March 7, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted. The "Dr. Phil" show reached out to Livermore resident Robert Gibbs, 23, after he posted his three-minute video last week. Gibbs mentioned the program in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired dozens of responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement. A crew from the "Dr. Phil" show was scheduled to come to his house and film him today, Gibbs told the Associated Press.
January 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps said yesterday that it is investigating a video depicting what appears to be four Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters. In a statement, the Marine Corps said it has not verified the origin or authenticity of the YouTube video. But it also said the actions portrayed are not consistent with Marine values. If verified, the video could create a strong backlash in the Muslim world and beyond for the disrespectful actions it portrays.
August 16, 2012 |
Tuesday afternoon a waterspout was seen for about 10 minutes over Great Bay, between Atlantic County's Brigantine and Ocean County's Long Beach Island. The National Weather Service received accounts from three people on the ground and two aircraft, while various news reports showed a variety of photographs and a YouTube video. The waterspout, basically a tornado over water, formed at 4:37 p.m. during a severe thunderstorm. "There's really no damage to use to rate it, but it was probably on the weak side," said weather service meteorologist Patrick O'Hara.
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.
January 4, 2012 |
Vandals who spray painted cars and walls and smashed vehicle windows in South Philadelphia gave police an invaluable lead. They posted a video of themselves on YouTube. Acting on tips, police arrested a 16-year-old boy today and said they expected to arrest more soon. Police said that during the vandalism spree the night of Dec. 27, four youths, one armed with a video enabled cellphone, spray painted cars and walls on the 2000 block of South Etting Street with the letters "W" and "L the words "WRECK LOCALS.
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.
February 22, 2012 |
Lower Merion school officials are warning parents about an outfit that posted a YouTube video of local high school and college students engaging in what appears to be underage drinking and illegal drug use under the name "I'm Shmacked. " In a letter sent home Tuesday, the principals of Harriton and Lower Merion High Schools termed the images "reprehensible and cause for great concern. " The video shows binge drinking, marijuana use, window smashing and use of drugs and alcohol in cars by students purported to be from Lower Merion - all presented as a lark.
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.
June 27, 2012 |
The Slinky, that spring thing that walks down stairs, was invented in Philadelphia nearly 60 years ago, but it still has surprises up its helical sleeve. And we're not talking new novelties à la the Slinky Dog or Slinky eyeballs. A Slinky amazingly "walks" on a treadmill for minutes, flopping and flipping along, even self-correcting its course, on a YouTube video that has been seen more than 3.3 million times in just two months. Now comes some cool slo-mo of another freaky trick — how a Slinky seems to momentarily hang in mid-air as if it has some anti-gravity power.
November 7, 2012 |
The central Pennsylvania voting machine shown Tuesday in a YouTube video recording a vote for President Obama as a vote for Republican challenger Mitt Romney was broken and has been fixed, a state official said. The video, reminiscent of a 2008 parody on The Simpsons, went viral and attracted national media attention as it raised concerns about voting-machine fraud. YouTube user "centralpavote," who posted the video, wrote that when he tried to cast a ballot for Obama, the light in the voting booth lit up for Romney.