April 10, 2015 |
A federal judge has ruled that charter school founder Dorothy June Brown is competent to be retried on charges that she defrauded the schools of $6.3 million. Judge R. Barclay Surrick, who presided over Brown's first trial and a competency hearing in January, filed his decision Wednesday. No new trial date has been set. Brown's attorneys had asked the court to find that the 77-year-old career educator had memory impairments that would prevent her from assisting with her defense. Her lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
February 11, 2015 |
THE LEGALESE in the NFL concussion lawsuits will leave you dizzy. Full of so many therefores and parties-of-the-first-parts, it makes your head spin. Of course, former players affected by CTE feel that way much of the time. CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of head trauma. People like former Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon, who at 55 is suffering from dementia and has admitted he has had suicidal thoughts.
January 30, 2015 |
THREE MEDICAL experts yesterday offered conflicting opinions on whether charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown is mentally competent to stand retrial. Brown, 77, is accused of defrauding three brick-and-mortar charters and a cyber charter she created of about $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to cover up the alleged activity. A retrial was scheduled after a jury acquitted her on six charges but deadlocked on nearly 50 others. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ordered Brown to undergo examination upon request from her defense team.
June 5, 2014 |
HARRY CARAY was a man about town. A guy who liked to stop in a local taproom and hoist a few with friends. And, oh, what friends. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg was recently given access to one of the late broadcaster's diaries in which Caray detailed a stretch during 1972 in which he went barhopping for 288 straight days. Naturally, he wasn't alone. Wilt Chamberlain, Jack Benny, Don Drysdale, Gale Sayers and Jack Dempsey were among his drinking buddies.
January 13, 2014 |
Memory loss, cognitive deficits, drops in IQ, and abnormal brain structures: these are but a few of the neurotoxic effects that recent research has correlated to marijuana use in adolescents. But while a number of studies suggest a link between these changes and regular cannabis use, particularly for young teens, there is no definitive evidence that marijuana is entirely to blame. Adolescents who smoke daily, for example, may have problems that predate marijuana use. One thing is certain: pot smoking among American teenagers is on the rise.
November 11, 2013 |
To: Charles Eliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909) Re: Banning football Sorry, Charlie. Turns out you and all those other high-collared, high-minded, Gilded Age reformers were right when it came to football. More than a century ago, when you were calling for its prohibition, you better understood the nature of the game than we do today. You saw the grim toll of injury and death and weren't afraid to call the sport "barbaric. " You condemned it as "a fight whose strategy and ethics are those of war. " And, unlike your successors as America's university presidents, you weren't afraid to call for its abolition.
September 23, 2013 |
Alzheimer's disease has become the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. In recent years, scientists have ramped up efforts to find a cure. But what about the family members who witness a loved one's memory slowly fading away? Written by award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker, The Geography of Memory makes us keenly aware of the emotional toll of the illness. Walker chronicles the experience of her mother's memory loss. At first, the signs seem insignificant, even odd: An overstuffed freezer full of items she would never ordinarily buy. A desk drawer full of old receipts.
February 3, 2012 |
At 83, Mr. Hockey is still in demand and on the move. Gordie Howe is about to embark on another series of fund-raisers to support dementia research. It's a personal cause. The disease killed his wife, Colleen, in 2009 and is beginning to affect him. "He's a little bit worse than last year, but pretty close to about the same," son Marty said. "He just loses a little bit more, grasping for words. "The worst part of this disease is there's nothing you can do about it. " While the long-term effects of concussions have been very much in the news lately, the family is hesitant to link the Hall of Famer's condition to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
January 20, 2012 |
NFL OFFICIALS conspired to hide evidence linking concussions to dementia and brain disease, seven retired players charge in the latest lawsuit filed on the subject. The fraud and negligence lawsuit filed here Wednesday accuses the National Football League of publishing nonscientific papers written by biased members of its medical committee, while denouncing valid research that suggested a link. The plaintiffs include former Eagles guards Ron Solt and Joe Panos and defensive back Rich Miano.
December 9, 2011 |
CARDINAL Anthony Bevilacqua, the retired leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is not a competent witness because of memory loss, and therefore his testimony should be barred, according to attorneys representing one of the priests in the upcoming clergy child-abuse trial. Attorneys for defendant Monsignor William Lynn made their assertions in a motion filed yesterday. It is based on observations made of Bevilacqua during a closed-door deposition on Nov. 28 and 29. Bevilacqua, 88, who suffers from dementia, was unable to identify Lynn, his secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, and he struggled "to the point of tears" at his inability to answer questions, the filing said.