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October 13, 2008 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This year, for the first time, the presidential campaign is waged not just in the whistlestops and hustings of America, but also on YouTube and the viral video world. Candidates, partisans and citizens are uploading, downloading and distributing ads, "gotcha" moments, parodies and video bites in an endless series of sliced-and-diced mutations. If 2004 was the Year of the Blogger, 2008 is the Year of YouTube. And in the last seven days, the GOP and Democratic campaigns have stepped up their fierce online-video battle.
NEWS
September 20, 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 until Oct. 18 because the officers involved are being investigated by police Internal Affairs. 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. The police officers involved were unable to testify, an assistant district attorney told the judge, because Sabur's arrest is being investigated by Internal Affairs.
NEWS
October 19, 2010
A preliminary hearing for a West Philadelphia man whose violent arrest was videotaped and posted on YouTube was postponed Monday for a second time. 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 a Chinese takeout in his neighborhood. The 21/2-minute video shows baton-wielding officers repeatedly striking Sabur, who suffered a broken arm and a gash on the back of his head.
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.
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.
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