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  • Anderson (Jacqueline Rocamora)

    A 22-year-old violinist who was shot in the arm and head during last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., is expected make a full recovery, doctors say, in part because of a brain condition she didn't know she had.

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    Petra Anderson sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including a bullet that entered her brain through her nose. But miraculously the bullet "traveled through Petra's brain without hitting any significant brain areas," Brad Strait, a senior pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo.—Anderson's church—wrote in a blog post after spending a day with her in the ICU:

    The doctor explains that Petra's brain has had from birth a small "defect" in it. It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull, like a tiny vein through marble, or a small hole in an oak board, winding from front to rear. Only a CAT scan would catch it, and Petra would have never noticed it.

    But in Petra's case, the shotgun buck shot, maybe even the size used for deer hunting, enters her brain from the exact point of this defect. Like a marble through a small tube, the defect channels the bullet from Petra's nose through her brain. It turns slightly several times, and comes to rest at the rear of her brain. And in the process, the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain. In many ways, it almost misses the brain itself. Like a giant BB though a straw created in Petra's brain before she was born, it follows the route of the defect. It is channeled in the least harmful way. A millimeter in any direction and the channel is missed. The brain is destroyed. Evil wins a round.

    Anderson has been removed from the ICU, Strait said on Wednesday, and her condition continues to improve.

    "There is much ahead," he wrote. "More surgeries. Facial reconstruction, perhaps."

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  • Tell Yahoo News: Is your mortgage under water?

    DeAun Tollefson holds the notice of trustee sale, outside her home in Sacramento, Calif. California. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

    Are you a homeowner whose home is now worth less than what you owe on your mortgage? We want to hear your story. Please send a photograph of yourself in front of your home holding a sign with:

    • how much your home was worth when you bought it
    • its current value

    Let us know where you live, when you purchased your home, the number of members in your household and how your mortgage has affected your life. What decisions have you made as a result of your purchasing and paying for your home? You can submit your photo to our Tumblr or send it to us in an email.

    We'll publish a selection of reader stories and images in the coming week.

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  • Ghawi (Jessica Redfield Journalism Scholarship Fund)

    A journalism scholarship fund set up by the family of Jessica Ghawi, one of the 12 people killed in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting during a screening of "Dark Knight Rises," has reached its goal of $20,000--a day after a campaign seeking donations was launched.

    The Jessica Redfield Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund "will be seed money for the scholarship to help send another upcoming young sports talent to study journalism," according to a website for the campaign. "Help us creates futures from such a tragedy." The campaign has received more than $24,000 in donations from more than 200 contributors so far.

    [COMPLETE COVERAGE: Colorado theater shooting]

    Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster and native Texan, moved to Colorado a year ago to pursue a career in sports journalism. The 24-year-old hockey blogger, who wrote under the name Jessica Redfield, was one of the first victims publicly identified in the massacre. She was present during last month's shooting at a Toronto mall—and blogged about the experience.

    "She wanted to be on the media," Jessica's brother Jordan Ghawi told CNN on Monday. "She wanted to be doing these reports—and she is, just not in the way she would have liked it. So it is ... really hard."

    Jessica will be cremated in Colorado and flown on Wednesday to Texas, Jordan said, where a memorial service is planned for Saturday morning in San Antonio.

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