Football Hall of Famer & Former Miami Dolphin QB Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions (Update: Marino Withdraws from Concussion Lawsuit)


Hall of Famer and Miami Dolphin quarterback great Dan Marino is the latest to sue the NFL over concussions. According to court documents, a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Mariono and 14 other former NFL players. Marino and the other 14 plaintiffs join more than 4,800 others who have alleged the NFL misled players about the long-term dangers of concussions. The NFL has denied those claims. Although no specific symptoms are alleged for Marino in the lawsuit, it does contain language for the QB great, “On information and belief, the Plaintiff … sustained repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts during NFL games and/or practices.”


Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame member and former Miami Dolphins quarterback, last week sued the NFL over concussions, according to federal court records.

As the behind-the-scenes effort to gain approval for the proposed $765-million settlement of the concussion litigation continues, Marino and 14 other former players sued in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

At least 41 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or their estates, are among about 5,000 former players suing.

The 18-page complaint alleges the NFL concealed information about football-related brain injuries and misled players, claims that are similar to those made in more than 300 related lawsuits. The NFL has repeatedly denied such claims.

A federal judge rejected the proposed settlement of $765 million in January by the NFL, concerned about whether the settlement amount is sufficient for all affected players. To be honest, $765 does not even come close to what medical bills and treatment would cost over their lifetime. I am not even sure if $2 billion is adequate.

UPDATE I: As reported at CNN, Dan Marino is withdrawing his name from a lawsuit suing the NFL over concussions, saying he didn’t realize his name would be attached to the lawsuit. HUH? Well that’s mighty brave of him. I guess suing the NFL is bad for getting a job with the NFL. Profiles in courage.

Dan Marino, considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in National Football League history, is withdrawing his name from a concussion lawsuit against the NFL, according to published reports.

The news, first reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, comes a day after media reports that the Hall of Fame quarterback and 14 other players had filed a lawsuit that claims the NFL knew for years of a link between concussions and long-term health problems and did nothing about it.

Marino, 52, said he didn’t realize his name would be attached to the lawsuit.

“Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma,” the former Miami Dolphins star wrote in a statement published in the Sun Sentinel and on Sports Illustrated’s website.

82 Year Old Casey Kasem of ‘American Top 40′ Fame is Missing … Judge Appoints Casey Kasem’s Daughter Kerri Kasem as Temporary Conservator of Her Father Suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (Update: Casey Kasem Found in Washington State)


82 year old Casey Kasem, the longtime radio host of ‘American Top 40′ has been reported missing by his daughters.  Sadly, the famed radio host who every week provided a count down of the ‘Top 40″ music hits and told us to  ‘Keep your feet on the ground and reach for the stars’ now suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease and can no longer speak. Many will also remember Kasem as the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo.  He has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.  However, the former radio host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge and has not been seen since. A judge has ordered an investigation as to the whereabouts of Casey Kasem.  Jean Kasem’s attorney Craig Marcus said he did not know where the radio personality was but that he was “no longer in the United States.” Kasem’s daughter believes that her father’s wife fled the country, or possibly went to an Indian Reservation.

Sadly, there has been a long running battle between the children of Casey Kasem and his wife,  Jean Kasem. Many of you may remember Jean from her role on the TV comedy hit ‘Cheers’ as the tall blonde who would enter the bar saying, “hi, gang at Cheers.”

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A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40” host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge.

Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.

CNN: Judge appoints Casey Kasem’s daughter as temporary conservator.

A judge Monday named famed radio countdown host Casey Kasem’s daughter as the temporary conservator of her ailing father, a spokeswoman said.

The conservatorship is in effect until June 20, when a hearing is scheduled on whether to make the conservatorship permanent, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly.

“Justice was finally served! I just won temporary conservatorship over my father’s healthcare. We have been vindicated by the court. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and support through this entire ordeal,” Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, posted on her Facebook page soon after the order.

FACEBOOK – Jeannie Kasem

American Top 40 January 31, 1981 … I remember hearing this like it was yesterday.

NBC News: Radio Icon Casey Kasem Is Ill and Missing.

