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.
May 31, 2012 |
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.
November 18, 2010 |
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.
February 29, 2012 |
Last week, the principals of Lower Merion's two public high schools explained in a letter to parents that they had learned of a YouTube video showing students engaged in "binge drinking, marijuana use, substance-induced violence and several dangerous situations involving drugs and alcohol in vehicles. " The letter warned of significant consequences for students (e.g., suspension from athletic teams) caught on camera engaging in such activities. The administrators added that this would be the case "even if they haven't had a sip of beer, but are found to have been 'in the room' at a party where alcohol is served.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 2, 2015 |
This is a column about a beautiful Ukrainian helicopter pilot named Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian rebels and illegally transported from her country to a prison in Moscow. She could die soon. It is also a column about lies so blatant, so contrary to available facts, that they insult the intelligence. Vladimir Putin and his spokesmen repeat such lies over and over about what Russia is doing in Ukraine. Yet Western leaders still refrain from denouncing them as falsehoods.