Drunk teenage thief detained
A 17-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy, who stole and wrote off a woman's car during a drink-fuelled crime spree, was detained for eight months.
The boy, who had 16 prior convictions, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to motor theft, interfering with a car he broke into, criminal damage and driving without insurance,
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the boy had been involved in a "spree of offences" which were all committed while he was under the influence of alcohol.
Judge Bryan Smyth said the court had "no option but to give a period of detention".
Cut new cars by 20pc -- Fiat
Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne estimates Europe needs to cut 10 to 20pc of its car manufacturing capacity to deal with falling sales in the region.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers estimates Europe sold 13.5 million vehicles last year, down from a peak of 16 million in 2007.
Mr Marchionne said he thought sales would stay at that depressed level until at least 2014, unless Europe's governments solve the region's debt crisis.
$1bn deal for new telescope
China and India are catapulting to the forefront of astronomy research with their decision to join as partners in a Hawaii telescope that will be the world's largest when it is built later this decade.
China and India will pay a share of the construction cost - expected to top $1bn - for the Thirty Metre Telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano. They will also have a share of the observation time.
The Thirty Metre Telescope's giant mirror will give it nine times the light-collecting area of the largest optical telescopes in use today. Its images will also be three times sharper.
Bean to star
TV hardman Sean Bean is to show off his more feminine side -- playing a transsexual in a courtroom drama.
Bean, who made his name in the Napoleonic war drama Sharpe, dons a mini-skirt and a blonde wig for the role in BBC1's Accused.
The legal drama is written by Cracker creator Jimmy McGovern. Bean plays an English teacher called Simon and his alter ego, Tracie.