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August 6, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
The search for whoever assaulted hitchBOT over the weekend, tearing the little globe-trotting robot limb from limb, took a dark turn Tuesday on social media, where speculation grew that video of the attack may have been a prank - and, late in the day, two pranksters appeared to say as much. Typical of the prevailing sentiment was this post from Metro Philly: "The surveillance vid of #hitchBOT's demise was just a crude ploy by 2 local funnymen to further their own fame. " The main focus of the posts was Jesse Wellens, who early Saturday tweeted a picture showing the bot in the backseat of a car, and later that night chastised the city for the attack on hitchBOT.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I am concerned about one of our children, a college student. We tried to raise her with good values and a moral code. We always strongly discouraged heavy drinking and casual sex; she is also aware of the dangers of both. I've learned now, however, that she enjoys going out drinking most weekends, uses bad language in social media (though we've definitely discussed that Internet history may live forever) and has no problem with "hooking up," though it doesn't appear she's done that often.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - What to do when you have barely $100 to your name and a retail dream you can't let go of? Two sisters, Lisa Muratore, 30, and Jaime Hannigan, 31 - neither of whom had worked in retail before - are riding the social media wave. They are using online to grow their business that started from Muratore's car trunk nearly a decade ago, and now has grown to three stores near the Jersey Shore. They started White Lotus, a women's apparel, accessories and jewelry retailer in Sea Isle City, in 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
NEWS
June 3, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a closely watched case testing the limits of free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned the Philadelphia federal court conviction in 2011 of an Allentown-area man for threatening on his Facebook page to kill his estranged wife and an FBI agent. The case has drawn national attention, in part because of its potential to define how the government can prosecute violent statements made on social media and on the Internet. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said prosecutors must show that defendants knowingly intended in their threatening statements to issue a real threat in order to secure a conviction.
SPORTS
May 6, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
CLIPPERS FORWARD Matt Barnes told Sports Illustrated that Allen Iverson taught him "how NBA players spend money in strip clubs" when they were Sixers teammates. Iverson, according to Barnes, would "throw $30,000, $40,000" at strippers "every time we went. " Iverson's reply was classic. "I don't know what Matt is talking about," he told CBS. "I was rich at 21, so ain't no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain't do that. "   Stellar fight Floyd Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao is out of this world, and we're not talking about the way the fight played out. HBO and NASA have partnered to have the fight made available to the crew of the International Space Station.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Thursday evening, rush-hour traffic was clogging Locust Street, and hundreds of protesters on an anti-police brutality march were moving among the cars, headed toward Rittenhouse Square. Sgt. Eric Gripp, the Philadelphia police spokesman who runs most of the department's social media accounts, snapped a picture from somewhere in the crowd. "The peaceful protest stops at 15th and Locust to express their 1st amendment rights," he posted on the department's Twitter account, @phillypolice.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The idea of buying cemeteries to generate revenue did not immediately appeal to Medford Township officials when the owner first made the unusual offer in 2012. Digging out of financial problems by raising property taxes was one thing. Digging graves and cremating remains was another. But they mulled the projected earnings of Park View Cemetery at Historic Medford Village and Park View Cemetery at Kirby's Mill, and decided the idea had merit. Several weeks ago, township officials approved a letter of intent to buy the cemeteries for nearly $11 million and said the investment could generate more than $82.7 million over 50 years.
SPORTS
April 6, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
About to coach in her first women's Final Four, Dawn Staley took time out the other day to tell people on Twitter that she had finally taken down her Christmas tree. It had been a running joke between Staley and her 25,000 followers about her still having the tree up. After a suitable pause, after one Gamecocks fan noted her inspiration was enough to take their own tree down, came Staley's next tweet: "APRIL FOOLS on taking down the xmas tree . . . Gotcha!!!" Laughing emoticons took up the rest of Staley's 140 characters.
NEWS
April 2, 2015
IMAGINE YOU and a fellow worker were fired because you "liked" a Facebook post by a former co-worker. The post criticized the employer for allegedly making mistakes on their W-2s resulting in the worker owing additional state income tax. That's just one of several cases that may come up for discussion at a Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management seminar here today and tomorrow. The case, which went before the National Labor Relations Board and was decided on Aug. 22, involved a waitress and a cook at Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Waterbury, Conn.
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