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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Four Witnesses Change Their Stories

         At least four key witnesses have changed their stories about what they saw the night George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The report comes after state prosecutors released about half the evidence they have in their second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. The witnesses, known publicly only by numbers, first talked to Sanford police and later to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state prosecutors.
Among the changes, according to the Sentinel:
Witness 2: A young woman from the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, where Martin, 17, was shot Feb. 26, first told investigators she saw two men running and a fist fight. She later said she only saw one person running and couldn’t distinguish much because she had removed her contact lenses.
Witness 12: A young mother in the townhome community first said she saw two men on the ground but wasn’t sure who was on top; she later said Zimmerman was on top because she recognized his size based on news reports.
Witness 13: A male neighbor first said Zimmerman, with a bloodied head, told him he had to shoot Martin because “he was beating up on me,” and to please call Zimmerman’s wife. He later went into detail and described Zimmerman’s tone right after the shooting as casual, like the shooting was “nothing.”
Witness 6: A male neighbor, whose story change was initially reported Friday, first told police Martin was on top of Zimmerman and throwing down punches mixed martial arts style. He also first said Zimmerman was calling for help. The man later said he wasn’t sure who was yelling for help, and that Martin may have merely pinned Zimmerman to the ground. He was still sure, however, that Martin was on top.

Originally posted by MSN

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stroke Device COMPLETELY Removes Blood Clot


WHO'S HOT? FoxNews highlights Dr. Jeffrey Katz' blood clot removal stent.  Here is what they had to say.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Katz, chief of vascular neurology and director of the Stroke Center at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), a stroke causes the blood vessel in the brain to become blocked. “That area of the brain that isn't getting blood flow dies, and so [stroke victims] get symptoms depending on the area of the brain that is being affected - not being able to understand what someone is telling them, they can get weak on one side, double vision…” Katz said.  
In early 2012, Rich Hasselberger, 47, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his son’s lacrosse game.  “I was on the sidelines at Erik's lacrosse game, and all of a sudden words weren't making sense,” Hasselberger said. “I remember like five minutes before I passed out. I went blank. It was that quick...”  At the North Shore University Stroke Center in Manhassett, N.Y., doctors diagnosed Hasselberger, a father of three, with a spontaneous carotid dissection and ischemic stroke.
 Katz used a new device to treat him that helped to open up his blood vessels and restore blood flow to his brain. The device – called the ‘Solitaire Flow Restoration Device’ – is a self-expanding, cylindrical metal cage that is inserted through a small tube into the blood clot itself. “You leave the stent retriever up for five minutes allowing the clot to grow into the stent, and then you pull it out,” Katz said. “In those five minutes, there is blood flow going to the brain tissue that wasn't before.”
 “Previously we could only open about 50 percent of blood vessels,” Katz added. “In this trial they were opening about 90 percent plus, which is great.”  In Hasselberger’s case, Katz was able to completely remove the blood clot – something he says is a major game changer.  “I think before we had this type of device, it was like trying to drive a nail into a board without a hammer,” Katz said. “And now we finally have a hammer, and I think it's really exciting.”
Yes! This is really exciting because I have family members and know that there are millions who have had heart attacks, strokes and blood clots who ended up needing stents. Thanks to Dr. Katz, we are well on the way to making blood clots a thing of the past. NOW THAT'S HOT!!
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Zimmerman had Broken Nose & Black Eye, Say Doctor

In a report obtained by ABC News  Zimmerman had,
"a broken nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury.”  The three-page medical report is part of the discovery -- stacks of documents and CDs – currently being examined by the prosecution and the defense, ABC News reported. The doctor wrote that Zimmerman, 28, made an appointment to make sure he could return to work, ABC News reported. Zimmerman, an insurance underwriter at the time, told the doctor that his lower back hurt; photos show that he also had bruising on his upper lip. The report also notes that Zimmerman had been prescribed mood medications Adderall and Temazepam before the shooting, ABC News reported. The doctor added that Zimmerman refused to go to the hospital the night of the shooting and added that it was 'imperative' that he see his psychologist."
 Some reports say that the FBI are pursuing Trayvon Martin's murder as a Hate Crime. For the complete article, click here.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

We Lost Another Great One Today as Adam Yauch Succumbs to Cancer

Adam Yauch Performing Live
in 2007 with the Beastie Boys
(copyright Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

I was JUST saying how artists still can't hold a torch to The Beastie Boys! They literally influenced the Rap and Hip Hop music we hear today, hands down.  They rank up there with RUN DMC as iconic and always seemed humble and ready to blow our minds.  Today, the lights dimmed on another one of music's great leaders, founding member Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer of the parotid salivary gland. The Beastie Boys as we knew them will never be the same. 
Beastie Boys
Cover of Beastie Boys

Recently it was revealed that QuestLove created 12,000 songs on an iPod as a gift for Blue Ivy, that he will reup each Christmas, and we all know that a few-- if not all -- of their songs will be on it.  So as I was out today with my nine month old daughter, I rapped and b-boxed as many of their songs as I could remember and will be sure to create her a list of the must have, all greatest Rap and Hip Hop songs ever!

