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Friday, May 19, 2006

Malcolm X, May 19, 1925-Feb. 21, 1965 


The official web site of Malcolm X is at http://www.cmgww.com/historic/malcolm/home.php.

And have you noticed the similarity between the phrases “By Any Means Necessary” and “No Holds Barred”?

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IFL TV Starts Sun., May 21, on Fox Sports Net 

The first show for the new International Fight League (IFL) will be telecast this Sunday, May 21, on Fox Sports Net in the U.S.

This one-hour show, the first episode of those taped April 29 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ, begins at 6 PM EDT and will be repeated several times. Make sure to check your local listings, especially since Fox Sports Net is a collection of regional sports networks mainly devoted to telecasting major non-combat sports teams.

For Fox Sports Net New York, here is the IFL TV schedule, all in EDT:

May 21 06:00pm
May 22 12:00pm
May 23 03:00pm
May 24 02:00am
May 25 02:00pm
May 27 07:00pm
May 28 03:00am

The second episode airs on Fox Sports Net New York Sun., May 28, also at 6 PM EDT, and also with numerous replays.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

“Cheatin’” on TheSweetScience.com 

My latest column is up on TheSweetScience.com.

Called “Cheatin’”, it discusses boxing’s latest dopin’ scandal as well as some recent history of cheatin’ by boxing’s faithful. It is best read while listenin’ to some good ole cheatin’ and drinkin’ country music songs, some of which are suggested at the beginnin’.

Don’t cheat yourself by not readin’ it!

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A Message from Queen Alyssa 


A Message from Queen Alyssa:

Made it thru another week...........

GO TEAM!
Celebrate your victory by getting so smashed getting hit by a bus is probable... with me & Angela!
Remember: Mo booze = mo fun

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Trashiest attire is not suggested, it is demanded!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

World Fighting Alliance Comes Out Swinging By Signing International Mixed Martial Arts Superstar Quinton Jackson - Press Release 

www.wfa.tv

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

World Fighting Alliance Comes Out Swinging By Signing International Mixed Martial Arts Superstar Quinton Jackson

Jackson vs. Olympic Silver Medalist and Former UFC #1 Contender Matt “The Law” Lindland Fight Among Star-Studded Lineup For The WFA’s Inaugural “WFA: King of the Streets” Event at The Forum July 22nd

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2006 – The World Fighting Alliance (WFA) was officially reborn today as a “fighter-first” association featuring the world’s toughest mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes. The announcement coincided with the WFA’s signing of international MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the man who destroyed reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, ending months of speculation about which association Jackson would call home. The WFA also announced its inaugural event, “WFA: King of the Streets” to be held July 22nd at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

The WFA is designed to be the world’s premier professional Mixed Martial Arts association, providing fans, sponsors and the media with an incomparable entertainment experience. As a “fighter-first” association, the WFA will showcase its athletes’ skills and personalities to the sport’s growing legions of fans through compelling match-ups, in-depth interviews and features highlighting the twisted roads and difficult paths that have led them to the pinnacle of the MMA world.

“As mixed martial arts continues to evolve into a mainstream global sports and entertainment attraction, it’s critical that we preserve the competitive balance and integrity of the sport, while continually upgrading the entertainment experience for consumers,” said Jeremy Lappen, CEO of the WFA. “To date, other organizations have not done a very good job of developing and marketing their fighters. The WFA, however, is founded on the belief that it’s the fighters, their unique stories, and the rivalries and drama between them that will take the sport to even greater levels of success.”

Those stories, rivalries and the drama that follows will be showcased at the inaugural “WFA: King of the Streets” event taking place on July 22nd at The Forum, a historic venue rich in fighting history. Located in the heart of Inglewood, Calif., the venue provides an appropriate urban setting to kick off the WFA’s street-brand of MMA entertainment.

“For so many of our fighters, the hardships of the streets demanded physical dominance as a matter of pure survival. They come from rough and humble beginnings, but the commitment to training and developing their MMA fighting skills is what got them off of the streets,” said Lappen. “The WFA celebrates the street origins of our sport and what better place to pay respect to our edgy roots then in the heart of Los Angeles at the historic Forum.”

