Last mission to repair the Hubble telescope Hubble space telescope discoveries have enriched our understanding of the cosmos. In this special report, you will see facts about the Hubble space telescope, discoveries it has made and what the last mission's goals are.
For their own good
Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Ridgewood 42, Mitchell 13
Arron Jackson, always thinking of his older brother, helps lead Ridgewood in a rout.
By DAVID MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Published October 13, 2007
Ridgewood's Adrian Golden (23) took over the Rams running game during the fourth quarter of the Mitchell at Ridgewood football game.
[Lance Aram Rothstein | The Times]
NEW PORT RICHEY - It is on nights like these that Arron Jackson feels him most: warm nights with a purple sky, a soft breeze and a setting sun casting autumn's glow over the tops of trees.
There are those who believe we can't take this life with us, but Jackson isn't one of them, and so, on nights like these, he gazes upward, raises his arm and beckons to a brother who left too soon.
"He taught me everything I know," the Ridgewood linebacker said. "After I get a sack, if he don't see me, I look up."
Jackson got three of them Friday, sparking Ridgewood to a 42-13 win over Mitchell. The Rams rolled to their eighth straight victory, racking up more than 300 rushing yards and frustrating Mustang quarterback Tate Humphrey with constant pressure.
Afterward, Ridgewood coach Chris Taylor told his players to stay out of trouble, keep their eyes forward and concentrate on a playoff berth just a few wins away.
For one linebacker, though, that focus will always be elsewhere.
It took just 10 days for the infection to spread through Andre Jackson's body. It started in his mouth, spread to his heart, and to his brain, and God knows what else. He was 24 years old.
One week in January, Arron had a happy, healthy older brother. The next, he had a funeral.
For someone like Arron Jackson, it could have marked the end.
Jackson was kicked off the team his sophomore season because of his attitude. He missed last season with a knee injury. In circumstances such as these, could you have faulted a 17-year-old if he'd thrown up his hands and said, "To hell with it all?"
But Jackson wouldn't have it.
He started his senior year on an unprecedented pace: seven sacks in five games, 60-plus tackles, game film that belied his 6-foot, 195-pound frame.
"He's come a long way," Taylor said. "He's become a leader."
Jackson added three more sacks Friday. Under his jersey, he wore a white T-shirt featuring a smiling face and the words, "In the memory of Dre." With every tackle, he pointed upward. And for at least one night, it all seemed right.