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March 1, 2013 | Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which criticized electric utilities for insufficient social media outreach during several 2011 tropical storms, has finally joined the Twittersphere itself. The PUC on Thursday launched a Twitter page - @PA_PUC - as well as a Facebook page for PAPowerswitch.com, its website that assists customers shopping for competitive electrical suppliers. "We think this is an ideal time to ramp up our communications efforts, and the use of Facebook and Twitter is bringing us into the 21st century," PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson said in a video news release.
NEWS
September 1, 2011
Help the Daily News in our Pick It Up! campaign by shaming the pigs in your neighborhood into picking up after their filthy selves. Send us pictures of the most-littered places in your neighborhood, and we'll publish them in our upcoming Pig of the Week feature. Go to our new Pick It Up! Facebook page at www.philly.com/pickitup and post your picture with the address and some info about what we're looking at. Or email it to trash@phillynews.com .
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
"Shame on you Hospital and whole America!" "You can not be so arrogant as Croatia can be generous!" "How can you be so cruel????!!???????" "America has always been laughing matter in entire world with their 'pay for health' policy . . . " "Go f--- yourself!" The Facebook page for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was overflowing this morning with nasty comments related to the case of a little Croatian girl with cancer. Nora Situm, 5, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to reports, and, to try to save her life, a campaign in the economically distressed Balkan country collected contributions from thousands of people, raising $600,000 to pay for experimental treatments.
NEWS
July 12, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr and Daily News Staff Writer
K ARMA'S A BITCH. The man who police say twice pulled a crossbow during a road-rage incident in Mayfair on Tuesday night described himself on his Facebook page as a Buddhist who "holds tolerance in great importance. " The ill-tempered archery enthusiast was Kenneth Butterworth, 44, of Friendship Street near Crispin, police said Wednesday. Butterworth allegedly threw tolerance out the window when he got behind the wheel Tuesday evening. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., a motorist who was traveling west on Harbison Avenue allegedly saw Butterworth weaving in and out of traffic in his gold Dodge Stratus.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Mary Kate Foley, DOWNINGTOWN WEST HIGH
Gone are the days of just buttons and banners for politicians to reach their constituents. Welcome to the new political arena full of commercials, blog posts, and hundreds of tweets. Through social media, politicians are now able to constantly display their message through endless commercials, see direct responses to their actions via Facebook or Twitter, and connect with a single person at the push of a button. As State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) introduced legislation last year that would strengthen Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws, his camp was overwhelmed with positive feedback from the animal-loving community.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The event that eventually led to the Facebook-threat trial now under way in federal court turned out to be older than the Bible, even as the consequences played out via the 21st-century version of papyrus. It was adultery. Defendant Anthony D. Elonis took the witness stand and talked for nearly an hour about marrying his wife when she was 16 and he was 19, having two children, and then in May 2010 discovering that she was seeing another man. Shortly thereafter, he spiraled into a severe depression - his boss once found him sobbing uncontrollably at his desk - was demoted and then fired from his job, ordered to stay away from his wife, and forced to move back home with his parents.
NEWS
February 22, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stop a brutal thug who has killed, raped, and terrorized children for decades. Why would anyone take issue with that goal? But a cyclone of controversy is swirling around Kony 2012 , a video by a San Diego-based nonprofit called Invisible Children. The video targets brutal Ugandan-born militia leader Joseph Kony and has gotten more than 76 million views on YouTube since it was posted March 5. Some say that Invisible Children's leaders are a bunch of self-promoting, overprivileged young adults, others that they are brilliant filmmaker/advocates who know how to use new-media tools to grab the attention of high school and college students.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Wilmington man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering a 65-year-old woman who was out walking her dog, police said Tuesday. Dwight L. Smith, 24, of West 36th Street, was held without bail after his arrest Monday night. He is accused of killing Marsha Lee of Whittier Road in the Brandywine Hills section of Wilmington. Smith's Facebook page indicates that he is an Army staff sergeant. His father, Dwight Sr., told television news reporters that his son was a combat veteran who was wounded during his second tour in Afghanistan.
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