In addition to “Rampage” Jackson, the WFA’s star-studded lineup of fighters includes:

Street fighting legend and former UFC superstar heavyweight Kimo Leopoldo

The undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida, the only man to beat UFC Champion Rich Franklin (he ko’d him), and whose career record also includes victories over stars BJ Penn and Stephen Bonnar

Former boxing star Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams who’s crossing over into the MMA realm after a stint as one of the featured trainers on ESPN’s popular boxing reality show The Contender

Jason “Mayhem” Miller, one of the sport’s most exciting young fighters and a self-made internet celebrity whose fan club, the “Mayhem’s Monkeys” comprises thousands of rabid MMA fans.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez who looks to regain his crown as the top fighter in the world.

World-class kick boxer-turned MMA competitor Kit Cope looks to finally establish himself as a legitimate force in the cage in the WFA.

The official fight card for “WFA: King of the Streets” features a “who’s who” of established MMA stars, now fighting under the WFA banner. The WFA sought to present the most intense head-to-head match-ups possible, loaded with significant history and animosity between scheduled opponents. The result will be one of the most action-packed and controversial fight cards in MMA history.

Following is a breakdown of the WFA King of the Streets bouts confirmed to date.” The complete fight card will be announced in the days to come once all match-ups become official:

Quinton Jackson (24-6-0) vs Matt Lindland (18-3-0)
After a highly-touted five-year fight career in Japan, one of MMA’s most popular fighters is reborn in North America with the arrival of the WFA. Jackson takes on former Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler-turned submission specialist Matt Lindland. Lindland, the former #1 contender at 185 lbs, has moved up to the 205 lb. weight class and recently scored an impressive first round submission win against Mike Van Arsdale.

Ricco Rodriguez (22-6-0) vs Ron Waterman (13-3-2)
Following a lengthy absence, this former UFC heavyweight champion makes a highly anticipated return to the cage in a battle against long-time rival Ron Waterman, who defeated Rodriquez in their only match prior to “WFA: King of the Streets.” Rodriguez will enter this bout looking to not only settle unfinished business with Waterman, but to reestablish him as a force to be reckoned with in the sport.

Lyoto Machida (7-0-0) vs Vernon White (24-27-2)
This bout features one of MMA’s brightest new stars against one of its most respected veterans. With one of the most impressive winning streaks in MMA, Machida, an undefeated knockout specialist with victories over top stars Rich Franklin, BJ Penn, and Stephan Bonnar looks to establish himself in the WFA by going head to head with the “Tiger.” White has shown impressive hands of late, knocking out his last two opponents, and a victory over this young prodigy would go far in refuting those who believe his best days are behind him.

Ivan Salaverry (11-4-0) vs Art Santore (14-4-0)
This bout pits two of the sport’s most technically sound fighters against each other. MMA veteran Salaverry is used to competing with top talent on a daily basis, having come out of the AMC Pankration camp of Bob Sapp and Josh Barnett. For Santore this fight against the proven Salaverry represents one of his biggest challenges to date. However, on the heels of capturing the UMMA World Middleweight title, Santore looks to continue his steady rise to MMA prominence with a victory at WFA King of the Streets.

Kimo Leopoldo (9-5-1) vs Opponent TBD
After a successful career establishing himself as one of the sport’s most dynamic and imposing forces, defeating such notable MMA stars as Tank Abbott, Bam Bam Bigelow and Kazushi Sakuraba, Kimo overcame his biggest battle against drugs and alcohol. The born-again Christian now backed by faith, intends to return to a position of dominance in MMA, beginning with “WFA: King of the Streets.” His opponent will be announced in the days to come.

Rob McCullough (11-3-0) vs Opponent TBD
Following a successful kick boxing career that earned him a reputation as a dominant lightweight striker, McCullough has made a successful transition into MMA. The O.C. local looks to take his career to the next level fighting for the WFA. His opponent will be announced in the days to come.

Jason Miller (14-4-0) vs. Opponent TBD
Jason “Mayhem” Miller brings his trademark wild style as the still-reigning Icon Sport Welterweight champion. The wily submission expert has made huge strides in MMA over the past several years and is determined to establish a legacy of dominance in the WFA with his outrageous and aggressive style.

Tickets for “WFA: King of the Streets” at The Forum went on sale this afternoon and are available at all Southern California Ticket Master outlets (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino and Ventura Counties), online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, (661) 322-2525 or (805) 583-8700.

The event will also be shown live on pay-per-view television (details to be announced in the days to come).