In an interiew Monday night, Kerri Kasem told NBC News that she saw her father last Tuesday at a medical facility that she did not name. She described the “two-to-three hour” visit as “incredible” because he “had a smile ear to ear and told us he loved us.”

“Some of the staff said they’ve never seen him so animated and happy,” Kerri Kasem said in the interview, which will be broadcast Tuesday on TODAY. “When we went to leave, we said ‘Dad, we’re going to be back really soon.’ And he said ‘When?’ That’s the last time I saw him. That night he was taken from the facility.”

UPDATE I: Casey Kasem Reported Found in Washington State.

Missing radio icon Casey Kasem has been found.

Kasem’s family confirmed early Thursday that the longtime “American Top 40″ host had been located in Washington state, three days after a California judge ordered an investigation into the 82-year-old’s whereabouts.

UPDATE II: Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday.

Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services, according to CNN affiliate KOMO.

Authorities found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home. The couple told deputies they were on vacation, sheriff’s department spokesman Scott Wilson told the affiliate.

After determining Casey was not in distress and was receiving appropriate care, the deputies left.

“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad,” Kasem’s daughter Kerri said. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”

AMBER ALERT Issued for 14 Year Old Elizabeth Rex Missing Since 4/14/14 in Magnolia, TX … Believed Kidnapped by 51 Year Old Randy Johnson (Update: Elizabeth Found Safe, Johnson Arrested)

An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 14 year old Elizabeth Rex, who has been missing since Monday, April 14, 2014 in Magnolia, Texas. Police believe that she was kidnapped by 51 year old Randy Johnson, who used to live with the family. Elizabeth’s parents, Patrick Rex and Jennifer Black, have told police that they took Randy Johnson into their home because he needed a place to stay; however,  they told him to leave because he was having and an inappropriate influence on their daughter.  They suspected he may have been having physical relationship with her. Elizabeth Rex is 14, because of a number of mental and physical disabilities, she has the maturity level of a 5 or 6 year old. Police believe that Johnson may be headed to the Mexican border.

Elizabeth Rex was last seen wearing black pants, a gray tank top, red jacket and gray tennis shoes.

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Police believe a family friend has kidnapped the girl, and the pair may have already left the state, possibly headed for Mexico.

Elizabeth Rex went outside to get the mail Monday, and never returned home.

Her parents believe 51-year-old Randy Johnson, who used to live with the family took the girl.

Patrick Rex, and Jennifer Black, Elizabeth’s mother, say 51 year old Randy Johnson was a friend of a friend who needed a place to stay.  They opened their home to him, but forced him out because he was having and an inappropriate influence on their daughter.  They suspected he may have been having physical relationship with her.

Elizabeth is 14, but her parents say, because of a number of mental and physical disabilities, she has the maturity level of a 5 or 6 year old.

UPDATE I: A man suspected of running away with a 14-year-old girl with Down syndrome has taunted her parents over the phone saying they’ll never see her again, they have said.

‘He calls us and says, “Y’all will never see Lizzy again” and things like that,’ said her dad Patrick Rex. ‘”Where we’re going you can’t get there”. Not even ten minutes later he calls back and goes, “La-la-la-la”.’

The parents added that Johnson claimed he was going to be passing through a checkpoint, but pointed out that the family had no IDs to be able to do the same.

If anyone can assist on providing information, you are asked to contact Detective T. Gannucci with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5876 or the department’s communication center at 936-760-5800.

UPDATE II: Missing Texas girl found safe in trailer park near US-Mexico border.

Elizabeth Rex, of Magnolia, was located in the Texas town of Harlingen, near the Mexico border, with Randy Johnson, a 51-year-old man who previously worked with the girl’s father and briefly lived with the family until he became too close to the young girl, who has been diagnosed with autism and pervasive developmental disorder.

“She appears unharmed,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brady Fitzgerald told “She’s been transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.”

Johnson remains in custody on kidnapping charges, according to Fitzgerald, who added that the suspect called the girl’s parents and taunted them after the brazen abduction.

