April 27, 2012 |
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.
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.
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 21, 2013 |
IT'S NO SECRET that a lot of legendary players have hooped it up at New York City playgrounds. On Wednesday, the documentary "Doin' it in the Park" opens in the Big Apple - a homage to the city's courts and players. As far as we know, no one has done a similar film about Philly, even though the city has a rich history of guys and girls who honed their skills in pickup games on asphalt courts. Players like (in no particular order), Wilt Chamberlain, Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble, Gene Banks, Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson, Guy Rodgers, Earl Monroe, Walt Hazzard, Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd, Aaron "AO" Owens, Randy Woods, Wali Jones, Lionel Simmons, Marilyn Stephens, Linda Page, Yolanda Laney and Debbie Lytle.
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.
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.
October 4, 2012 |
THE OUTRAGE over the sucker punch heard 'round the world is still going strong. At a news conference Tuesday night, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey expressed concern over a 36-second YouTube video that shows Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan D. Josey II slugging a defenseless woman after Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade. And he said he wants the Internal Affairs probe into the incident to be completed quickly. "Obviously, it's a video that's very troubling," said Ramsey, who had been at a law-enforcement conference in San Diego when the video went viral.
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.