Accused misses mum's funeral
A JUDGE has refused a Dublin prisoner, who is co-accused with his sister of murdering a 63-year-old man, leave to challenge a decision of the prison authorities not to facilitate his attendance at his mother's funeral today.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy heard that the Prison Service had refused to provide Kenneth Cummins with a secure escort to attend his mother's removal last night and her funeral this morning.
LA Law veteran Dysart (86) dies
veteran stage and screen actor Richard Dysart, who played Leland McKenzie in the courtroom drama LA Law, has died at his home in California after a long illness. He was 86.
Dysart's handsome, commanding presence proved ideal for his casting as head man in the firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak in the 1986-1994 series produced by Steven Bochco. He won an Emmy for his portrayal.
His many film appearances included Hal Ashby's Being There, Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider and John Carpenter's The Thing.
Gay men's body image pressure
Nearly a third of gay and bisexual men have undergone a surgical or non-invasive procedure to improve their looks, a survey has revealed.
Half of those polled said they were unhappy about their body and two-thirds said they think about their body size and shape on a daily basis, if not all the time.
The study on body image was carried out by Gay Times. Of the 1,100 men polled, 30pc said they have had Botox, 23pc tried laser hair removal and 17pc liposuction, while 30pc said they have undergone a surgical or non-invasive procedure.
Actor Hinds in crime drama
Game Of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds will be "locking swords" with Douglas Henshall in the new series of crime drama Shetland.
The actor, who plays Mance Ryder in the fantasy epic, is joined by Anna Chancellor and Julie Graham in the six-part BBC series which stars Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez.
Hinds said: "I'm looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against Shetland's stunning backdrop."