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August 15, 2011
Industrial gas supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, said it will raise prices for liquid and bulk helium gases in North America by 15 percent as of Sept. 1. The increase is the result of several factors including strong demand helium and supply reductions, the company said. "It is expected that demand will exceed supply for the next two to three years, thus creating ongoing shortages in the market," Air Products said in a statement.    - Reid Kanaley
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Joyce Smith and Lisa Gutierrez, KANSAS CITY STAR
A helium shortage is nothing to take lightly. Nothing funny, either, in how some are talking about their livelihoods, whether it's keeping those party balloons flying or those MRI magnets cooled. "We take balloons seriously because it is our business," said Karen Williamson, saleswoman for the American Balloon Factory, a wholesale operation in Overland Park, Kan. "It's been happening for two or three years, but in pockets. "Now Kansas City has a helium drought," she said. "It is difficult to find helium, and when you find it, you find that the price has increased incredibly.
NEWS
June 13, 1995 | By Paul Recer, ASSOCIATED PRESS Inquirer staff writer Faye Flam contributed to this article
Scientists searching for a wisp of creation have found evidence of helium gas formed in the Big Bang, the moment when the universe is said to have begun. The helium gas, found more than 9 billion light years from Earth, was identified in readings taken by a special ultraviolet telescope in the Astro-2 observatory that operated from the space shuttle. Arthur Davidsen, a Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist, said finding the gas so far away is powerful confirmation for a major part of the Big Bang theory.
NEWS
December 22, 1992 | BY DAVE BARRY
If you're planning a party for your 12-year-old child, my main piece of advice is: Allow plenty of time for the CAT scan. I learned this important parenting lesson recently when my son, Rob, decided he wanted to celebrate his 12th birthday by holding a dance party. So we rented a hall used for exercise classes and hired a disc jockey. ("I won't play anything with dirty words," the disc jockey assured us. "Unless of course you want me to. ") Our plan was to decorate the hall with crepe streamers and helium-filled balloons, so several hours before the party, we went to a store that rented helium tanks.
NEWS
October 13, 1989 | ANDREA MIHALIK/DAILY NEWS
But that's not what made this Popeye grow to more than 50 feet tall. He's full of gas (not from the spinach) from 7,500 cubic feet of helium pumped into him in a test yesterday at the Art Museum before kids from St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. Popeye will appear in the Channel 6 Thanksgiving Day Parade.
NEWS
May 21, 2003 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 2:30 on the afternoon of July 6, 1960, Frank Mikuletzky, first mate on the Doris May III, was cutting bait for bluefish on the Barnegat Ridge when the party boat's skipper suddenly opened the throttle to full speed ahead. "That wasn't normal," said Mikuletzky, who was 19 then and is 62 now. "I ran up to the bridge to see what was going on. Charlie Eble, the captain, told me a blimp had crashed. " In what was to become one in a series of Cold War disasters in New Jersey or off its coast, a 403-foot-long Navy blimp had plunged from the sky, killing 18 of its 21 officers and crew members.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Kelli Dayton's outfit alone was worth the price of admission at the Five Spot on Monday night. Looking like a punk-rock kewpie doll, the tiny front woman for English trip-hoppers Sneaker Pimps was dressed in an aqua tank top with a sheriff's badge pinned to her chest, a big cowboy belt, a sequined miniskirt, and glittery, strappy high heels. Tattooed on one porcelain shoulder was a tiger; on the other, "Viva Rock n' Roll. " Also visible was the "CH" of her much-publicized "Chaos" tattoo, which could be spied on her left breast.
