Oscar Pistorius, seen here winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, faces charges that he murdered his girlfriend. Pistorius also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Oscar Pistorius, seen here at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, made history as the first double leg amputee to race in the Summer Olympics. He now faces charges that he murdered his girlfriend.
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Lance Armstrong has confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, reversing more than a decade of denial. He has been stripped of his record seven Tour titles.
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The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez has admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs when he played for the Texas Rangers in 2001. Here, he takes a practice swing during a 2007 game.
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After Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was named the National League MVP in 2011, he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. His 50-game suspension was eventually overturned on appeal.
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The Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace (center), formerly known as Ron Artest, has been suspended 12 times for displays of violence during his career. Here, he is fouled during a recent game against the Phoenix Suns.
These have certainly been dispiriting times for those who admire athletes, who proclaim that sports build character. The horrendous shooting by Oscar Pistorius is of course, in a category mercifully unapproached since the O.J. Simpson case, but the Whole Earth Catalog of recent examples of athletic character-building is certainly noteworthy.
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:24 pm
The movie Lincoln inspired a Mississippi citizen to push the state to correct a clerical error that kept the state from officially ratifying the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
NPR's Debbie Elliott sent this report to our Newscast unit:
"In 1865, Mississippi was among the states that rejected the 13th amendment. But in 1995 lawmakers voted to change that. Problem was the state never sent official word to the U.S. archivist, so the ratification was never recorded.
Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:48 pm
Barely three years after the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling, which liberated corporations to spend freely in elections, the justices say they'll take up another campaign finance case — this time aiming at one of the limits on the "hard money" that goes directly to candidates and party committees.