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March 25, 2010 | By Troy Graham and Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
After online rumors stoked fears yesterday of yet another potential flash mob - this time at 40th and Market Streets - police told businesses there to close, parked cruisers in the middle of street, and stationed officers at each corner. No large, destructive group of teenagers materialized. Still, the mobilization showed the city's heightened sensitivity to the phenomenon of flash mobs, which have struck Center City and South Street four times since December, fueling worries that the gatherings are harming businesses and the city's image.
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April 2, 2010
WHEN YOU look at the flash mob, you realize it's the black teens doing all of this. (I'm a black person myself.) The white kids aren't doing this, they're busy playing sports, or after-school activities. It's terrible how our community has to always have bad apples, rotten to the core. But I don't think police and the city should hold parents accountable for what these kids do. These kids are hardheaded, rude and ignorant. If you lock up the parents, how are they going to pay their bills?
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April 2, 2010 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Jean Smith, 63, arrived at 30th Street Station on a train from Wilmington Thursday evening, she and other commuters were warned that there was a large gathering of young people inside the station. Some "Facebook thing," they were told. Oh, no. A South Street-style "flash mob," she thought. "I watched the faces of the people getting off the train," said Smith, of Blackwood. "They were shocked. " But what they found was not a riot, but people standing around as if time had stopped.
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July 2, 2011 | By Paul Jones, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Upper Darby Police Department is seeking stiff penalties against the flash mob that descended on the Sears store on 69th Street June 23. Investigators submitted case material to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office on Friday to charge the youths with retail theft and conspiracy to commit robbery for the combined value of the items stolen. Police said they recovered several hundred dollars' worth of merchandise from the youths who were arrested. That means the 15 juvenile suspects will face misdemeanor rather than summary charges - and more serious penalties if convicted.
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September 6, 2003 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 5:33 p.m. yesterday, hordes of people in sunglasses and hats suddenly swarmed into two Philadelphia bookstores in search of Aaron, or perhaps Erin, Beige. In both places, the invaders cheered for 30 seconds, greeted strangers, hugged, applauded, and left. It was over in four minutes. Philadelphia had its first flash mobs. The bizarre summer trend, like goldfish-swallowing and streaking in decades past, is growing popular with the young. Some mobbers say they are spoofing the herd-like behavior of modern life.
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March 21, 2010 | By James Osborne and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia police said a "flash mob" with thousands of teenagers and young adults swarmed South Street last night causing businesses to close early and bringing law enforcement from across the city to control the crowd. Lt. Ron Ball said what he was characterizing as a flash mob started around 9 p.m. He said it was similar to what had occurred recently in Center City. "Someone starts Twittering," he said. Police were alerted to the gathering by parents who called Philadelphia police after seeing messages on their childrens' mobile devices telling them to come to South Street.
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August 14, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is the summer "flash mob" turned into "flash rob. " Flash mobs were born in 2003 as spontaneous get-togethers, with large groups alerted to an event via text message, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. Witness April's insta-opera at Reading Terminal, a video of which went viral on YouTube. This summer, says Margaret Rock, editor at Multimedia.com in Chicago, "I don't know why, but what started out as something used for good has shown its dark side. " That dark side now shadows social media, raising issues of law enforcement and constitutional rights.
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August 31, 2011
A 20-year-old man was held for trial Tuesday in connection with an alleged "flash mob" attack in Bella Vista. A Common Pleas Court judge had dismissed charges against Jimmy McCaskill in June, saying a store's surveillance video wasn't conclusive evidence. But the District Attorney's Office refiled charges against McCaskill for his alleged part in the March 18 mayhem in the store at Eighth and Catharine Streets, and Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo cited the video in holding McCaskill for trial.
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March 19, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-4431
Police shut down LOVE Park yesterday afternoon after 10 to 15 teens were arrested for disorderly conduct and rumors spread that flash mobs were set to form. Officers stood guard at the entrances, telling passers-by not to enter the park. The park was shut down from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., said Lt. D.F. Pace, of Center City's 9th Police District. "We keep tabs on Internet chatter - especially these social-networking sites - and we received credible information that flash-mob activity was going to form here," Pace said.
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March 4, 2011 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
They met at Wendy's around dinnertime, about 35 teenagers no doubt lured by cheap fries and Frostys to the fast-food eatery at 15th and Chestnut, in Center City. They went from friendly hangout to frenzied freakout in a flash. But, please, don't call them a flash mob. One day after rampaging teens hassled pedestrians, stormed the Shops at Liberty Place and overturned tables and display signs in the mall, police yesterday played down the drama as "a disturbance," saying that officers quickly quelled the unrest by arresting five teens and dispersing others.
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November 21, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.   - Blaise Pascal   I'm so bored I want to tear my hair out. We all know that feeling. Yet until recently, boredom has been seldom studied. Perhaps it's because we believe it's an ethical category. As we like to say, idle hands are the devil's workshop. But psychologists finally seem interested in the topic. And a spate of studies suggest that boredom actually poses a threat to health - life, even.