NEWS
July 19, 2009 | By Rick Stroud
Forty years ago tomorrow, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and claimed it "for all mankind. " Today, we should perhaps ask ourselves whether "all mankind" is fit to look after our lunar neighbor. The world is heading back to the moon. The Chinese hope to land unmanned craft there by 2020, and India, Russia, and the United States have similar plans in the pipeline. Private enterprise has jumped on the bandwagon. Google has offered a $30 million prize to the first organization to land a robot Rover on the moon.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
NEWS
November 24, 1991 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pop quiz: What has 10,000 legs, wears nylons and has a lot of brass? Answer: Thursday's 72d annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. But the Channel 6/MasterCard parade, which starts at 9 a.m. from 20th and Market Streets, offers more than just 5,000 marchers, 8 giant helium-filled nylon balloons and 17 marching bands. Television stars Kellie Martin of Life Goes On and Lucy Boryer of Doogie Howser, M.D. will participate, along with Misses Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
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December 22, 2015 | By Ed Condran, For The Inquirer
Richard Lewis' neurotic bits aren't just a persona. The comic, who once cracked that he was raised by wolves, is hilariously unbalanced. Before performing Friday and Saturday at Helium, he asked that I not review his show. No performer has ever made such a request of me - but who else is like the idiosyncratic Lewis? However, the quirky humorist changed his tune and said that he couldn't stop me. And he had nothing to worry about during Saturday night's late show, the last of four sold-out shows at Helium.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Foley's back WWE Hall of Famer  Mick Foley  refused to cancel tonight's gig at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) just because the pope is coming to town. Foley's one-man show promises to unleash his trademark blend of wit and wisdom that his fans have come to expect. "I'm just going to throw my hands up and accept this won't be a sellout crowd," Foley said. "It'll be an intimate gathering. "The best stories always come from the strangest gigs. "   Welcome back, Madonna drummer Although  Madonna 's drummer has been energizing audiences for more than two decades, Brian Frasier-Moore hasn't forgotten his North Philly roots.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The name Margaret Cho instantly brings to mind hot-button political activism and outrageous first-person humor, things you'll find in equal measure during her shows at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Whether as comedian, actress or author, Cho covers racism, feminism, abuse, LGBT empowerment, sexual liberation, corporate interference, bullying, and more. Her current stage show is titled "There's No 'I' in Team, but there is a 'Cho' in Psycho". She also has had a late-night talk show, All About Sex , which recently completed its first six-episode season on TLC, and documentaries such as Adventures in Comedy . Cho, 42, is still as passionate about stand-up comedy as she was when she first gained national attention in the early '90s for her frank takes on being young, bold, and Korean American.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who says congressional Republicans and Democrats can't work together in harmony with President Obama? Forget about the little stuff like running the federal government. Congress passed and Obama signed on Wednesday the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. The world is safe for balloons, if not democracy. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. of Allentown applauded the cooperation, with Walter Nelson, director of helium sourcing, saying in a company statement, "We are just pleased that the legislation's passing prevented a difficult supply situation from getting any worse.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - On a radio show they hosted called "The Pursuit of Happiness," John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity. "So much about life is about impulse," Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. "It's about doing it right now. " A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner's office said yesterday.
NEWS
October 20, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEHURST -- At 178 feet long and 56 feet high, the massive airship dwarfed members of the ground crew Thursday as they strained to hold on to tethering lines like so many Lilliputians trying to control Gulliver. Inside the gondola of the Navy's MZ-3A, pilots Mark Kynett and Larry Chambers made the final checks, and then - with two powerful engines roaring at their back - aimed the blimp at a sharp angle into the sky and took off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The ship's flight near historic Hangar 1 at the Naval Air Engineering Station conjured up images of Germany's ill-fated Hindenburg and its fiery destruction there 75 years earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2012 | By Joyce Smith and Lisa Gutierrez, KANSAS CITY STAR
A helium shortage is nothing to take lightly. Nothing funny, either, in how some are talking about their livelihoods, whether it's keeping those party balloons flying or those MRI magnets cooled. "We take balloons seriously because it is our business," said Karen Williamson, saleswoman for the American Balloon Factory, a wholesale operation in Overland Park, Kan. "It's been happening for two or three years, but in pockets. "Now Kansas City has a helium drought," she said. "It is difficult to find helium, and when you find it, you find that the price has increased incredibly.
NEWS
November 25, 2011 | By Chris Hawley, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Delighted crowds gathered Thursday for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of Manhattan under brilliant sunshine. Millions more viewed the live broadcast of the annual holiday production on television. A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton were two of the big new balloons that made their inaugural appearances. Paul Frank's Julius and Burton's B. joined more than a dozen other giant balloons, including fan favorites like Snoopy and Spider-Man.
NEWS
August 15, 2011
Industrial gas supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, said it will raise prices for liquid and bulk helium gases in North America by 15 percent as of Sept. 1. The increase is the result of several factors including strong demand helium and supply reductions, the company said. "It is expected that demand will exceed supply for the next two to three years, thus creating ongoing shortages in the market," Air Products said in a statement.    - Reid Kanaley
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