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October 18, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed for a second time Monday. The officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because of the ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into the arrest. Askia Sabur, 29, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related charges from the incident outside of a Chinese takeout food restaurant in his neighborhood.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The night of Hurricane Sandy brought heartening stories of the power of social media to connect and inform. In social media terms, Sandy is without a doubt the most-covered storm, in depth, breadth, and detail, in history. On Aug. 30, 2005, when Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Facebook was a toddler of a year and a half, YouTube a babe of six months, and Twitter nonexistent. Most tweets, posts, and videos sought to help people, both those in storm's way and those wanting to know more.
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
November 7, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
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.
NEWS
July 23, 2007 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Montgomery County's Pottstown school district, when the debate about school uniforms heated up last fall, a short but eye-popping video clip about weapons concealed beneath a young man's shirt, posted on the district's Web site, helped administrators make their case. After months of debate, last week the school board passed a policy making uniforms voluntary starting this fall and mandatory the year after that. Pottstown is not the only place that used the video in that way. In recent years, when school administrators or law-enforcement officials get together to talk about students bringing weapons into schools, often the buzz is about "the video with the kid pulling the weapons out of his pants.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Next to Stone Cold Steve Austin, your average bull has a pencil neck. Austin, the World Wrestling Entertainment personality, has a neck so overdeveloped that it makes what's above look positively pinhead. Imagine a Schwarzenegger sundae with a cherry on top. On the page, The Condemned undoubtedly reads like Survivor on steroids. On the screen, this vehicle customized to Austin's unexcitable persona is survivalist dreck, equal parts The Most Dangerous Game and Battle Royale . Its premise: An Internet tycoon springs 10 prisoners from jails around the globe, jets them to a remote island, and promises that the last one alive gets his freedom.
NEWS
October 25, 2006 | By Natalie Pompilio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pigtails bobbing, Laurie Elder bopped up to a stranger walking by LOVE Park yesterday afternoon, waved her sign, then outstretched her arms. Seconds later, the two were hugging. A few feet away, Debs Hoy was doing the same thing - wrapping her arms around someone she'd never met. Near her, Fran Staret was approaching a group of walkers while waving her torn sign: "Free Hugs," it read. The three West Philadelphia women were spreading a little sisterly love in a city where, with the growing violence problem, it seems love is lacking.
NEWS
March 19, 2012 | Wires / Bloomberg
By David Kenner Here's a puzzle: A video calling for international action to capture Joseph Kony, a Ugandan guerrilla who commands a couple hundred men and has killed 151 civilians during the past year, has been viewed by about 80 million people on YouTube. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - who boasts 600,000 men under arms, along with almost 5,000 tanks, and who often kills more than 100 people a day, according to activists - generates exponentially less outrage. The imbalance is particularly striking on Twitter.
NEWS
August 26, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 5.44 seconds flat, Zhewei Wu can assemble a set of 12 plastic cups into a complicated formation, then take it apart. Yes, that's a competitive sport. Wu is one of the fastest in the world. He is 14, an incoming freshman at Central High School who, along with friend Steven Wu, is a member of the U.S. Sport Stacking team. The pair demonstrated their talents for a rapt audience at Wednesday's Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman praised the two, and called speed stacking a "captivating new sport that is growing rapidly in recognition and value around the world.
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