After years of heated debate, the NFL is finally taking concussions seriously. But how are they being handled in football’s lower levels? Pete Freedman reports from football-crazed Texas.
On the evening of Monday, September 23, emergency room doctors determined that 12-year-old Connor Curreri of Dallas had suffered a concussion during a football practice held that afternoon. Five weeks later, the seventh-grader has yet to complete a full day of school.Given all of the concussion talk that has permeated the mainstream media these days—especially in the wake of this month’s PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial, which takes an in-depth look at the havoc that concussions have wreaked upon National Football League players and the preventative regulations the league has finally put into place—Curreri’s case offers an important reminder: head trauma is a concern at lower levels of competition as well, especially in football-crazed Texas.
Explosive new documents reveal that the grand jury recommended John and Patsy Ramsey be indicted for child abuse resulting in death. So why weren't they? By Carol McKinley
Anger, frustration, disappointment—these were among the emotions that hung thick in the air 14 years ago when lead investigators with the Boulder Police Department heard the news: John and Patsy Ramsey would not be indicted for the death of their beauty princess daughter, JonBenet.One lead detective, gun at his hip in disbelief, pounded the table with his fists before storming out, slamming the door behind him. For 18 months this team of detectives had worked 60-hour weeks, finding witness after witness, building what they were sure was a rock solid case.
Football players are finally getting attention about widespread brain damage, but what about boxers? Gordon Marino says that it’s time for a new ethos in boxing: quit when your health is at risk.
Thanks to the NFL class action suit and the swirl of publicity surrounding head injuries, there have been a number of rule changes aimed at removing some of the risks that come with football. But if you think the gridiron arts can shake up the grey matter, try the prize ring.On Tuesday, 26-year-old junior featherweight Francisco “Frankie” Leal, died from a brain injury suffered in a knockout loss to Raul Hirales in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hirales, who was dominating the fight, had Leal down in the sixth round.
The hip-hop mogul has gone silent as his retail fashion partner, Barneys New York, faces an escalating scandal: discrimination against its young, black customers. By Michael Daly.
No celebrities were ever classier than Jay Z and Beyoncé when they attended a July protest in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.The crowd at the protest in downtown Manhattan erupted into giddy cheers on seeing the famous couple arrive, but neither the hip-hop king or his wife stepped up to the microphone. Instead, they stood in the back and bore silent witness, not even seeking shade from the broiling sun as Martin’s mother spoke.
Not everybody has been paying attention to America’s pastime. So, for those who haven’t, here’s a couple storylines to watch out for as the Red Sox battle the Cardinals.
Two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, will face off tonight to begin the 2013 World Series. For those readers who haven’t been following these two teams, we present a primer for the big game.It’s a RematchFor those who did not care about nearly 100 years of suffering by Red Sox fans, the Red Sox and Cardinals faced off in the World Series in 2004. The Red Sox won, breaking “The Curse of the Bambino” and making it so Red Sox fans would never have to hear Yankees fans chanting “1918” (the last time the Red Sox won the World Series) ever again.
At 17, basketball player Zach Hodskins is a YouTube sensation and headed to the University of Florida’s Division I team. What makes him so special? He was born without the lower half of his left arm. By Lizzie Crocker.
Zach Hodskins glides down the basketball court, whips the ball behind his back, and leaps over helpless defenders to finish a layup. The play—part of a series of highlights from Hodskins’ career as a high school basketball star—has been viewed by nearly four million people on YouTube. (The video’s uploader deems Hodskins “the most amazing basketball player you'll ever see!”).At 17, Hodskins is a local celebrity in the small town of Alpharetta, Georgia.
A fight over a Las Vegas nightclub’s cover charge ended in gunfire early Monday morning. John L. Smith reports on the latest incident from Sin City.
The Las Vegas Strip’s lucrative nightclub scene returned to the headlines Monday, when reports of a deadly incident again interrupted the usual news flow of celebrity sightings and casino profits.What began as an argument over a $30 cover charge to Drai’s nightclub inside Bally’s hotel and casino ended with one patron shot to death and two unarmed security guards wounded. It was the second deadly incident linked to a Strip nightclub this year.
Over 600 Washington Post employees and alumni gathered to send off Donald Graham, the paper’s CEO for two and a half decades, as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes over.
“There’s nothing more intoxicating than nostalgia,” longtime Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser remarked.And so it was, Monday night, that 650-odd alumni and current employees of the fabled newspaper—a brand name that has insinuated itself into the popular culture, and in a Hollywood blockbuster or two, as a synonym for crusading and cutting-edge journalism—gathered to remember better days, reconnect with old friends, and pay tribute to Donald Graham, the scion of the family who for the past 80 years had nurtured an ink-stained, bankrupt local rag into a powerful national franchise.
It was the case that seemed to inflate every American’s sense of ambition. As a new Retro Report revisits the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit, James Poulos looks at the lesson we failed to learn.
Of all the public perceptions of the Tea Party, perhaps the most damaging is the feeling that its leaders are in on the joke. People suspicious of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sarah Palin often detect more than a hint of personal ambition—enough to eclipse the sense of proportion that’s necessary for “responsible” politics and the good stewardship of the rule of law.The fear of unbridled ambition is nothing new in American politics. Andrew Jackson’s foes raised the alarm that the White House had been taken over by a wannabe Napoleon Bonaparte.
Tiona Rodriguez stared straight ahead, expressionless, as she was charged with shoplifting—and with an eight-pound fetus in her bag. Michael Daly reports from the courtroom.
Tiona Rodriguez came blank-eyed into Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday morning, a 17-year-old who had been detained for suspected shoplifting in a Victoria’s Secret and found to have a nearly full-term dead baby in her bag.She and a 17-year-old friend who had been arrested with her arrived with their hands behind their backs, but when they sat in the front bench, it turned out that the kind-hearted officer escorting them had already removed handcuffs.
Crushed in the 2012 ground and data game, the GOP has learned its lesson—and is knee deep in Clinton oppo-research. From health care to the Hillary films, it’s already working.