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    An image of three seemingly terrified women being "photobombed" by a man with a giant stingray went viral last week after it was posted online, catching the women in it by surprise.

    "Our phones just started going off," Kendall Harlan, one of the women, told Yahoo News. "Friends were texting us [things] like, 'Did you know you were just on "Good Morning America"?'"

    The photo—showing a tour guide in the water behind the women lift the stingray onto their backs just as the photo was taken—was snapped during a 2008 spring break trip to Stingray City, a popular tourist destination in the Cayman Islands, when the trio (Harlan, Sarah Bourland and Natalie Zaysoff) were sophomores at Texas Christian University. They uploaded the photo to Facebook, where it was shared by friends. But it did not achieve viral status until last week, when a former classmate posted it on Reddit.com.

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    Harlan, now a 24-year-old advertising executive in Austin, Texas, says a picture taken right before the now-famous photobomb shows the co-eds smiling while posing in the water with a stingray. The tour guide threw another stingray up behind them, and the rest is Internet history.

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  • "tiny terror" Rodrigo Carpio (New York Post)At 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, gym teacher John Webster is not a slight figure. But the former college football player claims a 50-pound, 6-year-old student physically assaulted him and sent him into therapy.

    The New York Post reports that Webster fractured his ankle and injured his knee, all at the hands of 4-foot-2 Rodrigo Carpio. Walker says he now has to wear a brace on his right leg.

    "It's sort of like an angel-devil sort of thing," Webster, 27, said of Rodrigo. The boy "looks like an angel, but then, all of a sudden, that halo turns into horns. It's been a nightmare. It's embarrassing. It's humiliating."

    And there's reportedly more than just the incident with Webster. Rodrigo, a first-grader at PS 330 in Queens, also allegedly kicked the school principal and pinched several other individuals, including a school security officer.

    Webster told the Post that the confrontation started when he was escorting several students to the school cafeteria.

    "I tried to hold his wrists, and he began biting me,'' Webster said. "I took him to the principal's office, and he kicked me in the ankle, and one kick landed right on my knee. I felt a pop.''

    Lawyer Andrew Siben, who is representing Webster, described Rodrigo as a "tiny terror."

    "It's sad that teachers like Mr. Webster are not offered protection from someone who can endanger other teachers and students," Siben told the paper.

    However, Rodrigo's parents say the allegations are ridiculous.

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  • High school food fight ends with felony charge

    A Phoenix-area high school student faces a felony charge after a senior prank food fight got out of hand.

    The messy food fight in May happened during the lunch hour at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Prosecutors have charged Conner Floyd-Elsesser with aggravated assault on a teacher, according to azfamily.com. Aggravated assault is a felony.

    Conner Floyd-Elsesser, who was a freshman at the time of the incident, told the TV station he was trying to leave the cafeteria when he was tackled by two teachers.

    "I was in defense mode, I was in fetal position, I was shocked. ... I'm on my back getting hit in my left side right in the gut," he said.
    The teen is now a sophomore at a different school.

    According to the police report, one teacher said the student tackled and knocked him to the ground.

    A grainy cellphone video shows Conner Floyd-Elsesser, in a bright yellow shirt, on the ground and the teachers hovering over him. The short clip does not show what happened before the

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  • Tweet fuels talk of Bartoli return

    Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. Should I?" Bartoli said. "Marion Bartoli has just turned 30.

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