The Cochran Family – Unsung Hero Award … The Bond Between a Brother & Sister, Lindsay & Trenton Will Melt Your Heart in This VIDEO

Every so often we have to take a break from the misery of today’s politics, current events, crime and bad things that people do to one another and focus on the special moment, the special bonds that make life beautiful …

Words do not do the below VIDEO justice, please just watch and enjoy. The Cochran Family, this brother and sister are true Unsung Heroes. Lindsay was born with (SMA), Spinal muscular atrophy, she has been in a wheel chair since the age of 2, but as her brother says, “sometimes people will stare at her,” as he points to his sister, “normal person here, human being”.  But the bond that this big brother and little sister have is a little different as it has made them both special and inspiring people because of Lindsay’s disease.  At the 1:44 mark of the VIDEO, the boy says, “I would take a bullet for her … She is my best friend” as his emotions take over. I truly hope that all take the opportunity and watch this VIDEO and remember just what are the most important things in life.

Please watch the VIDEO below and get the Kleenex ready.

The Cochran Family – Unsung Hero Award

“It’s just easier for me to go through life with a big brother like Trenton.”

“I would take a bullet for her. She’s my best friend.”  I would do anything for her. My life would be nothing without her.”

15 Year Old Missing Allan Littlejohn With Muscular Dystrophy Was Beaten, Robbed and Tossed Over a Hillside in Mt Washington, PA … Boy Who Did It Was His Best Friend


According to a report from CBS – Pittsburgh, 15 year old Allan Littlejohn was beaten, robbed and tossed over a hillside like a discarded bag of trash. To make matters worse, Littlejohn has a form of Muscular Dystrophy. The 15 year old teen wears braces on his legs, walks with a limp. Making matters even more worse the individual responsible for the attack was his supposed best friend. Allan Littlejohn was found 24 hours later after he had gone with his friend to the store. Littlejohn had been reported missing Wednesday afternoon. Kenny Murphy later turned him self in to police and said there was a disagreement that led to the fight in Grandview Park. Disagreement, then why did you rob the kid? Didn’t mean to hurt him? I would hate to see what would have happened if this punk did mean to.

We had a little disagreement and then we walked down to Grandview where we fought and after we fought I left,” said Murphy. “I wasn’t trying to hurt him bad like I did. I regret it but I can’t take it back now. I’m sorry Alan.”


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CBS – Pittsburgh

Beaten, robbed and tossed over a hillside like a bag of trash, that’s how an angry father describes what happened to his 15-year-old son. And the attacker, he says, is the boy’s best friend.

The victim, Allan Littlejohn, 15, has a form of muscular dystrophy. His father, also named Allan, says his son wears braces on his legs, walks with a limp, and has poor balance.

The teen’s father told KDKA’s Brenda Waters his son’s friend, a 16-year-old, called him Tuesday night, asking him to go to the store. That was around 10:30 p.m. At some point, something went terribly wrong and the friend turned on him, his father said.

The victim’s father says his son’s best friend of three years is responsible for the beating, resulting in a concussion and bleeding of the ears and nose.

“He grabbed my son by the neck, choked him out, stepped on his face, robbed him, stabbed him in the neck, took his cellphone so he couldn’t call for help. He was in Grandview Park, took him and threw him over the hill,” he said. “He was 21 feet down.”

EXIT QUESTION … Where is the liberal MSM covering this story? Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson with their cries of “no justice, no peace?” Imagine, just imagine if the friend was white? Or a “white” Hispanic?

17 Year Old Nicole Crowder Missing Since July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL Area

17 year old Nicole Crowder has been missing since Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. The St. Louis, MO teen was last seen with an unknown man and woman at the beach Saturday evening. Authorities are describing the two unknown people as a bald, 30-year-old black man of medium build and gold teeth, and a female who appeared to be in her late teens, has a dark complexion and was wearing a black bathing suits. Nicole Crowder is said to have the mental capacity of a 9 year old and takes medication for her bipolar disorder and ADHD. According to reports, Crowder was visiting the beach with her adult sister and has no known family or friends in the area.

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Missing – Nicole Crowder, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

Nicole Crowder has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old, is reportedly very naïve, and doesn’t have her necessary medications for bipolar disorder and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), said the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Crowder was last seen around 5:30 p.m. at the beach near the Econo Lodge, 1601 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach with her adult sister, deputies said.

