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Five Day Ordeal – Peter Doone – Murderer’s Visit – Drugs Billionaire – Americas Cup – Top Marks – Dying Kids – DNA Testing – Cannabis In Parliament – Publishing Row

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FIVE DAY ORDEAL: For five days Sam Layton lay in agony under his tractor, praying that someone would find him. The 58-year-old farmer kept his spirits up in intense cold and driving rain by sipping from a water bottle as he fought off the pain from a badly crushed leg which had turned gangrenous.

PETER DOONE: Police who found out about the Peter Doone incident the night it happened decided to use it for training staff - while failing to initiate a formal inquiry. It was only when journalists began asking questions six days after Mr Doone was stopped that police moved to investigate, the Herald can reveal.

PETER DOONE: Peter Doone's fall from grace as the Commissioner of Police will be capped by a humiliating demotion to the rank of constable. Where once he ruled the entire police force, he will assume the lowest status from March 1 when he takes up his six-month posting with the Government's crime prevention unit.

MURDERER’S VISIT: New Zealand police are trawling through missing persons and unsolved murder files after it was revealed that a Royal Navy sailor charged with two murders spent four months in Auckland between the killings. British detectives are considering coming to Auckland to track the movements of Petty Officer Alan Michael Grimson, who is charged with killing two young men in 1997 and 1998.

DRUGS BILLIONAIRE: The Herald finally gets the opportunity today to argue its case for publishing the name of the American billionaire who escaped conviction for importing drugs. Lawyers acting for the newspaper will argue the application to overturn the order against the billionaire's lawyer, Marie Dyhrberg, before Judge David Harvey at the Otahuhu District Court from 10 this morning.

AMERICAS CUP: Lucky charm Renzo Guidi was both elated and heartbroken yesterday as his beloved Luna Rossa scored the first victory in the America's Cup challenger final. Guidi, the 73-year-old 17th man on the Prada boat, continued the winning streak that has earned him a permanent spot sitting on Luna Rossa's stern.

TOP MARKS: It's just as well Richard Kramer can add up. The country's joint top male scholar in 1999 Bursary exams nearly missed out on the honour because his English marks were added up wrongly on his paper. The Albany teenager, whose family moved to New Zealand from South Africa three years ago, was initially disappointed at his English result.

DYING KIDS: Thirty-four children and youths known to the Government's welfare agency died in the year to last July, including 10 in suicides and 10 in accidents. Fifteen were in the care of their parents and a further five were with family or whanau. Most of the others were in the care of Department of Child, Youth and Family, in residences or with caregivers when they died.

DNA TESTING: Police Minister George Hawkins is keen to look at making DNA testing compulsory for jailed serious offenders. DNA testing of prisoners in Britain has led to about 60 per cent of serious unsolved crimes being solved.

CANNABIS IN PARLIAMENT: An Alliance press secretary accused of smoking marijuana in Parliament will keep his job, but he has not been completely exonerated. The Speaker, Jonathan Hunt, said it was a "a classic case of 'not proven'," after receiving a report on the incident.

PUBLISHING ROW: An Auckland publisher accused of duping elderly Australians says he will take the politician who is accusing him to court. "The Australian Roll of Honour" is published by Aucklander Alister Taylor and includes biographies and photographs of people who have received honours.

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