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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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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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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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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 18, 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 that 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 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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October 9, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Philadelphia, a wedding brawl with three arrests and a fatal heart attack was simply another wild story. But around the country, the must-see video, shot by a teen celebrating a birthday, seems to be reinforcing old stereotypes that the City That Threw Snowballs at Santa Claus (way back in 1968) could still use some anger management training. The story was showcased on Yahoo's home page this morning, and the comments were too predictable: "OMG!!! A wedding brawl! Oh wait..its in Philly?
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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.
SPORTS
January 30, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
HOLY FAMILY guard Ben Badeen did not play in the game against Chestnut Hill earlier this month, but he definitely contributed to the victory. The Tigers play a 2-3 zone, similar to the defense Syracuse uses. They are sometimes vulnerable to teams that use big men in the high post. Badeen found video of Chestnut Hill College online and relayed valuable information to his coaches. The scouting report helped HFU win the game, 70-67. Badeen, a deep sub, is probably the easiest guy to spot in the Holy Family layup line because of his height.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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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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October 9, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Philadelphia, a wedding brawl with three arrests and a fatal heart attack was simply another wild story. But around the country, the must-see video, shot by a teen celebrating a birthday, seems to be reinforcing old stereotypes that the City That Threw Snowballs at Santa Claus (way back in 1968) could still use some anger management training. The story was showcased on Yahoo's home page this morning, and the comments were too predictable: "OMG!!! A wedding brawl! Oh wait..its in Philly?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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April 6, 2012 | By Julie Watson, Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - A wildly popular Internet video turned African warlord Joseph Kony into a household name and boosted the international hunt for the brutal rebel leader. Can a sequel do more? That's the burning question for the small California advocacy group Invisible Children and its follow-up, Kony 2012 Part II . The Associated Press was given a copy of the sequel before its Thursday release. Part II repeats some of the same slick, inspiring shots as the original of a young global community mobilizing into action.
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