June 14, 2012 |
When Pop Warner football practices begin this summer, new rules will limit the amount of contact allowed and the way young players hit each other, the organization announced Wednesday, taking two steps aimed at reducing head injuries. The changes in the popular youth league arrive as concern about concussions in sports, and particularly football, has vaulted into the national spotlight. "This is our time to step up," said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner. The Langhorne-based group includes 285,000 football players aged 5 to 15, Butler said.
June 13, 2012 |
No degree of adversity could stop Thelma Renee Stevens from living life to the fullest. Thelma suffered from a brain injury that caused seizures throughout her life, but her spirit never wavered. "She was a fighter," said an aunt, Patricia Fletcher. "She never gave up. " Thelma Stevens, who worked as a teacher's aide at a day-care center and as a housekeeper, died after a seizure on May 31. She was 25 and lived in West Philadelphia. Despite her physical problems, Thelma's death was unexpected and shocked the family.
June 9, 2012
After a six-day preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan last year outside Dodger Stadium to be tried on charges of committing mayhem, and assault and battery. Authorities say Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, so severely beat Bryan Stow, 43, on March 31, 2011, that the paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered permanent brain injury and will require care the rest of his life.
June 8, 2012 |
Remember "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"? Part of that miseducation must have involved taxes. Hill has been charged with failing to file income-tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey announced Thursday. The former member of the Fugees earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. If this had happened a decade earlier, she would owe a lot more.
June 7, 2012 |
IT LOOKS LIKE "The Last Song" for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth will be "Here Comes the Bride. " The couple, who met on the set of the cringe-worthy "The Last Song" movie in 2009, announced their engagement Wednesday morning. Miley is only 19 so that's just nutty. The only teenagers who should be getting married are having babies on reality-TV shows. Hemsworth is the 22-year-old Australian star of "The Hunger Games" and the younger brother of Thor, Chris Hemsworth.
June 4, 2012 |
Doug Smith has studied brain trauma for 20 years. For most of that time, the Penn professor of neurosurgery said, injuries such as concussions were called the silent epidemic. Doctors knew of their consequences, but the brain injuries were often shrugged off as part of sports, something to be shaken off so athletes could return to play. No longer. The issue has exploded into the national discussion, gaining steam as evidence piles up about the potentially devastating effects of concussions, particularly in football, America's most popular sport.
May 4, 2012 |
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.
April 27, 2012 |
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.
April 20, 2012 |
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.
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.