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The Canadian Press | Feb 16, 2010

Dozens of Canadian soldiers say they suffered mild traumatic brain injuries while serving in Afghanistan, according to the first data collected by the military on what's been called a signature injury of the conflict.

CNN | Feb 16, 2010

Sgt. Doraliza Velez-Collazo used to sleep with the lights on, haunted by nightmares since suffering a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. Severe depression kept her inside her small rented room in Southern California most days.

Brain and Spinal | Feb 16, 2010

In 2007, actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg suffered a traumatic brain injury while water-skiing. She didn't find out until complaining to doctors about repetitive headaches that her brain had a time bomb in it. Doctors performed emergency brain surgery on Gainsbourg to remove a potentially fatal cerebral hemorrhage, according to a Consequences of Sound article.

The Greenville News, SC | Feb 16, 2010

Running back Original Mustafa was dodging a play from Wren High School. He darted left, then right, but the two crashed, their helmets colliding.

The Times of India | Feb 16, 2010

Scientists have devised a simple test that may help judge concussions in athletes. The test may also indicate when athletes are ready to play again.

The Kansas City Star | Feb 12, 2010

Bob Celski was the first to jump out of the stands, and his wife, Sue, wasn't far behind. Blood was on the ice just a few feet in front of them, so they knew it was bad.

The New York Times | Feb 12, 2010

Every winter's day, or so it seemed, brought a fresh report of an Olympic medal hopeful knocked out of contention for the Vancouver Games. From skiers to bobsledders, snowboarders to skaters, a startling number of athletes became part of an agony-of-defeat montage of injuries.

ESPN | Feb 12, 2010

With a wife, four young daughters, an impending move, a daily radio show on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago and enough side gigs to occupy all the "spare time," Tom Waddle doesn't possess the energy to worry about things he can't control. And yet he can't help it. He does.

Scoop Independent News, New Zealand | Feb 9, 2010

Up to 95% of all TBIs are mild or moderate, affecting around 24,000 New Zealanders each year, but there's very little information available on the social and healthcare implications of TBI for sufferers and their families.

DOTmed News | Feb 9, 2010

The Pentagon Channel's podcast program "Armed with Science" presented an interview with Dr. Thomas Meitzler, a scientist at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), and Dr. Joy Hirsch, professor at Columbia University and director of the Program for Imaging and Cognitive Sciences. The doctors discussed a collaborative study to determine what areas of the brain are susceptible to damage for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients. The current collaboration between TARDEC and Columbia University involves a cooperative research agreement.

The Miami Herald | Feb 8, 2010

Matt Schaub, the MVP of this past Sunday's Pro Bowl, has fallen victim to the head-rattling injury. It was November 2007 when the Houston Texans quarterback took a helmet-to-helmet hit from San Diego cornerback Drayton Florence, and the immediate symptoms were those many of his colleagues have felt before.

Business Week | Feb 8, 2010

Helmets reduce skiers' and snowboarders' risk of head injury by 35 percent and don't increase the risk of neck injury, a new study shows.

The New York Times | Feb 8, 2010

One of the iconic images of football is of linemen preparing to square off, face mask to face mask, with one hand dug into the turf in a three-point stance, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday that it was conceivable such showdowns could be prohibited.

The Miami Herald | Feb 8, 2010

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce struck his forehead on the wall of the halfpipe while flipping and twisting through a double cork trick and now faces a long recovery from traumatic brain injury. Bobsledder Todd Hays emerged from a skull-slamming crash with bleeding in the brain and had to retire. Speedskater J.R. Celski's right blade slashed his left thigh to the bone during a spill.

The Irish Independent | Feb 8, 2010

Last minute: Simon Sheahan bought a helmet on a whim but it later saved him from serious injury. photos: Kenneth O'Halloran.

The New York Times | Feb 5, 2010

The warning in The Journal of the American Medical Association is not ambiguous: "There is a very definite brain injury due to single or repeated blows on the head or jaw which cause multiple concussion hemorrhages. ... The condition can no longer be ignored by the medical profession or the public."

