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A Bell, Florida man shot and killed his 28-year-old daughter and her six children before killing himself Thursday night, according to USA Today.

Authorities responded to a 911 call made by Don Charles Spirit, 51, at about 4:00pm Thursday.

Spirit had contacted officials explaining that he was considering doing harm to both himself and others.

After authorities arrived, they found Spirit’s daughter, 28, and her five children ranging from ages 3-months-old to 11, shot and killed in the home.  Spirit later killed himself, according to Fox News.

Authorities identified Spirit’s daughter as, Sarah Spirit, and her children as Destiny Stewart, 5 , Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11, Jonathan Kuhlmann, 8, Brandon Stewart, 4, and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June of this year.

Spirit had a previous arrest record, according to authorities.

In 1990, he was arrested under a felony fugitive warrant.

Spirit was charge with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as a result of him fatally shooting his 8-year-old son in a hunting accident, according to Fox News.

Spirits other arrests include drug charges as well misdemeanor battery.

Authorities have declined to comment on a motive, stating that it is currently an ongoing investigation.

 

 

 

 

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The NFL has experienced four high profile domestic violence cases in the span of a year, child abuse, substance abuse, and performance enhancing drugs. Now there are many fans suspecting negligence by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Instead of the focus being on football and the start of a new season, the video of Ray and Janay Rice’s altercation has been the topic of discussion. The NFL first came under fire for only suspending Rice for two games. Rice has received the most attention, but isn’t the only player accused of abuse.

  • Pro bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted of domestic violence, and death threats against his former girlfriend.
  • Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals has been accused of violence against his wife and son.
  • Forty-Niner Ray McDonald defensive end is also facing domestic violence allegations.
  • All-pro running back Adrian Peterson has been exempt from his team for child abuse.

Soon after the string of cases, a new domestic violence policy was created. Goodell announced that first time domestic violence offenders will receive a six game suspension, and second time offenders will receive a lifetime ban. In addition to the rule change, the NFL has created a team of four women to combat domestic violence.

Some of these cases happened earlier in the year, bringing to question why they weren’t disciplined until the public reacted. Several of the league’s sponsors have threatened to pull out if players aren’t disciplined properly. Besides McDonald all of the aforementioned players have been exempt from the team, but are still being paid.

This calendar year has been a black eye for the league’s image with thirty-one suspensions, and several other cases pending according to SBNation. Roger Goodell once revered by players and fans, is now dealing with a public relations nightmare.

The current controversy surrounding the league has many calling for his job. National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neil called for Goodell’s job in an interview with ESPN.

 “The only workable solution is for Roger Goodell to resign and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”          -Terry O’Neil

As new information continues to emerge, Roger Goodell’s future will be something to keep an eye on. It’s unlikely the NFL will see a significant dent in its profits, but one has to wonder about the public’s perception going forward.

 


Robert Griffin III suffers potentially season-ending injury

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Just about everything went right for the Redskins on Sunday besides one devastating loss to their starting lineup.

ESPN confirms that Robert Griffin III has a dislocated left ankle, an injury that will sideline the Washington Redskins star quarterback indefinitely.

Griffin suffered the injury while running to his right toward the sideline in the first quarter. Even though he was not touched on the play, Griffin fell and landed awkwardly out of bounds and was carted to the locker room. To know the full extent of the injury, Griffin will need an MRI exam which will be taken Monday morning. Another question facing many Redskins fans is Griffin’s recovery time. He is believed to be facing a minimum six to eight week recovery.

It wasn’t all bad for the Redskins as they comfortably beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak dating from last season. It was the team’s first victory since a 30-24 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 of 2013.

Former Athlete Creates Sensor, Prevents Brain Injuries

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A former collegiate athlete has created a new form of preventative healthcare.

According to Fox News, founder and CEO of Jolt Sensor, Benjamin Harvatine has created the small sensor to assist in the prevention of concussions and other forms of brain injuries.

Harvatine wrestled for Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he sustained a number of concussions.

Harvatine explained that although he was hit in the head, he continued to practice even though he was experience dizziness, resulting in a longer recovery. The sensor, aims at detecting these injuries sooner, and preventing these long recoveries.

The clip-on sensor can be attached to a helmet, glasses, headband or other protective headgear. The goal is for the small device to track head impacts both based on level of impact as well as repetition.  When a potentially damaging situation occurs, the sensor will vibrate on the athlete’s head while also sending a notification to the cell phone of a parent or coach.

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