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Nothing says racism like a photo of white males lynching an effigy while wearing mock Ku Klux Klan hoods. But a New Jersey high school wrestling team's "ignorance" has helped them to avoid charges for snapping the inflammatory pic.

How did these wrestlers avoid hate crime charges?

Oscar Pistorius Trial: 5 Legal Facts You May Not Know

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial, which is being called the "trial of the century" in South Africa, began today with testimony from a neighbor of the Olympic track star.

The neighbor told the court she heard "bloodcurdling screams" followed by gunshots the night Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steencamp, Reuters reports. The neighbor said she then heard a man screaming for help.

While today's court proceedings may have seemed similar to how American courts work, there are significant differences between the South African and U.S. criminal justice systems. Here are five legal facts about the Oscar Pistorius trial that you may not have known:

Sochi Olympics: What's the Tax on Medals for U.S. Athletes?

The Sochi Olympics begin Friday, and Americans will be cheering on Team USA to bring home the gold (and the silver, and the bronze). But lest Olympic athletes forget, they're still responsible for paying income taxes after winning their medals.

Sure Uncle Sam is patriotic, but he won't let members of the U.S. Olympic Team keep their winnings tax-free. Champions will generally still have to report their income -- i.e., the value of their medal and the cash prize that comes with it -- and pay taxes to the IRS.

With the IRS rolling out revised tax brackets for the 2014 tax year, how much will medalists potentially have to pay?

Tailgating is a great American sporting tradition, but accidents at tailgates can leave various parties liable for resulting injuries -- and in some cases, even deaths.

Here are four of the most common people and entities shouldered with the blame in tailgating-related lawsuits:

MMA Fighter Fends Off Home Invaders, Killing 1

MMA Fighter Joe Torrez was the clear victor when he allegedly defended himself and his family during a home invasion.

Torrez claims that four known gang members threatened him and broke into his home. In the melee, one intruder was killed, another sent to the hospital, while the others fled the scene, according to the New York Daily News.

Torrez's attorney claims that the MMA fighter was only defending his family.

Madison Square Garden Sued by Unpaid Ex-Interns

Madison Square Garden (MSG) has been sued in a class action suit by former interns. In the latest lawsuit involving unpaid interns, Forbes reports, the former MSG interns claim that MSG had used the title of "intern" or "student associate" to classify workers who performed in duties that would normally qualify them as regular employees.

According to the complaint, had the plaintiffs not performed these duties, additional employees or regular staff members would have had to take on the work, Forbes reports.

The suit seeks to recover damages of unpaid wages for improperly classified workers dating back to 2007. Here is a general breakdown of paying (or not paying) interns:

A rape scandal involving student athletes in Ohio has prompted a federal prosecutor to call for new social media guidelines for student athletes -- rules that acknowledge the dangerous cocktail created when drug and alcohol use meets smartphones.

The program was initiated by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld in early August after two Ohio high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl under the influence of alcohol. The sexual assault drew international attention because of the use of "text messages and social media in exposing the attack," reports The Associated Press.

The two athletes were sentenced to juvenile detention, but new social media policies may curb this kind of conduct.

Trash talk is being taken out of New Jersey high school sports, pursuant to a new state policy that bans taunting in an attempt to curb bullying.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), along with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, announced the new policy last week. It prohibits high-school athletes from harassing others on the field or court, and takes effect this fall, reports the Associated Press.

Will this ban be the end of trash talking in New Jersey?

A Minnesota cheerleader is accused of being more than a mean girl. The high school senior allegedly pimped out a fellow teammate online, investigators say.

Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, was booked into Hennepin County jail last month on charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. She allegedly coerced a 16-year-old fellow cheerleader to engage in oral sex for money, reports the Star Tribune.

Parker faces serious criminal penalties under Minnesota law for essentially tricking out her classmate, who was receiving special-education services.

Rutgers' Coach Allegations: Abuse? Or Just Coaching?

Rutgers University's newest athletic director is facing many allegations of being an abusive coach, involving volleyball players she coached back in the 90s.

Julie Hermann is only the latest figure to star in a series of scandals coming out of Rutgers University. According to a statement from Rutgers University, however, they fully intend on keeping her onboard. Hermann also has no plans to resign, either.