Balloon Boy Flight Fifth Anniversary: Where Are The Heenes Now?
Falcon Heene, with dad Richard, vomiting on the Today Show. More photos plus videos below.
Five years ago today, we have a pretty good idea where you were -- watching TV coverage of a balloon floating over a wide swath of Colorado, supposedly with a young Fort Collins boy named Falcon Heene inside.

As we soon learned, Falcon, promptly dubbed "Balloon Boy," wasn't inside what his father, Richard, dubbed an "experimental craft;" he was perfectly safe on Terra Firma. Richard and his wife, Mayumi, subsequently pleaded guilty to perpetrating what was characterized as a hoax -- but where are they now? Living in Florida -- and still trying to worm their way into the media spotlight. Photos, videos and details below.

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Christina Jahnz Becomes Internet-Famous After Impaling Butt During Texting-Aided Crash

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These days, a lot of people spend all their time figuring out how they can become Internet-famous. But Elizabeth's Christina Jahnz managed to do so in seconds -- by revealing that her butt had been impaled by a pole when she crashed her car while texting.

There's been a lot of exposure for Jahnz over the last few hours, in more ways than one. Details, photos, a video and even a meme below.

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Videos: Watch Gamer Kootra Get SWATted in Hoax That Shut Down Schools

Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson in a screen capture grabbed by 7News from a video shared here. More images and clips below.
"Uh-oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. I think we're getting SWATted."

Those are the words said by Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson, founder of a Littleton-based gaming group called The Creatures, just before police burst into the studio from which he was live-streaming Counter-Strike. Why? A hoax call about an active shooter that wound up with schools throughout the area being locked down. A video of the entire exchange, plus photos, extra clips and details below.

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Missy Franklin Is No Longer a Belieber: Sorry, Justin

Missy and Justin early last year. Additional photos and more below.
Could it be the beginning of the end for Justin Bieber? The diminutive Canuck heartthrob has spent the last year-plus making more idiotic headlines than hits -- and now, even Olympic gold medalist and self-confessed superfan Missy Franklin is distancing herself from him.

Oh, how times have changed.

See also: Photo: Missy Franklin and Justin Bieber, Together Again for the First Time

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Southwest passenger in Denver asked to deplane after criticizing agent on Twitter

Photos courtesy of WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. More images, tweets and a video below.
In a recent airline quality survey that hammered Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines finished in the middle of the pack. But Minnesota's Duff Watson would no doubt rank the carrier much lower. He says he was asked to deplane prior to a flight home from Denver because he criticized a Southwest agent on Twitter.

See also: Frontier gets hammered in latest airline quality study, finishes last in customer complaints

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Photos: Roadkill, death and more in Arvada police animal-management tweet-along

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Animal lovers who've considered becoming an animal control officer may have had their minds changed by a tweet-along staged yesterday by the Arvada Police Department's animal management department. Incidents in what appears to have been a normal day included a roadkill pickup, a corpse recovery, a neglected pet that couldn't be saved and more. Granted, it wasn't all tragedy, but the circle of life's last phase is on view plenty of times in the photo-filled tweet string below.

See also: Photos: Behind the scenes at Aurora's first-ever Teen Citizen Police Academy

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Videos: Ultrarunner Adam Campbell on being struck by lightning in race and finishing third

Adam Campbell as seen at the Hardrock 100 in a photo tweeted by Ian MacNairn. Videos and more below.
Canada's Adam Campbell is an elite ultrarunner who decided to challenge himself by competing in the Silverton area's Hardrock 100, an incredibly difficult one-hundred-mile course featuring "33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet and an average elevation of 11,186 feet," according to the event's website.

Campbell finished third in the race. That's an impressive accomplishment under any circumstances, but especially so in his case -- since he was struck by lightning during his run.

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William Breathes's DIA hell night: How not to travel home in a thunderstorm

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Traveling is always a learning experience. Sometimes you learn things when you get where you're going, and other times the journey itself was the lesson. And sometimes that lesson is a real fucking pain in the ass.

Take last night, for example, when I learned more about DIA than I have since 1995, when it opened.

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The EPA's Denver office has an environmental problem of its own to clean up

The EPA's Denver office.
The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. The agency oversees the cleanup of asbestos in buildings and chemicals in our soil or drinking water, for example. It provides grants to government agencies and companies that want to clean up landfills, restore wetlands and mitigate Superfund sites. And it makes sure that those agencies and companies do it right.

But the EPA's regional office in downtown Denver appears to have a foul-smelling environmental problem of its own, according to a June 25 story on, a website that covers news for managers and executives working for the federal government.

See also: Cody JC Dutton, Colorado escape artist, fails to fool deputies with his neck tattoo

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Cody JC Dutton, Colorado escape artist, fails to fool deputies with his neck tattoo
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As our recent gallery of the fifteen best face-and-neck-tattoo mug shots proves, alleged criminals and above-the-shoulders ink make a memorable combination. But can tats also be used to create a false identity?

Cody JC Dutton, a serial escape artist who's a wanted man in Colorado, gave this gambit a try using his own neck tattoo. Bad news, though: Not only didn't it work, but it led to him being both captured and tased. The strange details below.

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