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March 27, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"I'D NEVER felt in fear for my life before this happened. " That's how a Temple University student described his encounter with a group of teenage girls who accosted him and his girlfriend Friday on Norris Street near 17th. He left the encounter shaken, but his girlfriend, 19, fared much worse: One girl, whom police are now questioning, slammed a brick into her face, causing serious damage to her mouth and teeth. "This was in broad daylight," the man, 20, said. "I'm familiar with the area and the reputation it has, but I never expected anything so senseless, or to be involved in anything so senseless.
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September 14, 2012 | By Juan Ortega, FORT LAUDERDALE SUN SENTINEL
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, students from Coconut Palm Elementary in Miramar, Fla., showed up at a local Walmart, clad in patriotic red, white, and blue, to sing "God Bless America" as part of a prearranged tribute. The 75 young chorus members, ages 7 to 10, were born after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But they had learned from their families and teachers the significance of the date and what their singing meant. The group's excitement turned to disappointment Tuesday when a Walmart representative refused to honor an agreement allowing the chorus to sing inside the store, according to Coconut Palm Elementary Principal Terri Thelmas.
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September 7, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
If the 2012 Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe had an opening ceremony like the Olympics, it might well be the massive free dance performance called Le Grand Continental , which will take place three times this weekend at the foot of the Art Museum steps. Kicking up their heels will be more than 150 dancers - baristas and businesspeople, students and stay-at-homes, dancer wannabes of all stripes, plus a sprinkling of pros - who auditioned months ago and have spent the summer rehearsing for a half-hour of festival glory.
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September 7, 2012 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes news is what doesn't happen. We got through a whole summer without a flash mob. Set the clock back one year, and Philadelphia was plagued by gangs of youths who rolled through Center City, fueled by boredom and disaffection, and gathered by social media. They assaulted a community. We weren't alone - Boston and Chicago had similar troubles. But Philadelphia got the biggest black eye in the national media. Mayor Nutter took to his church's pulpit in August, calling out "butt-head" kids and "sperm-donor" parents.
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March 25, 2012 | By Dan Moberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Upwards of a dozen shoppers at a time swarmed into Dovetail Artisans in Glenside on Saturday, giving the small gift store sales receipts reminiscent of a December rush. Such "cash mobs" have been springing up nationwide to send a jolt to the economy through small, local businesses. And this was one of the first in the Philadelphia region. Cash Mob Philly was organized by Shahrzad Kojouri of Ardmore, who said, with concern: "I'm hoping people don't hear 'flash mob' when they hear 'cash mob.' " Kojouri encourages friends, acquaintances, and Facebook followers to head to a designated shop and spend at least $20. She and Dovetail Artisans owner Elayne Aion met at a previous cash mob event.
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March 24, 2012 | By Dan Moberger, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Upwards of a dozen shoppers at a time swarmed into Dovetail Artisans in Glenside on Saturday, giving the small handcrafted gift store sales receipts reminiscent of a December rush. Such "cash mobs" have been springing up nationwide to send a jolt to the economy through small, local businesses. And this was one of the first in the Philadelphia region. Cash Mob Philly has been organized by Shahrzad Kojouri, who said, with concern: "I'm hoping people don't hear 'flash mob' when they hear 'cash mob.' " The mobs are set up by Kojouri, who encourages friends, acquaintances and Facebook followers to head to the designated shop and spend at least $20. Kojouri and Dovetail Artisans owner Elayne Aion met at a previous cash mob event.
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February 29, 2012 | BY HOWARD ALTMAN and WILLIAM BENDER, Special to the Daily News Daily News Staff Writer
E VEN AS Joey Merlino was settling into a South Florida halfway house last summer after 12 years in prison, the FBI issued a confidential alert warning law-enforcement officials that the former Philadelphia mob boss might try to set up shop in the Miami area with some of his old associates. The memo was contained in the first batch of some five million emails being released by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks - including several FBI alerts obtained by a Texas-based private-intelligence firm on topics ranging from biker gangs to al Qaeda's English-language website.
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February 9, 2012
'I T WAS MY BUDDY, my goofy and loving and hilarious friend. He was being kicked. He probably had never harmed anyone in his life and he was curled in the little ball and a mob of kids were kicking him and laughing. " I was at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School last week listening to a group of high-schoolers say these words, Greek chorus-style, during a rehearsal of their original show, "PHLash: A Mob Story. " They will perform it tonight through Saturday. My heart beat faster and my palms got clammy.
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February 7, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
If only Philadelphia's flash mobs could be as joyous and fun as the New Yorkers who boogied down a loosely organized Soul Train line in tribute to creator Don Cornelius over the weekend in Times Square. But, no. Random group attacks by Philadelphia teens in recent years have given the name "flash mob" an entirely different meaning. Here, flash mobs erupt in acts of violence and violation. It's a collective crime that has "black kids" smeared all over it. Mayor Nutter told them as much.
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