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Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 14°C
The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you really need to know as you start your day.

1 #DERRY Four men have been arrested after a night of violence in Derry in which petrol bombs were thrown at police and vehicles were hijacked. The violence followed the annual Apprentice Boys Parade. Yesterday evening a woman and her daughter were pulled from their car during a highjacking. A pipe bomb was also thrown at police during yesterday’s violence.

2 #ELECTION 2012 Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann has won the Iowa Straw Poll in the US – an indicator of how the Republican race for the presidential nomination is shaping up. She took the top spot in what’s been called a ‘popularity contest’ ahead of Ron Paul in second place.

3 #INDIANA At least four people are dead after a stage collapsed during a storm at Indiana State Fair in the US. Strong winds caused the rigging that holds the lights and other equipment to fall into the crowd as the band Sugarland were waiting to perform. Witnesses have reported seeing many people with head and neck injuries and broken bones.

4 #MAYO A 38-year-old man has been killed in a road crash in Co. Mayo. The man was killed in a two-car collision on the N17 at Lisduff. Two other people were taken to hospital to be treated for non life threatening injuries.

5 #RIOTS Two men have been charged with murder in connection with the death of three men in an hit and run incident in Birmingham during the disturbances in the city. Joshua Donald, 26, and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with three counts of murder each. They’re due to appear in court later this morning.

6 #MARCH Thousands of people are expected to participate in a march in Dublin today calling for civil marriage equality. Organised by LGBT Noise, the demonstration is calling on the government to listen to calls highlighting the inequalities of civil partnership legislation. The march is calling for a lifting of the ban on same-sex marriage.

7. #IRISH IN AMERICA New procedures in America are seeing undocumented Irish in America forced out of jobs, reports the Sunday Independent. The Immigration Rights Commission has said that the new system means that a worker has to e-verify that they are entitled to work, and more and more employers are insisting on the new documentation.

8. #BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE New research suggests that beautiful people are more likely to be selfish and self-sufficient. They are also less likely to co-operate. Scientist are suggesting that the explanation may be found in evolution, as people with symmetrical faces tend to be healthier and more attractive, and less likely to need the help of others.

9. #HORSEMANING Forget planking, forget owling, and get with the new craze…. horsemaning. Horsemaning involved taking a picture which makes it look like you’ve lost your head. Check out Buzz Feed and Horsemaning’s very own Tumblr for examples.


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