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Youth 'minding heroin' for debt

A YOUTH, who claimed he agreed to mind heroin to repay a drug debt, has been given a six-month suspended sentence at the Dublin Children's Court.

The then 16-year-old boy had pleaded guilty to possessing heroin for sale or supply at Ballyfermot Road, in Dublin, on a date in December 2008.

Judge Bryan Smyth imposed the sentence but suspended it on condition that the teenager, now aged 18, keeps the peace for the next 12 months.

He had seven prior criminal convictions for motor theft, public order and theft related crimes but none for drugs offence.

The teenager had agreed to go to drug abuse counselling, the court has also heard.

Happy Days cast sue CBS

Members of the Happy Days cast are suing CBS Studios, alleging they're not getting a cut of the money made in merchandise related to the television show.

The lawsuit filed yesterday names actors Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Tom Bosley as plaintiffs.

They allege that CBS released DVDs of the show and licensed their images to third parties for hundreds of products without sharing revenue reports to them.

The actors are claiming more than $10m (e7m) in damages.

Tim Robbins's mother dies

Actor Tim Robbins's mother, musician Mary Robbins, has died -- 12 days after her husband of 59 years.

Robbins' father, Gil Robbins, died earlier this month.

Robbins said his mother, who was 78, died of a heart arrhythmia, almost two weeks after her husband passed away. She died at the couple's home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico.

Mary Robbins studied music at the University of California, Los Angeles, and performed professionally in the 1950s.

Robbins said his mother "had a calm and cheerful demeanour, a sharp wit, a gentle spirit and a generous and loving heart".