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January 29, 1992 | By Timothy Cornell, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
William MacBride says he was just trying to save his dog and horse from going nuts that June day in 1987 when he shot at a hot air balloon as it floated over his East Brandywine house. They were going crazy, his attorney said in Chester County court yesterday, at the sight of the 65-foot "monster" balloon looming low over his lawn. This is the second trial for MacBride, who is charged with three counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment. He was convicted on all three charges in March 1988.
NEWS
July 11, 1990 | By Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia man was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing a pair of binoculars from the balloonists who inadvertently landed in a vacant lot at 7th and Oxford streets Saturday, police said. Acting on a tip from the Daily News, police went to the home of James "Big Boy" Williams, 31, on Franklin Street near Master to charge him with the theft, police said. But Williams wasn't home, and Detective Sgts. Gerard Duffy and Shawn Trush returned to East Detectives headquarters, only to find Williams sitting there, being booked on unrelated robbery charges, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
May 13, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown hired a balloonist to show its 1,200 students how weather controls hot-air balloons, and yesterday, they learned it in one quick lesson. A gust of wind tore the balloon from its moorings, tossing it against a utility pole, and four students and a nun suffered minor injuries when they were hit by one of the mooring ropes as it whipped through a crowd of students and teachers encircling the football field. The accident also knocked out power to some 1,800 customers.
REAL_ESTATE
August 2, 1991 | By Robert J. Bruss, Special to The Inquirer
Almost three years ago, we bought our first home. We got an 80 percent first mortgage and the seller carried back a 10 percent second mortgage. Our problem is that the second mortgage comes due next month, and we don't see how we can pay off its balance of almost $20,000. Because the home has not gone up in market value, we can't find anyone willing to lend us the $20,000 we need to pay the balloon payment, as we have so little equity in our home. Any ideas? As you now know, short-term balloon-payment mortgages can burst too early - before the home buyer has had a chance to build much equity in the property.
NEWS
May 13, 1986 | By Donna Shaw and Larry Lewis, Inquirer Staff Writers
A strong wind spun a 60-foot hot-air balloon being used in a science experiment from its mooring at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown yesterday and battered it into a power line, injuring the pilot. Four students and a nun on the ground also were injured. Principal Ronald J. Valenti said the nun and students were struck about 1:30 p.m. by a thick mooring rope that whipped through a crowd of students and faculty members who had assembled for the filling and launching of the balloon in observance of the first day of National Science Week.
NEWS
October 24, 1990 | By Susan FitzGerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
Borrowing a technique used to treat heart disease, doctors are experimenting with a balloon device to unblock the Fallopian tubes of women with infertility problems. Researchers say the new approach could offer help to some of the hundreds of thousands of women who cannot get pregnant because of a tubal blockage. In a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers in Chicago and five other cities reported that about one-third of the women whose tubes were successfully opened using the balloon device went on to become pregnant.
NEWS
January 31, 1992 | By Timothy Cornell, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
An East Brandywine man was convicted yesterday of shooting at a hot-air balloon floating over his home four years ago. It took a Chester County Common Pleas jury just over two hours to find William MacBride, 57, guilty of three counts of simple assault, but innocent of three counts of reckless endangerment. MacBride testified he was sick of the balloons spooking his animals and took up a shotgun to scare one group of balloonists off. Sentencing was not scheduled. It was MacBride's second trial on the charges.
NEWS
June 7, 1987 | By Paul Duggan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Be it officially recorded today that of all the helium-filled balloons let loose by the Cub Scouts of Pack 266 in Northeast Philadelphia last fall, Kristian Brooks' blue one sailed farthest - even if it didn't win the prize. "Poland!" said the boy's mother, Phyllis Brooks, yesterday. "I heard that and I almost fell down. " And when she told her 8-year-old son? "I was surprised," Kristian said. "I thought my mother was lying. " About 45 scouts let their balloons fly from the parking lot of St. Dominic's School on North 65th Street one night in September, each balloon bearing an index-card with the scout's name, the address of the pack's chairwoman, and a request: If you find this card, drop it in the mail.
NEWS
January 14, 1988 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
Over the objections of two members, the Middletown Township Council has granted permission for Riddle Memorial Hospital to display a cold-air balloon and 36-square-foot banner in celebration of the hospital's 25th anniversary. The council approved the balloon and banner - which will be displayed in front of the hospital Feb. 1 through Feb. 29 - at its regular meeting Monday night. The vote was 4-2, with council members Eva V. Beehler and Norman C. Shropshire dissenting and Claudette J. Sortino absent.
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NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Justine McDaniel, and Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
November 28, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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