ESPN | Feb 5, 2010

Harry Carson talks about his experience with concussions and why the NFL needs to start recognizing that head injuries are a problem.

ESPN | Feb 5, 2010

Snowboarder Kevin Pearce continues to make excellent strides in his recovery. Just over one month after his accident Kevin has been transferred from the University of Utah Hospital to Craig Hospital, a world renowned center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with traumatic brain injury. There Kevin will begin his next steps towards a full recovery.

Brain and Spinal | Feb 5, 2010

In the future, it may be possible to fly a plane, drive a car, and vacuum your home with the use of brain-controlled devices. For now, scientists in the UK and around the world are developing a brain-computer interface for use with a robotic wheelchair, according to an article in Echo News.

Catholic News Agency | Feb 5, 2010

Reacting to news of a breakthrough in brain scanning technology, Terri Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler is calling for a halt to removing hydration from brain-damaged patients who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state. An "unscientific, inaccurate" diagnosis of unresponsive patients is being used as "a criterion to kill," Schindler charged.

The Irish Times | Feb 5, 2010

The publication yesterday of a landmark paper on human consciousness by the New England Journal of Medicinehas, not unexpectedly, sparked considerable interest. Persistent vegetative state is an emotive area and this research will lead to some soul searching for families of patients who have been in a coma for a prolonged period.

The New York Times | Feb 4, 2010

He emerged from the car accident alive but alone, there and not there: a young man whose eyes opened yet whose brain seemed shut down. For five years he lay mute and immobile beneath a diagnosis "” "vegetative state" "” that all but ruled out the possibility of thought, much less recovery.

KHOU, Houston, TX | Feb 3, 2010

With the Super Bowl less than a week away, a congressional hearing raised provocative questions Monday about the safety of students playing football. Professional athletes who've played in the NFL have suffered traumatic brain injuries, and they're not alone.

Armed with Science | Feb 3, 2010

The number of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) casualties has increased tremendously, especially for Route Clearance Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers who are exposed to IED-associated blasts are often not aware of any resulting mild Traumatic Brain Injury and return to duty without proper medical diagnosis and treatment.

Department of Defense | Feb 3, 2010

Scientists, researchers, and former NFL players have joined together to raise awareness about post-traumatice stress disorder, depression, and brain injuries, a spokesman for the Defense Department "Real Warriors" program said today.

The New York Times | Feb 2, 2010

As dozens of state lawmakers consider legislation to improve awareness and treatment of concussions in youth sports, the movement is resembling a music style or weather pattern: what started in the Pacific Northwest is wafting across the United States.

The New York Times | Feb 2, 2010

A member of the House Judiciary Committee criticized the largest conferences in college athletics Monday for neglecting to adopt policies on handling athletes' concussions that go beyond what the N.C.A.A. requires.

The Palm Beach Post | Feb 2, 2010

Former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas once was labeled the NFL's smartest defensive player. He's now using his head unlike ever before.

The Houston Chronicle | Feb 2, 2010

Chester Pitts wants all the best for his son Chester III. He wants Champ, as the 3-year-old is known to his family, to have the advantages that come from growing up with a father who makes a lot of money playing football.

Time Magazine | Feb 1, 2010

What's wrong with football? It's written in the pain on Greg Hadley's face. The senior from Colgate University, a two-time all-conference linebacker on the school's football team, is sitting in a Bedford, Mass., laboratory, staring at shattered brains of dead football players.

The Washington Post | Feb 1, 2010

When the Washington Capitals attempt to match the longest winning streak in franchise history Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they'll have to do it without one of their best players.

The Huffington Post | Feb 1, 2010

Shaun White suffered a brutal crash at the Winter X Games Friday night while attempting a 1260 trick called the Double McTwist. The snowboarder's face smashed into the superpipe at a high velocity and his neck appeared to jerk backwards.

