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NFL adds two political pros to PR, lobbying teams

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After a series of public relations setbacks over the past two years, the National Football League (NFL) has hired two veteran Washington PR professionals on Tuesday to help stanch the bleeding. Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart joins the league as Executive Vice-President of Communications. Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs Cynthia Hogan received a promotion to Executive Vice-President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Despite the NFL’s popularity among fans and advertisers, Lockhart joins the NFL at a time…

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‘Concussion’ movie subject exaggerated role, researchers say

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In the trailer for the movie “Concussion,” star Will Smith says: “I found a disease that no one has ever seen.” It’s a claim the real-life doctor portrayed by Smith, forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, has himself made for years, giving a detailed description about how he came to name that disease “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.” But Omalu neither discovered the disease nor named it, according to scientific journals and brain researchers who were interviewed by The Associated Press. And though no…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.1.15 — Corizon Health Care terminates contract with Florida prisons. That’s not a bad thing

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If you don’t know of anyone who is caught up in the Florida corrections system, stories about the care of prisoners may not matter much to you at all. But they have been disturbing, particularly regarding the state of health care for those who incarcerated. Rick Scott ran for office in 2010 promising to privatize health care in the corrections system in Florida, and that finally happened in October of 2013, when Corizon Health Care took over (along with Wexford…

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, Subject of Upcoming Movie “Concussion,” to speak in Tampa Thursday

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One of the most hyped films of the upcoming Christmas movie season is “Concussion,” starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic pathologist who was the first doctor in America to publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in NFL and college football players. Dr. Omalu will be speaking this Thursday evening, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Ferguson Hall. The event is free and no tickets are…

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“Concussion” movie dramatizes struggle to reveal football tragedies

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“Concussion” delivers a hard hit to the NFL as it deals with data linking repeated blows to the heads of its players to dementia and a host of other problems. The league’s rocky dealings with Dr. Bennet Omalu, who identified a degenerative disease in football players known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, are the focus of the movie’s second hour. Starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, “Concussion” had its premiere Tuesday night at AFI Fest in Hollywood. Among the…

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