November 28, 2010 |
There are certain principles that should be taught in high school sports, or any sports, for that matter. The athletes should be respectful to the coaches, who should reciprocate. In addition, a student-athlete should show that same respect to teammates and opponents. Trash-talking or demeaning an opponent, just because it's done in the professional ranks, shouldn't be tolerated in high schools. The recent incident in which most of Paulsboro's football starters were suspended from school, and also for Friday's game against West Deptford, should give administrators at all schools the incentive to make more stringent rules regarding social media.
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.
November 17, 2010 |
A Mayfair man apologized to U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., and his family yesterday after admitting that he threatened him in a video posted to YouTube in March. Norman Leboon, 38, of Benner Street near Lardner, pleaded guilty and said that he was "deeply apologetic," and that the words in the video directed against Cantor were "horrible. " Cantor is likely to be the next House majority leader when Republicans take control of the House in January. U.S. District Judge John Padova set sentencing for Feb. 3. Leboon, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on March 27, could face up to 24 months in a federal lockup under preliminary advisory guidelines.
October 14, 2010 |
NEWS THAT AN actor tested positive for HIV has interrupted the coitus in Southern California's multibillion-dollar adult-entertainment industry, a leading producer said yesterday. The actor's identity and gender haven't been disclosed by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, the clinic where the case was discovered. Vivid Entertainment Group founder Steven Hirsch said at least five companies, including Vivid and Wicked Pictures, have shut down production as the industry awaits details - and more testing.
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.
August 24, 2010
MTV'S "JERSEY SHORE" is the runaway hit of the summer, and nearly a quarter of Americans actually believe that their president is a Muslim. Ugh. We're in trouble. I'm no doomsayer. I usually err on the side of optimism, but this makes me wonder about some of our - ahem - mental capacities. A new Time magazine poll shows that nearly a quarter of Americans believe the false accusation that President Obama is a Muslim. In another study, one by the Pew Research Center, 18 percent of Americans were found to believe the same thing.
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.
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.
June 28, 2010 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - From a tiny closet in Mountain View, Calif., Sal Khan is educating the globe for free. His 1,516 videotaped mini-lectures - on topics ranging from simple addition to vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns - are transforming the former hedge fund analyst into a YouTube sensation, reaping praise from even reluctant students across the world. "I'm starting a virtual school for the world, teaching things the way I wanted to be taught," explains Khan, 33, the exuberant founder and sole faculty member of the nonprofit Khan Academy, run out of his small ranch house, which he shares with his wife and infant son. Khan has never studied education and has no teaching credentials.
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.