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April 15, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this is the future waiting for me, I don't want it. " Spoken by a young girl, those words close Niños Incómodos (Bothersome Children), a video released last week in Mexico to shock, objection, and controversy. It's a viral sensation with more than 2.7 million views. It has drugs, corruption, violence - and all the actors are children. In the opening, a little boy playing a businessman shuts off his alarm and (in a scene one congressman called "unacceptable") takes a drag on his morning cigarette.
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March 12, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FOR GOD'S sake, you have to do something ! That was the gist of the scores of emails and phone calls that poured into the Department of Human Services late last week, when the world laid eyes on a disturbing cellphone video that showed a little girl repeatedly trying to wake her barely conscious mother on a SEPTA bus. On Friday, the agency announced that it was launching an investigation into the incident, along with the Philadelphia Police...
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March 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
West Deptford police are investigating a fierce beating captured in a video that has gone viral online. The video, which has been viewed more than 2.3 million times since it was posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a man punching, dragging, and kicking a teenage boy who is curled up on a couch in a West Deptford residence. The assailant warns the victim not to move and threatens to kill the teen if police are called. It wasn't clear who recorded the attack or how the Facebook user, who posted the video with a #STOPBULLYING2016 hashtag, obtained it. Both parties have been identified, police said, and the juvenile victim is safe.
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October 5, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
MAYOR NUTTER on Thursday apologized profusely to the Chester woman who was captured on video being "cold-cocked," in Nutter's words, by veteran cop Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II during a Puerto Rican Day celebration in North Philadelphia. "I have watched it 20 times, and every time I look at it, I am appalled, I am sickened and I'm ashamed on behalf of the good men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department," Nutter said of the video of the infamous punch, which went viral within 24 hours of the incident.
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January 17, 2016 | Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
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August 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County mother who police said "flunked Parenting 101" when she was captured on a cellphone video instigating a fight between her daughter and another juvenile has pleaded guilty. Michele Davenport, 45, of Clifton Heights, was sentenced to four years' probation and 80 hours of community service by Judge James F. Nilon after she pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. She was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to court records.
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October 16, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
On YouTube, it was labeled "Oktoberfest Justice. " A viral video surfaced this weekend showing a man slapping a Philadelphia police officer and immediately getting beaten down by that officer at a South Street beer festival last month. On the video, John Scrivano, 43, of Essington, is seen yelling at an approaching bike officer as a woman tries to restrain him and screams, "Stop!" Descriptions accompanying the video claim he was spitting and throwing beer at passersby. With the officer standing in front of him, and trying to keep him away with his left hand, the bearded Scrivano makes hand gestures indicating that he is daring the officer to do something.
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March 19, 2012 | Wires / Bloomberg
By David Kenner Here's a puzzle: A video calling for international action to capture Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla who commands a couple hundred men and has killed 151 civilians during the past year, has been viewed by about 80 million people on YouTube. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who boasts 600,000 men under arms, along with almost 5,000 tanks, and who often kills more than 100 people a day, according to activists - generates exponentially less outrage. The imbalance is particularly striking on Twitter.
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March 17, 2012 | By Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press
KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan criticism of a viral video about a brutal central African warlord continued to grow since a public screening in a remote Ugandan town once terrorized by the Lord's Resistance Army. The head of a Ugandan charity that showed "Kony 2012" said Thursday he would suspend further screenings after getting overwhelmingly negative reaction from viewers on Tuesday who did not understand why there were so many white faces in the video, or why Kony needed to be made famous.
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March 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren and Emily Babay, STAFF WRITERS
West Deptford police are investigating a fierce beating captured in a video that has gone viral online. The video, which has been viewed more than 2.3 million times since it was posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a man punching, dragging, and kicking a teenage boy who is curled up on a couch in a West Deptford residence. The assailant warns the victim not to move and threatens to kill the teen if police are called. It wasn't clear who recorded the attack or how the Facebook user, who posted the video with a #STOPBULLYING2016 hashtag, obtained it. Both parties have been identified, police said, and the juvenile victim is safe.
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January 17, 2016 | Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
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November 12, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE VETERAN beat cop walked along a familiar stretch of North Philadelphia last fall, with Temple University Hospital peeking over his shoulder. It had been a few months since activists began marching through streets here and across the country to protest a spate of controversial fatal police-involved shootings. Calls for widespread reforms in law enforcement were growing louder by the week. But this day was shaping up to be a quiet one - until he spotted a SEPTA driver, who frantically waved him over to her bus. An unruly rider was refusing to leave.
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July 1, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
HERE WE GO again. More video showing a police officer behaving badly. This time it was a SEPTA cop captured on cellphone and surveillance video grabbing an alleged fare evader by the throat while the man held his 18-month-old daughter. The videos caught Officer William Crawford, a 16-year SEPTA police veteran, attempting to pull Ellis Smith, 20, off the train during Thursday's rush hour on the Market-Frankford Line. An internal affairs investigation is underway. We've been here so often we have a script, don't we?
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April 30, 2015
MEET THE MOTHER of the Year. Her name is Toya Graham and she lives in Baltimore. She's the mom caught on video Monday slapping around her son after she caught him hurling rocks at police. In the video, which was shot by WMAR-TV, she repeatedly smacks her 16-year-old son, Michael, in the face. He's dressed all in black. Even though he'd attempted to conceal his identity with a face mask, she still was able to recognize him. "I could see the objects being thrown at the police and I was like in awe . . . lo and behold, I turn and I look in this crowd and my son is actually coming across the street with this hoodie on and a mask," she told CBS News.
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March 12, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FOR GOD'S sake, you have to do something ! That was the gist of the scores of emails and phone calls that poured into the Department of Human Services late last week, when the world laid eyes on a disturbing cellphone video that showed a little girl repeatedly trying to wake her barely conscious mother on a SEPTA bus. On Friday, the agency announced that it was launching an investigation into the incident, along with the Philadelphia Police...
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August 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County mother who police said "flunked Parenting 101" when she was captured on a cellphone video instigating a fight between her daughter and another juvenile has pleaded guilty. Michele Davenport, 45, of Clifton Heights, was sentenced to four years' probation and 80 hours of community service by Judge James F. Nilon after she pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. She was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to court records.
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June 5, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
A VIDEO OF EDITED clips featuring CBS3 morning anchor Nicole Brewer and meteorologist Carol Erickson snarking at each other went viral yesterday. The video makes it seem as if the two are in the midst of a bitter feud. At one point in the video, the backdrop makes it look as if Erickson is bathed in light, giving her a halo. Brewer responds, "It always comes into question when it's you and a halo. " The video, from AmazingLife247, had more than 400,000 views as of last night, though Mark Pygas , human resources and community manager of AmazingLife247, says the website expected the numbers to reach 500,000 to 600,000 by the end of the day yesterday.
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February 28, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can a video lie? Should it get the last word? Is it always or ever subject to interpretation? Can a million people on YouTube see what they believe to be a Philadelphia police officer striking a woman to the ground and a judge see something else? "This is not a social media contest," Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan said after finding former Lt. Jonathan Josey not guilty of doing what the viral video seemed to show he had done: strike a woman during last year's Puerto Rican Day festivities.
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