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Boy (17) held over assault

A boy who allegedly put a man in hospital at the weekend, following an assault in Dun Laoghaire, has been remanded in custody at the Dublin Children's Court.

The 17-year-old was charged yesterday with assault causing harm to the man at Marine Road, in Dun Laoghaire, on Saturday.

The court heard the gardai would object to bail due to the seriousness of the incident.

"The injured party is currently still in hospital," a garda told Judge Catherine Staines.

Host appeal on 'Nazi' remarks

A radio presenter sacked after calling a councillor a "Nazi" live on air will today learn the result of his legal challenge to Ofcom's decision to uphold complaints against him.

Jon Gaunt, who made the comments on his Talksport radio show in November 2008, called the watchdog's stance an unlawful interference with his freedom of expression.

His interview with councillor Michael Stark about Redbridge Council's decision to ban smokers from becoming foster parents drew 53 complaints.

Barrowman in surrogate offer

Gay actor John Barrowman claims one of his Desperate Housewives co-stars offered to make his dream come true -- by having a baby for him.

The star revealed that Drea de Matteo said she would help him have his longed-for child.

Barrowman said they became close after he was cast as Patrick Logan, the evil ex-boyfriend of de Matteo's character, Angie Bolen.

"She's got this amazing New Jersey drawl -- 'I usually don't like actors, but I like you. You want a kid? Come to me, I'll have a baby for ya'. Brilliant," he said.

Bloom to be given degree

Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom will today receive an honorary degree from the University of Kent.

The star will attend the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral in his home city.

Bloom's honour comes shortly after he revealed he often battles to learn lines because of reading problems.

Bloom, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, said he succeeded by working harder than other actors.