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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012

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The Daily Word in Maurice Sendak, Dustin Hoffman and Tyrannosaurus Rex

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Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak dies at 83.

North Carolina votes on a controversial constitutional ban on gay marriage today known as Amendment One.

The Senate discusses a bill today that would prevent student loan rates from doubling July 1.

Junior Seau’s family discuss with Samoan elders whether to donate his brain for scientific study.

Dustin Hoffman saved this jogger’s life in London’s Hyde Park.

This creepy principal resigns after creating a fake Facebook page to spy on her students.

Hell hath no fury like a pet lynx’s jealousy.

South Korean customs officials discover pills filled with powdered human baby flesh—sure to spawn a metal band/song or ten.

Hundreds in Russia take to the streets to protest the inauguration of Vladimir Putin.

I suppose changing your name to Tyrannosaurus Rex is more original—but no less crazy—than Jesus Christ.

Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney in an email to his supporters.

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
The late, great Junior Seau

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Junior Seau Found Dead

News broke on Wednesday that football legend Junior Seau had been found dead. He was shot to death, according to the preliminary reports, but word started leaking pretty quickly that it looked like a case of suicide. This can still be termed a shooting death, sure, but there's a lot more impact to the word suicide.

In the days before this awful event occurred, the NFL had been aflutter with news of the Saints bounty program. Sports Illustrated was even linking to this article with the header "The Final Shoe Drops." It's incredible to think that a sport that is literally predicated upon players hitting one another could find itself so aghast at the existence of this bounty program.

The connecting factor between these two stories, of course, is the commissioner of the National Football League: Roger Goodell. Charged with protecting the sport that Americans cherish, and preserving its place at the top of the nation's sporting pyramid, Goodell has done more than a passable job. Football is constantly surpassing its old records: more money made, more games shown, bigger audience for the Super Bowl; the list goes on.

However, there's no denying that while Goodell has shown genuine concern about the concussion issue, that very issue is much larger than we previously understood. Take, for example, the case of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who shot himself to death last year. In his autopsy, it was concluded that Duerson was the victim of a neurodegenerative ailment symptomatic of concussions.

Junior Seau, by all accounts, was a highly successful, positive-thinking role model, celebrated in his community, by his team, and even by a large portion of the country, especially in his playing days. His intensity may have put some people off, sure, but practically everyone who was living in Southern California in the early and mid-90s was rooting for him. He doesn’t seem like a suicide risk at first glance, but the connection between getting your brain addled on a regular basis and coming down with serious depression afterwards seems like it's becoming more and more clear with every incident the sports-loving public suffers through. The saga of Barret Robbins and the litany of lawsuits concerning concussions seem to suggest we as an audience (and participants!) are reaching the breaking point.

It should be abundantly clear that I am not a medical expert, nor has it been confirmed that Seau actually killed himself. And plenty of people suffer through concussions and go on to lead rich, full, successful lives.

Despite the above disclaimers, though, if Roger Goodell's duty is to serve as the vanguard of the National Football League, there have got to be some common sense steps taken before the damning proof has been served. Americans love football and want to continue to, but as concussions and health care of ex-players are increasingly presented in the news, plenty of NIMBY mothers and fathers are going to extend those cares beyond their backyards and onto their children. Everybody wants to raise the next successful quarterback. But what if the risk is too high?

V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010

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The Daily Word 10.19.10: UFO sighting in El Paso, don’t wear raw meat, Tiger Woods fake sex tape

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Butchers recommend not wearing a Lady Gaga-inspired raw meat dress for Halloween.

There was a UFO sighting over El Paso the other night.

Everybody, calm down; the Tiger Woods sex tape is a fake.

105 tons of marijuana seized in Mexico including some with Homer Simpson labels.

There’s going to be a new reality show in Florida taking place at a nudist resort.

Tylenol issues a recall after complaints of a moldy smell.

Have a look at this record-breaking 1,535 pound pumpkin.

Former NFL football player Junior Seau won’t be charged after driving his SUV off a cliff.

Bank robbery reaches a new level of convenience with drive-thrus.

A woman in Georgia receives an electric bill for more than $1 billion.