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Post office man had knife in row

A POST office worker caught with a knife on him during a street row used it to open packages and forgot to take it out of his pocket before he went out drinking, a court heard.

Darren Dowling (41) had been working late the day before the incident and gardai found the knife on him when they investigated the row.

A judge told him he would leave him without a criminal record if he made a €300 charity donation.

Dowling, of The Village, Raheny, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife at Crampton Quay in Dublin city centre on April 14 last.

CHILDREN HELP OUT IN RECESSION

Children are handing back pocket money and asking for more modest birthday and Christmas presents to spare their parents during the economic downturn.

Youngsters today are increasingly aware of the need to be responsible when it comes to money, UK supermarket chain Asda said.

Many are taking matters into their own hands. Almost half earn their pocket money by doing chores, and a quarter of 12 to 18-year-olds already have a part-time job.

DOGS WALK FOR RIGHTS IN PARIS

Some Parisians want just a little bit more of their city to go to the dogs.

At least 100 pooches – with owners in tow, holding leashes – marched near the Louvre at a demonstration to demand more park space and access to public transportation for the four-legged friends.

Organisers of the canine-citizen march dubbed, My Dog, My City, estimate about 200,000 dogs live in Paris. They say other cities like New York, London, Montreal and Brussels offer more dog-oriented public spaces.

12 KILLED AS VAN FALLS INTO RAVINE

At least 12 people died when the van they were riding in plunged into a deep ravine in the Philippines' mountainous north.

A spokesman said the van veered off a mountain road in remote Buguias town and plummeted into a 295ft deep ravine, killing 10 people. Two more died later and another victim is fighting for his life in a hospital. Five others were injured.


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