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May 24, 2013
Zach Sobiech, 18, a Minnesota teen whose farewell song became a YouTube sensation, has died after a 31/2-year fight with bone cancer. Mr. Sobiech died Monday at his Lakeland home. His mother, Laura, said on the CaringBridge website that he was surrounded by his family and girlfriend. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in November 2009. When he learned last year that he did not have much longer to live, his mother suggested he write farewell notes to his loved ones. Instead, he wrote music.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
NO ONE GOT PUNCHED in the face - this time - but YouTube has given the Philadelphia Police Department another black eye, proving once again that smartphones are a bully cop's worst nightmare. Let's just hope that Officer Philip Nace doesn't land in the city's tourism department when the dust settles. "Don't come to f---ing Philadelphia. Stay in Jersey. " That's one of Nace's rage-induced zingers that were recorded in a disturbing 16-minute YouTube video of a recent stop and frisk.
NEWS
September 10, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
A video showing baton-wielding police officers repeatedly striking a man in West Philadelphia has prompted an Internal Affairs investigation, police said. The 21/2-minute video, posted on YouTube, captures the violent arrest of Askia Sabur, 29, outside a takeout restaurant at Lansdowne Avenue and Allison Streets around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Five men, including Sabur and a cousin, were standing outside the Lucky Garden Chinese restaurant when two officers asked them to clear the corner.
NEWS
January 25, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janis Hill, 52, of Woolwich Township, a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and a breast cancer survivor and advocate, died Thursday, Jan. 20, at Pennsylvania Hospital following surgery to remove two brain tumors. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Mrs. Hill became involved with the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Described by Komen Philadelphia chapter executive director Elaine Grobman as compassionate, kind, and bright, Mrs. Hill volunteered her time to various Komen for the Cure events, including the survivors march.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christina Grimmie was runner-up in her high school's "Cherokee Idol" singing competition in 2011. It was largely a popularity contest, friends said, and the introverted, video-game-loving Grimmie came up short in the votes. On Monday, Grimmie, a Marlton native, will compete in the highest-rated singing popularity contest in the country as a finalist on NBC's The Voice - and with 500,000 Twitter followers, two million YouTube subscribers, and a strong cohort of South Jersey support, she has a good chance at redemption on a national stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO - A morbidly obese California man whose tearful, videotaped plea for help became a YouTube sensation may be getting the support he wanted. The "Dr. Phil" show reached out to Livermore resident Robert Gibbs, 23, after he posted his three-minute video last week. Gibbs mentioned the program in his clip, which has been viewed more than a million times and inspired dozens of responses from viewers offering diet tips and encouragement. A crew from the "Dr. Phil" show was scheduled to come to his house and film him today, Gibbs told the Associated Press.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
VIDEO of a Philadelphia police supervisor striking a woman during a Puerto Rican Day Parade celebration was posted to YouTube on Sunday night. Go to phillyconfidential.com to see the video. In these still shots from the video, Lt. Jonathan Josey II, in white shirt, punches Aida Guzman in the face (far left photo), then handcuffs her while she is sitting on the ground, blood pouring from her face (left); then Guzman is led away by another cop (above).
BUSINESS
November 7, 2006 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. entered the world of lip-synching teens, spewing Coke bottles, and letter-opening rabbits yesterday as the company started testing a Web site featuring home videos. YouTube.com popularized user-created Internet video, but Comcast's service will offer the tantalizing possibility of a real television audience. Comcast - the nation's biggest provider of broadband Internet and cable TV - will select some videos to feature on both the Web and on the company's video-on-demand television service, providing a mix between YouTube and America's Funniest Home Videos, according to people familiar with the site.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are rules. If you share your deepest personal secrets with thousands of strangers on the Web, you can't talk. You can smile, wave, play background music. You can even make a two-handed "heart" sign. But talk? No. If you're making a "secrets video" for posting on YouTube or Tumblr - as hundreds of young people, predominantly women, are doing - you must write your secrets out in flash-card fashion. You hold each card or paper up so your audience of strangers can read.
SPORTS
November 26, 2006 | By Don Steinberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wide Tube of Sports There's no all-sports version of YouTube, the insanely popular Web site where regular people send in amateur video clips for the world to watch. But a few sports sites are tinkering in the weird world of "user-generated content. " Rivals.com has a site called TailgateTV (tailgatetv.rivals.com) that allows college football fans to upload videos and photos from tailgate parties. Fans are forbidden from posting anything inappropriate - or, more important, any images from games.
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