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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2013 |
A scion of the Scripps media family was convicted in Philadelphia on Friday of fleecing his mother and mentally disabled uncle of $3.6 million, cash he spent on cars, jewelry, and a playboy lifestyle for himself and two women — one a stripper, the other a porn star. Michael Scripps, 36, did not flinch as a Philadelphia jury declared him guilty of fraud charges that could send him to prison for at least seven years, or as U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis ordered him immediately to jail.
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.
July 6, 2015 |
Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Bobby Weir, and Mickey Hart were on stage at Soldier Field, 650 miles away in Chicago, jamming one last time (with friends and feeling) on gems from the 50-years-deep-and-wide Grateful Dead catalog of rootsy Americana rock, blues, and country tunes - "Box of Rain," "Bertha," "Roll Away the Dew" . . . But at the Ardmore Music Hall on Lancaster Avenue on Friday, Deadheads in tie-dyes seemed equally in the moment and part of the community, turning on and tuning in to a polished, closed-circuit video feed of the purportedly last Grateful Dead hurrah, called "Fare Thee Well.
August 28, 1997 |
A secret trip that would have given three prominent members of the Phillies organization a chance to speak face to face with top draft pick J.D. Drew was abruptly canceled late yesterday afternoon. Club president David Montgomery, manager Terry Francona, and star rookie Scott Rolen were supposed to fly in a private jet to Sioux City, Iowa, this afternoon, where Drew and the St. Paul Saints are scheduled to play the Sioux City Explorers tonight. The plan was for Rolen to get Drew alone for a few minutes and speak from the heart about the role the outfielder could play in the Phillies' future.