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High Court to decide on Pell appeal bid

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A decision on whether disgraced cardinal George Pell can appeal his child sexual abuse conviction in the High Court will be made this week.

The court will announce its decision at 9.30am on Wednesday in Canberra.

Pell, 78, was found guilty by a jury of the rape of a 13-year-old choirboy and sexual assault of another at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in 1996 but Australia’s most senior Catholic has always denied any wrongdoing.

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Dallas star Patrick Duffy recounts the ‘horrific’ night his parents were shot dead in 1986

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Former Dallas star Patrick Duffy opened up about the 'horrific' night both of his parents were murdered 33 years later. The 70-year-old actor is pictured November 9

Former Dallas star Patrick Duffy opened up about the 'horrific' night both of his parents were murdered 33 years later. The 70-year-old actor is pictured November 9

Former Dallas star Patrick Duffy opened up about the ‘horrific’ night both of his parents were murdered 33 years later. The 70-year-old actor is pictured November 9

Former Dallas star Patrick Duffy has opened up about the ‘horrific’ night both of his parents were murdered 33 years later.  

The 70-year-old actor’s parents, Terence and Marie Duffy, were shot and killed in the tavern they owned in Boulder, Montana, in November 1986.  

‘My father kicked these two young men out of the bar at some point in the evening,’ Duffy recounted in the most recent issue of Closer Weekly

‘So they went and drank elsewhere… and came back to the bar to kick his a**. When they stepped in the bar with their guns, they shot him. There was nobody else in the bar, so they shot both my mother and my father.’

Duffy recalled going through ‘all the emotions of the horrific event – shock and anger and everything’, but said he ‘never felt disconnected’ from his parents.  

‘I never felt that immediate loss. I did not know why then, but in retrospect, it was a result of being Buddhist,’ he explained. 

Duffy's parents, Terence and Marie Duffy, were shot and killed in the tavern they owned in Boulder, Montana, in November 1986. The family are seen together in an undated photo

Duffy's parents, Terence and Marie Duffy, were shot and killed in the tavern they owned in Boulder, Montana, in November 1986. The family are seen together in an undated photo

Duffy’s parents, Terence and Marie Duffy, were shot and killed in the tavern they owned in Boulder, Montana, in November 1986. The family are seen together in an undated photo

Sean A Wentz and Kenneth A Miller  were convicted of murder in 1986 slayings. Wentz, who fired the fatal shots, is seen in an undated mugshot

Sean A Wentz and Kenneth A Miller  were convicted of murder in 1986 slayings. Wentz, who fired the fatal shots, is seen in an undated mugshot

Miller is seen in an undated mugshot

Miller is seen in an undated mugshot

Sean A Wentz (left) and Kenneth A Miller (right) were convicted of murder in 1986 slayings. The men are seen in undated mugshots

Sean A Wentz and Kenneth A Miller, then both 19, were charged with deliberate homicide and later convicted.  

Wentz, the one who fired the fatal shots, was sentenced to 180 years in prison. Miller, his accomplice, was released on parole in 2007.

‘I’m okay with that,’ Duffy said. ‘My point of view is he’s already been punished. You know, whether he’s in prison or out of prison.’

When he lost his parents, whom he described as ‘very social’ and ‘pretty ordinary, pleasant people’, Duffy leaned on his wife, Carlyn Rosser. 

When he lost his parents Duffy leaned on his wife, Carlyn Rosser (above together in 1987)

When he lost his parents Duffy leaned on his wife, Carlyn Rosser (above together in 1987)

When he lost his parents Duffy leaned on his wife, Carlyn Rosser (above together in 1987)

In 2017, the actor, who played Bobby Ewing on the popular CBS television series Dallas, faced another devastatingly sudden loss when Rosser died aged 77.  

‘It was a surprise when she passed,’ Duffy said. ‘There was no indication. So that was the big adjustment.’ 

He said the couple’s son’s, 45-year-old Padriac and 39-year-old Conor, served as his biggest supporters after he lost his wife of 43 years. 

Duffy faced another devastatingly sudden loss when Rosser died aged 77 in 2017. The couple are pictured together in 1995

Duffy faced another devastatingly sudden loss when Rosser died aged 77 in 2017. The couple are pictured together in 1995

Duffy faced another devastatingly sudden loss when Rosser died aged 77 in 2017. The couple are pictured together in 1995

‘My boys were there as stalwarts,’ Duffy said. ‘But I also realized that, as much as they were trying to buttress old dad up, I’m probably more adjusted to this set of circumstances than they are. 

‘You reach a certain age and you realize the road ahead is much shorter than the road behind.’

Two years after Rosser’s passing, Duffy said he still feels ‘close to her all the time’. 

