of the volume of snow this winter, immediate deflation was necessary to ensure safety, zoo officials said.