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Man to plead on pub charge

A DUBLIN man will indicate next month how he will plead to an allegation of violent disorder in a pub in the city.

Frederick Thompson (33) appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday after he was sent forward from the District Court earlier this month. Mr Thompson of Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8 has been charged with engaging in violent disorder along with two other named men at Morrissey’s Pub, Cork Street on January 7, 2013.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring set an arraignment date for June 20 when the accused will enter a plea or have a trial date set.

Prison sought for crash pilots

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking imprisonment for two American pilots involved in the 2006 crash of an airliner that resulted in 154 deaths.

In 2011, a federal judge ruled that pilots Joseph Lepore, and Jan Paladino were negligent for not verifying that anti-collision equipment and a device that would have alerted controllers to their location were functioning in their jet. Both have both denied that accusation. Their four-year prison sentence was later converted into community service in the US.

Jazz great Herb dies aged 100

Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer and actor who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the “Bronze Buckaroo” in a series of all-black 1930s Westerns, has died of heart failure. He was 100.

Jeffries became familiar to jazz fans, but segregation in the film industry limited his movie career.

He scored a big hit with Ellington as the vocalist on “Flamingo,” in 1940.

Among the other songs he did with Ellington were “There Shall Be No Night” and “You, You Darlin’.”

Fat cat Chunky tips the scales

A fat cat needs a new home after tipping the scales at more than 10kg - double a cat’s recommended weight.

Chunky is being cared for by staff at Cats Protection’s Cornwall Adoption Centre after his former owners admitted they were unable to help him lose weight.

The six-year-old ginger male weighed 10.7 Kg when he was brought into the centre last month.