July 11, 2012

Lance Armstrong at the Rocky Hill Roundup     Photo: austincameraguy/Flickr

Lance Armstrong Refiles USADA Suit

Last-ditch effort to avoid arbitration

Lance Armstrong’s attorneys refiled a lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Tuesday, a day after his initial suit had been dismissed, and only hours after USADA issued lifetime bans to three of his former staffers. Armstrong is asking U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks to prevent his doping case from going forward on the grounds that USADA has no right to charge or sanction him, and that the agency’s procedures violate his Fifth Amendment Due Process rights. Armstrong’s initial suit was dismissed without prejudice Monday as “a lengthy and bitter polemic against the named defendants.” The judge allowed Armstrong's legal team the option to refile an amended complaint. Armstrong is asking for a ruling by Saturday, his deadline for either accepting USADA’s sanctions or moving forward with arbitration.

Read more at USA Today

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Teen Lets Gator Eat Arm, Survives Attack

17-year-old pulled free and swam to safety

While swimming with friends in the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven, Florida, on Monday, 17-year-old Kaleb Langdale was attacked by a 10-plus-foot alligator. The alligator latched on to Langdale’s arm, and rather than trying to pry it free and perhaps risk further—possibly fatal—damage from his attacker, Langdale waited until the alligator broke though his arm bones. He then pushed off the alligator’s body with his feet, which ripped off his right arm below the elbow in the alligator's mouth, but allowed Langdale to swim to safety. After successful surgery to close his wounds, Langdale is now in stable condition and in surprisingly good spirits. Doctors were unable to save the arm in time, and the alligator has since been killed by wildlife officers.

Read more at ABC News

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Tiger     Photo: Jeff Kubina/Flickr

Tigers at Danish Zoo Maul Man to Death

21-year-old had entered enclosure

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Copenhagen Zoo's tiger enclosure with a fatal bite to the throat, Danish police said. The naturalized Danish citizen was discovered early Wednesday morning surrounded by the zoo's three Siberian tigers with injuries to his throat, chest, face, and thigh. Police say he may have been trying to commit suicide. Zoo manager Steffen Straede said that the zoo had no plans to change its security measures or euthanize the tigers. "If a person really wants to get in, we cannot prevent it from happening," he said. Police are attempting to retrace the man's movements inside the zoo, but have been stymied by the fact that there are no security cameras near the enclosure.

Read more at CBC News

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Olympic Rings     Photo: Patrick Hoesly/Flickr

NBC, Facebook Team Up to Cover Olympics

The Games move online

On Wednesday, Facebook announced that it has entered into a partnership with NBC to cover the 2012 Olympic Games. The world's largest social-networking site will host exclusive content from the London Games, including results and photo galleries. “Social media is an important part of how fans consume and interact during the Olympics,” Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, said in the statement. NBC announced earlier this year that it will stream every Olympic event on its website, allowing viewers to watch all of the Games online for the first time.

Read more at the New York Times

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