Michelle Obama Is Itching to Leave the White House in New College Humor Video for Education


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Chris Harrison stars as the host of the “easiest game show in the world” called We Will Give You Free Money for College….

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Suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon entering rehab


CLEVELAND (AP) — Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says he’s entering a rehab facility to “gain full control of my life.”

Gordon is serving a four-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

He was eligible to return next week, but the troubled 25-year-old released a statement on Thursday saying he decided to “step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility.”

The former Pro Bowler has only been able to attend meetings with the Browns during his latest suspension.

He was banned by the league for all of last season. The Browns had been encouraged by the progress he seemed to be making.

Gordon thanked the league, his teammates and agent for their support “through this extremely challenging process.”

Gordon has been suspended for 30 of Cleveland’s past 35 games.

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What Is POTS and Why Haven't More People Heard of It?


One summer morning in 2009, Michael Blaney woke up in a new body. At least, that’s how it felt. The rising college senior had gone to bed a long-distance runner who was healthy outside of frequent migraines and awoke a disoriented, exhausted young man who felt nauseous after just 15 minutes at the gym. “That was the day everything changed in my life,” recalls Blaney, now a 28-year-old graphic designer in Chicago.

It took more than three years, countless visits to medical specialists, five ineffective medications and one year off school before Blaney learned the name of his condition: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. “It was basically the first time [I’d heard of it,]” he says.

Many people still haven’t. The reasons are understandable: The chronic condition – in which the autonomic nervous system sends faulty signals to blood vessels, causing them to transport blood to the wrong places at the wrong times – manifests for unknown reasons and differently in everyone, and is readily misdiagnosed as anxiety or exhaustion. “One of the problems is that it’s a bit nebulous,” says Dr. Satish Raj, associate professor of cardiac sciences at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he studies POTS and treats people with the condition.

The hallmark feature, however, is a sharp rise in heart rate upon standing, which causes people with POTS to often feel dizzy, faint, disoriented and nauseous when they get up. “It really isn’t a big task in healthy people to stand up, but in people with POTS, these mechanisms are not functioning appropriately,” explains Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she directs the Dysautonomia Clinic.

But describing the condition, which largely affects adolescent girls and premenopausal women, as nothing more than difficulty standing up diminishes its often debilitating impact on all areas of patients’ lives – from their sleep habits and digestion to their careers and relationships, clinicians and patients say. For Blaney, chores like groceries and the laundry are too exhausting to schedule on the same day, and an office job requiring commuting is out of the question. “I don’t think there’s a moment in my life that’s not affected by it,” he says.

By the time Blaney learned he had POTS, he had seen two general practitioners, two ophthalmologists, two migraine specialists, one headache expert, one internal medicine physician, two gastroenterologists, two psychiatrists and one alternative medicine doctor. Such a long and winding road to an accurate diagnosis is typical. In fact, one survey of more than 3,000 patients with POTS found that, on average, people saw seven doctors and waited more than four years before hearing the term applied to them, and nearly one-quarter saw 10 physicians or more. “You don’t have to talk long before people will complain or express frustration that their doctor doesn’t know anything about this,” says Raj, the medical director of the Calgary Autonomic Investigation & Management Clinic who led the survey along with colleagues at the University of Calgary’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute, Vanderbilt University’s Autonomic Dysfunction Center and Dysautonomia International, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of and research for autonomic disorders.

But their doctors aren’t necessarily to blame. Since POTS is fundamentally a problem of the autonomic nervous system – which controls involuntary functions such as breathing, heart rate and digestion – its symptoms can manifest in many body parts while physical exams of each part don’t raise flags. “Each piece of their body looks fine and can work fine, but the body has lost the ability to work together fluidly,” explains Dr. Philip Fischer, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he studies and treats children and young adults with POTS.

Many of the physicians who work with POTS patients – Fischer included – never intended to specialize in the condition but rather came to it after seeing enough patients with similar features but no explanation. Patients, on the other hand, end up bouncing between specialists such as cardiologists for fainting spells, neurologists for migraines and mental health professionals for what seem like panic attacks. Meanwhile, primary care doctors and emergency room physicians often find nothing to worry about. “It’s like passing a hot potato,” says Kelly Tucker, executive director of the Dysautonomia Information Network, an organization that aggregates resources on conditions of the autonomic nervous system, including POTS.

