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Breakthrough

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Somewhere, Christopher Reeve, who raised so much money for spinal cord research, is smiling:

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.

Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.

The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman, whose team at University College London’s institute of neurology discovered the technique, said: “We believe that this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury.”

Tired of being alone

Al Green:

Everytime you go away

Hall & Oates:

I’m only sleeping

The boys:

R.I.P.

Ben Bradlee, 93.

Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

Mama Cass

Panhandle Slim…

Hamsters!

What a shame

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Of course he filed for bankruptcy! This is the guy who funded the Swift Boat Veterans attack on John Kerry. Karma’s a bitch, huh?

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Sam Wyly, the U.S. businessman who may have to forfeit as much as $400 million after being found liable for using offshore trusts to hide stock holdings and make illegal trades, filed for bankruptcy.

Wyly, blaming “massive costs” from a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe and litigation, yesterday listed assets and debt ranging from $100 million to $500 million each in a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas, where he lives.

The SEC, which sued Wyly in 2010, is Wyly’s second-biggest creditor, with a “disputed” claim of $198.1 million, according to the court papers. Wyly listed the Internal Revenue Service as his biggest creditor, saying the size of that debt, also disputed, is unknown.

Other debts include a $20,000 grant commitment to the Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Dallas and $383.20 in membership dues for the Dallas Country Club, Wyly said in his filing.

God only knows

Nice version made by the BBC. You may recognize a few faces:

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