Thursday 18 January 2018

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Ron Wallace, right, drops the rear gate of a trailer holding one of the giant pumpkins he grew this season prior to the weigh-off
Ron Wallace, right, drops the rear gate of a trailer holding one of the giant pumpkins he grew this season prior to the weigh-off Newsdesk Newsdesk

In the US, New Mexico police have charged a 32-year-old man with murder following the road-rage shooting that killed a four-year-old girl and horrified the American public.

Tony Torrez was arrested a day after Lilly Garcia was gunned down in the back seat of her father's pick-up truck on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

READ MORE: Girl (4) shot dead in road rage incident in US

A British couple have been found hacked to death on the Caribbean island of Tobago. A reward of $15,000 (£9,700) has been offered for information leading to the capture of the killers of an expatriate British couple who were hacked to death.

Richard Wheeler, 73, a lawyer, and his wife Grace, 67, an estate agent, were found dead on Tuesday morning in the town of Carnbee.

READ MORE: Reward offered in Tobago killing of couple hacked to death

Fancy owning a piece of the Boss? The house where Bruce Springsteen wrote ‘Born to Run’ has gone up for sale. the Jersey Shore home where The Boss wrote the album Born to Run is now also on the market – for $299,000.

The 828-square-foot two-bedroom house at 7 ½ West End Court in Long Branch is owned by three fans of the singer.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' house up for sale for just $299,000 (€264,000)

Jerry Ferrara, his sister, Kim McDermott, and a friend, Ryan DeCarolis bought it in 2009 with the idea of turning the home into a tribute to the New Jersey rock legend, but those plans were derailed.

Springsteen has said that he wrote every song on the Born to Run album – including the title track and other classic songs such as Thunder Road and Jungleland – while living in the home from 1974 to 1975.

Just a week ahead of Halloween, the North American record for the giant pumpkin growing has been broken.

Ron Wallace has broken the record with a 2,230lb monster squash.

He was the first person in the world to break the 2,000lb - 1-ton - barrier when he grew a 2,009lb pumpkin in 2012, and he previously broke the world record in 2006.

But his latest record-breaker is the second-biggest pumpkin ever grown and the largest grown worldwide this year.

In the papers, the Irish Independent leads with Sinn Fein ‘wounded by Ira crime cash claims. The lead says that the political party is reeling as p[ressure mounts for an investigation into allegations the priceeds of IRA crime are finding their way into the political project.


The Herald leads with a young woman who is denying the murder of a man in Dublin city centre. Laura Dempsey allegedly told gardai  she “didn’t kill him”.

The Irish Times leads with the story that disqualified drivers were involved in 521 collisions. The Irish Examiner reports that Gerry Adams denials of IRA link is ‘not tenable’ The Irish Sun  leads with double-killer John Gallagher’s describing the slaughter of a mother and daughter as an ‘unfortunate incident’.

The Mirror campaigns for guns or gardai, while the Irish Daily Mail reveals that Enda Kenny made a late dramatic intervention in the Carrickmines halting site debacle.

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