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In brief: Legal fight over exposure case

THE trial of a 16-year-old boy, who denies exposing himself twice in Dublin, has been delayed due to a constitutional challenge.

The schoolboy is facing two counts under Section 18 of the Criminal Law Act 1931 for exposing his penis and urinating "to offend modesty, cause scandal and injure the morals of the community".

He was due to go on trial at the Dublin Children's Court next week.

However, defence solicitor Gareth Noble told Judge Bryan Smyth there has been a constitutional challenge launched in relation to the wording of the type of charge brought against the teen.

The case was adjourned until September.

Warrant for 'car chase' boy

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a teenager who allegedly led gardai on a car chase in north Dublin.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with careless driving and car theft in the Whitehall area, in the early hours of February 7.

He was released on b ail on condition he lived with relatives. But he failed to return to the Children's Court to face his charges resulting in Judge Bryan Smyth issuing a warrant.

Whitney slur card withdrawn

A greetings card that makes fun of Whitney Houston's penchant for bad boys is being withdrawn

The card, by US firm Target, read: "Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston."

The company said the card was being sold in its stores before Houston's death on February 11 but as soon as it was brought to its attention it began "the process of removing the card".

Freeman shuts aid restaurant

Actor Morgan Freeman has closed his upmarket restaurant in the heart of the impoverished Mississippi Delta.

Freeman's partner, lawyer Bill Luckett, said the Madidi Restaurant in Clarksdale held its closing party last night.

The actor said he was proud that the restaurant had spurred redevelopment in Clarksdale -- but it had never made money.