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.
September 24, 2012 |
You don't have to be an Islamophobe to say, "Enough already. " It's time for U.S. officials to stop apologizing for the YouTube video that supposedly sparked recent riots in Islamic countries. The video is merely a convenient pretext for religious radicals and irresponsible politicians to stir up anti-Western anger. They would have found another excuse if it hadn't surfaced. In an effort to avoid violence in Pakistan, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad broadcast ads on local TV showing American leaders denouncing the brief film.
May 9, 2014
SIXTY YEARS ago this week, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4-minute mile. In a tribute that could be dreamed up only by a beer drinker, Californian James Nielsen pulled on his running shoes, headed to the track, stretched a few times . . . And cracked open a can of Budweiser . Make that four Buds. One for each lap of a quarter-mile track in Marin County. In an achievement that - even if it's not quite as historic as Bannister's - lit up YouTube and Facebook, Nielsen became the first man to run a sub-5-minute beer mile.
February 2, 2011 |
YOU USED to have to go down to the schoolyard to see kids fight. Now all you need is an Internet connection. Uploaded videos featuring student scraps and downright vicious classmate conflicts are easily found on YouTube. "It is using technology to further humiliate or denigrate somebody, to retraumatize them," said Jonathan Singer, an assistant professor of social work at Temple University. "If kids take a video and then post it online, the intent is to inflict further harm. " Last month, a YouTube video of three girls kicking and punching a fourth girl at Hunting Park's Edison High School drew hundreds of thousands of viewers.
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.
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.