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By DICK GEORGE | July 8, 1994
The other night I had a dream.I got a phone call at home from a pleasant young woman who said ''Mr. George, my name is Debby and I'm calling to tell you about the OJ Network -- All O.J., All the Time. Yes, Mr. George, all your O.J. news needs can now be met in a single comprehensive cable service. We guarantee we will never interrupt our O.J. coverage for news on any other subject. If North Korea drops a nuclear bomb on South Korea, or on Washington, for that matter, you won't miss a single slow-motion close-up of O.J. in court.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Ravens threw a surprise birthday party for Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance on Friday with coach John Harbaugh and the entire team crowding into the cafeteria to sing "Happy Birthday" and present Brigance with a cake. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil delivered a short message to Brigance, who thanked the team, about how he's inspired by his example. Brigance turns 45 on Monday. A retired former Ravens linebacker, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2007.
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By Carl Hiaasen | October 9, 1995
''I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman. They are out there somewhere. Whatever it takes to identify them and bring them in, I will provide somehow.''I CAN SEE HIM in his famous Bronco, cruising Bogota, scanning the cafes and bodegas in search of the cocaine hitmen who struck that night at faraway Bundy Drive . . .O.J., leaping from the truck, vaulting a flower cart, sprinting down a long alley and -- with a Heismanlike burst of speed -- tackling a young man who's running away . . .O.J.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Mona Charen | January 25, 1995
PITY THE unfortunate prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson case. The only thing they have going for them is the evidence.There is a temptation among serious people to dismiss the trial of O.J. Simpson as a gaudy circus act. Certainly the attention of Larry King, Geraldo Rivera, the tabloids, Time, Newsweek and the rest has made it seem so. Nor does the show-biz defense team of strutting peacocks lend the trial an aura of gravity.And yet, the outcome is important. If people do not have confidence in the proper administration of justice, the effect is deep demoralization.
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By Carl Hiaasen | June 24, 1994
SAY you're Rodney King, watching O.J. Simpson lead Los Angeles police on a 50-mile chase. You've got to be wondering: Why weren't the cops that polite with me?Because, Rodney, you aren't a football star. Maybe you didn't murder anybody, but you didn't have a Heisman Trophy on the mantle, either.Fans will be fans. It's hard to say who's more disturbed, O.J. or the yahoos who lined up along the freeway to cheer the accused slasher's flight.Good luck teaching that American culture is superior to all others.
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By CARL T. ROWAN | August 4, 1995
Washington -- You read some polls and listen to some pundits and surely get the impression that the O.J. Simpson trial will be the catalyst for the next American civil war.Everywhere I look someone is writing or talking about how this case divides black and white Americans more than anything -- yes, even affirmative action or the death penalty or welfare reform.We are told that blacks stand with the black defendant, O.J., while whites want him to fry.This is pollsters' hogwash. Their constant harping on differences in racial attitudes creates the potential for stupid racial strife.
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By Harold Jackson | February 8, 1997
IT'S THE media's fault. I never thought I'd say that, but it's true. Other than the family and friends who knew them, few of us really care whether O.J. Simpson killed his former wife, Nicole, and an acquaintance, Ron Goldman. It's the media's fault that people say they care, but don't.Los Angeles police were still sloppily searching for clues when someone decided this news story wasn't about the victims, it was about race. If any crime involving people of different colors could have been reported as though race didn't matter, this one was it.Football hero O.J. Simpson years ago became race-neutral in the eyes of America.
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By Elsbeth L. Bothe and Elsbeth L. Bothe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 7, 1997
"Another City, Not My Own: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir," by Dominick Dunne.Crown, 360 pages, $25.This must be close to the hundredth book about the trials of Orenthal James Simpson, the subject continues to be as much a part of the literary landscape as the escapades of U.S. presidents. Few O.J. books are worth reading, and this one falls near the bottom of the pile.Dominick Dunne is no stranger either to murder or celebrity glitz. He is an insider in the heady circles where gossip is newsworthy.