North County Times, Escondido, CA | Feb 1, 2010

He says the nightmares from the four roadside bomb attacks in Iraq are easing. His memory is improving, so long as he uses a pattern to recall where things are. And the pain in his back is getting better.

The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC | Feb 1, 2010

More than 18 months after the deaths of two North Carolina high school football players from head injuries, more than half the state's public high schools do not have certified athletic trainers despite recommendations from the state's high school sports safety committee and one of the top concussion experts in the nation.

Reuters | Feb 1, 2010

Helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders by 35 percent, according to a Canadian study.

ABC News | Jan 29, 2010

At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL.

The New York Times | Jan 29, 2010

The issue of stopping head shots in hockey may have reached a critical mass as a result of Patrice Cormier's elbow to the head of Mikael Tam in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game this month.

The Colorado Springs Gazette | Jan 29, 2010

J.J. Thomas stood atop a slippery halfpipe last week with Luke Mitrani, trying to determine which snowboarder would take the first practice run on a blustery afternoon.

ESPN | Jan 28, 2010

At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL.

Navy Times | Jan 28, 2010

Military officials announced this week that the Defense Department will enforce a new protocol for ensuring service members with head injuries immediately get the care they need.

Brain and Speinal Cord | Jan 28, 2010

Dave Irwin is an accomplished skier who raced in the Olympic Games in 1976 at Innsbruck and in 1980 at Lake Placid. Just before he and his team of "Crazy Canucks" became famous for their daredevil recklessness, Irwin had already endured a concussion, a Montreal Gazette article reported. He suffered another concussion — now more widely understood as a brain injury — just before skiing at the 1980 Olympic Games.

Brain and Spinal | Jan 27, 2010

As we reported previously, Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after hitting his head on a half-pipe of solid ice while training for an Olympics-qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, California. Our last article reported that Pearce was unconscious in critical condition in a Utah hospital. Since then, the snowboarder has returned to consciousness and is taking part in his own recovery as best he can.

ESPN | Jan 27, 2010

Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood jokes that he can't remember how many concussions he's had. Then he gets serious, recalling the damage he's absorbed since he first started playing football when he was 12.

USA Today | Jan 27, 2010

While reporting in Iraq in January 2006, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff suffered a traumatic brain injury. After months of rehabilitation, Woodruff made a miraculous recovery. The couple established the non-profit Bob Woodruff Foundation ( to help the families of injured veterans.

USA Today | Jan 27, 2010

Kevin Kammerdiener's mother, Leslie, takes care of his every need, which would be fine if he were in preschool. The thing is, "Kamm" is 21. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, shattered bones and burns on 25% of his body in Afghanistan in May 2008, which left him in a wheelchair, unable to speak and in chronic pain.

National Public Radio | Jan 25, 2010

Scientists have studied troops coming back from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and found high levels of mental health problems. Now, researchers are starting to look more at the families of those fighters. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that Army wives report a lot of stress when their husbands are sent to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Stars and Stripes | Jan 25, 2010

The California neuropathologist who discovered damage in the brains of former professional football players has found similar damage in the brain of a deceased Vietnam veteran "” a potentially groundbreaking finding that suggests combat troops who suffer head trauma might be susceptible to a degenerative brain disease.

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY | Jan 25, 2010

No one has ever asked Brian Rieger if helmets should be required for skiers and snowboarders, so the concussion expert from Syracuse's Upstate Medical University thinks briefly.

CBS Morning News | Jan 25, 2010

Her sultry voice has made Melody Gardot an international sensation. Her latest album, "My One and Only Thrill," has dazzled critics in the U.S., and sold more than half a million copies in Europe.

The New York Times | Jan 22, 2010

The man was nearing 90, losing his sight and showing signs of early dementia. After examining his abdomen, I fumbled trying to help him get his shirt and pants back on. After an awkward few seconds, the patient's middle-aged son sprang forward from his seat near the door and began working through the buttons, zipper and belt with a practiced deftness.

