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Talking Points: Chinese teen defaces temple, girl handcuffed for water splash, swimmer tows a ton of bricks

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What bone-headed teenage move has caused an international uproar?

The entire nation of China was apparently embarrassed by 15-year-old Ding Jinhao from Nanjing who scrawled "Ding Jinhao visited here" across a carving on a temple wall in the ancient city Luxor in Egypt. The graffiti came to light when another Chinese tourist posted a photo of it on a popular microblog with the comment: "My saddest moment in Egypt. Ashamed and unable to show my face." His parents apologized after sharply critical comments appeared in a key party newspaper and across the Internet.

What other incident involving a Chinese teen sparked outrage?

This time it is officials and not the teen in question who are being accused of outrageous behavior. Two Chinese village officials have been suspended from work after being accused of handcuffing a 13-year-old girl and parading her down a street as punishment for accidentally splashing water on an official vehicle. The accusations, triggered angry reactions in China's social media, which have increasingly been used to expose abuses of power. An investigation is reportedly underway.

Why is a man swimming with 2,000 pounds of bricks in tow?

Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer plans to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair this summer -- while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks -- to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. "It will be a real 'train of pain,' symbolic of the pain felt by Michigan families trying to keep their heads above water," said Dreyer. "However, instead of sinking with the weight of our burdens, I believe that together we can triumph and be the bricks that rebuild lives, rebuild communities, and strengthen the foundation of this great state."

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The Washington Examiner