And once patients do land a correct diagnosis – typically determined by a “tilt table test” that measures the change in heart rate and blood pressure as patients go from lying down to upright – it’s not uncommon for them to wait a year to see a physician well-versed in POTS. “Once you get the diagnosis, it’s almost a relief because some of them have battled for so long,” says Tucker, whose 13-year-old daughter has POTS. Only then, she adds, they “find out they have a new battle to get care.” (Her organization aims to make the process easier by maintaining a list of physicians who see patients with the condition.)

The cause of POTS is no more straightforward than its diagnosis. While there seem to be hormonal, genetic and potentially autoimmune components, “in most individual patients, we can’t point and say, ‘This is what caused it in you,'” Raj says. Doctors can, however, see patterns among their patients with POTS. Many meet diagnostic criteria for other conditions including migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of people with POTS are highly flexible, too, perhaps an outer reflection of what’s going on with their blood vessels, which have trouble tightening, Fischer theorizes.

There are also similarities in how and when POTS onsets. Most adolescents Fischer sees, for instance, are high-achieving, healthy teens who get hit with some other condition – be it mono or a concussion – and then never get better. Among adults, the condition is often similarly triggered, albeit more likely by something like pregnancy or the flu. “It’s that perfect storm of a bunch of things that make it more likely that people get tipped into this,” Fischer says.

There is some good news about POTS: Although it’s a chronic condition and doesn’t seem to be curable, it can be managed with treatment. “I have patients who are on disability, and I have other patients who are doctors, lawyers, teachers … people that lead very productive lives,” Raj says. “There’s a spectrum, and people do get better with treatment.” For pediatric patients, the future appears even brighter, Fischer says. “Most of them do a lot better in life with care [and] then end up outgrowing it completely,” he says.

While treatment regimens vary widely, almost everyone with POTS is encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and add more salt to their diets to increase blood volume and pressure. Exercise is “vitally important” too, since it seems to help train the blood vessels to pump correctly again, Fischer says. While patients who are faring well report that exercise was one of the most helpful remedies, Fischer says, physical activity can feel especially daunting to people with POTS. “If you can only do five minutes of yoga, you do five minutes of yoga,” Blaney’s learned.

Medications can help, too, although there are no drugs specifically approved to treat POTS; all are used off-label to treat the condition’s symptoms. Tucker’s daughter, for instance, is taking one drug to prevent migraines, one to prevent nausea, one to increase blood pressure and one to decrease heart rate. “You’re adding one to fight the other and for some people, none of them work,” she says. The long-term goal, Raj says, is to identify various subtypes of POTS to better target treatments. “There’s obviously a lot we don’t know and we’re still trying to understand,” he says.

There’s one factor, however, that’s clearly key for everyone with POTS: support. Achieving it, though, can be difficult since many people – physicians included – have never heard of POTS and those with the condition. “It’s an invisible illness,” Blaney says. “You could be surrounded by people with POTS and you would have no idea.” Young and middle-aged women with the condition – the majority of patients – are particularly at risk for getting dismissed since their problems are often blamed on PMS, anxiety or new mom fatigue, Blitshteyn says. “It doesn’t do any service to anyone if we dismiss them as anxious women or [say,] ‘It’s all in your head,'” she says.

For Blaney, who recently started taking a drug that helps by affecting nerve impulses to muscles, patience has been a vital coping mechanism. It’s taken his parents, for example, years to remember they should drop him off at a restaurant before finding parking, and it’s even taken him “a lot of time” to adjust to his new self. While he can no longer go for a long run along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive or spend an afternoon shooting hoops with his brother, for instance, Blaney’s learned to embrace other outlets for stress like meditation and listening to music. Not being the same as he once was, he says, “is not going to be the reason why I’m unhappy.”

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Details From Marlins Pitcher José Fernández's Heartbreaking Funeral


The day has come for the world to pay its final respects to the late Marlins pitcher, José Fernández

Fernández’s fans gathered outside of the baseball park in Miami where they would usually celebrate “José day” at the games that he pitched. Evidently, the tone was a different one now, but people’s love for the baseball player was more present than ever. 