Their accolades speak for themselves,  as of 2010, they had sold 22 million albums in the United States and 40 million albums worldwide. They are one of the longest lived Hip Hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2011, more than 25 years after the release of their debut album. The group has been selected as part of the 2012 induction class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after being eligible since 2007.

Here are a list of the top 10 Beastie Boys songs, in no particular order:

Awards and Nominations
Grammy Awards
YearNominated workAwardResult
1992Check Your HeadBest Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
1995"Sabotage"Best Hard Rock PerformanceNominated
1999"Intergalactic"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupWon
1999Hello NastyBest Alternative PerformanceWon
2001"Alive"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
2005"Ch-Check It Out"Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
2005To The 5 BoroughsBest Rap AlbumNominated
2008"Off the Grid"Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceNominated
2008The Mix-UpBest Pop Instrumental AlbumWon
2010"Too Many Rappers" (featuring Nas)Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupNominated
MTV Video Music Awards
YearNominated workAwardResult
1994"Sabotage"Video of the YearNominated
1994"Sabotage"Best Group VideoNominated
1994"Sabotage"Breakthrough VideoNominated
1994"Sabotage"Viewer's ChoiceNominated
1998Beastie BoysVideo Vanguard AwardWon
1999"Intergalactic"Best Hip-Hop VideoWon
2011"Make Some Noise"Video of the YearNominated
2011"Make Some Noise" (MCA)Best DirectionWon
MTV Europe Music Awards
YearNominated WorkAwardResult
1994Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
1998"Intergalatic"Best VideoNominated
1998"Hello Nasty"Best AlbumNominated
1998Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
1998Beastie BoysBest RapWon
1999Beastie BoysBest Hip-HopNominated
2004Beastie BoysBest GroupNominated
2004Beastie BoysBest Hip-HopNominated
2011"Make Some Noise"Best VideoNominated
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Great, Touching Story by Alex Marvez on Seau Highlighting Potentially Why He Killed Himself

Junior Seau
Junior Seau (Photo credit: Dave Sizer)
         One of the staffers brought this story to our attention when reading MSN Fox Sports. Yes, a he was misty-eyed as he said, “Wow! What an inspirational, great story by Alex Marvez on his favorite player, Seau.”  So to pay homage to Marvez and ultimately to Seau – one of NFL’s greatest players -- we decided to share this story as Marvez is Hot for such a great write-up.  Here it is in case you missed it.  Again, the original post is found on MSNFoxSports.

As reported by Alex Marvez

My favorite player is dead.
I’m not talking about the one I’ve most liked to write about in my NFL reporting job for the past 18 years. I didn’t like Junior Seau because he gave me special access or shared off-the-record information with me. He never did. My affection began when I was a civilian, so to speak. I was just a kid from Miami who liked Junior Seau simply because he was Junior Seau — the NFL’s baddest linebacker playing for my beloved San Diego Chargers.  And now I’m wrestling with the fact that the game itself — the game I love and the way I make my livelihood — might have contributed to his apparent suicide.
Not that Seau would change a minute of anything he did on the field. I came to learn he didn’t just live and breathe football every waking second during his 20-year NFL career.  He smelled it.  So did his teammates with the Miami Dolphins. He was the first Dolphins player inside team headquarters almost every weekday morning when I covered the team from 2003 to 2005.
The first thing he did: Ensure the coffee was brewing so strongly you could taste it in the air.

This is where Seau set the example that every young NFL player should follow. Seau already was done with his caffeine-charged workout by the time most of his peers arrived. He didn’t do this to leave home earlier in the day after practice had ended.

