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ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2012 | Howard Gensler
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | By Howard Gensler and gensleh@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
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