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Teen a no-show for sentencing

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy awaiting sentence for stealing a bottle of wine turned up drunk for a meeting with his probation officer, a court has heard.

The teen had pleaded guilty earlier at the Children's Court to stealing the wine from a shop on Thomas Street on June 1. He also admitted failing to attend his court case on two separate dates.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell decided not to issue a warrant for the boy and remanded him in his absence to appear again in March.

Appeal to stay safe on roads

Motorists were tonight urged to make road safety their New Year resolution as figures showed almost 1,500 suspected drink drivers were caught over the festive period.

An Garda Siochana said fixed penalty notices were issued to more than 3,000 speeding drivers between November 22 and January 3, with another 965 prosecuted for driving while using a mobile phone.

John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, said: "Unfortunately, 10 people lost their lives in the month of December and we plead with all road users to exercise caution while travelling on our roads."

Late Body Shop chief honoured

The founder of Body Shop, the face of Mastermind, and the impresario behind Joy Division are included in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The trio -- Anita Roddick, Magnus Magnusson and Tony Wilson -- are among 216 men and women who died in 2007 who are entered in the weighty tome published today.

They are joined by journalist Bill Deedes, who was Private Eye's Dear Bill, broadcasters Ned Sherrin and Alan Coren, jazz singer George Melly and Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Rhodesia.

Thousands vie for lotto prize

Thousands of people lined up across the US ahead of the Mega Millions draw in hopes of buying the winning ticket for the lottery game's $355m (€267m) jackpot.

The prize is the fourth largest in US history. A prize of $390m (€297m) in March 2007 remains the richest on record in the US.