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By Alison Taylor | June 24, 1994
I WAS in the beauty shop as it all was happening last Friday. A room full of black women on a hot June night in Pasadena, Calif., watching the world's first interactive movie chase scene (Dude! Road trip to Brentwood! This O.J. thing going down!) on a portable black-and-white TV.Blow dryers were stopped for better hearing, hot curlers were left in a little too long because no one could take her eyes off the screen. A room full of black women trying to common-sense it all: "Well, if she thought he might kill her, what was she doing living two miles from him?"
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research. Brigance, now the team's senior adviser to player development, has lived with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, since 2007. He said in a video posted on the team's website that the challenge has "garnered unprecedented support and awareness for the ALS community.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Players from Manchester Valley were greeted by a surprise visitor before Saturday's Class 1A state softball final. O.J. Brigance, the Ravens' director of player development, stopped by as a favor to coach Mike Hernandez. He spoke of his battle with ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and left the Carroll County team ready for battle. Starting pitcher Madison Grimm took care of the rest. Grimm pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 12, and drove in a pair of runs in a 9-0 win over Sparrows Point at the University of Maryland.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Retired Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to attend Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance's family fun run Saturday morning in Canton. The Brigance Brigade 5.7K event at Canton Waterfront Park features a timed 5.7K run, a 1-mile run-walk and a kids' fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Besides Lewis and Rawlings-Blake, Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda, team president Dick Cass and actor Josh Charles are also confirmed to attend.
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July 18, 2013
Whether you agree or disagree with the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a jury has spoken unanimously: There was not enough evidence to convict Mr. Zimmerman beyond a reasonable doubt ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15). The family of Trayvon Martin has the option of bringing a civil suit similar to the one brought against O.J. Simpson - but with the difference that the defendant George Zimmerman has no deep pockets. The Department of Justice could also bring federal civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman.
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Letter to The Aegis | February 7, 2013
Editor: Like many Harford County residents, I was thrilled that the Ravens won the Super Bowl this year. However, for me, one of the most important parts of this event was the attention given to OJ Brigance and his fight against ALS, better known to many as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Having lost a very good friend, Dave Simmons, to this dreadful disease, I am hoping that many people will find out more about this condition and make charitable contributions to organizations fighting to find detection, prevention and a cure for this illness.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | January 29, 2013
Ravens fans who also want to bring their purple passion to a cause can purchase a special edition Super Bowl XLVII T-shirt to benefit The Brigance Brigade Foundation, created by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda. All proceeds from sales of the $20 T-shirt go to the foundation, which raises funds to support and improve the quality of life for patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and their families by providing needed equipment, resource guidance and services.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | October 28, 1996
WHEN THE judge removed the cameras from the O.J. civil trial, he meant it as a nod toward sanity, a bid for civility, a quixotic attempt to separate the words "media" and "circus." And somebody might have mentioned something about assuring fair trial.That's all very well and good, I suppose, but what about us? Don't we count? What about the folks on Court TV? Don't they have feelings?You know somewhere out there in faraway California there's a new O.J. trial because you saw something about it on "Geraldo."
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By Los Angeles Times | October 18, 1994
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- The sister of Nicole Brown Simpson issued a nationwide plea yesterday, asking consumers to return Halloween costume items that depict either O.J. Simpson or his alleged victims, including masks, blond wigs and even prosthetic slit throats.Denise Brown called on stores handling such items to halt their sale immediately, saying that they are in "extremely bad taste" and hold "no redeeming value for our society." She was joined by Human Options, a domestic violence support group.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
He was a mighty presence when the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, a warrior who busted a wedge to make the first tackle that day and went on to make four more. If current coach John Harbaugh is to be believed, even then he was the toughest man in football. Today O.J. Brigance has limbs that hang limp, his muscles withered. He can move only his lips and eyes and must use a computer to speak. The team's director of player engagement is in his fifth year of battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a lethal and incurable illness.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
There are Ravens fans, there are passionate Ravens fans, and then there is Cindy Pierce. "I go by the fan name of Purple Dame," said Pierce, who lives in Severn and said she's missed just one home game in the past 13 years. When she cheers on her team, "I'm just head to toe in purple," wearing a No. 98 jersey for former Raven Tony Siragusa, she said. Pierce, who was honored last year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Hall of Fans, is involved with several Ravens fans groups, and has been urging fellow members to support the Brigance Brigade Foundation, the nonprofit organization started by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, after he was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive motor neuron disease that robs people of their ability to control their muscles.
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