July 24, 2012 |
Jon Hauptman started an unusual business — holster making — about a year ago in a most unorthodox way: He disclosed virtually all his trade secrets in one YouTube video after another, after another. In some, he did something else seemingly self-destructive: He encouraged viewers to make their own holsters, if they were so inclined. What followed was not a crash-and-burn of Hauptman's start-up, but a groundswell of support from those who watched his videos and were moved to help him get PHLSTER off the ground.
December 2, 2010 |
The West Philadelphia man whose controversial arrest Sept. 3 was captured in a YouTube video will not face trial on charges that he assaulted the officer who was filmed hitting him repeatedly with a baton. Charges against Askia Sabur, seen in the video being struck by Officer Jimmy Leocal, were dismissed yesterday because the officer was unavailable to testify at Sabur's preliminary hearing. Sabur, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related offenses for allegedly assaulting Leocal and his partner, Donyul Williams, during a violent arrest in front of a Chinese takeout restaurant at Allison Street and Lansdowne Avenue.
November 17, 2010 |
A Mayfair man apologized to U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family yesterday after admitting that he threatened him in a video posted to YouTube in March. Norman Leboon, 38, of Benner Street near Lardner, pleaded guilty and said that he was "deeply apologetic," and that the words in the video directed against Cantor were "horrible. " Cantor is likely to be the next House majority leader when Republicans take control of the House in January. U.S. District Judge John Padova set sentencing for Feb. 3. Leboon, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on March 27, could face up to 24 months in a federal lockup under preliminary advisory guidelines.
June 23, 2011 |
Targets of poaching and victimized by a lack of prey, as few as 3,500 snow leopards roam the entire world. For zoophiles, it's a familiar battle - a struggle to save the endangered species one new cub at a time. Or, in Philadelphia's case, two at a time. In a first, two snow leopard cubs have been born at the Philadelphia Zoo, officials announced Wednesday. "They're precious, precious, precious children," said Tammy Schmidt, the zoo's curator of carnivores. "It's an honor for us as a zoo when it's an endangered species.
January 13, 2012 |
AFTER the Tuesday-night shooting that killed three teens, an outraged Mayor Nutter had a few choice words to share outside City Hall. Some viewers of Fox 29 Wednesday night were surprised to hear one of those words on TV. Here's the mayor's quote as captured on a YouTube video ( www.philly.com/philly/video/137177578.html ): "The first way for young people to stop this stuff is for young people to be home, where they're supposed to be home, and for adults not to act like idiots and a - - holes out in the streets of our city shooting at kids in a car. " The mayor has no regrets or apologies, said Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald.
February 29, 2012 |
Last week, the principals of Lower Merion's two public high schools explained in a letter to parents that they had learned of a YouTube video showing students engaged in "binge drinking, marijuana use, substance-induced violence and several dangerous situations involving drugs and alcohol in vehicles. " The letter warned of significant consequences for students (e.g., suspension from athletic teams) caught on camera engaging in such activities. The administrators added that this would be the case "even if they haven't had a sip of beer, but are found to have been 'in the room' at a party where alcohol is served.
October 4, 2012
SUSPENDED POLICE Lt. Jonathan Josey II wasn't just a tough-talking cop in real life. He also plays one on screen. In a bizarre twist, the ousted Highway Patrol supervisor who sucker-punched a woman after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade - earning national scorn when a YouTube video of the assault went viral - is a local actor with Hollywood aspirations. Josey, 40, played a detective in the 2011 movie "Operation: Get Rid of Pinky," a gym instructor in the 2010 movie "Sure Looks Good" and a lawyer in the 2011 movie "Love and Litigation.
January 5, 2012 |
A second teenager has been arrested and charged in a South Philadelphia vandalism spree that the hooligans recorded on video and posted on YouTube, police said this morning. The 17-year-old boy, whose name will not be released, faces 17 counts of criminal mischief and related charges. He was arrested Wednesday after agreeing to come in for an interview with police. On Tuesday night, police arrested a 16-year-old who also was identified through the video posted on YouTube and agreed to be to be interviewed by South Division detectives.
September 30, 2011 |
A Gloucester County Marine was killed Wednesday during combat operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defense Department said. First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, 27, died in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The cause of death was under investigation, the department said Thursday. Iannelli, of Clarksboro, was assigned to a Marine helicopter squadron stationed in North Carolina. He graduated in 2002 from Kingsway Regional High School as class president, his mother, Donna, said. He was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the baseball team, she said.