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April 13, 2008 | John Seewer, Associated Press
Tim Berta doesn't remember stepping onto Bluffton University's charter bus, nor flying through a window and slamming into asphalt with chunks of glass embedded in his hip. He doesn't recall the day former home-run king Hank Aaron stood beside his Atlanta hospital bed. Nor waking up unable to talk or walk. And he missed the memorial services for his buddies -- five baseball players killed in the crash a year ago. "That's God's blessing, not to remember that type of pain," he said.
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April 13, 2008 | John Seewer, Associated Press
Tim Berta doesn't remember stepping onto Bluffton University's charter bus, nor flying through a window and slamming into asphalt with chunks of glass embedded in his hip. He doesn't recall the day former home-run king Hank Aaron stood beside his Atlanta hospital bed. Nor waking up unable to talk or walk. And he missed the memorial services for his buddies -- five baseball players killed in the crash a year ago. "That's God's blessing, not to remember that type of pain," he said.
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March 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Players on Bluffton University's baseball team and their parents returned home, two days after a bus plunged off a roadway in Georgia and claimed the lives of four of their teammates and two others. The father of deceased player David Betts wore the baseball cap his son had on the morning of the crash when he stepped off a charter flight at Toledo Express Airport.
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March 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Georgia highway officials investigating a deadly bus crash said Tuesday that they would add safety measures to several commuter-lane exits like the one a baseball team's bus took before it plunged off an overpass two weeks ago. Seven people on the bus died, five of them baseball players from Bluffton University in Ohio. Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman David Spear said the state would be adding signs and reflective striping to seven similar ramps starting today.
SPORTS
March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
North Carolina football Coach Butch Davis is undergoing chemotherapy after a dentist removed a cancerous growth from his mouth. "I know people are going to be concerned and everything, but it's going to be OK," Davis said Tuesday. "We're going to get through this and we're going to have a great season next fall." Davis, 55, said he wasn't aware he had a growth when he saw his dentist late last month in Cleveland for a routine cleaning.
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March 4, 2007 | Rona Marech, The Baltimore Sun
Danny Lloyd was hit by a rocket and a mortar round while serving in Vietnam, and to this day, he can't go through an airport metal detector because of the shrapnel lodged in his body. Still struggling with his Vietnam demons in 1984, Lloyd got into a bar fight, during which he was stabbed in the chest. Police later accused him of assaulting several patrons, attempting to kill one man with a knife and shooting at another. He eventually served time after pleading guilty to some of the charges.
SPORTS
March 31, 2007 | Larry Stewart, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Novak Djokovic ran 12th-seeded Andy Murray off the court Friday in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla. The 10th-seeded Djokovic kept Murray scrambling after drop shots, swept the final 11 games and won, 6-1, 6-0. The 19-year-old Djokovic won at least 10 points with the tactic, repeatedly drawing Murray out of position and then hitting into an open court for a winner.
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March 3, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter and Kevin Sack, Times Staff Writers
Hundreds of students and residents of this small northwestern Ohio town crammed into the Bluffton University gymnasium Friday night, grieving for four members of the school's baseball team who were killed in a horrific bus crash in Atlanta. At times, as the crowd sat surrounded by the small Mennonite college's sports championship banners, the only sounds were muffled sobs. "This is a time to mourn and a time to pray," assistant campus pastor Sarah Straks said.
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