August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 22, 2014 |
A fail-safe system on a jet that crashed in May, killing businessman Lewis Katz and six others, may have been overridden because the pilots did not follow proper takeoff procedures, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has suggested in a letter to pilots and owners of its jets. Under the system, the jet's throttle normally cannot be pushed above taxi speed unless the tail flaps are working freely. The throttle is supposed to be largely immobilized. But Gulfstream cautioned in the letter, dated Monday, that the throttle nevertheless could be movable "if proper unlock procedures [for the tail flaps]
July 20, 2014 |
The AIDS community mourned the loss of one of its top researchers and advocates in the jet crash in Ukraine, a "humanist" whose life - and death - reminded some of the death of another leading AIDS scientist, from Philadelphia, in a plane crash 16 years ago. Six delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference - down from initial reports of 100 - were confirmed to have been on the plane, shot down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....
June 4, 2014 |
Their host, Lewis Katz, was dozing as the plane prepared for take-off from Atlantic City shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Marcella Dalsey and Susan Asbell knew exactly where they were headed, but not Anne Leeds, who had received an invitation from Katz on Longport's 36th Avenue beach just hours before. "I'm on his plane!!" Leeds texted to her husband, Longport Commissioner Jim Leeds. "They know where we are headed, but want me to be surprised. " Of course they did, Leeds' daughter, Patellen Corr, said Monday, because her mother was a known voracious reader.
June 3, 2014 |
With the sudden death of Lewis Katz in a plane crash Saturday, his son, Drew, is expected to assume a large role in the ownership and management of The Inquirer as well as other organizations owned or influenced by his father. Drew Katz, 42, has long been a protégé of his father, who groomed him to run the businesses he owned and developed. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said Sunday that Drew Katz would replace his father on the board of the media company.
June 3, 2014 |
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. The jet never became airborne, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Instead, it rolled off the runway and onto the grass before striking an antenna and a fence, coming to rest in a gully where it burst into flames, said Luke Schiada, a senior air-safety investigator.
February 21, 2014 |
The way in which Cynthia Wilson McFarland responded to a childhood trauma defined her character, a family friend said. "When she was seven and her sister was two, they were flying home from a visit to Arizona and they were in a plane crash," Brian Reid said in a phone interview. "Although both survived, it was traumatic," Reid, her estate executor, said. "She had a profound fear of airplanes. " So, he said, "she decided she wanted to do something about this fear," dropped out of college for a year and worked as a flight attendant on East Coast flights for the former Eastern Airlines.
July 21, 2013 |
SAN MATEO, Calif. - A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said Friday. Ye Meng Yuan, 16, a Chinese student, died of multiple injuries from being run over by what officials believe was a fire truck that spreads fire-suppressing foam. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White apologized to Yuan's relatives and said she was trying to arrange a meeting with them.
June 24, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Risking death every time they go to work, wing walkers need courage, poise, a healthy craving for adrenaline and, most important, they need to be meticulously exacting with every step they take on the small planes that carry them past dazzled crowds at speeds up to 130 m.p.h. Jane Wicker fit that bill, her friends and colleagues in the air-show industry said Sunday. Wicker, 44, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, were killed Saturday in a fiery plane crash captured on video at an Ohio air show and witnessed by thousands.
June 8, 2013 |
The rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Wayne and his family were injured when their small sight-seeing plane crashed into rugged mountain terrain in southeast Alaska. Another passenger, Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe, was killed when the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver went down near the town of Peterson on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W. Frank Allen, his wife, Amy, and their three grown sons, Will, Rob and Ben were on the third day of a Duke University Alumni cruise when they boarded the optional sight-seeing excursion, said Patty Diskin-Cahill, a spokesman for the cruise company, Lindblad Expeditions.