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April 24, 2008 | From Reuters
Rescue workers were losing hope today of finding a priest who disappeared off the southern coast of Brazil after drifting out to sea four days ago suspended from hundreds of helium-filled party balloons. Father Adelir Antonio de Carli went missing Sunday night after he called friends from his mobile phone to say his contraption made of some thousand balloons would soon crash into the Atlantic Ocean. The chaplain staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post had been updated. See note below for details.
A metallic balloon is believed to have sparked a power outage Monday night across Pasadena, officials said. The Pasadena Water and Power utility said on its Twitter account shortly before 8:45 p.m that electricity was expected to be restored within an hour. The outage affected neighborhoods across the city. No other details were immediately available. [Updated 9:03 p.m: Power has been restored, the utility said. ] ALSO: Woman freed after serving 32 years in 1981 killing Washington mudslide: California firefighters respond to disaster Southern California freeways smoother than 2 years ago, study says Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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NATIONAL
November 28, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Lily Allen attracted a fair bit of controversy in November with the music video for her song " Hard Out Here ," which was accused of objectifying black women even as the song criticizes what Allen views as a culture of objectification. Perhaps that's why the British pop star plays it somewhat safer in her new video. PHOTOS: Musician feuds: The dirt and the detials Posted Thursday on YouTube, Allen's "Air Balloon" clip finds her hanging out in a field with some bearded hippie types, a swarm of brightly colored butterflies and several zebras, one of which she takes a moment to feed by hand.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
Kermit the Frog and Hello Kitty are apparently not among Hurricane Sandy's victims, even though Macy's keeps the giant balloons, floats and costumes for its annual New York City  Thanksgiving Day Parade across the Hudson River in hard-hit New Jersey Macy's parade design studio last year moved from Hoboken to Moonachie, a northern New Jersey town overcome by flooding when a levee broke last week, forcing mass evacuations. Flood water did not creep into the design studio, located near the Hackensack River, although streets and nearby businesses were inundated, said John Piper, vice president of the parade studio.
WORLD
April 23, 2008 | From Reuters
Ships and planes searched along the coast of Brazil today for a priest who disappeared after drifting out to sea suspended from hundreds of helium-filled party balloons, authorities said. Rescue workers said they had not given up hope of finding Father Adelir Antonio de Carli even though bunches of the multicolored balloons had been found floating on the sea. The adventurous clergyman staged the stunt to help raise money for a chapel for truckers in his highway parish. De Carli told friends in his last mobile telephone call Sunday night that his contraption made of 1,000 balloons would soon crash into the Atlantic Ocean.
SPORTS
April 20, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Balloons in the Clippers' colors were hanging on Laker legend statues before the Clippers played the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. When the news hit Twitter that the likenesses of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Chick Hearn had red and blue balloons attached to their limbs, Lakers fans were not pleased. The balloon prank wasn't the only jab that Clippers Nation took at the Lakers. Before the Clippers game, Coach Vinny Del Negro was asked if the Lakers have a chance against the Spurs in another first-round series.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Utility companies are bracing for Valentine's Day, the biggest day of the year for helium-filled metallic balloon sales. The increasing menace of the highly conductive metallic balloons and streamers has caused about 500 outages to more than 400,000 customers in the Department of Water and Power's service area in the city of Los Angeles over the last five years. Southern California Edison Co.
