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2009-08-16 01:15:08

Moon-the-balloon in Ontario was something of a bust, with only 200 Canadians showing up to drop their trousers to protest a U.S. surveillance balloon. And the balloon was a no-show. The balloon, which has been hovering over Sarnia of late, is being flown by Sierra Nevada, a company seeking a U.S. Homeland Security contract for a high-resolution camera the balloon has been carrying. The protest's organizer, Adam Bush, had predicted a turnout of at least 1,000, The Port Huron Times-Herald...

2009-06-11 15:51:31

A Houston business owner said in his lawsuit against the city that his rights were violated by the arbitrary enforcement of city sign codes. Jim Purtee, owner of Houston Balloons & Promotions, argues in his suit that the city has been arbitrary in its enforcement of a 1993 ordinance that limited the days giant novelty balloons such as the ones he sells at his shop -- like gorillas, Santa Claus and other shapes -- could be displayed and banned the objects from bearing business-specific...

2009-06-01 12:00:00

With summer celebrations imminent, national trade group encourages smart use of America's favorite party favor WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The grill is fired up, the sun is shining, and Americans are ready to kick off the summer season with backyard barbeques, graduation parties and other celebrations. If you are enhancing your festivities with balloons, be sure to follow these tips to keep everyone safe and our environment healthy: Keep balloons secured to a weight. A helium...

2009-03-19 17:22:00

In 2008, metallic balloons accounted for 52 outages affecting 30,586 customers CALUMET CITY, Ill., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, a stray Mylar balloon floated into a ComEd substation and disrupted service to 6,945 customers in Chicago's south suburbs. The outage is a reminder of the harm that metallic balloons pose to electrical equipment and the need to control these balloons. When Mylar balloons touch a power line or piece of substation equipment, their metallic properties cause...

2009-02-05 13:58:58

A union has the right to display an inflatable balloon in the shape of a rat during protests, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court found that an ordinance in Lawrence, N.J., banning inflatable signs isn't content-neutral because it allows businesses to use them for grand openings. The case began in 2005 when Local 269 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers protested outside Gold's Gym because of a dispute with a contractor working there. The union took a...

2008-11-28 13:35:03

Officials say a Swedish couple found a child's balloon that was released nearly a year ago in Britain, meaning the balloon had traveled 932 miles. Jacqui Illingworth of the Old Clee Children's Center in the British town of Grimsby said the balloon found in Sweden was originally released on Nov. 17, 2007 during an opening ceremony for the children's site, The Local, a Stockholm newspaper, said Friday. Illingworth said the balloon found near the Swedish town of Vilhelmina on Oct. 26 was one of...

2008-09-03 18:00:41

Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers of the dangers associated with balloon blowing kits. Anyone having them is urged to immediately take them away from children. On August 20, 2008, Health Canada inspectors removed 1,574 children's balloon blowing kits from sale at the Central National Exhibition (CNE) fairgrounds in Toronto, Ontario. Between August 15th and the 20th an unknown number of these prohibited toys were sold to the public at the exhibition. The toys were sold at...

2008-08-17 21:00:27

The Helper Arts and Music Festival is releasing 2,000 balloons in honor of the nine miners who lost their lives in the Crandall Canyon disaster. But do they realize what damage that many balloons can do to the environment? Once they are out of sight, they explode at high elevations, usually landing on the nearest or highest peak. I have had hunters tell me while looking for sheep on high mountaintops they have encountered numerous mylar and latex balloons. The shiny material makes them very...

2008-08-05 18:00:09

COASTGUARDS reminded parents and children enjoying the school holidays yesterday that many hidden dangers lurk along Wales' beautiful coastline. Sunday's accident at Cefn Sidan is not the first time a youngster has been killed after excavating unstable sand. In August 1922 Edward Buxton, 11, of Manchester was killed after tunnelling in sand atHarlech, Gwynedd, and Andrew Baxter, 13, died in similar circumstances at Burry Port in August 1960. Yesterday Dave Hughes, watch manager at...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By Adam Brandolph, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 26--Cleo Zell stretched the end of a water balloon, wrapped it around her index and middle fingers and tied a knot. Zell, 30, of Lawrenceville is looking for a fight -- a water balloon fight. She and volunteers plan to have 10,000 water balloons armed and ready for the second annual Market Square Water Balloon Fight this afternoon. "It's a crazy idea that we hope brings communities together," said Zell, co-founder of Picnic!, a...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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