John Mackey, one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history who went on to be the first president of the National Football League Players Association, "died Wednesday of frontal temporal dementia, a disease he had battled for 10 years," the Baltimore Sun reports. He was 69.
Casey Anthony, the young Florida mother who was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter after a trial that dominated cable news networks and tabloids, was just sentenced to four years in prison for lying to police during the investigation.
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.
Andy Kroll is a reporter in the D.C. bureau of Mother Jones magazine and an associate editor at TomDispatch. A former intern at The Nation, his writing has appeared in Campus Progress, CBSNews.com and The Progressive Review.