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Youth avoids being locked up

A DUBLIN youth, who suffered head injuries and was initially thought to be dead after a stolen car he travelled in crashed, has avoided a custodial sentence.

Joseph Batt (18), of Briarfield Grove, Kilbarrack, had pleaded guilty in February at the Children's Court to allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car, at Spencer Dock Bridge, in Dublin city centre, on September 11, 2009. He was a juvenile at the time of the crash but has since reached adulthood.

Garda Stephen Emmett had told the court that a stolen Honda Civic was "driven at speed up Sheriff Street Lower".

"The driver lost control and skidded sideways and hit a parked vehicle side on," he said.

Probation for obscene writer

THE man who wrote The Paedophile's Guide to Love And Pleasure has been sentenced to two years' probation in Florida.

Phillip R Greaves II (48) pleaded no contest to distributing obscene material depicting minors engaged in harmful conduct.

He will not have to register as a sex offender.

Oliver's book breaks record

Jamie Oliver's hit book 30 Minute Meals has gobbled up another new record, topping the charts for half a year.

It has now been at the top of the hardback non-fiction chart for 27 weeks, surpassing Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

Oliver's book has already become Britain's biggest selling non-fiction title of all time.

To date, publisher Michael Joseph/Penguin has sold more than 1.5 million copies of Jamie's 30 Minute Meals in the UK alone.

Glee in tribute to Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is getting the royal treatment on a new episode of Glee.

The hit series will expand by a half hour for the April 26 episode paying tribute to the pop star.

In the 90-minute episode, members of the New Directions high school glee club perform her hit Born This Way -- and learn a lesson about self-acceptance.

Lady Gaga is an outspoken supporter of gay rights.

Glee returns to US airwaves with new shows on April 19.