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June 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
JOSHUA GUTIERREZ showed no remorse yesterday as he pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death two years ago of his baby daughter and to numerous other crimes. When Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom asked if he wanted to say anything, Gutierrez, 24, simply said "no. " Under a negotiated plea deal, Gutierrez was sentenced to 25 to 55 years in state prison. Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Liermann said that on June 21, 2013, Gutierrez, who was "in and out of the picture" when it came to his daughter, Amarianna Gutierrez, then 5 months, 22 days old, offered to babysit her. The child's mother had just gotten a job, but didn't have a babysitter on this day. She lived with her father on Mulberry Street near Foulkrod in Frankford.
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June 4, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delorian Davis was just 18 months old when a carjacked Ford Explorer plowed into a group of people on a North Philadelphia sidewalk, killing her 4-year-old sister, Lucretia, and putting her into a coma. Almost 20 years later, on Jan. 10, 2013, Davis died in the Philadelphia home where her mother and teams of nurses had cared for her, so well that the pathologist who did the autopsy said the young woman's body did not have a single bedsore or scar. Now, the two convicted carjackers, each serving 26- to 52-year sentences for third-degree murder in Lucretia Davis' death, will be tried on charges of third-degree murder in Delorian Davis' case.
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May 22, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE AMTRAK engineer driving Train 188 when it crashed last week in Frankford, killing eight and injuring more than 200, used his cellphone the day of the deadly derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday. But investigators haven't yet determined whether engineer Brandon Bostian made calls, sent texts and otherwise used his data plan while he was at the train's controls. Bostian, who was injured in the May 12 nighttime disaster, has told investigators he doesn't remember anything in the minutes before or during the crash.
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January 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years of "chair shots," "flying head butts," "facebreakers," and "cobra clutch slams" have left former professional wrestlers with long-term brain injuries to which the sport's dominant circuit has continuously turned a blind eye, two ex-wrestlers allege in a proposed class-action suit filed in Philadelphia. The plaintiffs in the suit filed late last week - who include a cross-dressing Italian who wrestled under the name Skull von Krush - say Stamford, Conn.-based World Wrestling Entertainment encouraged them to take risks it knew could permanently affect their well-being while offering them no health or disability insurance.
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December 17, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Calling it "a boorish, brazen, savage intrusion," Columbia County Court Judge Gary E. Norton sentenced Angel Cruz to 22 to 36 months in prison Monday for the Feb. 23 punch that devastated Jackie Lithgow's life. Cruz, 22, was one of four Kutztown University football players who crashed a fraternity party at Bloomsburg University, starting a fight when they refused to leave. When Lithgow, then 18, a Bloomsburg freshman, tried to make peace, Cruz hit Lithgow, who fell back, his head hitting the pavement, and sustained severe brain injury.
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December 7, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, researchers have been seeking a blood test that could diagnose a concussion and tell whether it is severe enough to cause lasting brain damage. In a big step toward that holy grail, University of Pennsylvania scientists have found that a blood protein called SNTF surged and stayed elevated in professional hockey players with persistent concussion symptoms, but not in players who recovered within a few days. "These results show that SNTF has promise as a blood biomarker for sports-related concussion," said Robert Siman, a research professor of neurosurgery at Penn and lead author of the study in last month's Journal of Neurotrauma.
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October 24, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is she dead or isn't she? Jahi McMath, 13, was declared brain-dead in December after her heart temporarily stopped during a tonsillectomy in Oakland, Calif. The tragedy drew national attention when the girl's mother, Nailah Winkfield, persuaded a judge in January to allow her to remove the body from the hospital, still on life support. The mother brought the girl to New Jersey, where the law allows a family to refuse to remove life support from brain-dead patients for religious reasons.
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October 3, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tracy Morgan's future bleak? The brain injury that comic Tracy Morgan , 45, suffered as a result of a June 7 crash with a Walmart tractor-trailer may leave him unable to work. Morgan is in a wheelchair and may not be able to walk for several months, his doctors have said. His lawyer, Benedict Morelli , tells the New York Post that Morgan has been working hard to rehab his body and mind - and has a good deal of work to do on his cognitive and linguistic faculties. Will he ever perform again?
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September 18, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Are you sure you have the right person?" Danielle S. Bassett asked. The University of Pennsylvania brain researcher is just 32, one year into her first faculty position. So when the MacArthur Foundation people called her last week, Bassett figured they were planning to award one of their coveted $625,000 grants to an older colleague, and wanted to ask her opinion. No, they wanted Bassett. The foundation named her and 20 others Wednesday as the winners of its annual fellowships, informally dubbed the "genius grants" by the media in 1981, the first year they were awarded.
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July 10, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an accelerated project announced Wednesday by the research arm of the Pentagon, University of Pennsylvania scientists will lead a complex national effort to treat memory impairment by delivering very small doses of electricity to the brain. The agency is funding the $22.5 million, four-year effort to seek treatments for the thousands of returning veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury. A similar $15 million project is to be led by the University of California, Los Angeles.
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