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Teen addict to get HSE help

A TROUBLED 17-year-old girl battling drug addiction has been released from custody after a judge was assured that the HSE would provide her with therapeutic help.

The girl, who was already in HSE care, had been remanded in custody at her own request by the Dublin Children's Court last Friday. The teen admitted assaulting another female and breach of the peace, on Dublin's Talbot Street, on January 12 last.

Solicitor Patrick McClean, for the HSE, told Judge Clare Leonard yesterday that a new placement in a care home had been found, where she would have support from social care workers. Judge Leonard struck out the case, releasing the girl.

Man convicted for tower stunt

A man known as Spider Dan has been convicted of two misdemeanours stemming from his Labour Day ascent of San Francisco's 60-story Millennium Tower.

City District Attorney George Gascon announced that a jury found Daniel Goodwin (55) guilty of public nuisance and obstructing arrest. The judge dismissed an additional charge of trespassing. Goodwin spent about four hours on September 6 scaling the residential high-rise.

He is scheduled for sentencing on February 1.

Beard ban for prison guards

California's attorney general said religious beliefs are not enough to trump a corrections department ban on prison guards wearing beards -- a stance that drew protests from civil rights organisations.

Attorney general Kamala Harris argued in a Sacramento County Superior Court filing on January 6 that Trilochan Oberoi can not be properly fitted for a gas mask if he keeps the facial hair required by his Sikh religion.

Ms Harris is asking that Mr Oberoi's lawsuit be dismissed at an April 19 hearing.