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January 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  PRINCE   AND HIS LAWYERS have unleashed a "Purple Rain" of terror on fans he believes to be bootleggers. The Artist presently known as Plaintiff has filed a $22 million lawsuit against 22 people, accused of illegally posting concert footage on Facebook, blogs and other online spots. The move has split Prince's kingdom, but the suit says, "The defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material. "For example, in just one of the many takedown notices sent to Google with respect to Doe 2 (a/k/a DaBang319)
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is known by one family as Sid and by another as Ansel Catems, a feline play on the name of an acclaimed photographer known for his black-and-white landscape shots. No matter which name the 7-year-old cat with the black-and-white coat is called, he displays the same playful personality, showing no signs of the no-doubt confusing adventure he has been on for more than two years. It began during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, when Sid ran away from his home in Blackwood. Jeana Hoffman, who had raised Sid since he was two weeks old, began to fear the worst when she could not find him. That fear turned to dread when more than two years passed with no sign of him. Then, the unbelievable happened.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven Quigley and Brett Kane were classmates at Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, graduating in 1992. They were friendly, but never close. Kane went to the College of New Jersey, moved to Boston, then back to South Jersey, married, and started a family. Quigley took a more exotic path, after Rutgers living in Israel, Bali, Japan, and Taiwan, an entrepreneur with crazy adventures and close calls, returning in 2009 to start a business in Philadelphia. They reacquainted on Facebook - casual, virtual, a photo here, a posting there.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
The last status update that Brendan DeVoue posted to his Facebook profile was a birthday greeting to his older brother. That was more than two months ago - an eternity in social-media time. The King of Prussia 18-year-old, though, has been sharing plenty online with his friends over at Twitter, the telegraphic platform that limits posts to 140 characters. DeVoue tweets about high school, soccer, and random life observations (I get cranky when I'm sick) multiple times a day. He also shares Vines, six-second-or-less looping videos.
NEWS
September 28, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The disappearance of a Philadelphia woman has turned into a new mystery after family members learned this week that some of the woman's remains were found at the Jersey Shore during the summer. Franchesca Cheka Alvarado, 22, of the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia left home to go to Atlantic City with a friend March 17, 2012, St. Patrick's Day. The friend later told family members the two went their separate ways, and he returned to Philadelphia alone, authorities said.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddie Henriquez apologized for using Facebook to urge associates to "kill all rats" - specifically a woman who was a witness against his friend in a gun case. His threats and gangsta slang were all co-opted from popular rap songs, Henriquez, 20, told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman on Monday. Poseur or not, Henriquez's sentence was real: 111/2 to 23 months in prison, followed by five years' probation. "I want to completely apologize for everything I've done," the baby-faced Henriquez told Coleman.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Timber Creek Regional High School teacher found two recent female graduates attractive and messaged them that he wanted to meet with them, according to Gloucester Township police. Deputy Chief David Harkins said David A. Clune, a math teacher, also asked the 17-year-old and 18-year-old if they found him attractive in some of more than 30 "flirtatious" messages he sent each of them in texts and on Facebook over the July Fourth weekend, Harkins said. "He wanted to meet with them socially.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | Inquirer Staff Reports
See ya, kemosabe. Hello, yellow fellows. Both The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2 were released Wednesday, but that's it for similarities. Through its first five days, Steve Carell 's Despicable Me 2 earned $142.1 million, the highest five-day debut on record for an animated film. The Lone Ranger , the $225 million Disney Western, meanwhile, grossed just $48.8 million since Wednesday, positioning itself to be one of the year's biggest flops. (Analysts had expected that number to be twice as big by the end of the weekend.)
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 100 million Americans have signed up to be organ donors. For medical and social reasons, that's still not enough, as the family of Sarah Murnaghan, 10, of Newtown Square, can attest. A transplant of adult lungs on June 11 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia saved her from dying of cystic fibrosis, but only because her parents successfully challenged lung-allocation rules in court. Now, a study has found that Facebook, the social-media network, can help increase organ-donor registrations and awareness.
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