April 7, 2010 |
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2013 |
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.
September 14, 2010 |
The final curtain falls Sept. 17 for long-running soap opera "As the World Turns," which debuted as a 30-minute serial April 2, 1956. In its 54 years, "ATWT" dominated the ratings for two decades, prompted a prime-time spinoff ("Our Private World"), introduced daytime television's first gay male character (Hank Elliot) in 1988 and won four daytime Emmy Awards for best show. It also created some of soap's greatest super-couples. Here are five that "ATWT" fans will never forget. Holden and Lily Holden Snyder and Lily Walsh captured soap fans' hearts with their poor-boy, rich-girl love story.
September 17, 2009 |
SOMETIMES, all the media attention in the world can't beat a cruise down the sidewalk on a pink, Disney Princess bicycle. Speeding along with the help of training wheels, 3-year-old Emily Monforto knew why a half-dozen news vans had descended on her suburban street in Gloucester Township, Camden County, yesterday, but left the details to her mom and dad. "Emily, why are all the cameras here?" her mother, Kathleen, asked. "To take pictures for when I was at the Phillies game," the little girl in the purple helmet replied as she pedaled along.
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.
March 30, 2010 |
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.
July 21, 2012 |
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.
December 1, 2011 |
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.