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February 25, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE MURDER case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer, said Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
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February 16, 2013 | By Jon Gambrell and Gerald Imray, Associated Press
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend at his home, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer's Olympics. Pistorius buried his face in the hood of his workout jacket as officers escorted him from a police station after his arrest in the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a model who had spoken out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women.
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February 18, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
He had a chance to be Jackie Robinson. Now Oscar Pistorius is going to wind up being O.J. Simpson. This man, capable of lifting the hearts of millions, is charged with the most heinous and cowardly of crimes, murdering his girlfriend with a gun on Valentine's Day. It will be up to a judge in South Africa to determine whether Pistorius is guilty of killing with premeditation. It is a terrible story, one to buckle the knees of anyone who was moved or inspired by Pistorius' 400-meter dash to posterity in the London Olympics.
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February 25, 2013 | By Raf Casert, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG - The brother of Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing a "culpable homicide" charge for a 2008 road death, compounding problems for the family after the double-amputee runner was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for an accident "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said Sunday. The charge will be challenged in court, he told the Associated Press.
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September 4, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Oscar Pistorius apologized Monday for the timing of his complaints about a rival's blades following his defeat in the Paralympic 200-meter final, but insisted that officials need to change the rules to prevent some runners from getting an unfair advantage. The so-called "Blade Runner" was surging to a third straight 200-meter gold Sunday night when he was overtaken close to the finish by Alan Oliveira, who is also a double amputee. Pistorius then criticized Oliveira within minutes of the upset, claiming the Brazilian used longer carbon fiber prosthesis than should be allowed.
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February 19, 2013 | By Gerald Imray and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend wants answers, her mother told a Johannesburg newspaper, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model. June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, told the Times in a front-page interview published Monday: "Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?" "Just like that she is gone," the newspaper quoted her as saying in what it described as an emotional telephone interview.
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February 26, 2013 | By Christopher Torchia and Raf Casert, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius informed authorities Monday that he wanted to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "Absolutely not," said spokeswoman Janine Hills. "He is currently in mourning, and his focus is not on his sports.
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June 2, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
At least eight people suffocated at an overcrowded stadium during a soccer match between Liberia and Gambia yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia, a doctor and an aid worker said. The 33,000-seat Samuel K. Doe stadium in Monrovia was packed beyond capacity for the World Cup qualifying match. The rowdy crowd pushed up against a metal bar, causing the bar to snap and sending dozens of people careening onto the floor below. They fell onto others at the game, crushing them. "Spectators tried all sorts of means to save [them]
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August 14, 2012 | By Drew McQuade and Daily News Staff Writer
LINGERING Olympics questions: Is that why they call it BAD minton? Who else exclaimed, "Oh the humanity" after seeing Al Roker in a wrestling singlet? Why did Manteo Mitchell take it so literally when someone said "break a leg" before his 4x400 run? When did teenagers start drawing up bucket lists? Shouldn't Gabby be named Smiley? Why was Kim Kardashian's stepdad interviewing athletes? Is Ryan Seacrest a sportscaster now? How many Chevys did that Spandau Ballet reference sell?
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February 17, 2013 | By Gerald Imray, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG - Reeva Steenkamp's last wish for her family before she was shot dead at boyfriend Oscar Pistorius' home was for them to watch her in a reality TV show that went on the air in South Africa on Saturday night, two days after her killing. Sharon Steenkamp, Reeva's cousin, told the Associated Press that the model and law graduate was "proud of being in the show" and reminded them in their last conversation to make sure that they watched it. The South African Broadcasting Corp.
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October 17, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
OSCAR PISTORIUS must "pay for what he's done" and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said yesterday as testimonies wrapped up in South Africa. Kim Martin spoke on the fourth day of the sentencing portion of the double-amputee Olympian's trial. Following the testimony and final arguments, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on the punishment for Pistorius after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.
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July 2, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
OSCAR PISTORIUS was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted yesterday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. The conclusions by a panel of experts, read aloud by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, appeared to remove the possibility that the double-amputee runner could be declared not guilty because of a mental disorder, which would result in his being committed to a mental institution.
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March 12, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
OSCAR PISTORIUS vomited in the dock and retched repeatedly and loudly at his murder trial yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa, as he heard graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he shot, including a head wound that was probably instantly fatal according to the pathologist who performed her autopsy. Reeva Steenkamp was shot with bullets designed to expand on impact and cause maximum damage, Prof. Gert Saayman testified after he identified the type of bullet from fragments in Steenkamp's skull.
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August 15, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE FATE of a plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome, an iconic stadium that has fallen into disrepair since it was shuttered 4 years ago, will be in the hands of voters this fall. Harris County commissioners yesterday approved placing a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot that will ask voters to authorize up to $217 million in bonds to pay for a plan to turn the stadium into a giant convention center and exhibition space. "We have to give it to the voters," County Judge Ed Emmett said.
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March 12, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
INVESTIGATORS IN North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports-agent laws by sending cash payments to former Tar Heels football players. In search warrants unsealed Monday, investigators with the Secretary of State's office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000 cash in 2010 to Marvin Austin, who was dismissed from the team that year for receiving improper benefits. They also say Watson had contact with players before registering with the state.
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March 8, 2013 | By Christopher Torchia, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG - The former lead detective in South Africa's investigation of the murder case against Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has resigned from the police force, police said Thursday. The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius' shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, as well as the revelation that he faced attempted murder charges for a 2011 case in which he fired at a vehicle. The police force as a whole came under scrutiny for the initial decision to assign Botha, a relatively junior officer, to a high-profile case involving an international celebrity.
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February 28, 2013
Missing couple are safe in Peru LIMA, Peru - Peru's tourism minister said Wednesday that he spoke with a young California man who has been reported missing along with his girlfriend for more than a month and that the couple were navigating an Amazon tributary headed for Ecuador. Jose Luis Silva said that when he told Garrett Hand, 25, about all the commotion he and girlfriend Jamie Neal caused by failing to notify relatives of their whereabouts, Hand was surprised and laughed, saying that everything in Peru was "fantastic.
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February 26, 2013 | By Christopher Torchia and Raf Casert, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius informed authorities Monday that he wanted to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "Absolutely not," said spokeswoman Janine Hills. "He is currently in mourning, and his focus is not on his sports.
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February 26, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
O SCAR PISTORIUS on Monday informed South African authorities that he wants to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said. A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee Paralympian discussed bail terms with his probation officer and a correctional official at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the capital, according to correctional officials.
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February 25, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE MURDER case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident. Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer, said Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg, South Africa.
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