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In Brief: Man (24) faces weapon trial

A MAN is facing trial on a weapons charge over an allegation that he threatened another man with a slash hook in a confrontation at a halting site.

Martin Stokes (24) had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence after a judge decided that the case was too serious to be dealt with at District Court level.

Stokes, of Old Castle Park Green, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, is charged with producing a weapon in the course of a dispute last December 19, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

The judge refused jurisdiction to deal with the case and adjourned it for six weeks.

50 Cent to star in Sly's movie

50 Cent has revealed he will play Sylvester Stallone's sidekick in new action blockbuster The Tomb.

The rapper-turned-actor (36), whose real name is Curtis Jackson, will star alongside Hollywood heavyweights Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2013 film, which will see Sly play a security expert forced to escape from one of his own jails after being wrongly imprisoned.

New fears for Trayvon killer

Lawyers for the US neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that sparked widespread protests have withdrawn from the case.

They said they had lost contact with George Zimmerman (28) and feared for his emotional state.

The lack of an arrest in the shooting in Florida has led to a national debate about race and the laws of self-defence. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother Hispanic.

Toxic warning on nail polish

Some nail polishes commonly found in US salons and advertised as free of a so-called "toxic trio" of chemicals have high levels of agents linked to birth defects, chemical regulators said.

A Department of Toxic Substances Control report determined that the mislabelled nail products had the potential to harm thousands of workers and customers in more than 48,000 nail salons in California.