Intimidating forces like Jackson will have significant input into the way they are marketed, providing fans with the greatest access ever to their favorite athletes.

“When Jeremy (Lappen) shared his vision for the WFA with me, it was clear that this was an organization committed to its fighters and to consistently putting the highest level of MMA talent in the cage for the fans,” said Jackson. “The decision was easy for me. The WFA is going to take this sport to an even higher level of competition and entertainment and I wanted to be a part of that.”

The WFA’s management and ownership group includes Lappen, Las Vegas attorneys Ross Goodman and Louis Palazzo, and retired businessman William McFarlane. The WFA has been reborn through the team after a six-year hiatus. The commitment to working in tandem with the fighters is fueling the rebirth and attracting many of the sport’s most recognizable names.

For more information on the WFA and “WFA: King of the Streets,” July 22nd at the Forum in Los Angeles, visit www.wfa.tv.

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Senate Defeats S. 1955 - Your Grassroots Support Made a Difference - Prevent Blindness America 

Dear Vision Advocate,

In case you were wondering whether you can make a difference in Washington, let us assure you that you can! Thanks to your countless emails, phone calls, letters and faxes, the Senate soundly defeated S. 1955, the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act. Your message -- that patient protections come first -- was heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.

As reported earlier, S. 1955 would have seriously undermined important patient protections at the state level, such as mandatory coverage of eye exams, eye glasses, and other vision services.

In order to move the bill forward, the Senate would have had to invoke "cloture," a parliamentary procedure that cuts off debate and allow the bill to move to a vote. If a bill doesn’t get 60 votes, it can’t proceed. Because S. 1955 didn’t get 60 votes, the bill is effectively dead.

All of this "Inside the Beltway" speak is our way of saying THANK YOU! Were it not for PBA's advocates telling their Senators to oppose this bill, we might have lost this important vote.

To learn how your Senator voted, click here.

If they voted "Nay," send them a follow-up email, thanking them for standing up for patient's rights. To send a follow-up email, type in your Zip code in the "Contact Congress" button at right and click "GO!" On our Action Alert page, click the "e-mail" link below your Senator's names.

Please know that your actions made the difference. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Hugh R. Parry
President and CEO
Prevent Blindness America

About Prevent Blindness America
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions and chapters, Prevent Blindness America is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in the United States. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020.

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Center Devoted to Combat Sports Will Research Tough Questions - Press Release 

May 5, 2006 09:44 ET

Center Devoted to Combat Sports Will Research Tough Questions

LAS VEGAS, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and renowned trainer Teddy Atlas are pulling no punches in backing the newly formed Combat Sports Center for Safety and Research (CSCSR). "I'm excited about being a part of this groundbreaking initiative. The research is important for the sport and will ensure the future safety of boxers," notes Lewis.

The CSCSR has been created to promote safety and awareness in sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts. Safety decisions in combat sports must be made on the basis of hard data rather than guesswork. This will be accomplished by conducting in-depth research, providing educational material and training, and promoting safe practices.

"Our goal is to be the premier provider of objective, quality research and educational training in order to promote safety and prolong the careers of those in the combat sports," said Johns Hopkins researcher and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. Gregory Bledsoe.

This independent research center was co-founded with other well-respected physicians: Chief Scientist and Hopkins Professor Dr. Guohua Li, MD, Dr.PH; Association of Boxing Commissions Vice President and former Nevada State Athletic Commissioner and emergency physician, Dr. Flip Homansky; and Nevada State Athletic Commission Medical Advisory Board Chairman, former Chief Ringside Physician, and Neurologist, Dr. Margaret Goodman. Seth Horowitz, CEO and President of Everlast Worldwide also serves on the board.

The CSCSR Advisory Board includes the vast expertise of Lennox Lewis, the former undisputed heavyweight champ and color commentator from HBO's Boxing After Dark; Teddy Atlas, color commentator for ESPN's Friday Night Fights; former heavyweight and light heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture; and journalist and safety advocate Allan Scotto.

CSCSR's first study includes new MRI technology from FONAR, one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of MRI scanners, and a portable system that provides real-time assessment of mild traumatic brain injury to rapidly assess cognitive function co-invented by Dr. Michelle LaPlaca and Dr. David Wright from Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the first longitudinal study to link radiologic data with data regarding cognitive functioning before and immediately following a fight.

