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Picking Up Stompies: Weekend Edition 15/07/2013
Posted by on Jul 15th, 2013

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Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell have both failed drug tests. Gay is the second fastest 100m sprinter of all time and Powell is a former world record holder over 100m. They were notified on Friday that their drug tests came back positive for banned substances. [BBC]

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder. [NY Times]

Thousands across the US protest the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict as Justice Dept vows to restart hate crime inquiry [RT]

Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room. The 31 year old actor played Finn the the popular series Glee [Hollywood Reporter]

Convicted drug dealer and apartheid policeman Panganathan “Timmy” Marimuthu brought down disgraced tax boss Oupa Magashula after a series of dodgy meetings erupted into a jobs-for-pals scandal [News24]

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has offered a $300,000 reward to anyone who can unmask an anonymous whistleblower behind a string of leaks about corruption and plans to rig this month’s election. [National Post]

Asiana Airlines may sue an American TV station which aired fake and racially offensive names for four pilots on Flight 214 which crashed []

Former president Thabo Mbeki says he believes Nelson Mandela will be sent home soon to recuperate [iol]

Italian senator condemned for saying Italy’s first female black government minister has ‘features of orangutan’ [Guardian]

Typhoon Soulik in China, forces half a million people to evacuate their homes. [Channel News Asia]

Snake hiding in toilet bites Israeli man’s penis [Gawker]

JK Rowling secretly posed as a retired military policeman to write a novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, that has been hailed as one of the best debut detective stories in years. Her cover was blown when the Sunday Times became suspicious that such an assured piece of writing could have been created by a first-time novelist. [Mail and Guardian]

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