She is 5-foot-3, 185 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing pink sunglasses, a black and white one-piece bathing suit.

If anyone has information about Nicole Crowder’s whereabouts, please call 386-248-1777.

Developmentally Disabled 19 Year Old Sydni Nicole Sherrill Missing Since 5/24/13 in Patterson, CA (UPDATE: Found Safe)

19 year old Sydni Nicole Sherrill has been missing since Friday afternoon, May 24, 2013 in Patterson, CA. Sydni Nicole Sherrill was last seen at about 1:00 pm on Friday at home in the 800 block of Miraggio Drive in Patterson.  Sydni is considered at risk as she developmentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a young child.

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Missing –  Sydni Nicole Sherrill

Authorities consider Sydni Nicole Sherrill at-risk due to being developmentally disabled. She was last seen at her home near Miraggio Drie and Ward Avenue in Patterson around 1 p.m.

She is said to be 5’6’’ and about 125 pounds. They do not know what she was wearing at the time she disappeared.

If anyone has any information regarding Sherrill’s whereabouts, please contact 911 or the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department nonemergency line at (209) 552-2468.

UPDATE I: Found safe and unharmed at a Modesto shelter on Saturday.

Only in America, Ohio Teacher Maria C. Waltherr-Willard Sues School District Over Child-Phobia ‘Disability’

No wonder our children are being short-changed in the class room these days, we actually allow individuals who have phobias to children to teach them.

File this one under, you have got to be kidding me. 61 year old Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, a teacher of 35 years in the Cincinnati, Ohio school district, has filed a law suit based on her disability. What is her disability you ask, pedophobia. That is correct, this teacher of our children has the fear of, hold it, hold it …  being around children. HAS THIS FRIGGIN COUNTRY GONE MAD!!!   What’s next, those with fears of heights suing for losing their jobs as skyscraper window washers?    In her lawsuit complaint, Waltherr-Willard says she has suffered from an extreme fear or anxiety around young children since the 1990′s. So since the 1990′s a woman has been teaching children who has an abnormal fear and dislike of children? Now we have to define at what age some one is considered a child and what is the age that her disability kicks in. Maybe it’s the parents who should be suing the school district, the teacher and the teacher’s union for allowing such an individual to teach their children.

A 61-year-old high school teacher has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against a suburban Cincinnati school district. Her disability? She has a phobia of young children, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, a French and Spanish teacher who was employed by the Mariemont school district for 35 years, alleges that the discrimination occurred primarily in 2010, when the district reassigned her from high school to junior high. The suit also claims the district wanted her to resign because of her age.

The alleged disability is pedophobia, an irrational fear or dislike of children. While unusual, it has been officially recognized as anxiety disorder by psychiatrists.

The following was submitted by the defendant’s attorney. You mean this was supposed to help her case? I can sympathize with those who have actual disabilities and no one is saying that this woman does not have one. However, the greater good of the children needs to be considered and if the woman’s conditions restricts her from doing the job, then she should never have had the position in the first place. How is this woman’s rights more important than the children’s rights that she teachers? We have a woman who might freak out when around the very people she teaches potentially? I guess we will all be shocked when she goes postal one day and say how could this have happened, who saw this coming?

Bradford Weber, the attorney for Waltherr-Willard, has submitted numerous documents in the case. Among the documents are explanations by psychiatrists, psychologists and the plaintiff’s medical doctor concerning the phobia. Alleged symptoms the presence of young children cause in Waltherr-Willard include chest pains, vomiting, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and nightmares.

Actually, this story reeks of  another individual looking to get on disability rather than working, something that has happened all to often under Obama.

UPDATE I: A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit.

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit, claims which alleged Mariemont violated an implied contract to keep her from young students.

District Judge Herman J. Weber said the district lived up to its written contract – with the teachers union – and that Waltherr-Willard would still be employed had she not resigned.

He did not rule on the other main allegations of the suit, giving the district’s attorneys more time to respond to them. If the case goes to trial, it’s scheduled for February 2014, according to court documents.

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