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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 4, 2007 |
We began with sites that expertly predigest business literature. But our search led, as well, to sites for doing business on the Web, and for extending our recent investigation of smart phones. Shorten the long. Brijit.com runs 100-words-or-less summaries of all those long articles you ought to be reading from the Economist, Foreign Policy, and a bunch of other journals, magazines and newspapers. There's a link to every full original, but each is also rated from "not a priority" to "exceptional, a must-read, not to be missed.
March 7, 2012
The beating of a passenger on a NJ Transit River Line train while others casually watched and made a YouTube video of the incident shows too little has changed since the Kitty Genovese murder in 1964. An irate woman's assault on a two-timing boyfriend is not comparable to Genovese's being stabbed to death outside her Queens, N.Y., apartment. But just as no one came to Genovese's aid despite her screams, other passengers on the River Line train never made an attempt to stop what was in reality a crime.
July 17, 2010 |
Warner Brothers honchos surely smiled in their sleep Friday night at the estimated $3 million take from the limited midnight opening of Inception , starring the dreamy Leonardo DiCaprio . And there's more dough to roll in, since on Friday the film fully opened at 3,792 locations. Oh, Leo, we knew you had actorly superpowers, but in this Christopher Nolan -directed movie you actually can steal dreams. We don't know whether to say ick or take a Lunesta and pray for some REM sleep.