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• Both the Crown and defence recommended a consecutive jail term for a woman who drove drunk on Halloween night with her child in the car.

But in the end, the judge listened to the woman’s pleas and went along with her suggestion to serve her time on weekends.

“Thank you, Your Honour,” Nicole Chapman said to Judge James Walsh after he sentenced her to an 89-day intermittent jail term Thursday at provincial court in St. John’s.


• For more than 40 years the Muslim community in St. John’s has had to bury its dead based on the layout of the graveyard rather than according to Islamic practice. But with the development of the first Muslim cemetery in the province, the community will finally be able to lay their loved ones to rest facing Mecca.

Dr. Syed Pirzada, president of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANAL), said the association acquired Crown land in Torbay a few years ago and has finally been given the go-ahead to begin clearing the land.

The Town of Torbay gave its approval last week and Pirzada says it couldn’t have come at a better time.


• Decorum in the House of Assembly was once again an issue this week, with Liberal House Leader Yvonne Jones accusing the government of possibly having people follow her and keep tabs on her whereabouts.

Jones said Transportation Minister Paul Davis — a former RNC officer — was potentially responsible for tracking her whereabouts.

Davis brushed off the accusation as absurd.


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Organizations: Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, MANAL, Liberal House Breaking News

Geographic location: Torbay

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