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LIFE FOR GIRL: A 15-year-old girl has begun a life sentence for the frenzied killing of a middle-aged man. She is thought to be the youngest female convicted of murder in New Zealand.

ACC DOCTORS: Doctors who are protected from lawsuits over medical blunders have managed to avoid paying premiums into an ACC account set up to compensate the victims of medical misadventure.

PRADA & REDSOCKS: Prada's sailors will wear Kiwi-made lucky socks in their America's Cup battle with Team New Zealand.

CAN’T SWIM: Police will investigate the death of two boys at a school camp on the Coromandel Peninsula after revelations that one of them could not swim.

ITALIANS & HOTELS: There's no room at the casa for thousands of patriotic Italians desperately seeking accommodation while their country's top yachtsmen fight for the America's Cup.

CUP VILLIAGE: Tight-fisted members of the public are being blamed for the latest financial shock at the American Express NZ Cup Village.

PRICE FIXING: One of the men involved in the oil giants' price-fixing case is still working for Caltex's parent company overseas.

FACE SCRATCH: A police officer received scratch marks to his face during a roadside altercation with Alliance press secretary Moana Sinclair, the police allege.

SPORTS CHAMPIONS: The sparkle will be blinding. New Zealand's greatest sports stars will cluster in one huge glass tent in Auckland tonight to find out who is the sports champion of the century.

DRUNK MPS: Forget drunk in charge of a vehicle – Green MP Nandor Tanczos says he has seen an MP "drunk in charge of the country."

HAWKESBY DEAL: TVNZ directors at the time the Hawkesby deal was struck have contradicted Rosanne Meo and say they did not know of the newsreader's huge pay packet.

CULTURE OF EXCESS: The Labour-Alliance Coalition yesterday stepped up its campaign against "the culture of excess" in the public service, warning chief executives of Government departments not to expect an automatic pay rise this year.

KILLER AT 15: "I was just hard-out stabbing him. I felt evil. The place went cold like a freezer, and I knew I had killed him."

SUPERYACHTS: You could picture the Havana cigars flying into the Beluga caviare and the Dom Perignon being indecently shaken ... $1 billion worth of superyachts were leaving behind lazy harbour moorings for a taste of salt and sailing action.

COROMANDEL MARINA: In the Coromandel environmentalists were celebrating in Coromandel township last night after authorities turned down an application to build a $20 million marina and ferry terminal in Coromandel Harbour.

CRIMINAL RECORDS: In Wellington Justice Minister Phil Goff wants to revive 1990 legislation wiping clean the criminal records of people who have kept out of trouble for at least 10 years.

MAYOR IN COURT: Hamilton Mayor Russ Rimmington will find out next month if he is to earn a criminal conviction on a charge of dangerous driving.

MAORI DROPPED: Maori language advocates are worried that pupils in Maori immersion schools are dropping the language as soon as they get home from school.
Pinochet ruling hailed

PINOCHET RULING: In Santiago Chilean human rights activists punched the air in celebration yesterday as Britain's High Court ruled against Augusto Pinochet, blocking any rapid return home of the detained former dictator.

EDITORIAL : INFRASTRUCTURE AUCKLAND: Infrastructure Auckland, the body that owns the America's Cup base on behalf of the region's ratepayers, chose a good moment yesterday to admit to a $9 million shortfall of projected revenue from the public facilities. When the Viaduct Basin has been humming for months, and the excitement is building for the first race of the defence on Saturday, the additional public expense seems well worthwhile.

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