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When doctors autopsied a star athlete, they found what the NFL hoped they wouldn't.

This story is chilling, but not at all unique.Warning: autopsy imagery.

When doctors autopsied a star athlete, they found what the NFL hoped they wouldn't.

There's no denying that football can be a violent sport.


At least some fans may even prefer it that way.

For the Steelers of the 1970s, the "hard-hitting, brutal defense" of the team came to exemplify the hardscrabble realities of Pittsburgh in that era. One player was a symbol above all others.


Then the local hero who went on to be a Hall-of-Famer died suddenly 11 years after he retired. Iron Mike was 50. This is where our story begins.

Mike Webster's body went to the Allegheny County coroner's office, where he was seen by Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Dr. Omalu is a talented neuropathologist from Nigeria, but he was not familiar with the fame of Iron Mike.

From the very beginning of the autopsy, Dr. Omalu noted the effects of football on the relatively young Webster.

He did not look 50.

So many parts of his body were worn from the game.

He had a torn rotator cuff, a broken vertebrae.

His teeth were falling out.

Then there was the matter of Webster's head.

Dr. Omalu expected to find a brain with Alzheimer's, one that is shriveled. But when he took a look, he found something unexpected.

That made him curious, so he investigated further. Had it not been for that curiosity, things might be different today, for what he found would shake the core of the NFL.

See the beginning (and then keep watching) this incredible "Frontline" documentary.

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"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

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La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

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Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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