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Pearl Bailey & Hot Lips Page – “Baby Its Cold Outside”, 1949


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“Favre’s ‘scary’ memory lapses re-open NFL concussion questions”


By Bill Briggs, NBC News

Football legend Brett Favre says that at age 44 he’s facing “scary” memory issues linked to on-field concussions. His story yet again casts the NFL as one of America’s most dangerous work environments, despite myriad changes made by the league to protect today’s players.

“I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll,” said the ex-Green Bay Packer, who was tackled for a loss, or sacked, 525 times – more than any quarterback in modern NFL history. In an interview Thursday with a Washington, D.C. radio station, Favre said he cannot recall one season of his daughter’s soccer games.

“I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they’re on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer,” Favre told Sports Talk 570. “…So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me.”

Favre joins – and, perhaps, now headlines – an ever-expanding list of ex-NFL superstars and journeymen who have suffered memory lapses, depression, sudden violent steaks, debilitating diseases or suicidal impulses soon or long after retirement from the game. Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon also has reported suffering memory problems.

Many of those affected players blamed football concussions for their worsening health issues and accused the National Football League of withholding information that head injuries were responsible for the frightening symptoms and, eventually, dozens of player deaths. In August, the NFL and thousands of players who sued the league for concussion damaged reached a $765 million settlement.


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New King James Version


2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.



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Man Who Received Kidney Transplant Marries His Organ Donor


In a story straight out of a Hollywood movie, an Indiana man in need of a kidney, and the woman who provided the necessary organ, have married. The ceremony took place three years after the life-saving operation.

Kyle Froelich was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disorder when he was 12 years old, and by senior year of high school, he was in dire need of a transplant. Dozens of friends and family members had offered Froelich one of their kidneys, but none of the prospective donors had been a match. Doctors estimated that the 19-year-old had one more year to live.

Then Froelich met Chelsea Clair, and everything changed.

As the Indianapolis Star reports, the couple met at a local car show. The two took a liking to each other, and spent the day driving around in Clair’s new Camaro. Within hours of meeting Froelich, and without quite knowing why, Clair…

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Oscar-Worthy Documentary Shows How Egypt’s Revolution Fell Apart


When it happened, Egypt’s February 2011 revolution seemed an epochal global event. If Cairo was not the birthplace of the Arab Spring, it was its apogee. The people of the Arab world’s most populous, most important nation, long oppressed, had finally found their voice. Braving bullets, tanks and tear gas, they overthrew the entrenched dictatorship of three-decade President Hosni Mubarak. The whole planet watched a jubilant Tahir Square explode with fireworks and celebration, while the international media hailed the advent of democracy and people power in a part of the world where both were conspicuously lacking.

But, as we all know now, Mubarak’s exit marked only a fleeting victory. In the near three years since, Egypt has lurched from crisis to crisis, antagonism to antagonism, each time punctuated by mass protests in Tahrir Square, a traffic roundabout that has come to symbolize both the dreams and the failures…

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