Thursday, September 27, 2012
Dancing (and a little disarray) filled the University of Maryland's McKeldin Mall on Wednesday.
Update, Oct. 1: University of Maryland Libraries posted an extended version of its "Gangnam Style" video over the weekend, featuring a long choreographed sequence and culminating in footage from Friday's flash mob (see above). Original article: A University of Maryland "Gangnam Style" flash mob drew hundreds of people to McKeldin Mall Wednesday afternoon—but the end result was a bit more "mob" than the perfectly synchronized routine of K-pop fame. The event, coordinated by University of Maryland Libraries, aimed to have students perform the distinctive dance moves featured in the music video for Korean rapper PSY's hit single. Organizers collected thousands of fans on Facebook and distributed a tutorial for would-be mobbers. But when the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Capt. Paul Starks tells NBC Nightly News using YouTube has helped solve crimes in Montgomery County.
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Police jurisdictions nationwide have begun using a modern version of the "wanted poster," and Montgomery County is a leader in the trend, according to a report on the NBC Nightly News. Police have begun posting surveillance video and police-car video on YouTube and asking the public for help in finding suspected criminals—a tactic that has paid off in dozens of cases across the country, correspondent Pete Williams said in Thursday night's report. He said some 90 percent of police departments nationwide use social media in some form, often as a tool to catch criminals. He cited a case in Germantown last year in which a flash mob formed to rob a convenience store. The crime was caught on surveillance video and broadcast by the police on …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The flash mob will occur at 5 p.m. in Silver Spring.
A Montgomery County-based grassroots organization is planning a flash mob in support of the Purple Line Thursday. The Action Committee for Transit is hoping the flash mob planned for 5 p.m. at the Silver Spring metro station will draw attention for the need of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The light rail system would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton with 21 stations in between to stretch across 16.3 miles. The project, estimated to cost $1.6 billion, is still only in the planning stages. Ted Van Houten, a board member for Action Committee for Transit, said Thursday morning that the flash mob will not disrupt the evening rush hour traffic flow as the group will be set up on the corner of Wayne Avenue and …