August 22, 2015 |
We felt a great a disturbance in the Force recently - as if thousands of geek voices cried out in anguish and refused to be silent. Yes, the news that in order to attend a Star Wars event at the Please Touch Museum, you have to be accompanied by someone of a certain age and not much taller than R2-D2 - i.e., a child - hit the solo adult fans hard and caused a Death Star-size social-media backlash. To those without a small fry to accompany them, we say, Jedi-like: This is not the Star Wars event you're looking for. You don't need to attend - you have any number of Comic Cons and Wizard Worlds of your own. Move along.
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 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!"
April 29, 2014 |
David Freeman Crispin, 71, of Pilesgrove, who served in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and was part of President John F. Kennedy's funeral procession, died at home Tuesday, April 22, of brain cancer. Born May 4, 1942, Mr. Crispin grew up on a farm in South Jersey and attended Woodstown High School. At a canteen dance, he met Bonnie Brown, to whom he was married nearly 50 years, until her death in 2012. After graduating from high school in 1960, he joined the Air Force, motivated by a longstanding interest in serving his country, his daughter, Sherry Munyan, said.
August 18, 2013 |
IT'S ALL FUN and games until someone gets stuck in a tree. That was the life lesson an adult and two juveniles learned Thursday night when the hot-air balloon that they were riding in got tangled in a tree in Sicklerville. Gloucester Township police said they were called at 7:20 p.m. to Del Sordo Drive near Crossing Place, where they found the balloon dangling about 50 feet in the air. Police officers and firefighters were eventually able to help the pilot, whose name was not released, free the balloon and land safely.
March 19, 2013 |
FORMER EAGLES wide receiver Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said. The 10-year NFL veteran, currently a free agent, won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth's agent. "He's going to be OK. He has some burns, but he's going to be fine," Rosenhaus said. "He will be able to continue his NFL career.
March 18, 2013 |
Former Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor has signed with the Giants as a free agent, the club announced Saturday without disclosing details. The Penn State product and Strath Haven High graduate, who can play both inside and outside, started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season, making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker. "Talking to the Giants coaches, the [4-3] system seems to fit me," said Connor, who was released Monday by the Cowboys.
February 27, 2013 |
LUXOR, Egypt - The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot-air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame, and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths. Nineteen people were killed Tuesday in what was likely the deadliest hot-air-ballooning accident on record. A British tourist and the Egyptian pilot, who was badly burned, were the sole survivors.
March 20, 2012 |
ATLANTA - As a fierce thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere closed in, hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino spotted an open field 4,000 feet below and calmly and tersely warned the five skydivers aboard the craft, "You need to get out now. " He may have saved their lives, but he lost his own. With lightning spidering across the sky and the wind rocking their parachutes, the skydivers floated safely to the ground, while the balloon...
March 19, 2012
Police break up N.Y. Occupy rally NEW YORK - A day after police broke up a rally at Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and arrested dozens, Occupy Wall Street protesters said Sunday that their movement for economic justice would pick up momentum with the spring. The crackdown at Zuccotti happened late Saturday after hundreds of activists had gathered to mark the six-month birthday of the movement. Detective Brian Sessa of the New York Police Department said protesters had started breaking park rules against setting up tents and tarps.