Fernández’s teammates, wearing white “RIP” shirt, surrounded the hearse and walked it out of the park for the very last time. 

The hearse then arrived at La Ermita de la Caridad in Coconut Grove, Florida, to receive a blessing from Rev. Juan Rumin Domínguez. We then saw the gut-wrenching moment that the mother, Maritza, and grandmother, Olga, gave the casket a heartbreaking kiss as they wept. All the while, we heard a violin playing “Ave Maria” in the background. 

This church is a very special place for the Cuban-exile community, a place of solace for decades. 

The hearse then proceeded to St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Westchester, Florida. The family graciously granted fans the opportunity to attend a public viewing for Fernández that lasted several hours. 

Fernández died early Sunday morning when his 32-foot fishing boat struck a jetty along Government Cut and Fisher Island in Miami Beach. We later learned that the two other victims who died onboard the tragic boat ride were his friends Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25. 

The family is asking for donations to be made to the Miami Foundation, instead of flowers.


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Marlins escort hearse carrying Jose Fernandez in somber memorial


They came early in ubers and cabs. They caught rides to Marlins Park in twos and threes.

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How Can Parents and Providers Work Together to Advocate for Children With Disabilities?


You click through pages of Google searches, memorize the hold music of countless offices, stack a pile of handbooks and health pamphlets – and then what? Your child has a diagnosis of a developmental disability, and you stand with this information unsure of what comes next. Navigating the complex mazes that are the health and education systems is not straightforward.

The phrase “advocacy” gets thrown around a lot and often weighs heavily upon parents’ shoulders. The reality is that part of effective advocacy comes from collaboration between various people who are all critical in the child’s life, but what exactly does that look like?

At the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center in Bronx, New York, a group of social workers and speech-language pathologists have been asking this question. We, along with licensed medical social worker Diana Rodriguez and speech language pathologist Alexandra Nussbaum, came together to find a way to support families within this complicated and often inefficient system. In addition to the everyday issues and advocacy concerns voiced, we noticed a therapeutic gap – clearly demarcated roles of “parent” and “clinician” that did not allow for truly active collaboration. Sadly, we also heard echoes of the isolation felt by our families beneath the stress. So, in 2012 we created the CERC Parent Workshop to bridge these silos and foster a team culture to better support the kids and their families.

The workshop is a full-day event that focuses on subjects brought to our attention by parents and the realities of their everyday lives. These conversations drive the format and content, which are adjusted each year to be relevant to the changing needs of the community. Sessions are led by providers such as speech therapists, social workers, psychologists and developmental pediatricians, and they provide current and practical information to equip parents with the tools needed to navigate, advocate and approach daily challenges related to having a child with a developmental disability. Topics vary from general diagnostic information, to accessing services (like making sense of Individual Education Plans) to family issues (for example, sibling support) to information about therapeutic services/interventions (like behavior modification). Additionally, parents have the opportunity to lead sessions and meet with clinicians of all disciplines to ask individualized questions.

Through the process of creating the CERC Parent Workshop, a more active collaboration has begun to emerge between clinicians and parents at our clinic. From this joint effort, four key themes have emerged as critical approaches to being an effective advocate:

In search for solutions, parents become so wholly focused on that singular question: Who is the expert? Is it the doctor? Social worker? Therapist? For clinicians, policy makers and other professionals, developmental disabilities is their area of expertise, but parents are experts too. Parents know their child’s everyday needs, motivations and anxieties – they are the experts on their own child. This may seem obvious, but it is a reality that is often minimized. When faced with an issue related to a child’s disability, parents seek out a professional because they are the “certified expert,” but professional knowledge and experience only go so far. Professionals rely on parents’ input to fill in the blanks – using the nuances only they know about their child to maximize success across all areas of their life. Combining the professionals’ and parents’ expertise paves the way for a personalized approach in a system that often resorts to a one-size-fits-all model.

