June 4, 2014 |
As a child, Bauke "Mike" de Vries dreamed of becoming a pilot. "He said he wanted to put wings on and just try to fly," his wife, Shelly de Vries, said Monday at their home in a Marlton neighborhood of lush front lawns and two-story homes. De Vries, 45, was part of a three-member crew that regularly flew Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz on his private jet. The Gulfstream IV crashed Saturday night in Massachusetts, killing all seven on board, including Katz and the crew. James McDowell, 51, of Georgetown, Del., who authorities identified as the pilot, flight attendant Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Md., and de Vries were working on the flight destined for Atlantic City.
April 22, 2013 |
I'll bet that flying means to you roughly what it does to me: battling seat pockets that eat knee space. Emptying your inner life into plastic trays. Far above the clouds, another, better world exists: It's a paradise of infinite legroom and no one around to pat you down preflight. In fact, as a passenger in a private jet, you call the shots, even when it comes to buckling seatbelts. Celebrities and Romney-class politicians know this well. And so do I - since a business-owning pal let me fly aboard a JetSuite Embraer Phenom 100 from Providence, R.I., to New York.
October 14, 2006 |
A private jet carrying Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and six others overran a runway at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., yesterday and was brought to a halt by an arresting system. "I spoke to Alex. He's fine," agent Scott Boras said. None of the seven people aboard was injured, federal officials said. The Gulfstream G-II carried five passengers and two crew members, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement from Washington, D.C. It departed from Las Vegas earlier in the day. The incident came only 2 days after Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle's plane failed to execute a U-turn and slammed into the side of a high-rise in Manhattan, killing Lidle and his flight instructor.
February 25, 2013 |
Scene One: January 1990: Troy Carter, 17, was so obsessed with music and the record business that he dropped out of West Philadelphia High School. Every day he walked to Delaware Avenue, to the studio of hip-hop icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. He went with his rap group, 2 Too Many, a name they chose because there were three of them, but always only bus fare for one, or food money for one, or whatever they needed or wanted, only enough for one. They hoped to find a way inside, a chance to perform.
October 3, 2015 |
As FBI agent Kate Macer, the head of a kidnap-response team based in Phoenix, Emily Blunt has the steady, steely mien of a seasoned veteran, accustomed to working her way through hostage lairs, firearm pointed forward, anticipating, alert. But at a certain point in Sicario , the bloody cross-border thriller that also stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, a more troubled look begins to cross the actress' face. "Why am I here?" she seems to be saying - and, in fact, pretty much does say - as she joins an interagency task force, hops a private jet to Juarez, and becomes party to some decidedly brutal, extralegal behavior.
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.
November 8, 2014 |
When the restaurant bearing his name opens Friday, former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino will be doing what he does best - holding court - as front-door host of the posh Italian spot in Boca Raton, Fla. His lawyers, meanwhile, have turned to a court of a different sort, hoping to keep their client out of prison long enough to see the eatery past its first few weeks. The 52-year-old dapper don, who recently appeared in federal court in a sharp gray suit and purple tie, is due to report Nov. 24 to a South Florida prison to serve out a four-month sentence for a probation violation.
April 14, 2015 |
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Sunday maintained his innocence in the face of federal corruption charges related to a wealthy political donor, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he "will be vindicated" in court. "When all the facts are known - of course prosecutors take out snippets of a story to make their case - we will have an opportunity in court to make the entire case," Menendez said. "And when all the facts are known, I know that I will be vindicated, and we will win. " Menendez also rejected suggestions that the charges were retribution for his stark criticism of the Obama administration's warming relations with Cuba and Iran.
June 4, 2014
A photo caption Tuesday misidentified the co-pilot of the private jet that crashed Saturday night, killing all seven aboard, including Lewis Katz. He was Bauke de Vries. A story Sunday incorrectly reported that the Trenton architectural firm of Clarke Caton Hintz drew a site plan for ball fields as a possible use at the former Henry Rowan estate in Westampton. Clarke Caton Hintz is doing design work for a former Rowan property in another township, according to Michael Hanrahan, the firm's senior associate, but not in Westampton.
November 27, 2012 |
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The drive from Amway's World Headquarters to Windy Hill, the company founders' estate, takes less than five minutes up a country road. Stone pillars flank the iron-gated entrance. The driveway curves around tennis courts and landscaped gardens, where petunias still bloom in mid-November. A young woman answers the door and leads the way through a glass-walled hallway overlooking a man-made waterfall tumbling rapturously down a rock wall into a clear pool. At the end of the wing is the sunroom, an aerie perched on hills that descend to the Thornapple River, a wide indigo swath tracing its course through the valley.