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NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Advertisers used to wait till Super Bowl Sunday to unveil their TV ads. More and more, some jump the gun to justify the king's ransom for a 30-second spot - $4 million this year - by capitalizing on every bit of media hype and advance Internet traffic they can generate, often by using some kind of contest tie-in. Some, like Anheuser-Busch, use the news and social media to build anticipation for spots you'll have to wait till Sunday to see. The beermaker even issued its first-ever tweet to ask folks to suggest names for a recently born Clydesdale , star of an ad called "Brotherhood.
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2014
A WHOLE LOT of folks think it's cute to see young children twerking and singing along to sexually suggestive songs. They laugh. Maybe post a YouTube video of it. Not two-time Grammy winner Carvin G. "Ransum" Haggins. After visiting a beauty salon in the Philly burbs earlier this spring and watching a 2-year-old girl mimicking Beyonce's provocative dance moves and singing the very adult lyrics to "Drunk in Love," Haggins got fed up and launched a grassroots campaign called Rage Against the Ratchet.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2012 | Diane Mastrull
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Jason Nark and Daily News Staff Writer
PUT JAY-Z on a Yamaha YZ-250, Kanye on a Kawasaki KX-125, or Lil Wayne on a little Honda, and they have nothing on Meek Mill, a Philly hip-hop artist who's risen from local mix-tape legend to next-big-thing, chasing his dreams to the top on one wheel.   "Any rapper, too, I'll bet any rapper you can't wheelie better than me," Mill says in a YouTube video , where he's mostly on a dirt bike. The Daily News tried to catch up with Mill, born Robert Rahmeek Williams, but we missed calls, traded texts and, for weeks, made plans that never panned out. He's as elusive as Philly's notorious and illegal dirt-bike riders, but any mention of the dirt bike/ATV scene would be remiss if it didn't mention him. Mill loves dirt bikes and ATVs.
NEWS
June 22, 2011 | By Drew Singer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 30, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | Staff Report
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.
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