Being present allows parents to better educate themselves and others on their child’s needs. So what does being present mean? Many parents are already doing this. Going to their child’s school gives the parent a sense of the routines, general structure and flow of the day. Once again, parents know their child best, and having a sense of the actual space puts them in a better position to tailor it to be the most supportive environment for their son or daughter. Knowing the environment also helps parents process the information being relayed by the teacher or therapist, which in turn allows for active collaboration and problem solving. This also optimizes the potential for carryover of skills across all settings. By being physically available in those instances, the parent will have immediate access to the professional – having the opportunity to talk opens up opportunities for change.

Let’s take a moment to look at this from the perspective of the professional. For them, parents’ questions are both an opportunity to learn more about the child, as well as a window into the parents’ understanding and point of view. These active dialogues help form and inform parents’ support teams – clinicians can help get answers, direct them to the appropriate resources and assist in advocating for their child’s rights and needs.

But how do parents know what to ask? The answer is simple: Ask anything. Questions start conversations. By talking to others, parents are able to decipher and use the jargon that comes with discussing disabilities. Every year, one of the most popular sessions at the CERC Parent Workshop is Navigating the School System – with conversation often focused on Individual Education Plan meetings. This session came to be because of the questions parents asked; in turn, the information they received helped them understand the necessary steps (and questions) needed to get their child services at school. Knowing these terms can help open doors and prepares parents to actively participate in meetings, appointments and therapies, without feeling overwhelmed by all the terminologies and catch phrases. Asking questions and getting answers gives muscle to a parent’s voice.

It Takes Two … Four… Or More?

There is power in numbers, or so they say. But why, and what does that look like? At the CERC Parent Workshop, many parents voiced a sense of isolation – of having a “different” child and feeling “different” within their communities. By connecting with others and sharing similar experiences, that parent’s singular narrative becomes a part of a collective voice that empowers and amplifies influence. In doing this, parents are also building both a social and practical network of support where information and knowledge is exchanged. This has been one of the most meaningful outcomes of the workshop – seeing a group of parents who entered the first workshop as strangers now sit supportively together as a group and as friends. Numbers also affect change. From the point of view of the policy makers, administrators and clinicians, a collective voice brings patterns and issues to the surface. For example, by creating a PTA specifically within the special education program, parents would be in a better position to advocate for the specific needs of their children and bring collective concerns to light.

Collaboration is a catch-all term that is sometimes hard to define, as is advocacy. Defining both is an ongoing challenge that has to be individualized to you, the parent, and your family’s needs. The same applies for professionals. However the ideas mentioned above, the very same principles that underpin the CERC Parent Workshop, are a place to start: Recognize expertise, be present, ask questions and create supportive networks.

So as you click through Google search pages and hum along to the familiar hold music of yet another office, remember the basics and that advocacy might begin with you but culminates in an “us.”

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The Girl on the Train: Luke Evans Gets Naked, Sings Show Tunes for Sex Scenes


Singing show tunes always lightens the mood, doesn’t it?

Just ask Luke Evans and Haley Bennett—the two belted out Broadway songs when they shot their steamy naked sex scenes in The Girl on the Train.

“When we were having sex, we were drunk—boy and girl drunk,” Evans told me while promoting the new thriller. “I thought we should have a little drink just to take the edge off.”

No, they weren’t completely smashed! Evans said they just sipped on some Bourbon and Cokes.

“We were tipsy,” Evans said. “We were show-tunes-singing-drunk while having fake sex. We sang Lion King.”

Bennett did remember the singing, but her memories are a bit different.

“It wasn’t the Lion King!” she said. “He has a false recollection. It was his own movie. It was Beauty and the Beast. We were singing, ‘I’m going to marry Belle.'” (Evans stars as Gaston in the upcoming live action adaptation of the hit Disney musical.)

Whatever they sang, the scenes were still pretty naughty.

“It’s not easy,” Evans admitted. “It’s not a comfortable situation, but it also depends on the other person. Haley’s a true professional. She threw herself into it, as did I. We knew what he had to do. It’s not a big deal and it is what it is and by the time we had to do it for a third time with a different setting, that was the steamiest one in the shower, you just get on with it. You suck it up.”

Bennett explained, “You do talk with your scene partner and you’re like, ‘OK, you’re going to cover me here and my nudity rider says this…’ It’s very technical and boring.”

