5 Things You Need to Know Today: February 24, Carl Pistorius Facing Culpable Homicide Charge

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Five things you need to know today, February 24, that are trending in the news

1CARL PISTORIUS, BROTHER OF OSCAR PISTORIUS, FACING CULPABLE HOMICIDE CHARGE
Carl Pistorius, the brother of Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, is facing a charge of culpable homicide stemming from a 2008 car crash that left a female motorcyclist dead. Kenny Oldwage, who is representing both brothers, said Carl Pistorius would challenge the charge in court. “Carl deeply regrets the accident,” he said. [Mail & Guardian]

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2. VATICAN DENIES RUMORS OF GAY PRELATE SCANDAL REPORTED BY REPUBBLICA
The Vatican issued a denial of rumors stemming from a report that appeared in Repubblica that said a three-year investigation revealed a series of scandals involving gay clergy, including cardinals, priests and lay people working in the Vatican, who were blackmailed by male prostitutes. Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said the report was “deplorable” and said such unfounded stories “cause serious damage to persons and institutions.” The story in the Repubblica claims the events may have triggered Pope Benedict XVI’s abrupt resignation, which will be effective February 28.  [CNN]

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3.  POLICE NAME AMMAR HARRIS THE PRIME SUSPECT IN LAS VEGAS STRIP SHOOTING
Las Vegas police have named Ammar Harris, 26, the suspect in the Las Vegas Strip shooting that left three dead — rapper Kenny Cherry, taxi driver Michael Boldon and his passenger Sandi Sutton-Wasmund — after Kenny Clutch’s Maserati crashed into Boldon’s taxi, which in turn, burst into flames. The black Range Rover SUV was located at an apartment complex Saturday afternoon. Ammar Harris is considered armed and dangerous. [Hinterland Gazette]

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4.  SETH MACFARLANE TO HOST THE OSCARS
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is set to host the Oscars Sunday evening at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Academy is aiming at engaging a younger audience this year. Some people are thrilled Seth McFarlane is hosting, while others are nervous because of his brand of comedy he employs in his shows — Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, as well as his blockbuster movie, ‘Ted. Seth MacFarlane talked about his hosting duties, “We want it to feel like an old-style Oscars, but content-wise, we want it to also feel relevant.” [Newsday]

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5. FANS CONDITIONS UPGRADED AFTER SCARY NASCAR CRASH THAT INJURED 28
Twenty-eight spectators were injured after NASCAR driver Kyle Larson’s car hit a fence at the Drive4COPD 300 race at Daytona Speedway in Florida on Saturday. “Halifax Health spokesman Byron Cogdell said 12 people were brought in to the Daytona Beach hospital, seven for treatment from the crash and five for heat exhaustion and other issues. Two of the seven were in critical condition, including one child. The other had life-threatening injuries, but Cogdell said both had been upgraded as of Sunday morning.” [USA Today]

 

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.