"Our hope is that these data can be used to identify participants at risk of traumatic brain injury and provide those officiating such events additional objective criteria by which they can assess fighters in the ring," Dr. Bledsoe said.

The second longitudinal study, already underway, is in conjunction with the California State Athletic Commission and Executive Officer, Armando Garcia, aimed at correlating weights of fighters at the weigh-in, before competition the night of the event, and immediately following the fight with factors such as fight outcome, age and career history.

"This is an opportunity to bring the expertise of researchers from Hopkins, as well as Georgia Tech and Emory University together with the boxing community," Homansky said. "Hopefully, it is just beginning."

Atlas agrees: "This can be something that can serve fighters and the fight business. Hopefully we'll get some answers that will make the sport safer."

The Combat Sports Center for Safety and Research is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. It is not affiliated or endorsed by any established academic institution including The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, or Emory University. For additional information, please contact either Dr. Margaret Goodman at (702) 255-8785 or Dr. Greg H. Bledsoe at gbledso1@jhmi.edu.

Participant Biographical Data

Gregory H. Bledsoe, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bledsoe is an emergency physician with a research focus on injury prevention. He has published in many peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Trauma, The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Care, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, and Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. He is also an expedition physician who has traveled to over 40 countries, and provides medical training and support for the United States Secret Service.

Guohua Li, MD, Dr.PH is Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Li is an epidemiologist specializing in injury causation and trauma outcome. He has authored over 100 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed medical and health journals. Dr. Li is a former winner of the Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize and a current Guggenheim Fellow.

Edwin "Flip" Homansky, MD is an Emergency Physician in Las Vegas where he is Chief Medical Officer for the Valley Health System. Dr. Homansky started as a ring physician with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in the early 1980s and later became Chief Physician and Medical Advisory Board Chairman. During his more than twenty years with the NSAC, he also served as a commissioner for 5 years. He is Vice President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, and co-authored the book "Ringside and Training Principles." His numerous safety accomplishments include pioneering HIV testing, steroid testing, and mandatory MRI/MRA testing on fighters in the state of Nevada.

Margaret Goodman, MD has been a practicing neurologist in Las Vegas since 1988. Dr. Goodman was a ring physician with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for 12 years, and also served as Chief Ringside Physician. She is Chairman of the NSAC's Medical Advisory Board and Medical Committee Chairman for the Association of Boxing Commissions. Dr. Goodman co-authored "Ringside and Training Principles," a book aimed primarily at fighters and trainers, and is a regular contributor to Ring magazine. Dr. Goodman has been instrumental in the institution of advanced safety standards in Nevada including mandatory MRI/MRA testing. Drs. Goodman and Homansky will be honored "for a career marked by honesty and integrity" at this year's Boxing Writers Association of America banquet.

Seth Horowitz, Chairman, CEO and President of Everlast Worldwide, Inc. Named as one of the "25 Leaders to Watch" by Sports Edge Magazine, Mr. Horowitz has continued in his father's footsteps as a substantial contributor to both the amateur and professional boxing community, and has participated in educational seminars to boxing fighters and trainers. Everlast has shown a commitment to fighter safety and has endeavored to improve their equipment through research such as this.

Lennox Lewis, former undisputed heavyweight champion, started boxing at age 12. He amassed an amateur record of 85 wins - 9 losses, and went on to earn a Gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for Team Canada when he defeated future world champion Riddick Bowe. He turned pro in 1989 and retired in 2004 with a professional record of 41 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. Among the boxers he beat were Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Vitali Klitschko. Along with Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield, Lennox is the only boxer in heavyweight history to have won the heavyweight championship on three separate occasions. Lennox understands both the rewards and dangers of the sport. He has been a professional and safety advocate in and out of the ring. Lennox continues his career in boxing as the new color commentator for HBO's Boxing After Dark.

Teddy Atlas started his career in boxing under the tutelage of legendary trainer Cus D'Amato. His boxing career was cut short due to an injury, and he began to train fighters for D'Amato including Mike Tyson. As a professional trainer, he worked at one time or another with world champions Michael Moorer, Tracy Patterson, Barry McGuigan, Donnie LaLonde, Simon Brown, and Joey Gamache. For over 20 years, Teddy has done color commentary for radio and television programs, and is currently the boxing color commentator for ESPN Friday Night Fights. He is founder and Chairman of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation that attempts to ease the burden of those less fortunate, and his book, "Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man," has just been released.

