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Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: $350,000 for child voted out of class

The mother of a Florida child who was kicked out of his kindergarten class after the teacher held a vote among students about his disruptive behaviour has reached a $350,000 (€222,000) settlement with education officials.

The county school board and teachers' union agreed to pay the settlement to Melissa Barton and her son, Alex. Ms Barton said that in 2008 her son was forced to stand in front of his peers and be told why "they hated him".

Plane crash-lands in golf bunker

A two-seater airplane crash-landed in a sand trap at a Southern California golf course, leaving one person to with minor injuries.

Fire Chief Chris Cox said the single-engine plane ran into trouble and came down on the Cresta Verde Golf Course in Corona. Mr Cox said the plane hit nose first and flipped upside down. No one on the ground was injured.

Blanche named Corrie favourite

Sharp-tongued Blanche Hunt has beaten Weatherfield legends such as Hilda Ogden and Elsie Tanner to be named Coronation Street's best-loved character of all time.

The battleaxe, who was written out of the show this year following the real-life death of actress Maggie Jones a year ago, topped the Inside Soap poll.

Thieves caught by footprints in snow

Two thieves who stole a quantity of lead have been arrested after police followed footprints in the snow leading away from a crime scene.

Officers in Market Drayton, Shropshire, detained the men after tracing them to an address in the Fairfields area.

Snoop Dog pays homage to Prince

Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg has dedicated his new single 'Wet' to Prince William, a move that appears to endorse rumours that he will play at the royal's stag do.

The rapper is reportedly top of the list of performers wanted at the bachelor party by Prince Harry who is said to be organising the event.

Inmates to roll out prison toilet paper

Iowa prisons could soon be stocking prison-made toilet paper to save taxpayers money and provide jobs to inmates. A newspaper has reported that inmates at two Iowa prisons are testing a single-ply tissue processed at a Missouri prison.

Roger Baysden, director of Iowa Prison Industries, say Iowa inmates could start processing their own toilet paper next year.

Irish Independent

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