You can check out The Girl on the Train when it hits theaters on Oct. 7.

(E! Online and Universal Pictures are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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Mighty Quinn: September 28


We have a new MQFC President, and he’s a Professor! Finally, a little class in the fan club.

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Next, Best Hospitals for Childbirth

U.S. News has a long record of reporting on hospital quality – today we released our 27th annual Best Hospitals rankings – but childbirth-related data has been absent from our public reporting. We want to fill that gap. Having a baby accounts for approximately one in 10 hospital admissions. For healthy young adults, my younger self included, the birth of a child is often the occasion of their first encounter with inpatient care.

Fortunately, other organizations have made important progress in reporting hospital-level quality measures related to childbirth. Our goal is to reinforce their work, not undermine it. The public pays attention to our healthcare evaluations; more than 100,000 users a day visit our online hospital and doctor profiles. So we believe we can boost awareness and use of currently available data on childbirth. That should encourage hospitals and other health care organizations to embrace greater data transparency, which ultimately will give patients more information to work with.

Measures of interest. Two measures in particular are recurring motifs among current public reporting on labor and delivery: early elective delivery (EED) and C-section rates. Evidence indicates that neither intervention is benign, and they often occur in the absence of a clear medical rationale. EED involves nonemergency C-section or induction of labor in the absence of a medical indication before a pregnancy has reached 39 weeks. Infants born via EED face higher risks of problems such as jaundice, infections and respiratory problems than those born at or after 39 weeks.

A C-section can be lifesaving when a mother or baby is in danger, but it is surgery and not risk-free. In addition to possible harm to the mother and longer and costlier average hospital stay, infants born by C-section are more likely to experience breathing problems. C-sections are also associated with higher risks during subsequent pregnancies of uterine rupture and problems with the placenta’s growth.

Certain pregnancies are more likely to require a C-section, so the Leapfrog Group, the Joint Commission and certain states and other organizations that track C-section rates take patient factors into account. The so-called NTSV C-section measure, endorsed by a national panel of quality experts, counts only first births (not subsequent pregnancies) and excludes pregnancies that have not reached the 37th week (term), involve twins or other multiples, or involve a breech presentation.

Rate of episiotomy, a cut made to prevent vaginal tearing during delivery, is a third measure that could be suggestive of a hospital’s ability to meet present-day standards. Episiotomy was once a common practice among obstetricians but fell out of favor after researchers called its routine use into question. Most hospitals now perform episiotomy rarely and quite selectively, but recent data suggest that some are notable exceptions.

Filling in blanks. Since many hospitals haven’t reported NTSV C-section or episiotomy rates to organizations that make the information public, I set out to fill in some blanks. (CMS typically requires hospitals that offer obstetrical care to report EED rates, which are available on its Hospital Compare website.)

Specifically, I asked 24 hospitals, which Consumer Reports recently identified as having high-volume obstetrical service lines and having not voluntarily reported a C-section rate to the Leapfrog Group, to provide me with data on the two measures for a recent period, such as the Joint Commission’s latest 12-month reporting period. The hospitals were given a date by which to report.

Of the 24 hospitals, at least 20 have since reported an NTSV C-section rate – 19 of them in response to my request. The hospitals’ self-reported rates are shown in the table below.

Five hospitals declined to release C-section rates by my deadline. They were Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell and affiliated New York Methodist Hospital, both located in New York City, Northside Hospital in Atlanta, and Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. After initial publication of this column, Yale-New Haven Hospital provided its NTSV C-section and episiotomy rates, which are now shown below. A sixth hospital, Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, declined to provide its rate to me but voluntarily supplied it to Leapfrog, which published it last week in the course of a periodic update of its website.

C-section rate (%)
Episiotomy rate (%)

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Va.

Did not report

North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.


St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

Did not report

Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati


Maimonides Medical Center, New York, N.Y.


Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Did not report

Tampa General Hospital, Fla.


Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.


Huntsville Hospital, Ala.


Memorial Hermann Northwest Complex, Houston

Did not report

Mount Sinai West (St. Luke’s-Roosevelt), New York

Did not report

Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Md.


Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh


NYU Langone Medical Center, New York

Did not report

Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas**

Did not report

Harris County Hospital District, Houston


Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge


Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, Mich.


Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio


Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis

Did not report
Did not report

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York

Did not report
Did not report

New York Methodist Hospital, New York

Did not report
Did not report

Northside Hospital, Atlanta

Did not report
Did not report

Yale-New Haven Hospital, Conn.



*Reported by the Leapfrog Group
**Had significantly fewer than 5,000 births in most recent year; other hospitals in this table had at least 5,000 births

As noted, several hospitals did not provide their episiotomy rate and indicated they currently don’t track it. They may have valid reasons. Tracking any quality measure requires time and resources that could be devoted to other quality-improvement activities. For hospitals that have consistently achieved low rates of episiotomy in the past, continuing to track the measure might have no benefit. U.S. News will attempt to take such nuances into account in devising a methodology for childbirth ratings.

Readers of this column will want to know more about how U.S. News plans to evaluate hospitals for childbirth. First, our work, as always, will prioritize patients’ needs over those of clinicians and hospitals. That’s because our mission is to provide consumers with decision support. Second, we aim to publish ratings, but not numerical rankings. No hospital will be the nation’s No. 1 in childbirth.

Beyond that, we don’t yet have firm plans. Statement of intent is a first step. As we pick our path forward, we’ll share key decisions in this column and other public venues. Along the way, we will seek input from patients, obstetricians, midwives, health systems and other public reporting organizations. The question guiding us will be this: What data-driven comparisons can U.S. News publish that will help expectant parents make more informed choices about where to bring their babies into this world?

Updated on Aug. 11, 2016:
After initial publication of this column, Yale-New Haven Hospital provided its NTSV C-section rate. The column has been updated accordingly.

Updated on Aug. 12, 2016:
Yale-New Haven Hospital subsequently provided its episiotomy rate. This column has been updated accordingly.

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Bobby Brown Won't Get ''Closure'' Until Nick Gordon Is ''Criminally Charged'' for Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death


Nick Gordon was found legally responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown earlier this month, but Bobby Brown isn’t satisfied just yet.

The 47-year-old singer sat down with Pastor T.D. Jakes (in an interview that will air on Wednesday) and admitted he won’t feel any type of closure until Gordon is criminally charged.

“I know some things that happened to my daughter. I don’t know the specifics of what happened, but as the judge has said, he is legally responsible,” Brown explained. “I know some things that happened to my daughter, but it’s up to the D.A. now to do his job.”

He continued, “The D.A. still hasn’t taken out criminal charges on Nick Gordon, and that’s what I’m waiting for him to do. That’s when I think I will get some closure.”

Still, Bobby is able to find at least a little bit of peace. “Just knowing that he’s legally responsible for my daughter’s death has given me a bit of calmness to waiting for the D.A.,” he said. “There’s a lot of strange things that will come out in the criminal charges against Nick.”

For example, Bobby explained, “My daughter was afraid of tubs because of what happened to her mom. So I know she wouldn’t have gotten in the tub. I mean, it’s crazy because the tub wasn’t even full of water. It had a dustpan in it, in the bottom of the tub.”

Bobby is referencing the day Bobbi Kristina was found face down and unconscious in a bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015. She went into a coma for nearly 6 months before she passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 22.

Bobbi Kristina’s estate filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon in August 2015, claiming a violent altercation between the late daughter of Whitney Houston and Gordon led to the incident in the bathtub.

On Sept. 16, Gordon failed to appear in court for the lawsuit, which is when a judge found him legally responsible for her death.

Following the judge’s ruling, Bobby released a statement to E! News saying, “I am pleased with the outcome of today’s court proceedings. All I ever wanted was answers relating to who and what caused my daughter’s death. Today’s judgment tells me it was Nick Gordon. Now I need to process all the emotions I have and lean on God to get me and my family through this.”

Though Gordon’s attorneys didn’t release a statement following the ruling, they have long maintained their client’s innocence in the investigation. “The truth is Nick tried to save Bobbi Kristina’s life,” they said in a statement following the release of her autopsy results in March. “The truth is that Nick cooperated with law enforcement since day one. The truth is that no one loved Bobbi Kristina more than Nick and no one has suffered more as a result of her death than [sic] Nick.” 

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