Brain and Spinal Cord | Jan 22, 2010

Soon, people suffering from ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and brain damage from traumatic brain injuries will be able to enhance their memories while being analyzed and monitored by computerized assistants with human faces.

Brain and Spinal Cord | Jan 22, 2010

An HD Lighthouse article published in 2006 reported that, "New studies indicate that regular exercise may protect against Parkinson's disease or reverse some of the devastating consequences of traumatic brain injury."

The New York Times | Jan 22, 2010

The six-week, five-event path to the Vancouver Games is an arduous one for snowboarding halfpipe riders trying to make the United States Olympic team. Now that the route has wended its way to its final weekend and its final two qualifying events, it contains a sad tinge of symbolism, too.

The New York Times | Jan 22, 2010

The meaty right hand that once plowed footballs past oncoming linebackers cradled the pen as it negotiated the form. When it paused in confusion, another hand "” all but a stranger's "” hovered in to assist.

Brown Alumni Magazine | Jan 21, 2010

With high profile athletes like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger getting hit with high visibility concussions this season, the topic seems to be on the mind of every sports commentator in America. Concussions have also drawn the attention of the U.S. Congress and of NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell. Some ex-players have even spoken out about the longstanding ethos that if you're conscious and aware you ought to get back in the game.

WedMD | Jan 21, 2010

Parents may not be as concerned as they should be when their children are diagnosed with concussions, but the term "mild traumatic brain injury" may be more accurate and should be used more often, new research suggests.

KPBS, San Diego | Jan 21, 2010

What defines a concussion? And, what are the potential effects of repeated concussions on the brain? We speak to a pair of local experts about the long- and short-term effects of concussions, the latest NFL rules changes, and the challenges to identifying when a person has suffered a concussion.

Albany Times Union, NY | Jan 21, 2010

Hockey players are a different breed of athlete. Although they play what is considered one of the four major sports, they never have been paid at the level of their counterparts in baseball, football and basketball.

USA Today | Jan 21, 2010

At the top of the massive halfpipe here, the nation's best snowboarders are getting ready to drop in and duke it out for the US Olympic team slots., Canada | Jan 21, 2010

Another day, another horrific brain injury staining Canada's national game. From pee wee to professional ranks, brain injury is common in hockey -and let's call it what it is, not comforting euphemisms like "seeing stars," "getting dinged," or "having his bell rung." | Jan 20, 2010

People with moderate to severe head injuries are more prone to motor-co-ordination problems than previously thought, a new study by Canadian researchers has discovered.

Brain and Spinal | Jan 20, 2010

Scientists at the UC Davis Medical Center received an $8 million grant from the Department of Defense Medical Research Program to conduct a 5 year study of the effects of the drug Allopregnanolone on the brains of human subjects.

Science Daily | Jan 20, 2010

Even after regaining normal walking speed, traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims have not necessarily recovered all their locomotor functions, according to a study supervised by Université Laval's Bradford McFadyen and recently published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The Washington Post | Jan 19, 2010

As a criminal trial in Fairfax County tries to determine who, or what, caused 4-month-old Noah Whitmer's brain hemorrhage, the debate over whether "shaken baby syndrome" exists has erupted into a national battle of the experts.

The New York Times | Jan 19, 2010

My son Jared lay in a bed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, limp and pale, his 7-year-old body tethered to a tangle of tubes and monitor wires.

Health Jockey | Jan 19, 2010

A study from UC Davis claims that the main objective was to find out whether the drug, a neuroactive steroid known as allopregnanolone, may be effectual treatment for acute brain injuries.

Brain and Spinal Cord Center | Jan 19, 2010

Mattias Kessler, a professional bicyclist who had been suspended until last summer for using illegal drugs, crashed his bicycle while trying to avoid hitting a cat. Kessler was training in Mallorca, Spain at the time of his accident. Kessler sustained a severe traumatic brain injury during the crash. As of January 16, Kessler is hospitalized in serious condition in an induced coma, according to a Road CC article.