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Video by: Fox Sports | on MSN Watch latest sports news and highlights More FOX“He never had a bad day — ever,” said one devastated former Dolphins employee who was part of Seau’s “Breakfast Club” workout crew. Having sat in a linebackers meeting with him while I was a Dolphins beat writer, I was keenly aware Seau knew his stuff in the film room, as well. The thousands of tackles that Seau made in college and the NFL weren’t just the result of sheer athleticism or guesswork. When video showed a younger ’backer had lined up literally 1 foot off the mark in practice, Seau pointed out that the player had tipped his hand to the offense about where he was headed and ruined the entire defensive plan.
Seau could tell you everything there was about playing linebacker. Unfortunately, it appears, factors he might not have been able to control as well might have overtaken him.  Several people who knew Seau better than I did told me Wednesday they had suspicions his current life wasn’t nearly as great as when he was leading fans into a frenzy with his post-tackle fist pumps on game day.
There were warning signs.
Seau drove his car off a cliff in late 2010 after a physical confrontation with his girlfriend. Seau claimed the road mishap was an accident when he fell asleep at the wheel and not a suicide attempt. There were whispers Seau experienced financial problems and depression.

Clearly, something was troubling Seau. He never let many of those close to him see it. Seau still would flash his charming smile during public appearances and refer to virtually everyone around him as “buddy.”  “He was always the guy helping someone else,” one of Seau’s former coaches said. “He couldn’t be the guy that took help.” However, he llikely will be the newest guy at the center of the NFL’s biggest discussion: head injuries sustained by those who have played in the league.
There is no definitive proof, yet. Seau wasn’t known for having a concussion history while he played. He apparently wasn’t part of the pending lawsuits filed by more than 1,200 former players against the NFL claiming the league didn’t properly treat or advise them on concussion-related matters.  But he also wasn’t the type of guy who would let blurred vision, headaches or any other side effects keep him out of a game. One former Dolphins teammate recalled how Seau “literally shattered his fingernail” in the cold of a December 2004 game at New England. 

"His nerve was sticking out,” the player said. “I could see it and I almost threw up. He told (team trainer Kevin O’Neill) to tape it up."  “Missed like two plays. Unreal. True warrior.”

That win-at-all-costs mentality might have contributed to his demise. Think about how much contact Seau’s helmet sustained in two decades of pro football. If his brain is analyzed by medical researchers, as some former players’ brains have been, there may be a way of knowing how much of a toll the sport took on Seau’s mind.
A slew of dead NFL players have been diagnosed with the progressive degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). One of them was former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson.  Duerson took his life in February 2011 in the same fashion that police believe Seau may have done — by shooting himself in the chest. Duerson did so deliberately so his brain could be studied postmortem.

Whether Seau had the same intention is unknown. He didn’t leave a suicide note, according to The New York Times.  From the conversations Seau and I had in South Florida, I always worried how someone as passionate about football as Seau would handle life after football. I wondered if there was anything he could do to fill the void that most retired players face after the cheering stops and the real world begins.  When he starred a few years ago in a short-lived television series, “Sports Jobs With Junior Seau,” I half-jokingly said I hoped that one of the gigs he covered would appeal to him for a new line of work.

I was a lifelong Chargers fan until 1995, when I started writing about the NFL, and Seau became my favorite player once Dan Fouts retired. I held dining for the first time at Seau’s namesake San Diego restaurant with the same reverence as visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Having the opportunity to cover Seau daily for three years with the Dolphins was surreal.
When my mom helped me out with laundry chores when I was a college-aged slacker, she washed the No. 55 Chargers jersey I would wear every time I watched San Diego play. I noticed the jersey last Sunday for the first time in a while when I walked into my closet after she had visited.  Hearing the news of Seau’s death will leave my mom as heartbroken as I am because she knows how much he meant to me and what he represented.
Neither of us, though, will experience the pain being felt by Seau’s mother. A hysterical Luisa Seau burst into tears while speaking about her son to the media that had gathered for a Wednesday afternoon police news conference announcing his death. She wasn’t ready to accept that her Junior had killed himself.
“I don’t understand who do this to my son,” Luisa wailed.
It’s probably not “who.” It’s probably “what.”
And what a shame if it was the game he loved to play. 
UPDATE:  As we are posting this, ScoreCenter announces that San Diego County medical examiner’s office officially rules Junior Seau’s death a suicide.  May you rest in peace buddy and like the incredible legacy you left on the field, may your last actions not be in vein.


Senior NFL Writer
Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He has covered the NFL for the past 17 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Former Football Star Junior Seau Found Dead

BREAKING NEWS | May 2, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.

Former USC and San Diego Chargers football star Junior Seau  was found dead today at his Oceanside home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His girlfriend found him dead in his bed, according to law enforcement sources. If you recall in 2010, Seau survived a 30-foot plunge in his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad that was believed to be a suicide attempt. Hours earlier, he had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his 25-year-old girlfriend at his home. He was not charged in the incident.

"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family," the team said in a statement.

Seau, who played for 20 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the San Diego Chargers, was named to the Pro Bowl 12 times and First Team All-Pro six times. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. His last season was in New England in 2009.

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