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TODAY's Takeaway: Brad Pitt, Boston Marathon victims, sheriff on a mission

Oct. 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM ET

Boston Marathon victim Celeste Corcoran, actor Brad Pitt and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
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TODAY's highlights: Boston Marathon victim Celeste Corcoran, actor Brad Pitt and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

1. Was it a fair punishment? The suspension of a star high school volleyball player in Massachusetts for what she says was simply helping a friend by serving as a designated driver has sparked an outcry on social media.

Now, the family of Erin Cox, 17, is considering a lawsuit against the school. 

Video: In an interview with the Boston Herald, the mother of Erin Cox spoke out in defense of her daughter, who was punished by her school for driving home a drunk friend who needed a lift from a party. She says the school may be sending the wrong message to teens. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

2. Did one mom go a little too far? Professional fitness trainer Maria Kang is being attacked for a photo of her posing in revealing workout clothes with her three sons in hopes of motivating other parents to make time to be healthy.

"I'm not saying what she did is right or wrong," said Kathie Lee. "I'm saying the reason people immediately have that type of response is because it's got a grain of truth to what she's saying. How many of us make excuses for lots of bad behavior, and yet we're offended when someone says 'why not?'"

Video: Mother of three and professional fitness trainer Maria Kang is being attacked for a photo of her posing in revealing workout clothes with her three sons in hopes of motivating other parents to make time to be healthy. The photo of the 32-year-old mom has gone viral.

3. A real inspiration: Six months after the Boston Marathon bombing, daughter and mom Sydney and Celeste Corcoran are working together to recover from the injuries they sustained in the attack.

Video: Six months after the Boston Marathon bombing, daughter and mom Sydney and Celeste Corcoran are working together to recover from the injuries they sustained in the attack. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports

4. After investigating the suicide of a 12-year-old girl for nearly a month, a Florida sheriff was so outraged by a remorseless Facebook post on Saturday that he arrested a pair of teenage girls in connection with the case.

“That was a post she put on Facebook, and that post said, ‘I know Rebecca is dead, and I don’t care,’" said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "The words were much more graphic than that, or the letters were. So we looked at that and said, ‘She doesn’t get this at all.'''

Video: After the suicide of at 12-year-old girl who was bullied at school and then cyberbullied after changing schools, the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd arrested one of the suspected bullies. He tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that he won’t allow the teen to bully anyone else.

5. Someone certainly isn’t looking their age. Brad Pitt, soon turning 50, talked to Ann Curry about the milestone birthday and his new acclaimed film, “Twelve Years a Slave.”

"I have no complaints," Pitt said about his upcoming big day. "We'll see when I get a little (closer). I'm busy right now, so I haven't thought about it."

Video: The iconic actor sat down with NBC News’ Ann Curry to talk about his small role as an abolitionist in the new movie “12 Years a Slave” and share his thoughts on his upcoming 50th birthday.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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