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Former Football Star Defends The Game

Mounting scientific evidence is linking football to brain trauma. While calls to increase safety measures in football are getting louder, players themselves often resist efforts to change the game. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Pro Bowl NFL player LaVar Arrington, who argues that the risks of the sport are worth it.

Can The NFL Keep Fans Excited And Players Safe?

Thousands of former players or their families are filing lawsuits, alleging that the league downplayed the risks for concussions. But the NFL denies wrongdoing. Host Michel Martin speaks with two sports reporters about the NFL's current approach to reducing concussions.

Love Of Sports Can Start Early; So Can Injuries

Concussions make up about 15 percent of all high school sports injuries, according to Children's Hospital Boston. But how can parents decide whether children should play sports, and how to keep them safe? Host Michel Martin talks with three "sports" moms, including a pediatrician who studies concussions in children.

National Zoo Names Cheetah Cubs After U.S. Sprinters

Presumably, it was the cheetahs' fabled speed, not cuteness, that inspired officials at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to name them Carmelita and Justin, after sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin.


Gold Medal In Hand, U.S. Vaulter Suhr's 'Hangar Time' Seems Well Spent

U.S. pole vaulter Jenn Suhr reached a long-awaited breakthrough Monday, when she won the gold medal in her event at the London Olympics. She defeated a field that included two-time gold medalist Elena Isinbaeva of Russia. As NPR reported back in April, Suhr trains in a unique setting: an airplane hangar next to her house.

Dozens Sickened By Fumes From Refinery Fire Near San Francisco

The fire, which started Monday evening, has now been contained. It spewed a huge plume of thick black smoke. Residents were advised to stay indoors. At least three dozen sought help at hospitals.

Psychiatrist Contacted Police About Colo. Shooting Suspect, Media Report

She had been treating James Holmes and became concerned enough to contact University of Colorado police, sources tell the news outlets. But it does not appear that the psychiatrist took additional steps that would have led to him being detained.

Reports: Man ID'd As Wisconsin Killer Had Previously Been On FBI's Radar

Officials tell NPR and the Los Angeles Times that investigators had looked into whether Wade Michael Page was helping fund domestic terrorist groups. But they concluded that they didn't have enough evidence to open a case against him.

Rocket Scientist With Mohawk Is Web Sensation

While NASA put a rover on Mars, audiences were riveted by the high-stakes landing, and also by some high hair. Bobak Ferdowsi was on the mission control team when suddenly his haircut made him famous. "Mohawk Guy" has become an Internet star.