Randy Couture is the only athlete to have held championship titles in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Randy spent 6 years in the US Army, then attended and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in foreign languages and literature. He then worked as an assistant wrestling coach for Oregon State University before entering the UFC at age 34. He was a three-time Olympic team alternate (1988, 1992, and 1996); a semifinalist at the 2000 Olympics Trials; a three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association All American; and a four-time NCAA finalist. In his UFC career of 14 wins, he holds wins over Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Mike Van Arsdale. After retiring in 2006, Randy continues in the sport as trainer and advisor for Team Quest.

Allan Scotto is a journalist who began in boxing working for "New York Sportscene Magazine." He has also worked as a research consultant for the NBC Budweiser Boxing Series, and was a consulting producer for Fox's boxing reality show, "The Next Great Champ." Allan now works exclusively as an Internet journalist and is widely recognized as a proponent for fighter safety.

FONAR Corporation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of MRI scanners. Throughout 25 years of invention, development and production, FONAR has been on the leading edge of innovation in the MRI industry. In 1980, FONAR revolutionized diagnostic imaging through the introduction of the world's first commercial MRI scanner. Now FONAR has revolutionized diagnostic imaging with its Upright MRI, the world's first MRI that performs Upright Imaging and Position Imaging. In 1970, Raymond Damadian, MD, made the discovery that is the basis for magnetic resonance (MR) scanning that there is a marked difference in relaxation times between normal and abnormal tissues. This seminal discovery, which remains the basis for the making of every MRI image ever produced, is the foundation of the MRI industry. FONAR has great interest in making boxing safer, and is donating their technology to reach this goal.

Michelle LaPlaca, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department between Georgia Tech and Emory University. Following post-doctoral training in Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1998. Dr. LaPlaca's research interests are in 1) brain and spinal cord injury biomechanics and 2) repair strategies for central nervous system injury to reduce ongoing cell and tissue damage and promote regeneration. She has several active research projects aimed at understanding the complex injury mechanisms associated with traumatic central nervous system injury. She is co-inventor of a revolutionary self-contained, portable system to create an immersive environment and administer a series of abbreviated neuropsychological tests to rapidly assess cognitive function. Dr. LaPlaca has received an NSF CAREER award and is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Neurotrauma Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair.

David Wright, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Research Center at Emory University. At Emory, he directs the Brain Injury Research Group, an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative core of clinicians and researchers investigating novel ways to address acute neuronal injury. He is co-inventor, with Dr. LaPlaca, on a revolutionary self-contained system that will provide a real-time assessment of mild traumatic brain injury in environments previously non-conducive for neuropsychological testing. Dr. Wright oversees clinical trials associated with validation in several hospitals and athletic settings. Dr. Wright is also a member of the program faculty for the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University, and the core faculty for the Center for Injury Control and Prevention at GT/Emory. He is a true bench-to-bedside translational researcher, bridging the gap between basic science research and clinical practice.

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/.

Source: Combat Sports Center for Safety and Research

CONTACT: Dr. Margaret Goodman, +1-702-255-8785 or Dr. Greg H. Bledsoe, gbledso1@jhmi.edu, both of the Combat Sports Center for Safety and Research

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Medicare Agency Wants to Bar Coverage of Low Vision Devices: AFB 

American Foundation for the Blind Press Release:

Medicare Agency Moves to Deny Seniors and People with Disabilities Important Low Vision Devices

Disability Groups Mobilize to Protect Coverage

Washington, DC (May 5, 2006)—This week the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intention to bar coverage of low vision devices, including closed-circuit television systems (CCTVs), magnifiers, and other low vision technology designed to help people with vision loss live healthy and independent lives. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and other disability rights groups are working quickly to ensure the proposal doesn't take effect.

"Barring coverage of low vision devices would have devastating effects on the quality of life of aging Americans and others with vision loss," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB's President & CEO. "These tools are the very key to remaining active and living independently and safely with eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy."

The announcement comes at time when the number of Americans with eye diseases is increasing and vision loss is expected to become a major public health problem as boomers age. Over 6.5 million Americans aged 55 and older are blind or severely visually impaired. These numbers are expected to more than double by the year 2030.

"Low vision devices are designed to help people read, write, watch television, speak on the telephone, keep track of time, and cook," added Augusto. "And while some products are more affordable, some can run in the $1,800 to $4,000 range, which is a hefty investment for seniors or people with disabilities in tough financial situations."

