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 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.
May 21, 2013 |
IT'S NO SECRET that a lot of legendary players have hooped it up at New York City playgrounds. On Wednesday, the documentary "Doin' it in the Park" opens in the Big Apple - a homage to the city's courts and players. As far as we know, no one has done a similar film about Philly, even though the city has a rich history of guys and girls who honed their skills in pickup games on asphalt courts. Players like (in no particular order), Wilt Chamberlain, Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble, Gene Banks, Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson, Guy Rodgers, Earl Monroe, Walt Hazzard, Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd, Aaron "AO" Owens, Randy Woods, Wali Jones, Lionel Simmons, Marilyn Stephens, Linda Page, Yolanda Laney and Debbie Lytle.
June 22, 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.
August 20, 2014 |
THE CELLPHONE video allegedly showing Curtis Tanner beating a park ranger in LOVE Park on Friday - and Tanner's subsequent admission to the beating on television news - prompted his mother to turn him in yesterday, a police source said. After the video surfaced Saturday on YouTube - showing a man whom police have identified as Tanner, 19, repeatedly punching and kicking a 35-year-old park ranger who had asked him and his friends to stop skateboarding in the park - Philadelphia detectives yesterday went to Tanner's Pottstown home, the source said.
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.
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.
August 27, 2014
Because of an error in data provided by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach's HomExpert Market Report, an Aug. 17 article on the real estate picture in the Philadelphia region in this year's second quarter contained incorrect information about the number of days homes for sale spent on the market compared with the second quarter of 2013. Average days on market in the eight-county region declined 7.3 percent, to 76 days, in April through June of this year, down from 82 days in the same period of 2013.