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Venus Williams is Fighting Back Against a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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July 26, 2017

Venus Williams is Fighting Back Against a Wrongful Death Lawsuit 

VENUS WILLIAMS is fighting back against the wrongful death lawsuit filed against her for that fatal accident last month. 

She filed a response in court saying that 78-year-old Jerome Barson died because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt.  But an attorney for the Barsons says that data retrieved from that car proves he WAS wearing his seatbelt, as was his wife Linda, who was driving.

Venus also claims their car wasn't adequately maintained and repaired, but their attorney says, quote, "Our client's vehicle is actually a brand new 2016 Hyundai, which the inspection papers can prove was in perfect working order."


A Study Finds 99% of Donated NFL Players' Brains Have CTE 

The "American Medical Association" put out a new study, showing that a shocking 99% of donated NFL players' brains have CTE. 

CTE is the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head.  A neuropathologist examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players and of those 111, 110 were found to have CTE.  Yes, only ONE of the brains had no signs of the disease.

It's worth pointing out that the families of these players specifically donated the brains to science because they suspected brain injuries, so it's not a completely random sample of NFL players. 

Still, 99% IS pretty shocking, and does raise concerns about the link between football and brain injury.


Barbara Sinatra Has Died

Barbara Sinatra, a former model and the widow of legendary singer Frank Sinatra, has passed away at the age of 90.

Barbara and Frank Sinatra were married for almost 22-years. Throughout her life, Barbara worked with charities to help abused children before opening the “Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center” in 1986.

She died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California of natural causes.  Barbara is survived by her son, Robert, and one granddaughter.