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Friday 28 July 2017

In brief: State pardon bid for Jim Morrison

Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami.

Crist said yesterday he's convinced that prosecutors at the time were trying to make an example of The Doors' lead singer, rather than try a legitimate case.

SuBo in US and UK chart double

Singing sensation Susan Boyle yesterday became the first female artist to have a number one album in the United States and UK twice in less than a year simultaneously, her record company said. Her album 'The Gift' reached number one in the UK on Sunday, and took the top spot across the Atlantic yesterday.

It comes after the singer's debut album 'I Dreamed A Dream' achieved the same success following its release last year.

Thou shalt not use Facebook site

A New Jersey pastor is telling his married church leaders to delete their Facebook accounts -- or resign.

The Rev Cedric Miller, the leader of the Living Word Christian Fellowship Church in Neptune, says much of his recent marital counselling has included infidelity stemming from the social-network website. He said on Sunday that he also "strongly suggests" that all married parishioners give up Facebook altogether.

Body-in-van murder probe

Police launched a murder inquiry yesterday after the body of a man was found when officers pulled over a van.

The body was found in the back of the white van when it was stopped in Sunningdale, Berkshire, shortly before 2pm. Thames Valley Police said a murder inquiry had been launched and four people arrested after a body was discovered.

'Dine and bolt' man charged

A man accused of enjoying lavish meals at a string of high-class London restaurants before fleeing without paying the bill will appear in court today. Janis Nords (27), of Princess May Road, north London, allegedly dined in three luxury establishments, racking up food and drink bills ranging from £349 (€410) to £1,021 (€1,200), before making off without payment.

He was arrested last night at L'Oranger, south west London, which is owned by Michelin-starred chef Laurent Michel, after being detained by restaurant staff.

Irish Independent

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