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Cyberterrorists claim a victory

Hackers who the White House linked to North Korea have intimidated Sony Pictures into scrapping "The Interview," a comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Sony pulled the movie from theaters after theater chains balked, and has no plans to release it on DVD or video on demand.

In making an expedient business decision, the company’s actions undermine the most cherished tenet of American democracy: free speech.

The cyberterrorists sure won this one.

Protect your head, and your chest

Pioneering research by a Honolulu doctor should inspire players, coaches and parents to add chest protectors to the standard safety gear for youth sports where blows to the chest are most common.

Dr. Andras Bratincsak, a clinical professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and a pediatric cardiologist at Kapiolani Medical Center, found that a blunt injury to the chest can cause an abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause blood clots and strokes.

The finding applies to sports such as baseball and football, soccer, martial arts and other activities where blunt-chest trauma can occur.

The chest blow "doesn’t cause an immediate collapse on the field, but it can cause fatal consequences, including stroke, as long as four days afterward," said Bratincsak, whose research is being published in the journal Pediatrics.

Bottom line: Athletes should protect not only their heads, but also their chests.

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