Brain and Spinal Cord Center | Jan 19, 2010

Notre Dame High School sports medicine teacher Elsie Moore said in an article on that cheerleading "has had the greatest increase in catastrophic injury" of any sport over the past few years. She continued, "They're doing all sorts of acrobatic things and aerial, where they're being thrown and caught. You have great forces involved. If you have a slipup, the impact can be catastrophic." High school cheerleader Kylee McKell's case is one example of a catastrophic impact.

The Los Angeles Times | Jan 19, 2010

The terms concussion and mild traumatic brain injury pretty much mean the same thing. But which term a parent hears from the doctor makes a big difference in the seriousness with which the injury is treated, a new study finds.

The Boston Herald | Jan 19, 2010

They propel themselves from the heights of the halfpipe "” flipping, spinning, hovering in the air, pulling off tricks that often look one part painting, another part video game.

BU Today | Jan 19, 2010

Sunday afternoons have felt different for football fans lately, thanks in no small part to researchers at BU.

ESPN | Jan 15, 2010

Southern Indiana player Jeron Lewis died on Thursday night, apparently from a head injury suffered during a game at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was 21.

The Washington Post | Jan 15, 2010

On April 20, Noah Whitmer started the day as a happy, healthy 4-month-old. By that afternoon, he was having seizures and bleeding from his brain. Doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital suspected that Noah had been violently shaken, and police soon arrested his day-care provider and charged her with felony child abuse.

Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Center | Jan 12, 2010

SFC Fluidics, a company in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has recently been awarded $5 million in funds from a federal contract to produce a handheld device to diagnose traumatic brain injuries in minutes.

KARE-11 TV, Twin Cities, MN | Jan 12, 2010

Local researchers have uncovered a new potential use for hyperbaric chambers that's so promising, the results have been published in a national journal. And an assault victim is especially thankful for this innovative idea.

Olympics FanHouse | Jan 11, 2010

He's improving. They've taken out the breathing tube. They say he's responding to simple commands. But the U.S. no longer has two contenders favored to perhaps win both gold and silver halfpipe medals in next month's Olympic Games. Though Shaun White may be the one watching his country's flag raised in his honor after an electrifying run, snowboard star Kevin Pearce will still be in the hospital, trying to relearn to walk.

KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, UT | Jan 8, 2010

A Spanish Fork High School cheerleader is recovering from brain surgery after a terrible accident during a basketball game Tuesday night. She and a cheerleader from Park City High School collided while tumbling during a halftime show.

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY | Jan 8, 2010

The Associated Press reports from Salt Lake City that top-ranked American snowboarder Kevin Pearce, 22, is improving at a Utah hospital after a training accident on New Year's Eve. He was upgraded Wednesday from critical to serious condition, and his doctor said he is slowly regaining consciousness.

Newsweek | Jan 8, 2010

Late last year, the world was captivated by the story of Rom Houben, a Belgian man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was misdiagnosed for 23 years as being in a vegetative state. In fact, media outlets reported breathlessly, Houben had been conscious the whole time, trapped inside his motionless body, until a heroic doctor used cutting-edge scans to find normal brain activity. What's more, that doctor discovered a way for Houben to communicate, allowing the "locked-in" man to tell his harrowing tale to visiting reporters (Houben reportedly has a book on the way).

WCVB-TV, Boston | Jan 7, 2010

Traumatic Brain Injury is the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But it's a major problem back home. Every 15 seconds, an American suffers from TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The New York Times | Jan 7, 2010

After one hearing that prompted the N.F.L. to reshape several policies toward concussion management and another on Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday afternoon that a third discussion on football brain injuries would be held Feb. 1 in Houston.

BBC | Jan 7, 2010

After all the concern over possible damage to health from using mobile phones, scientists have found a potential benefit from radiation. Their work has been carried out on time, but it suggests mobiles might protect against Alzheimer's.

The New York Times | Jan 6, 2010

The old football mentality "” play through pain or get out of the way "” can be dangerous, particularly in the murky area of brain injury.

