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In Brief: Dad had drugs and stolen gun

A FATHER-of-three who purchased a stolen gun to protect himself and his family after his house was shot at has been given a suspended sentence.

Martin Collins bought the 12 gauge double barrel sawn-off shotgun for €500 from a man he didn't know. He was also found with nearly €2,000 worth of cocaine and a weighing scales when his home was searched by gardai.

Collins (26) of Parlickstown Drive in Mulhuddart pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition and possession of cocaine at his home on April 21, 2009.



Chile to open Pinochet's will

Chile plans to open the last will and testament of General Augusto Pinochet, a key step in determining the true size of a fortune the strongman allegedly amassed by diverting public funds for decades before his death.

The will, apparently prepared shortly before the dictator's death at 91 in 2006 while under house arrest, has remained sealed and his family wanted it to stay that way. But the opening was requested by the Defence Council of the State, which is seeking to recover funds from Pinochet's estate.



Fans' tribute to The Band star

Levon Helm's friends and fans have been invited to a memorial at the home where the drummer and singer for The Band staged his Midnight Ramble barn concerts in New York's Hudson Valley.

Helm died aged 71 last week from complications of cancer. A private funeral will be held on Friday.

Rock standards by The Band included The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and Up On Cripple Creek.



Sugar makes a meal of TV task

The business brains in The UK Apprentice don fancy dress in an attempt to grab a pizza the action of the booming street food scene in tonight's episode.

The candidates are sent to Edinburgh by Alan Sugar, who gives them two days to come up with a best-selling product.

One team tries to cut costs with cheap pizzas, while the other opts for Scottish gourmet meals.


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