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May 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Oh no, the cats versus dogs debate just got more fiery.  A video quickly gaining steam online shows a cat heroically chasing off a viscious dog after it attacks and drags away a young boy on a bike. "My Cat Saved My Son" is the title of the video that captured the attack yesterday.  The video already has the notorious "301+ views" YouTube tag, meaning it is quickly gaining eyeballs and that people love a good heroic cat.  According to the KERO news station in Bakersfield, Calif., the boy's mother said he needed a few stitches but is fine.
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May 14, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Oh no, the cats versus dogs debate just got more fiery.  A video quickly gaining steam online shows a cat heroically chasing off a viscious dog after it attacks and drags away a young boy on a bike. "My Cat Saved My Son" is the title of the video that captured the attack yesterday.  The video already has the notorious "301+ views" YouTube tag, meaning it is quickly gaining eyeballs and that people love a good heroic cat.  According to the KERO news station in Bakersfield, Calif., the boy's mother said he needed a few stitches but is fine.
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February 28, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
NOPE!  As if potholes aren't terrifying enough to those who get around on four wheels, a YouTube video has made them even more horrifying.  The video, which promotes a Facebook page dedicated to spotting and spreading the worst potholes in Chicago, asks viewers to gawk and "discover the madness that will eat your tires. " Also included are some absolutely awful looking road hazards from around the city.  Drive safe out there.  Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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May 6, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
As soon as you're done watching and sharing, look up.  "Look Up" is a video with a message of how much we miss by constantly consuming ourselves with social media and our smart phones. It has gone viral, garnering approximately 20,000,000 views since it was posted to YouTube April 25.  The video, itself, is beautiful. Gary Turk, a London-based filmmaker, tells the story of a man who stops to ask for directions instead of consulting his iPhone. With a spoken-word rhyming convention that would make Dr. Seuss grin, Turk narrates the rest of the man's life with the woman...
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February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Alderman Jason Ervin has released a statement after a YouTube video of his 2012 bachelor party was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.  In the video, two strippers give a lapdance to several people in what appears to be an auditorium. The video ends when the man filming is asked to shut off his camera because it could end up "on the Internet. " (The YouTube video, which is still online, is NSFW.) "In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party," the 28th Ward Alderman's statement reads.
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January 20, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"This guy wins. "  That's the title of a YouTube video that popped up Monday afternoon, and it couldn't be more accurate. The YouTube user who posted it said he was at Vertigo Sky Lounge Sunday night when he caught a man dancing in front of an uncovered window, seemingly jamming right along with the club's music.  We can't say for certain this gentleman wanted the attention, but his over-the-top moves, Napoleon Dynamite style clothing and...
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February 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A Chicago bartender spent his Valentine's Day in the heart of downtown, but it wasn't for a date.  In a YouTube video published Friday, Peter Vitale filmed his experience handing out Valentines and buying meals for homeless individuals he says he passes everyday.  "Be the change you want to see in the world," he concludes in the video.  Vitale told NBC5 that there's not enough random acts of kindness in the world , and that he...
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December 27, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Obviously, I've been on vacation this week, but just in case you've been positively jonesing for some Markley news, appearances, musings, wisdom and pontifications, I've got you covered: First, we have a two-segment appearance on "Politics Tonight" here  where I discuss "The Great Dysmorphia," gun politics, the 2016 Republican presidential field, the fiscal cliff, and why it's stupid to obsess over what the founding fathers would have thought...
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November 27, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
The 16-year-old cancer fighter who captured the Internet with her cover of "Roar" passed away Monday. Olivia Wise of Toronto made the cover in a recording studio in the midst of her battle with brain cancer in September when she "couldn't walk or stand, she didn't have her full breath or the energy she used to," according to the description on the YouTube video. Since its posting, the video went viral with more than 1 million views, capturing the attention of Katy Perry, herself.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Chicago's official gay hockey organization has a message, and it's a festive one. The Chicago Gay Hockey Association released a Thanksgiving Day message last week, along with a spot on cover of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas" performed by members of the team. We want you to put aside your differences," reads the message that accompanies the YouTube video, which already had more than 30,000 views Monday. "And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends.
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February 28, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
NOPE!  As if potholes aren't terrifying enough to those who get around on four wheels, a YouTube video has made them even more horrifying.  The video, which promotes a Facebook page dedicated to spotting and spreading the worst potholes in Chicago, asks viewers to gawk and "discover the madness that will eat your tires. " Also included are some absolutely awful looking road hazards from around the city.  Drive safe out there.  Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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February 24, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Alderman Jason Ervin has released a statement after a YouTube video of his 2012 bachelor party was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.  In the video, two strippers give a lapdance to several people in what appears to be an auditorium. The video ends when the man filming is asked to shut off his camera because it could end up "on the Internet. " (The YouTube video, which is still online, is NSFW.) "In 2012 prior to my wedding, there was an event held by family and members of my wedding party," the 28th Ward Alderman's...
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February 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A Chicago bartender spent his Valentine's Day in the heart of downtown, but it wasn't for a date.  In a YouTube video published Friday, Peter Vitale filmed his experience handing out Valentines and buying meals for homeless individuals he says he passes everyday.  "Be the change you want to see in the world," he concludes in the video.  Vitale told NBC5 that there's not enough random acts of kindness in the world , and that he...
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February 5, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If it doesn't turn out to be some lame viral marketing campaign, this is genuinely excellent.  A YouTube user by the name of "Sir Fedora" began posting to the video site last week, without much fanfare. But on Wednesday, a video titled "What Da [bleep] happened," featuring the quirky kid celebrating getting one "like" on his channel, went viral after making the front page of link-sharing site Reddit, where he has been dubbed "One Like Kid. "  In mere hours, his one "like" turned into 60,000 and climbing, with...
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January 31, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Sweet name, kid.  A 10 year old from New Zealand is gaining fame for his rugby skills, and his name is Chicago Doyle. In just over a week, a highlight reel of the pre-teen's rugby skills has amassed more than 100,000 YouTube views. While it's by no means viral, it's impressive considering the sheer number of highlight reels that barely see the light of day on the video sharing site.  The attention was enough to gain him a video segment on Yahoo! New Zealand , and a follow-up where he met his rugby hero Shawn...
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January 20, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
"This guy wins. "  That's the title of a YouTube video that popped up Monday afternoon, and it couldn't be more accurate. The YouTube user who posted it said he was at Vertigo Sky Lounge Sunday night when he caught a man dancing in front of an uncovered window, seemingly jamming right along with the club's music.  We can't say for certain this gentleman wanted the attention, but his over-the-top moves, Napoleon Dynamite style clothing and...
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January 31, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Sweet name, kid.  A 10 year old from New Zealand is gaining fame for his rugby skills, and his name is Chicago Doyle. In just over a week, a highlight reel of the pre-teen's rugby skills has amassed more than 100,000 YouTube views. While it's by no means viral, it's impressive considering the sheer number of highlight reels that barely see the light of day on the video sharing site.  The attention was enough to gain him a video segment on Yahoo! New Zealand , and a follow-up where he met his rugby hero Shawn Johnson.
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December 2, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Chicago's official gay hockey organization has a message, and it's a festive one. The Chicago Gay Hockey Association released a Thanksgiving Day message last week, along with a spot on cover of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas" performed by members of the team. We want you to put aside your differences," reads the message that accompanies the YouTube video, which already had more than 30,000 views Monday. "And to spend some time getting closer to your family and friends.
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