The New York Times | Jan 6, 2010

Although the most theatrical moments of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on football brain injuries on Monday involved the grilling of a former N.F.L. doctor, most of the testimony centered on the application of recently strengthened professional rules to amateur levels, from youth leagues to college programs.

The Park Record | Jan 6, 2010

Olympic hopeful and top-ranked snowboarding pro Kevin Pearce (Norwich, VT), 22, remains in critical but stable condition after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training on the halfpipe at Park City Mountain Resort Dec. 31.

World Socialist Web Site | Jan 6, 2010

American military personnel are continuing to take their own lives in unprecedented numbers, as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wars drag on. By late November, at least 334 members of the armed forces had committed suicide in 2009, more than the 319 who were killed in Afghanistan or the 150 who died in Iraq. While a final figure is not available, the toll of military suicides last year was the worst since records began to be kept in 1980.

The Star Ledger, NJ | Jan 5, 2010

Alexa McCormack doesn't remember much about the day that changed her life. Not the stunt gone awry. The impact of the collision. The panic in the gymnasium. But the reminders are there almost every day: headaches, prescription medication, blurred vision.

ABC News | Jan 5, 2010

A former leader of the NFL's committee on concussions told Congress on Monday that more study needs to be done on the effects that performance-enhancing drugs could have on the brains of football players.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Subjective tinnitus, the ringing or other noise that often accompanies noise-related hearing loss, is a tough problem to treat. But researchers in Germany have come up with a novel approach, a kind of music therapy in which the music is custom-tailored to the person with tinnitus.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Over breakfast in Copper Mountain, Colo., on Dec. 13, snowboarder Kevin Pearce talked about the wicked crash in the halfpipe that shattered his ankle in June. It kept him off his snowboard until November.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2010

Dr. Ira Casson, a symbol of the N.F.L.'s reluctance to recognize mounting evidence linking professional football and dementia before his resignation as co-chairman of a league committee on brain injuries, continued to deny the existence of any such relationship while testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday.

The New York Times | Jan 4, 2010

For years, Billy and Angela Flores pleaded with their son Nicolas to wear a helmet while hurtling down the slopes on his snowboard.

The New York Times | Jan 4, 2010

Kevin Pearce, the Olympic snowboarding hopeful, remained in critical but stable condition Friday with a head injury at a hospital in Salt Lake City.

Natural News | Jan 4, 2010

A head-on car collision, a stumble that slams your head to the ground, a wound from a military battle in Afghanistan, a violent criminal assault -- these and other causes of sudden blows to the head can result in traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institutes of Health, TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. And symptoms can range from dizziness, headaches and memory problems to difficulty thinking, coma or even a vegetative state.

ESPN | Jan 4, 2010

American snowboarder Kevin Pearce was in critical Saturday at a Utah hospital after suffering a "severe, traumatic brain injury" in a training accident, one of his doctors said. | Jan 4, 2010

Miami Dolphins' quarterback Pat White appears to have suffered a concussion and nothing more serious from the wicked hit he sustained against the Steelers today.

PR Newswire | Jan 4, 2010

A 5-year study of patients with severe traumatic brain injury conducted at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis shows significant benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to improve brain metabolism and its ability to recover from injury. The results were recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The New York Times | Dec 31, 2009

A House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday on brain injuries in football will include Ted Johnson and Kyle Turley, former N.F.L. players who have described mismanagement of concussions they received during their playing days that may have contributed to their cognitive decline.

The New York Times | Dec 31, 2009

One of the most peculiar weeks in college football took another bizarre twist on Wednesday when the lawyer for Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach was informed outside a courthouse in Lubbock, Tex., that his client was fired.

The Denver Post | Dec 30, 2009

Here is what you can't think about when you celebrate a birthday with Lisa Smith, if you want to keep your heart from breaking. You can't try to imagine the grief of Lisa's mother, Saundra, as she holds polka- dot birthday socks in front of 40-year-old Lisa's immobilized face.