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'Balloon Boy' Doesn't Look Like THIS Anymore

OWN | Posted 02.18.2014 | OWN

On October 15, 2009, the country was captivated by a boy in a balloon -- or so it seemed. That day, Richard and Mayumi Heene of Colorado, a couple who...

WATCH: Balloon Boy's Metal Band

Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

Falcon Heene, of "Balloon Boy" fame, has a new hobby. Heene, who was famously (and falsely) reported as stuck inside a weather balloon, is now frontin...

David Moye

WATCH: Bubble Boy Dad's Back, With A New, Crazy Invention

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 12.03.2012 | Weird News

Richard Heene learned the hard way that what goes up must come down back in 2009 when he attempted to hoax the world by sending a silver helium balloo...

David Moye

WATCH: Balloon Boy Dad Introduces Bizarre Pickup Truck 'Transformer'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Richard Heene has come a long way since October 15, 2009, when he hit what would be the bottom by anyone's standards. On that day, Heene, a part-ti...

Ballon Boy Dad Still Won't Admit Hoax, Plans To Sue 'Corrupt Cops'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Richard Heene, the father who orchestrated the infamous Balloon Boy Hoax in 2009, is remaining defiant almost a year and a half after he pleaded guilt...

'Balloon Boy' And Brothers Forming Boy Band

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The 'balloon boy,' otherwise known by the awesome name of Falcon Heene, is forming a boy band with his brothers because, well, who really knows why. ...

Balloon Boy Family Leaves Fort Collins For Florida

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The family at the center of the balloon boy hoax has moved out of the house where the fateful trip began, leaving Colorado...

Balloon Boy Family Mocked By Larimer County

The Coloradoan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Heenes have retrieved from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office the balloon that captured the world's attention on a fall afternoon last year. T...

Kids + Reality TV = Bad Combination

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

As a country we are hesitant to legislate how parents raise their kids but certainly we can legislate how television treats our children, can't we?

Balloon Boy Family Agrees To Pay 36,000

AP | Trevor Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The parents who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax have agreed to pay about $36,000 in restitution to authorities who ...

Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene Completing Sentence At Home

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado man who pleaded guilty to falsely influencing the sheriff by saying his son had floated off in a runaway ball...

Balloon Boy Parents Get Balloon Back After Agreeing To Pay Restitution

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

After $36,000 in restitution, a 90-day jail sentence, and 10 weekends of community service, the Heene family is finally getting its balloon back. The...

Balloon Boy Dad Released From Larimer County Jail

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The man who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax has been released from a Colorado jail to serve the rest of his sentenc...

Balloon Boy Attorneys Challenge Restitution Amount

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Attorneys for the parents who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax said the couple should pay only a small portion of the $48,000 in ...

ABC News Almost Paid Balloon Boy Family $10,000: Report

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC News was going to pay the family of "Balloon Boy" Falcon Heene more than $10,000 for home video to air with an exclusive interview on "Good Mornin...

Sheriff Jim Saves Chistmas, Guns and Solves Heene Balloon Hoax

Craig Alan Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Craig Alan Silverman

When Falcon let loose the truth on prime time to Wolf Blitzer, even Barney Fife could have figured it out. By his own admission, that was the first moment the light came on for local Sheriff Jim Alderden.

Boy In Balloon: 6-Year-Old Floats Away In "Homemade Flying Saucer" (LIVE VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(AP) FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A 6-year-old boy was found hiding in a cardboard box in his family's garage attic Thursday after being feared aboard a home...

Richard Heene Cries During Apology In Court (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

An emotional Richard Heene broke out in tears Wednesday morning as he apologized for perpetrating a hoax that caught the nation's attention, and could...

Bill Maher Talks Balloon Boy, Interviews Rep. Alan Grayson (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

On "Real Time" this Friday, Maher began his show with a monologue about the the "balloon boy" saga surrounding the Heene family. Maher made some fun...

Richard Heene, Balloon Boy Dad, Expected To Face Criminal Charges

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Watch Sheriff Jim Alberden's Sunday Morning Press Conference: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy * * * * * * ...

Balloon Boy family lawyer David Lane: Child-abuse-investigation release breaks the law

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

David Lane, attorney for Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene, says he doesn't have enough fingers to plug all the info leaks coming from the of...

Jason Linkins

Media's Balloon Boy Coverage Filled With More Hot Air Than Actual Balloon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As details emerge, we learn more about how Richard Heene has a thing for hoaxes, which raises the specter that it was the media, not a six-year old child, that was taken for a ride. Not that it matters!

Jim Alderden, Ballon Boy Sheriff, Admits He May Have Misled Media: Was He Justified?

The Fort Collins Coloradoan | Nate Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

During the last two decades, the two largest law enforcement agencies in Fort Collins have deceived the public and media during investigations into hi...

Falcon Heene Vomits: Ballon Boy Throws Up On Today & Good Morning America (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Falcon Heene is safe and sound from a flying balloon, but he's got a stomach flu. As his family did the morning show circuit on Friday, he first vo...

Storytelling Lessons From the Boy in the Balloon

Celeste Ng | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Celeste Ng

I'm not sure what life-lessons we're supposed to learn from this whole crazy mess, but the episode of the boy in the balloon tells us a lot about what we want in stories, and how to tell a good one.