An 18-year-old has been charged with animal cruelty after video of him beating a duck to death with a baseball bat was put online and went viral.
William Luke McDowell of Lexington, N.C., was arrested over the weekend after authorities were made aware of the video. McDowell’s 16-year-old friend caught the cruel act on camera, and many people are outraged over the seemingly senseless and random act of violence against the innocent duck.
"It's not dead yet, it's not dead,” screams the voice of the friend operating the camera as McDowell brutally beats the duck until it does finally die. “Hard as you can. He's suffering, just whack as hard as you can.”
"It's a young man laughing as he approaches a nesting duck who is minding his own business and he beats that duck to death with a bat,” said Tiffany Young, founder of the Duck Rescue Network.
Groups like Tiffany’s were outraged that the video had appeared on social media for weeks without any reports that the suspects were punished, so officials at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue decided they would tip off the local police. Now, McDowell and his friend are both facing serious charges. The friend, who is 16, will be charged as a juvenile.
It appears that McDowell does not believe his actions were anything else but funny, as authorities say they discovered a tweet that he posted after the video was put up online.
"People think I'm terrible for that video of me killing the duck but I die laughing every time I watch it,” posted McDowell to Twitter.
McDowell is due to appear in court on May 19 and was jailed under a $1,000 bond.
An elderly Scottish man died on Friday after his mobility scooter fell off a pier and into the sea, according to Pennan police.
Stuart Farquhar was believed to have been attempting to turn his scooter around when it fell in the water.
The 87-year-old was pulled from the water around 11 a.m. and helped by members of the public. He was airlifted to a hospital in the area by an RAF helicopter, but later died.
According to the ambulance service, Farquhar suffered a head injury during the fall.
Farquhar was a regular visitor to Pennan, where the locals knew him well.
Pennan is a popular tourist destination because of its location as the film spot of Local Hero, a cult classic.
An Ohio couple who, after 70 years of marriage, were still madly in love with each other, died 15 hours apart last week.
Helen and Kenneth Felumlee, 92 and 91 respectively, reportedly held hands every morning at breakfast since they first got together over 70 years ago. The two soul mates met as teenagers, and even through having eight children together, they were virtually inseparable. They eloped in February of 1944 in their early 20s and spent years after raising their family and traveling the country by bus.
"We knew when one went, the other was going to go," said their daughter Linda Cody.
So when Helen Felumlee passed away on April 12, the children knew that Kenneth wouldn’t be around much longer. According to the children’s account, Kenneth looked at them 12 hours after Helen’s passing and said, “Mom’s dead.” It was then that his health started to decline, and within a few hours, Kenneth was gone.
"He was ready," said Cody. "He just didn't want to leave her here by herself.”
“At Dad's bed we were singing his favorite hymns, reading scriptures and praying with him,” said their son Dick Felumlee. “It was a going away party, and we know he loved it.”
Helen and Kenneth’s family say they aren’t at all surprised that the two died within hours of each other, and they couldn’t picture it happening any other way.
A pregnant UK woman died after a surgeon accidentally removed an ovary when he meant to remove her appendix.
According to reports, 32-year-old Maria De Jesus was 20 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she went into the hospital for appendicitis surgery. 19 days after the operation, the woman was dead after giving birth to a stillborn baby and suffering complications.
Now, the doctor who made the mistake, Dr. Yahya Al Abed, admitted to his error but says that there was no misconduct. Reports claim that Dr. Al Abed had only been working at the hospital for three weeks and had little experience performing this type of surgery.
In addition to accusations and charges against the Dr. Al Abed, senior surgical consultant Dr. Babatunde Coker is accused of failing to oversee the young surgeon. Dr. Coker allegedly told Al Amed that he would be “around” during the procedure, but failed to properly assist Coker.
Peter Horgan, a lawyer for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, described the ordeal to a patient panel during a hearing.
"Patient A [De Jesus] had begun to bleed quite heavily. Something was not right," said Horgan. "In the midst of this, Mr. Al Abed removed what he clearly believed to be the appendix. He thought he found it, removed it and gave to a nurse what later turned out to be Patient A's ovary. He had lunch, then went home and didn't become aware until Monday. Thereafter Patient A remained in hospital until she was discharged on October 31. She returned to hospital and was readmitted on November 7 suffering abdominal pains. On November 9 it was discovered by another doctor that in fact the histology report showed an ovary had been removed and not the appendix. Tragically on November 11 Patient A gave birth to a still-born male baby. Mrs. De Jesus again consented to go under the knife and this time her appendix was removed by Mr. Liao. But sadly later that afternoon Patient A died whilst on the operating table.”
The post-death report says that De Jesus died of multiple organ failure. Both Dr. Al Amed and Dr. Coker are currently in court, and the hearing is expected to go until next month.
Mount Everest’s spring climbing season has barely begun, but 12 deaths have already been reported.
According to Nepalese officials, at least 12 guides were killed in a Friday morning avalanche and another three are missing. The 12 confirmed dead were recovered from under snow and ice by the Nepal Tourism Ministry.
Two guides were also injured and had to be flown to hospitals in Nepal's capital city of Katmandu.
