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By Jamie Butow
I love Harvey Levin. I'm just going to say that right off the bat.
Levin is a television producer and a lawyer and is the founder of celebrity news website TMZ.com. What I love about this guy is that he puts the news in celebrity news.
Case in point: Last week it was widely reported that a former NFL player's New York home was vandalized by several hundred teens who posted photos of their exploits on Twitter.
Ex-New England Patriots player Brian Holloway was in Florida when his son started seeing the photos on Twitter. Holloway says the teens caused at least $20,000 in damage to the home during the party that included, according to the photos, underage drinking and illegal drug use.
Holloway used the Twitter postings to compile names of teens he said were at the party. He has been posting them on a website -- helpmesave300 -- in an effort to "get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior."
So he took the public social media posts and reposted them online.
This, of course, led to the parents of those teens threatening to sue him for identifying their children on his website.
This is the point where I have no words to express the giant "huh?" in my brain.
New York television station news10.com reported that they spoke with some of the parents who are calling their own lawyers in an effort to get their childrens' names removed from the list.
So it's OK for your trespassing kids to post the photos of their apparent illegal activity on their social media accounts, but not for Holloway to repost them?
And what about the umpteen media outlets that posted the photo on their websites?
See my problem?
So that's ongoing. The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office confirmed the bash is under investigation.
Here's where Harvey Levin comes in.
Using his lawyer-brain, he (or the smart people he hired) did a little digging into public records and talked to some neighbors.
TMZ learned that Holloway owes $1,006,348.80 on the house and that a foreclosure sale is set for Oct. 29.
Neighbors told TMZ.com that they thought the house was abandoned and that local kids have staged a number of parties in the empty house.
They say there was already damage to the home, including pre-existing graffiti covering the walls.
So is Holloway asking for the public's help to save his house? Who knows, but it's nice to have all the facts. Well done, TMZ.
And parents, don't let your kids post dumb stuff on social media.
See the Kern County Fair from the top of the Ferris wheel, or with an about-to-be-devoured funnel cake.
Each day since the fair opened last week, I've compiled public social media posts and photos and posted them at bakersfieldcalifornian.com/columnists/jamie-butow.
There have been some great photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Check it out each day, and add the #kcfair hashtag to your posts.
Mr. Sulu is expanding his social media presence.
The legendary George Takei is teaming up with AARP for a YouTube show.
"Takei's Take" debuted last week at youtube.com/takeistake.
In the new biweekly online show, "Takei explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture. From the adorable to the riveting to the absurd, Takei's Take delves into our shared experience and navigates the strange, ever-changing online world."
Combining YouTube's popularity with Takei's following seems to be a good thing. The YouTube channel already has more than 23,000 subscribers.
His first episode takes a look at Google Glass, or as he calls it, "The stupidest Instagram pic you'll take this year."