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No joke: Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $16.2M for ALS research

No joke: Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $16.2M for ALS research

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Beyond the videos, memes and headlines, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has managed to raise over $16 million to aid in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.
Matthew Bradwell
'Ice Bucket Challenge' fundraiser dies in diving accident

'Ice Bucket Challenge' fundraiser dies in diving accident

NANTUCKET, Mass., Aug. 18 (UPI) --The young man who helped the #IceBucketChallenge go viral and propelled it into the national spotlight died in a diving accident over the weekend in Nantucket.
Brooks Hays
Ethel Kennedy dares President Obama to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ethel Kennedy dares President Obama to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

HYANNISPORT, Mass., Aug. 12 (UPI) --Ethel Kennedy welcomes President Obama to Cape Cod by nominating him to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Evan Bleier
New England calls on Patriots coach Bill Belichick to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

New England calls on Patriots coach Bill Belichick to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

BOSTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) --New England football fans and media personalities are calling on Patriots coach Bill Belichick to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise ALS awareness.
Evan Bleier

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UPI Almanac for Friday, April 4, 2014.
By United Press International
New research suggests ill-conceived drug studies waste medical resources

New research suggests ill-conceived drug studies waste medical resources

March 26 (UPI) -- New research suggests too many drugs make it to clinal trials on the basis of flawed research and "spurious" success in mice trials.
Brooks Hays

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
By United Press International

Canada's Supreme Court to hear appeal on ban of assisted suicide

OTTAWA, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A British Columbia couple's challenge to a law that bans assisted suicide has been accepted by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Victim of ALS dies after two-day protest in Rome over home care

ROME, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An Italian doctor who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease died at a Rome hotel after a two-day protest by advocates for home care, his colleagues said Thursday.

MLB: New York Yankees 5, San Francisco 1

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez became baseball's all-time grand slam leader Friday, connecting on the 24th of his career to lead the New York Yankees over San Francisco 5-1.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
By United Press International
Cal Ripken increases reward for info on mom's kidnapper

Cal Ripken increases reward for info on mom's kidnapper

ABERDEEN, Md., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Longtime Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. announced Thursday the reward for information on his mother's kidnapping last year is now $100,000.

Illinois is 20th state to legalize medical marijuana

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Illinois Thursday became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill supporters say is the strictest in the nation.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 4, 2013.
By United Press International
N.Y. state lab creates way for paralyzed to email using brainwaves

N.Y. state lab creates way for paralyzed to email using brainwaves

ALBANY, N.Y., July 1 (UPI) -- After 30 years of research, a New York state laboratory says it's developed technology for the sick and paralyzed who cannot talk to email using brainwaves.
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Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), nicknamed "The Iron Horse" for his durability, was an American Major League Baseball first baseman. He played his entire 17-year baseball career for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). Gehrig set several major league records. He holds the record for most career grand slams (23). Gehrig is chiefly remembered for his prowess as a hitter, his consecutive games-played record and its subsequent longevity, and the pathos of his farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. In 1969 he was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers' Association, and was the leading vote-getter on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, chosen by fans in 1999.

A native of New York City, he played for the New York Yankees until his career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly known in the United States and Canada as Lou Gehrig's disease. Over a 15-season span from 1925 through 1939, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, the streak ending only when Gehrig became disabled by the fatal neuromuscular disease that claimed his life two years later. His streak, long considered one of baseball's few unbreakable records, stood for 56 years, until finally broken by Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles on September 6, 1995.

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