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May 4, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sadness and another round of concern over head injuries in football followed reports of Junior Seau's suicide Wednesday. "Tough to hear the news about Junior Seau. One of the best LBs to play the game," Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews wrote on Twitter. "Had his throwback USC #55 jersey. 1 of the reasons I was 55. " Matthews grew up near USC and wore 55 in college. "Saddened to hear the news about Seau. Thoughts and prayers are with his family," Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans posted on Twitter.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
It took six years, political pressure, and an online petition signed by 80,000 in a matter of days. But Thursday, Key Bank finally forgave the student loan for a Marlton student who died from a traumatic brain injury in 2006. "They said, ‘Effective immediately the remaining balance is forgiven,' " said Ryan Bryski, whose brother Christopher died after a fall. In a phone call Wednesday evening, an employee from Key Bank told the Bryskis, "We don't want to put you through any more undue hardship," Ryan said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | Dear Abby
DEAR ABBY: My two children were in a terrible car accident and were both airlifted to a children's hospital. My son was released two weeks later, but my daughter is still there, suffering from traumatic brain injury. Abby, I was driving the car. Why is she being punished and not me? — Anguished Mother DEAR ANGUISHED: You're asking a question that philosophers have pondered for centuries — why bad things happen to good people. In many cases the answer is simply "fate.
SPORTS
April 8, 2012
Paul Pierce scored 24 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers, 86-72, in Indianapolis Saturday night. Ray Allen added 19 points, Kevin Garnett scored 15, and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists for the Celtics. Boston snapped a two-game skid and are now two games ahead of the 76ers at the top of the Atlantic Division. Danny Granger scored 20 points and Roy Hibbert had 17 rebounds for Indiana. The Pacers shot 35 percent from the field, made just 5 of 22 three-pointers and committed 19 turnovers.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Ten years ago on April 5, Lauren Bilski was on the edge of her 12th-row seat next to her father watching her beloved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play, when a hockey puck hurtled off the ice, slammed her in the mouth, fractured her jaw, and knocked out three teeth. Her father, Joe, remembers hearing the sickening thud of the impact and turning to see his shocked daughter holding her face. Lauren, 10 at the time, remembers the blood drenching her favorite Penguins jersey, which all the team's players had signed.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Madison DiGioia loves to fly. She is 15, strong and trim, and her face lights up when she talks about how she loves to go airborne, to be tossed 15 feet in the air, nearly three times her height, to kick out, twist around twice, and land in the arms of her fellow cheerleaders. But she was grounded recently. On Jan. 3, at cheerleading practice at Washington Township High School, Madison took flight, did her kick and double twist, but was caught too low. The back of her head hit the bent knee of one of the girls catching her. Madison missed five weeks of school, and her concussion took more than two months to heal.
NEWS
April 1, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago on April 5, Lauren Bilski was on the edge of her 12th-row seat next to her dad watching her beloved Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play, when a hockey puck hurtled off the ice, slammed her in the mouth, fractured her jaw and knocked out three teeth. Her father, Joe, remembers hearing the sickening thud of the impact, and turning to see his shocked daughter holding her face. Lauren, who was 10 at the time, remembers the blood drenching her favorite Penguins jersey which had been signed by all the team's players.
SPORTS
January 20, 2012
Sarah Burke , a 29-year-old X Games star from British Columbia, died Thursday, nine days after crashing during a training run in Park City, Utah. Tests revealed that the pioneering freestyler, who helped get superpipe accepted into the Olympics, had suffered "irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," according to her publicist. Superpipe skiing will make its debut in the 2014 Sochi Games. A four-time Winter X Games champion, Burke crashed on the same halfpipe where snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffered a traumatic brain injury during a training accident on Dec. 31, 2009.
NEWS
December 27, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man left out some vital information when he called 9-1-1 at 6 a.m. yesterday to report that his mother was experiencing chest pains. As paramedics were taking the 78-year-old woman out of the Kirkwood Road home on a stretcher, he mentioned that his pop was lounging in a recliner. Dead. For awhile now. "When the rescue guys are taking mom out, he says, 'Can you take my dad with you?' " said a source in Northeast Detectives. The 84-year-old father, who hasn't been identified, apparently spent Christmas in the recliner, but likely died on Christmas Eve. "He was dead for a couple days," the source said.
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