‘I can hear her. I can see her,’ he said. ‘I know what she would expect of me, and I try and live up to that. 

‘I still consider myself a married man.’ 

While he works to move forward for the sake of himself and his family, Duffy vowed to continue cherishing his wife’s memory.  

‘There are no mistakes in life,’ he said. ‘I can mend every fence I’ve broken and create value out of everything I’ve done if I’m given enough time. I have done it and I still am doing okay. 

‘I have worked hard to make the best of life, and it’s been good to me.’

Duffy’s latest acting venture, the Lifetime TV movie Random Acts of Christmas, hits the small screen on November 17.

Duffy played Bobby Ewing in the CBS drama Dallas. He is seen second from right in an undated cast photo

Duffy played Bobby Ewing in the CBS drama Dallas. He is seen second from right in an undated cast photo

Duffy played Bobby Ewing in the CBS drama Dallas. He is seen second from right in an undated cast photo

Duffy's latest acting venture, the Lifetime TV movie Random Acts of Christmas, hits the small screen on November 17. The actor is pictured at an event on October 22

Duffy's latest acting venture, the Lifetime TV movie Random Acts of Christmas, hits the small screen on November 17. The actor is pictured at an event on October 22

Duffy’s latest acting venture, the Lifetime TV movie Random Acts of Christmas, hits the small screen on November 17. The actor is pictured at an event on October 22 

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Uber Eats driver sacked for being 10 minutes late with a delivery appeals unfair dismissal ruling

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The case of an Uber Eats driver who was allegedly sacked for delivering food 10 minutes late has been likened to modern-day slavery, the Transport Workers’ Union says.

The union on Monday launched an appeal against a previous Fair Work Commission decision that upheld the sacking of Adelaide-based driver Amita Gupta.

Ms Gupta delivered food for Uber Eats for as many as 96 hours per week, according to the TWU.

The case of an Uber Eats driver who was allegedly sacked for delivering food 10 minutes late has been likened to modern-day slavery (stock image)

The case of an Uber Eats driver who was allegedly sacked for delivering food 10 minutes late has been likened to modern-day slavery (stock image)

The case of an Uber Eats driver who was allegedly sacked for delivering food 10 minutes late has been likened to modern-day slavery (stock image)

She was stood down in January without the right to appeal after receiving a message that her access to the Uber app had been stopped.

The Commission previously rejected Ms Gupta’s unfair dismissal claim, saying she was not an actual employee of Uber Eats.

This means she was not protected by unfair dismissal laws.

The union’s appeal on behalf of Ms Gupta was about ending ‘worker exploitation via an app’.

‘We do not believe it is in the public interest for these dystopian conditions to be allowed to endure and become the norm in Australia,’ TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said in a statement.

The union is seeking to establish rights for gig-economy workers after previous legal fights with Deliveroo and Foodora.

 

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Man is arrested for attacking a firefighter who extinguished his burning car 

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A man punched two firefighters because he thought they were taking too long to extinguish his car which was on fire in Missouri.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Shreve and Natural Bridge in St. Louis on Friday evening.

According to firefighters, they were trying to extinguish the car when its owner believed they were working too slowly, so he started punching two of them, KMOV reported. 

A man punched two firefighters because he thought they were taking too long to extinguish his car which was on fire in Missouri

A man punched two firefighters because he thought they were taking too long to extinguish his car which was on fire in Missouri

A man punched two firefighters because he thought they were taking too long to extinguish his car which was on fire in Missouri

Firefighters said the man had crashed his vehicle into another car, KMOV reported.

A video shot by a witness showed firefighters holding the man down before he jumped back up and lunged towards one of them.

He reportedly hit one firefighter, who defended himself by managing to duck as the man swung for him. He then gets the man down on the ground. 

The man first lunged at one firefighter who was putting out a fire which started in his car

The man first lunged at one firefighter who was putting out a fire which started in his car

The man first lunged at one firefighter who was putting out a fire which started in his car 

He then started fighting with another firefighter

He then started fighting with another firefighter

He then started fighting with another firefighter

He then started fighting with another firefighter

A video shot by a witness showed firefighters holding the man down before he jumped back up and lunged towards one of them

Both firefighters did not need any treatment and the man was subsequently taken into custody

Both firefighters did not need any treatment and the man was subsequently taken into custody

Both firefighters did not need any treatment and the man was subsequently taken into custody

Both firefighters did not need any treatment and the man was subsequently taken into custody.  

A fire department spokesman told News 4 the St. Louis Fire Chief will examine the video evidence to determine whether the fire fighters followed protocol. 

The victims said they did not want to see the man charged but did want him to get the help he needs.  They returned to duty later that night. 

Police have not said yet if the man was the owner of the car.  

 

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