The avalanche struck an area above the 19,000-foot base camp known as “popcorn field” around 6:45 a.m. The guides were reportedly setting up ropes when the avalanche struck.
About 50 people, most of them natives, were hit by the avalanche in all.
The most recent avalanche is considered to be the worst in Mt. Everest history. The worst accident previously recorded was from a snowstorm in 1996 when eight climbers died.
The vice principal of a South Korean high school committed suicide Friday after he was rescued from the disastrous ferry trip.
Kang Min-gyu had been missing since Thursday. Police began searching for him after he was reported missing by a fellow teacher.
Police found Min-gyu outside the school gym hanging by his belt from a tree. He did not leave a note.
Min-gyu was 52.
Of the 475 passengers aboard the ferry, 29 people including Min-gyu have been confirmed dead and 179 were rescued. Many of the missing students are from the Danwon High School on the outskirts of Seoul, who were on a field trip.
Divers continue to fight strong tides and murky water to find the missing students, though hope of finding them alive is becoming increasingly less likely.
The incident has been called the worst South Korean maritime accident in 21 years.
Earlier this year, Opposing Views reported on the mysterious death of an inmate at Lawton Correctional Facility in Oklahoma. Many suspected foul play after it was discovered that the inmate, 33-year-old Christopher Glass, had called 911 six different times prior to being found dead in his jail cell.
Reports claimed that Glass’s voice had never actually been heard in any of the calls, but in one, an unidentified voice could be heard saying, “Whether or not you’re a dead man. Just hang up.”
Now, police have determined that the cause of Glass’s death was an overdose of methamphetamines. Glass was found unresponsive in his cell on Jan. 20, and police have finally concluded their investigation in conjunction with the state medical examiner’s office.
Authorities say that there isn’t enough evidence to conclude that the inmate’s death was a homicide and that the methamphetamine overdose in addition to a preexisting condition are what killed the man.
Still, reports do say that police are willing to reopen the investigation if they receive new information that points to a homicide.
While an Iranian woman is set to be hanged for killing her alleged rapist, people all over the world are fighting to save her life.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was sentenced to death for killing Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi back in 2007 after he raped her. Sarbandi, an employee for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, had hired Jabbari to work in his office where he raped her. Jabbari fought back using a knife and wound up stabbing the man to death.
Jabbari was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, April 15, but thanks to pressure on the Iranian government from human rights group and activists, the execution was postponed.
According to reports, Jabbari met Sarbandi in a coffee shop. Sarbandi was intrigued by the fact that the then 19-year-old was an interior designer, and asked if he could hire her for a project. They agreed to meet at his office, but when Jabbari arrived, she quickly realized that she wasn’t there for work. Sarbandi allegedly offered Jabbari a glass of juice containing a date rape drug, but Jabbari was able to flee the scene by stabbing the rapist in the shoulder with a pocketknife. Sarbandi later bled out from the stabbing, and Jabbari was arrested some time later.
“The courts have said that if a woman is raped it is their fault, and told Reyhaneh that she is a mean-spirited and selfish bitch,” said Jabbari’s mother Sholeh Pakravan to the Free Beacon. “You must realize that the laws in Iran are medieval laws of retribution, revenge and punishment and unfortunately for our broken hearts, Reyhaneh’s life is in their hands.”
“The Iranian regime has decided that it wants to make an example of yet another woman and they are bent on executing Reyhaneh and even though the rapist [and] victim’s family is fully well aware of these ambiguities in the case, they still insist on seeing Reyhaneh hung,” continued Pakravan.
Although the cause of the Iranian government’s decision to postpone the execution cannot be confirmed, pressure from activist groups and even The United Nations most likely has a lot to do with it. For now, Jabbari is able to live another day, but according to her mother, she isn’t entirely optimistic.
Napping for more than an hour a day could take years off your life, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cambridge.
Researchers studied 16,000 British adults over the course of 13 years.
Those who slept for an hour or more during the day were a third more likely to die early than those who napped less or not at all. Specifically, those who took longer naps were more likely to die from lung disease, leading researchers to believe that long naps contribute to respiratory ailments by triggering inflammation.
However, the researchers also noted that napping may not be the cause of early death, but rather an indication of declining health early on.
"It remains plausible that napping might be an early sign of system disregulation and a marker of future health problems," the report noted.
A study conducted in China last year found similar results. However, instead of increasing the chance of lung disease, those who napped longer than 30 minutes increased their risk for type two diabetes.
As his final joke, 92-year-old Swedish man Stig Kernell wrote his own obituary and kept it as short as possible.
It read: “I am dead.”
Prior to his passing, Kernell apparently instructed a local funeral home to publish the short obituary -- which was then printed in a national newspaper.
The brief statement was reflective of Kernell’s sense of humor, one of his sons said.
“He was a special man with a lot of humor and a twinkle in his eye.”
Kernell’s son added that the obituary has helped the family cope with his death. It has also inspired a number of other more detailed obituaries, since the humorous obituary created headlines and sparked the curiosity of readers.
Kernell was an aerospace historian and transport technician with a pilot’s license. He held a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest aviation literature collection.