AFB is urging advocates and the public to electronically respond to the regulatory action by June 30, 2006. CMS is accepting comments from the public at www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/oc/dockets/comments/ getDocketInfo.cfm?EC_DOCUMENT_ID=100&SORT=& MAXROWS=15&START=1&CID=&AGENCY=CMS

To read the full text of the notice of proposed rule making from CMS visit http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20061800/ edocket.access.gpo.gov/2006/06-3982.htm. Sections I. J. and II. Q refer to the "Low Vision Aid Exclusion."

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One-Legged High School National Champion Wrestler on ESPN2's “Cold Pizza” Tues., May 16 


One-Legged High School National Champion Wrestler on ESPN2's “Cold Pizza” by John Fuller

Tomorrow morning (Tues., May 16), Anthony Robles, a wrestler from Mesa, Ariz. with one leg, will appear on ESPN2's Cold Pizza at 11:34 a.m. Eastern Time. Cold Pizza replays right after the live airing as well, so if you miss him the first time around, he will be on again at 1:34 p.m. Eastern Time.

If you are not aware of Anthony, here is his amazing story:

Born with just one leg, Robles capped off an amazing career by winning the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national title at 112 lbs. with a 9-1 victory in the finals. The NHSCA invites only seniors in high school who won state titles to its meet, meaning Robles dominated a field of only state champions.

The win also finished off a perfect 53-0 senior season for him. For his four-year career, he posted a record of 131-15 and won two Arizona state titles. He was undefeated last year as well.

"I think God gave me a gift by only giving me one leg," Robles said after winning his national title. "Other people may not see it that way, but I do."

Robles became the first disabled wrestler to win a title at the NHSCA national championships. Since winning the title, he has thrown out the first pitch at a Diamondbacks-Giants game, where Barry Bonds made an effort to congratulate him on his accomplishment. Hopefully, Anthony will be nominated for a 2006 ESPY Award for Best Disabled Athlete later this summer.

He has received scholarship offers from numerous colleges to wrestle, and has narrowed his choices down to Arizona State and Drexel Univ. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys playing the guitar and video games.

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NO HOLDS BARRED: Eddie Goldman Speaks with World Sumo League Wrestlers Sidney Carty, Wayne Vierra, Stilian Georgiev, Ronny Allman, and Hans Borg 

The new World Sumo League (WSL) is here. The first leg of their international tour is in North America, with their first shows Memorial Day weekend: Fri., May 26, at The Palace at Auburn Hills, MI, and Sat., May 27, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago.

Several of the wrestlers were in New York last week to tape commercials for a 26-show series about the WSL which will air in July on
Flextech Television in the UK. WSL is also currently seeking a US TV deal, after their pilot show, shot last October in Madison Square Garden, aired on ESPN and ESPN2.

We got a chance to speak with five of the wrestlers – Sidney Carty, Wayne Vierra, Stilian Georgiev, Ronny Allman, and Hans Borg – and that is the subject of this week’s edition of NO HOLDS BARRED.

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SecondsOut Radio: Eddie Goldman Speaks with Shannon Briggs, Jeff Mayweather, Cedric Kushner, and Pete Quillin 


On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman speaks with veteran heavyweight Shannon Briggs (46-4-1, 40 KOs) who fights Wednesday, May 24, in New York against Chris Koval (23-2 18 KOs). Briggs wants once again to fight for a heavyweight title. We speak with Briggs’s trainer, Jeff Mayweather, about his fighter’s progress and what he needs to do to land at the top of the heavyweight division. We speak with Briggs’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, about the new Gotham Boxing series he is running, on whose May 24 debut show Briggs is headlining. And we speak with popular middleweight prospect Pete “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (4-0, 3 KOs) who is fighting on this show’s undercard.

It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

“Hatton Decisions Collazo in Trickeration City” on TheSweetScience.com 

George Kimball has done it again, this time with a wonderful piece on TheSweetScience.com entitled “Hatton Decisions Collazo in Trickeration City” about Saturday’s fight between Ricky Hatton and Luis Collazo at the TD Banknorth Garden (formerly known as the Boston Garden and Fleet Center) in Boston, Mass.

The piece both analyzes the fight, won by Hatton by a close but unanimous 12-round decision, as well as explains the fits of organizational chaos at this event.

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