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March 5, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Kids from rough neighborhoods can't escape real-world violence when they use social media. Instead, a new academic study finds something that families, schools, and police have learned the hard way: Negative experiences from the streets spill over into the "digital hood" - and can even start there. "Facebook not only mirrors the challenges and dangers of life in a disadvantaged community, but also amplifies the most negative aspects of the community," the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University concluded.
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March 3, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Two men have been indicted in an October attack on a woman in an Atlantic City park that gained widespread notoriety because it was recorded on video and posted to Facebook, the Atlantic County prosecutor said Tuesday. The video shows a man exchanging words with the woman, who is seated, then striking her in the head, knocking her out. The man recording the video then moves in for a close-up of the unconscious woman's face. Iben Hunter, 25, of Atlantic City, was identified as the man who struck Emily Baccari, 44, in the side of the face with a handgun hidden under the sleeve of his sweatshirt.
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January 11, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Gov. Christie is like that always-on-vacation Facebook friend of yours - the one who serially uploads smiling selfies from faraway places. Hello from Epping, New Hampshire! Can you believe I'm here in Waukee, Iowa? The governor's relentless updates, Tweets, Instagram images, viral videos, and Morning Joe guest appearances may help some of us back home feel connected to the Garden State's nomadic presidential candidate. At least, in a smartphone sort of way. But virtual reality isn't the same as being physically present, on the job and, you know, really governing New Jersey.
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January 11, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
For Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger, the chance to help arrived as a friend request. AhmadBaset Azizi approached Bilger on Facebook about a year and a half ago with an intriguing overture: Could he study with Bilger - via video, online, from Afghanistan? Bilger agreed. It turns out that the 17-year-old Kabul musician has been making contacts all over the world, and now his drive and winsome way are paying off. Azizi will spend his last year of high school in northwest Michigan, at the well-regarded Interlochen Arts Academy, starting this fall - if money can be found.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
If you hear baby Max Zuckerberg crying, she's got a good reason. Her parents followed up her birth announcement with one that they were giving away 99 percent of their wealth. And even after that, daddy Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are still in the 1 percent. That's rich. The news came out in a Facebook post by daddy Mark that Priscilla gave birth last week to Max, and that Mark and Priscilla also plan to donate most of their wealth, $45 billion , to a new organization to tackle a broad range of the world's ills.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: I had a first date last night with someone I met through a dating site. It seemed to go fine. Then this morning, I see that she has removed her profile from the site. Should I take this personally? Answer: Because I suspect about 95 percent of the world's problems stem, at least in part, from people's taking things personally that they really don't need to, I'm going to say no. She could have done it because she liked you. Or liked some other date.
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November 14, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Havertown man with a knack for striking short-lived relationships with women he introduced himself to on Facebook was found guilty Thursday of stalking and harassing CBS3 anchor Erika von Tiehl after she broke up with him in 2011. John Hart, 39, a former law student, did not appear to react to the verdict by the Philadelphia jury of seven men and five women, which was announced after one hour of the jury's second day of deliberations. But Hart scowled as the prosecutor argued that the stalking verdict should be graded as a felony because of Hart's earlier guilty plea in a Delaware County stalking case.
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October 23, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. challenged his former roommate and ex-business partner in federal court Wednesday, a day after the man offered unflattering testimony against Fattah in his bank- and tax-fraud trial. In a tense cross-examination, Fattah - the 32-year-old son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) - confronted Matthew Amato, 33, about their efforts to launch a personal concierge service in 2005 and government allegations that they blew thousands of dollars they borrowed to support the business to outfit themselves with the trappings of a luxury life.
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October 15, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last week, Tony Harris, a 50-year-old electronics repairman, uploaded a photo to his Facebook page - something different from his standard fare of videos and memes and images of his three children. This one showed his wife, Amber Crane, grinning up at the camera, clutching thick stacks of cash in both hands. More money sat piled in her lap. "I misplaced $60,000.00. I hope my wife didn't go shopping with it," the caption joked. "Stop playing," a friend wrote back. Precisely a week later, about 11:30 at night, police said, three young men walked into his home on the 1100 block of South Ruby Street in Kingsessing, where he has lived for decades.
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October 15, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AMBER CRANE began Monday morning by playing the Facebook game "Criminal Case," wherein she virtually investigated crime scenes and murders to pass the time. By the end of the night, Crane, 27, was in the middle of a real crime scene when three armed men broke into the Kingsessing home she shared with Tony Harris and shot him to death in front of two of the couple's three young children. Now police are investigating the possibility that a Facebook photo that Harris posted Oct. 5 - of Crane holding several large stacks of cash with a caption that read "I misplaced $60,000.
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