NEWS
October 19, 1989 | MATT TRUELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They scrape treetops, drift across cityscapes, descend into open fields and sometimes into back yards. For those in the open baskets, hot air balloons offer a bit of silence, a rare view of the world and a taste of adventure, all in a flight that lasts two or three hours. For Doug Hatfield of Kansas City, Mo., ballooning is "like the closest thing to a religious experience that you'll probably ever have." "One flight and you're hooked for life," says Ron Hayworth of Wichita, Kan.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
A British balloonist abandoned his attempt to become the first person to cross the Atlantic in an open wicker basket and crash-landed Wednesday in a stand of trees in Connecticut. When asked if he was hurt, 45-year-old David Hempleman-Adams responded, "Only my pride." Hempleman-Adams said he decided to land because the autopilot mechanism on his balloon was malfunctioning. "On a solo trip, you need an autopilot. Otherwise you're not going to get any sleep.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Lily Allen comeback continues. After returning to music late last year with the controversial " Hard Out Here " -- which itself followed her guest spot on Pink's " True Love " and her TV-commercial cover of " Somewhere Only We Know " by Keane -- the British singer early Monday released another song expected to appear on her upcoming third studio album. In "Air Balloon," Allen adopts a softer-edged tone than she did in "Hard Out Here," which took delightful aim at the music-industry sexism she evidently experienced in the wake of the birth of her two children.
SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | Wire reports
While the New York Yankees set another salary record, the Houston Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years. The overall big league average rose 5.4% this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Assn. The increase was the steepest since 2006. In the economy at large, civilian compensation is increasing at an annual rate of 1.9%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began its spectacular promenade through Manhattan as scheduled Thursday, defying high winds that had threatened to ground its massive balloons for the first time in more than 40 years. The decision to float the balloons came early Thursday, as police, parade officials and meteorologists eyed forecasts that had called for sustained winds of more than 20 mph and gusts exceeding 30 mph. The parade's balloons are not allowed to fly if winds are higher than 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. The rule was adopted after the 1997 parade, when fierce winds caused the Cat in the Hat balloon to careen into a lamppost, sending debris to the ground that left one spectator with critical head injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an explosion in a hot-air balloon Saturday in Temecula. The blast injured four passengers, three of them seriously, officials said. One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two were taken to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An explosion in a hot air balloon injured four passengers near Temecula early Saturday, authorities said.  One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two transported to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the hot air balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion. " Authorities were called about 7:45 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, Annas said.  ALSO: Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Sriracha creator adds heat to clash with Irwindale over factory smell Chris Brown files countersuit over parking lot altercation Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Pincus and Mike Bresnahan
Most players in the NBA receive their salary throughout the year - but then Kobe Bryant is not a typical NBA player. Negotiated as part of his contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers. Bryant's salary for the entire season is $30,453,805 - the remaining $6.1 million will be paid out over the course of the season. While there's a limit to how much a player can receive in advance, Bryant is right at that 80% maximum.
NEWS
March 9, 1989 | From Reuters
The body of an East German was found near a homemade hot air balloon Wednesday, and police said they believe that he was killed falling from the gondola after floating over the Berlin Wall.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- When Kent Couch took off in his lawn chair last weekend and, hoisted by hundreds of balloons, pointed it toward Montana, he figured there was about a 90% chance he'd make it at least to Idaho. But that was before he and co-pilot Fareed Lafta ran into a terrifying series of thunderstorms that tossed them and their flimsy aluminum chairs around the sky like toys - and the two men focused mainly on how to safely reunite themselves with the ground. Scared? No time to be scared, the two men said in a telephone interview Wednesday from Bend, Ore., where Couch operates a gas station when he isn't piloting chairs.
OPINION
October 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Downtown Los Angeles has been transformed with restaurants and shops, lofts and parks, and the idea of adding a streetcar to the mix is appealing. Though modern in design, the proposed streetcar would be an homage of sorts to the trolley system that once spanned Los Angeles. As conceived by a nonprofit group and the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and championed by City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area, the streetcar would glide along a four-mile path through the heart of downtown, a chunk of that route down Broadway.
SCIENCE
September 4, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
An intense nationwide push to speed hospital treatment for heart attack patients has been a success, cutting by 20% the average time people waited before getting their clogged arteries opened between 2005 and 2009. But in a twist cardiologists called "disappointing," the improvement did not translate into lower death rates, according to a study  published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "We had hoped this would make a huge difference, and it hasn't," said study senior author Dr. Hitinder Gurm, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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