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Monday 16 July 2018

Bail for racist rant teenager

A YOUTH, who subjected two Luas security guards to a drunken tirade of racial abuse, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to threatening and abusive behaviour, at the Luas stop in Dundrum on February 6.

Garda David Lee told Judge Clare Leonard that the teenager shouted abuse at the security guards. He called them "Polish c**ts, Polish b**tards go home to Poland."

Judge Leonard said she had "grave concerns" about the nature of the boy's remarks which she described as "totally racist." She said that and his drinking had to be addressed.



Second surfer in shark attack

A 48-year-old surfer has been injured in the second shark attack in a week north of Sydney.

Ambulance service spokesman Craig Pusser said the man was surfing near Crowdy Head when his right arm was mauled by a shark.

He said the surfer was in a stable condition when a rescue helicopter flew him to a hospital in Newcastle city.

A 24-year-old woman was flown to the same hospital on March 16 after she was mauled nearby.



Gaga in call for fans to protest

Lady Gaga is urging young Malaysians to protest against the censorship of lyrics in her hit song that encourage acceptance of gays.

Radio stations in Muslim-majority Malaysia are playing edited versions of Born This Way that use garble to replace the lyrics: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby."

Lady Gaga criticised the censorship, saying young Malaysians who want to hear her song in full on the radio "must do everything that you can if you want to be liberated by your society".

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