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Tony Nicklinson suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him with locked-in syndrome -- he is completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but his mind was unharmed.

Now, the 57-year-old has become the first person to tweet using only the movement of his eyes:

Hello world, I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet.

Nicklinson, who lives in the U.K., will ask the high court Monday to argue that a doctor should be allowed lawfully to end his life. He says his current state is "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable."

Follow him @TonyNicklinson. (Loving husband and father. Rugby fan. Twitter novice with locked-in syndrome.)

[gizmodo]

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Ryan Kennedy was diagnosed with ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in 2007, when he was 4. Now Ryan, at 9, is living out the most adult decision a person can make -- he quit all his cancer treatments and chose to die at home.

Ryan's disease attacks the central nervous system, and caused him to walk into walls and vomit frequently. Since his diagnosis, his treatments have included four rounds of chemotherapy, two bouts of radiation, and seven surgeries. Ryan's most recent operation, last August, left the right side of Ryan's face paralyzed, and that's when he decided to wave the white flag.

When doctors proposed another surgery in February, Ryan refused, telling his parents with certainty, "I'm done with this." He just wanted to "live the rest of his life."

Ryan's final wish was to go swimming, so the whole family took a vacation. Now Ryan is spending his last days at home in hospice care. He has almost died -- twice -- and he's shared tearful goodbyes with his brother and sister.

Ryan's 10th birthday is May 24, but doctors don't expect him to live that long.

[theweek]

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In 1988, Nicholas Winton's wife revealed to the BBC his long-kept secret: He'd saved 669 children from the Nazis at the dawn of World War II through his organization of the Czech Kindertransport. (This clip is from a BBC program that honored the "British Schindler" by inviting some 80 of the children he saved to surprise him in the audience.) In all, more than 5,000 people owe their lives to Winton.

In the more than two decades since the media got wind of his humanitarian exploits, Winton has been knighted, had a minor planet named after him, been commemorated by two statues -- one each in Prague and London -- and been the subject of three films and a play.

Winton still wears a ring given to him by some of the children he saved. It is inscribed with a line from the Talmud, the book of Jewish law: "Save one life, save the world." He celebrates his 103rd birthday this week.

[reddit]

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In the saddest story you'll read today, the wife of Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark witnessed his death Monday while the couple were video-chatting via Skype. "At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be," said Bradley Taber-Thomas, Clark's brother-in-law. "Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce's wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments."

Clark was a U.S. Army nurse stationed in Afghanistan who had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service, Medal National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal. Clark was described by his commander as "awesome," "a professional," and "a great asset, leader, and friend," and he noted that Clark "made long days and nights a lot shorter."

Clark is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 3 and 9. His cause of death is under investigation.

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Who can make it through all 19 of these heartbreakers with nary a tear? Only someone without a soul. "That first video should've been batting clean-up instead of lead-off," one Reddit user said. Challenge accepted.

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A 17-day-old ear-less bunny named Til, who was expected to become Germany's next celebrity animal a la Knut the polar bear and Paul the Psychic Octopus, died tragically this week when he was accidentally stepped on by a TV cameraman.

"No one could have foreseen this," said Uwe Dempewolf, director of the zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna where Til was set to be unveiled in a special press conference. "Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught."

Speaking with the German newspaper Bild, the cameraman said Til was hiding under some hay, which is why he didn't see him. Dempewolf offered that at least the bunny didn't suffer, as the cameraman's misstep was "a direct hit."

Zoo officials are now considering having Til stuffed so that he may be able to enjoy in death the fame he never got to know in life.

[telegraph / spiegel.]

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Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: A struggling soap actor who was allegedly harassed by his neighbors and condo board into euthanizing his beloved pet pit-bull mix took his own life last week, leaving behind a note saying he was racked with guilt over "betraying" his best friend.

Nick Santino, whose acting credits incl