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Zamperini story told in ‘Unbroken,’ Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-seller

Blaine Steinberg, a former Big Green athlete, dies from illness
Dartmouth student dies

HANOVER, N.H. — Blaine Steinberg, a Dartmouth College student and former athlete, died Friday night at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, school officials said.

A member of the class of 2015, Steinberg fell ill and died, Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said in a written statement. Steinberg was from Wynnewood, Pa.

Steinberg played lacrosse her freshman year at Dartmouth, but quit after suffering two concussions, the Valley News reported.

The college offered counseling to students and staff Friday and Saturday.

When I first heard about the police were talking to Aaron Hernandez in connection to the murder of his deceased friend and former athletic Associate Odin Lloyd, I just didn’t want to believe that he could have played any part in it. I mean he was a New England Patriot. I would still like to believe that the remaining members of the New England Patriots team are all upstanding, law-abiding citizens. It’s ok to have personal problems. But not the kind where you go to work, spend time among your colleagues and act as though nothing has happened. What does that say about all the men who played beside him unaware and unable to see the horrible acts he committed in his eyes, in his body language, in any of his actions? Well New England Patriots Team Members, don’t blame yourselves, you’ve done nothing wrong.  Aaron Hernandez was a professional at everything he did. He fooled a lot of people.  His lawyers have said that all the evidence against him is circumstantial. That is a heck of an abundance of circumstantial evidence. Now there is a flop house 11 miles away filled with ammunition and clothing that may help the police in their case against him for murder. Only time will tell us how this all turns out.

Today’s headlines cause one to pause and really think about what is going on around us. We sit and wait for news on the health status of the great Nelson Mandela in South Africa who was that countries former president. He is now in critical condition in Pretoria where he’s been since June 8. At age 94, he’s seen more than his share of the hospital in recent times. We pray for him and his family
We still await some form of resolution to the flurry of news reports on the Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and what his role if any, might have been in the recent murder of his friend and associate Odin Lloyd. Hernandez’ property including his home, has been searched several times with hoards of investigators, including dogs and locksmiths. We still wait to hear from those who make the decisions about what the next steps in the investigation might be.

In Merrimac, MA a woman somehow fell from a moving vehicle suffering serious injuries was taken by helicopter to Anna Jaques Hospital then transferred to a hospital in Boston. Thankfully the police did arrest Henry Matos of Lawrence for driving under the influence. Moises Matoz also of Lawrence was put in protective custody. The police are investigating circumstances of this tragic incident.

Innocent bystanders continue to fall victim to lightning strikes. In Casco, Maine three people were struck by lightening at the Point Sebago Resort last night. Two were fortunate enough to only need on scene treatment while a third victim had serious injuries and had to be hospitalized

Imagine being 81 years old and sitting at a table in your home reading a paper and you start to hear loud booms coming from your basement. Dora Cummings was smart enough to call 911 and leave her home without injury. Unfortunately, her house was not so lucky. The Berlin home was destroyed when the two propane tanks exploded.

On a lighter note, you twinkie loving people will be happy to know that twinkies and some other favorited hostess products will return to shelves on July 15, 2013 offered by their owner, Hostess. They will be bearing a new tagline of “The Sweetest Comeback in The History of Ever”. Enjoy your sweet tooth sweet lovers.

Always know that for every great tragedy, there is always some great miracle of life that happens somewhere close by. Those miracles may not always be heard or seen, but those special enough to be a part of the miracle are grateful for the miracle. Continue to do good in your life and great reward will come to you and those you love. Believe!

So many trips to the Hernandez home. No word yet on an arrest warrant or what it might be that the police are expecting to find on the Hernandez property. Seemingly no stone has been left unturned in the place that Hernandez calls home. At the age of 23, he’s accomplished a great deal athletically, receiving a five year extension on his contract with the Patriots. He now finds himself barred from Gillette Stadium. How will this affect Hernandez ‘ career? How has all this left you feeling?

Yesterday afternoon it was stated that there was an arrest warrant issued for Aaron Hernandez. However a court clerk says that no such warrant has yet been issued. News Center 5’s Kathy Curran insists that an arrest warrant is being prepared. If it’s true, it’s true, but if it’s not true, don’t spread the word. This continues to be a part of what makes people look so guilty before they have a chance to prove their innocence. Being a reporter isn’t easy, neither is working in the county clerks office. Everyone has a right to a fair trial, just as the people have the right to know what’s going on in the world around them. Please just make sure that the picture being painted is real and as honest as you would hope people are when they take the witness stand.

Today, yesterday and the day before aside from Whitey Bulger being on trial, all we’ve been listening to is the fact that our own Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez has a violent temper and has not only become a suspect in the murder of Odin Lloyd, he was recently involved in a lawsuit for shooting a man in the face back in Miami Florida. Do you now find yourself wondering what goes on in the lives of every other player on our sports teams? I can honestly say that I don’t think about any of this until someone points it out to me. It doesn’t make me happy to hear it, but whether those involved in crime stories are athletes, politician’s, clergy, teachers, etc. they’re still people all the same. No matter what position they hold, they make mistakes. Crimes are committed equally and punished equally no matter who is committing them.

We should be thinking about is why do all of these various crimes take place? Some athletes through time, have been fortunate enough to be given a chance that maybe other coaches wouldn’t give them. Why? Because they believed in them as athletes and that they as individual’s had a special gift that everyone deserved a chance to see. Little did they know that they as coaches would live to regret their decision.

I believe there are unresolved emotional issues dwelling in the minds of our athletes. Playing the game or fighting the fight is their only outlet for dealing with their issues. It’s clear that there is more required to address the route of the issues and/or trauma’s that plague athletes. Until there’s something done to require some form of mental health program within their environment I can’t see anything changing.

Think about the great Mike Tyson who was convicted of raping Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving 3 years. In 1997 Tyson was disqualified during his comeback match with Evander Holfield after biting Holyfield’s ear. This was just a small part of Tyson’s violent history.

We all know what happened with the football legend OJ simpsons who is believed to have murdered his wife. He is now in prison for other crimes. Most of us are happy not to have to hear of him anymore.

Drugs, guns, adultery, robbery, bookmaking, murder, battering and the like are nothing to be proud of. Unfortunately, they are fact for many of our past, present and maybe future athletes. What are we going to do to make a change?