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NEWS
November 18, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Charges against a West Philadelphia man seen in a YouTube video being whacked repeatedly by baton-wielding officers were upheld yesterday after one of the cops testified that Askia Sabur assaulted him. Officer Donyule Williams testified that he has been out of work since Sabur's violent Sept. 3 arrest. Williams said that Sabur bit him and that he suffered a torn leg muscle and injured his left shoulder. His partner, Jimmy Leocal, needed surgery on his hand. Williams testified at Sabur's preliminary hearing that on the night of the incident, he and Leocal were searching for a man who shot at a day-care center the day before when they saw eight to 12 people standing at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Street.
NEWS
April 7, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia man who appeared in a YouTube video threatening a top Republican congressman and his family has been found incompetent to stand trial and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment. Norman Leboon, 38, will be sent to a federal prison with a mental-health facility for four months, with the goal of treating him so he is capable of standing trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert K. Reed said Tuesday. Leboon, of the city's Mayfair neighborhood, was charged after the video appeared on the Web last month.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
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
April 27, 2012 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Cherry Hill teacher whose lawyers deny that she made the abusive statements to an autistic student heard on a now-viral YouTube video was placed on paid leave Friday. "I wanted to be proactive rather than reactive," superintendent Maureen Reusche said. "My primary focus is the instructional environment in the building. " Reusche said she hoped to minimize "disruption to our schools" since the identity of former Horace Mann Elementary School special-education teacher Kelly Altenburg was made public in a second YouTube video, released Wednesday by Stuart Chaifetz, the student's parent.
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
June 30, 2010
I was at the Phillies game Thursday when the storm blew through. Those of us caught out in the open by the right-field gate huddled under the overhang in front of the stores as plywood displays were ripped apart, a glass display case at a food vendor shattered and peppered the crowd with shards of glass, and condiment carts were swept away. No one could have known this would be so bad, could they? Yet your paper reported: "They were telling us to expect [winds] up to 70 miles per hour . . . ," said head groundskeeper Mike Boekholder.
NEWS
March 30, 2010 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
Authorities have charged a Mayfair man who claimed to be "son of the god of Enoch" with threatening to kill the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his wife. Norman Leboon, 38, of Benner Street near Lardner, appeared in federal court yesterday and was ordered by a magistrate to be held without bail pending a psychiatric evaluation. Federal defender Rossman Thompson, appointed by U.S. Magistrate Carol Sandra Moore Wells to represent Leboon, declined to comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2012 | Staff Report
It might be the first live booting of a social networker during a live musical performance. Various social networking, news aggregator, and gamer sites are atwitter about a fan who was kicked out of a show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia by the 'nerdcore' rapper MC Chris after sending a tweet that criticized one of the acts. It started when fan Mike Taylor of Voorhees, Camden County, was at the MC Chris Monster Hunter tour show Tuesday night. He tweeted that he thought the opening act, Richie Branson, was sub-par.
SPORTS
December 1, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp said he isn't proud of his part in the throwdown last week at the CFL alumni luncheon that has gone viral on the Internet. Angelo Mosca also is disappointed. The Canadian Football Hall of Famers, both in their mid-70s, have had a few days to reflect on their dustup during Grey Cup weekend in Vancouver. "The altercation should have been avoided there because it was a celebration of teamwork and togetherness within the country," Kapp, 73, told the Canadian Press yesterday.
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