An airplane-towed banner broke loose and came down near New Jersey’s Statehouse on Thursday, fluttering to the ground and shattering the rear windshield of a parked car.
The banner fell under clear skies as the plane flew over the state’s capital before hitting a black Kia sedan. It carried an advertisement for expanding pre-kindergarten and said “50,000 NJ Kids Are Waiting.”
Emblazoned on the banner was the name “Pre-K Our Way,” a nonprofit that pushes for bringing pre-kindergarten to additional towns.
It wasn’t known what caused the banner to fall. No injuries were reported.
Plane crash victims ID’d: Two pilots killed when a small plane crashed in rural Burlington County were on a medical flight to pick up a patient in Massachusetts for care in Philadelphia.
Pilot Robert Winner, of Marlton, and co-pilot Timothy Scannevin, of Southampton, were pronounced dead shortly after the Hawker Beechcraft 58 Baron aircraft went down Wednesday in Springfield Township.
Ellen Williams, executive director of Angel Flight, told NJ.com Winner was a volunteer with the program that provides free flights to pa-tients needing care at distant medical facilities. She said Scannevin was not affiliated with Angel Flight East.
The plane had taken off about 10 miles southwest of the crash scene.
The cause is under investigation.
Political cartoonist fired: A longtime newspaper cartoonist who says his work has been banished from the editorial page lately because of “political differences” with his editors says he’s been fired.
Rob Rogers tweeted Thursday he was fired after 25 years as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist. The paper has declined to run many of his cartoons in recent months.
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists recently issued a statement linking Rogers’ situation to “the recent arrival of a Trump-supporting editorial page editor.”
Publisher John Block told The Washington Post last week the matter “had little to do with politics” or Trump but primarily involved the editing process.
Germany thwarts ricin plot: German authorities have thwarted a plot by a Tunisian man who created the deadly toxin ricin using castor bean seeds and planned to use the poison in an Islamic extremist attack in Germany, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Sief Allah H., whose last name wasn’t given in line with German privacy laws, was taken into custody Tuesday during a raid on his apartment in Cologne.
Authorities are still investigating exactly how the suspect planned to use the toxin, but said he was working on a “biological weapon” attack in Germany.