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TDW reader Chelsey tipped us off to this doozy: Just after 1 a.m. Sunday in Surf City, NC, a U.S. Marine got into a dispute with a cab driver, Charles Hawkesworth; beat him to a pulp; and put him in the hospital with multiple fractures to his face.

The whole incident was caught on video (Not Safe For Work -- language, graphic violence), and the Marine has been identified as 30-year-old Gunnery Sgt. John Adam Kinosh.

But get this -- Kinosh won't be charged with a felony.

He checked himself into a psychiatric hospital following the attack, and Island Taxi owner Rex Bowen believes it is to avoid being served with warrants for misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, assault inflicting serious injury, and communicating threats. (Since Kinosh used only his fists, he can't be charged with felony-level offenses.)

Meanwhile, Hawkesworth is recuperating slowly and will require extensive surgery:

I have several facial fractures and it's from my sinuses to my eye socket to my cheek bones; it's a triangular area that has been broken off from the rest of my skull and they need to do reconstructive surgery and reattach that piece of my skull with 3 or 4 steel plates.

A Help Charles donation website has been established in anticipation of upcoming medical bills.

[thanks, chelsey!]

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Poor lil obese Obie. The 5-year-old dachsund's elderly owners loved him nearly to death by doting on him with food.

Obie now weighs more than twice what he should -- but luckily, Portland veterinarian Nora Vanetta has plans to bring him back from the brink.

Vanetta has Obie signed up for a strict diet, in addition to hydrotherapy sessions until he loses enough weight to exercise normally.

"He is extremely sweet and loving," Vanetta says. "He was obviously loved and is a joy to work with. The aging owners just couldn't say no to those big brown eyes."

Follow Obie's progress on his Facebook page.

[dailymail]

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A bunch of lifeguards in El Monte, CA, recently created this "Gangnam Style" video -- but city administrators caught wind of it, and promptly fired them for "using the facility for private use and wearing uniforms in public while off-duty."

The video was deemed "disgusting" and an "embarrassment to the city of El Monte."

Hey, uptight city officials -- if U.S. soldiers in full uniform can get away with a "Call Me Maybe" cover while stationed in Afghanistan, wethinks the El Monte 14 should be rehired ASAP.

[thanks, steve!]

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Photographer Jonathan Hobin's latest project has kids reenacting horrific news events -- waterboarding, 9/11, Abu Ghraib, Princess Diana's death -- in elaborately crafted play sets.

He hopes that the series "prompts viewers to think about the first time they heard about or saw the aftermath of current events and to imagine how a child with limited context and experience might perceive the same event."

Sorry, sir, but mission not accomplished -- these are just plain creepy.

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Who on earth would attach a helpless turtle to a high-flying bouquet of helium-filled balloons?

That's what cops in Oceanside, CA, are trying to figure out after resident Chanelle Wright noticed just such a spectacle last weekend:

He was just swinging his arms trying to get out of it. Somebody had taped him to the balloons.

The fire department eventually arrived with a ladder truck, but a big gust of wind blew the box turtle and his entourage to the ground just in time.

The turtle was cut free, and is resting comfortably at the local Humane Society while police investigate.

[arbroath]

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Oh, thank goodness -- someone talked about fight club.

Toddler Fight Club, that is.

Three Delaware women at Hands Of Our Future Daycare have been accused of encouraging their charges to fight each other after a cell phone caught the alleged abuse on video.

According to police, a child can be heard on the video yelling, "He's pinching me!" and one of the women responds, "No pinching, only punching."

"One of the kids involved ran over to one of the adults for protection, but she turned him around back into the fight," said Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump, who is leading a full investigation into the incident.

The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it. In fact, they were egging it on.

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The U.K.'s High Court has ruled that Tony Nicklinson, the U.K. man with locked-in syndrome who says his life is "dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified, and intolerable," does not have the right to die.

The court blatantly ignored Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in its ruling, saying that there was no precedent for assisted dying anywhere in the world:

It is not for the court to decide whether the law on assisted dying should be changed and, if so, what safeguards should be put in place. Under our system of government these are matters for Parliament to decide... not for the court on the facts of an individual case or cases.

Nicklinson, "devastated," likely will appeal to the Supreme Court:

I thought that if the court saw me as I am, utterly miserable with my life, powerless to do anything about it because of my disability then the judges would accept my reasoning that I do not want to carry on and should be able to have a dignified death. ...

Judges, like politicians, are happiest when they can avoid confronting the real issues and this judgment is not an exception to this rule… this means yet another period of physical discomfort, misery and mental anguish while we find out who controls my life -- me or the state.

[theindependent]