Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 8, 2008

16m Donors Give Desperate People the Gift of Life; DONATION REGISTER CELEBRATES 14 YEARS OF SAVING LIVES
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter THIS week the organ donor register celebrates its 14th birthday. Since its launch in 1994, nearly 16 million people have signed up to save a life across the UK, by stating their wish to donate their organs...
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Air Academy Taking Flight; Pounds 3.2m Expansion Means Students Can Get off to a Flyer
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter BUDDING pilots and cabin crew staff from the North East can give their careers a flying start, as an aviation academy takes off in our region. Newcastle College's School of Applied Science opened its...
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Amazing Grace in Ace Success
GRACE DIXON has won the Indoor Series 14 and under girls' singles event at Loughborough University. Dixon, a member of the Northumberland Tennis Academy and playing in her first year-14 tournament, won the event in style, beating top seed Anna Southam...
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ANIMAL MAGIC; Memories of Amazing Winter Zoo of 1960s Come Flooding Back
Byline: RAY MARSHALL NOTHING has sparked more interest among Remember When readers than the old Winter Zoo in late 1960s Newcastle. Following the story of the newly-discovered cine film, now published on our website - www.chroniclelive.co.uk...
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Any Other Business
Byline: PETER YOUNG PETER Mandelson's recall to the Cabinet as Business Secretary along with his elevation to the House of Lords by Gordon Brown has astounded many Labour activists in the North East, Mandy's old stamping ground when he was MP for...
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A ROYAL SALUTE; Final QE2 Cruise into the Tyne
SCORES of families watched as the world's most famous liners floated up the Tyne for the final time today, before she leaves the UK for good. The QE2 returned to the Port of Tyne this morning and after one more stop in Southampton, it will depart...
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Badminton Starlets Are Joining the County Set
THE Northumberland County Badminton Championships for under-14 and under-18 took place at John Spence Community College in North Tyneside. The excellent entry of 80 was a significant increase on last year and produced four multiple winners. Emma...
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BAIL-OUT; CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES Pounds 50bn PACKAGE TO BEAT CRUNCH
Byline: By DAVID OLD A HUGE rescue package was unveiled by the Government today in a bid to kick-start the economy. Chancellor Alistair Darling announced details of the bail-out, which involves up to pounds 50bn of tax payers' money. The plan...
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BAIL OUT; Pounds 50bn RESCUE PACKAGE ANNOUNCED AS BANK CUTS RATES
Byline: By DAVID OLD INTEREST rates were slashed by 0.5% today as central banks around the world responded to the global financial turmoil. The snap decision by the Bank of England - a day earlier than expected - came as the Treasury announced...
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Big Loss Leaves Welfare Red-Faced; Division One
RED ROW Welfare are having problems thjs season - and the sudden departure of their manager has not helped their cause. The Welfare suffered a 12-1 hammering away at Cullercoats, Femi Akinbolu helping himself to four of the winners' goals with colleagues...
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Buffalo's Alive and Kicking; Texter Is Hunted over Claim Club Was Closing
Byline: By TOM MULLEN A TEXT message hoaxer is being hunted after false messages were sent out claiming a popular nightclub had gone bust. Police are investigating after it was wrongly claimed Buffalo Joes on Gateshead quayside had gone into...
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Carers Suspended for Ripping off Friend; PAIR FACING DISCIPLINARY ACTION AFTER ADMITTING FRAUD
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR TWO care home workers who ripped off a landlord have been suspended after bosses found out about their crime. Buddies-in-crime John Calvert, 36, and Christopher Dixon, 20, are facing disciplinary proceedings at separate...
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City Squad Is Ready for Kick-Off; Schools Football
NEWCASTLE Under-12s play their first match of the season on Saturday against North Tyneside at George Stephenson School (10.30). Manager Stephen Wood was impressed with the standard of football at the team's recent trials. He said: "The boys...
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Crouch Relishing Prospect of Defoe Cap Link-Up
PETER CROUCH is confident his successful partnership with Jermain Defoe at Portsmouth can thrive with England if the pair are chosen for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus. The duo have struck up a good understanding since Crouch...
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Double Standard; Council Magazine Features Two-for-One Booze Ad
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HEALTH - conscious council chiefs are accused of double standards over a cheap booze promotion. The row is over a cut-price drinks offer at a local pub advertised in a council magazine delivered to homes...
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Durham Ace Park Quitting Riverside
DERBYSHIRE have signed Durham all-rounder Garry Park on a two-year-contract. The 25-year-old turned down a four-year contract with the newly-crowned LV county champions in search of more regular first-team cricket. Park, a right-handed batsman...
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Dustry Can Aid Hannon Stature
RICHARD HANNON proved again that this season he has no peers in training juveniles - and another winner looks in the offing with Dustry at Newbury. This twice-raced colt showed significant improvement to win in impressive style last time in a manner...
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Eaton Be Merry after a Double Triumph!
RICHARD EATON and Sarah Renton enjoyed success at the double at the annual Northumberland County Restricted Tournament. Both claimed singles and doubles titles at the season's traditional curtain-raiser at Newcastle's Benfield Centre for Sporting...
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Ethnic Geordies Put on West End Show; Immigrants Tell of Toon Life on Film
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter GEORDIES are well known for their friendliness. Now this positive view of Tyneside has been confirmed by immigrants who have looked at their lives here through a lens. Newcastle's ethnic communities,...
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Factory Horror; Worker Tells of Bid to Save Injured Engineer
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A FACTORY worker told how staff used their jumpers to try to stop an engineer from bleeding after he fell into a machine. Jens Hinrichs, 36, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull when he became trapped...
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Fenwick Scott the Goalscoring Touch; Re-Max Northern Alliance League Premier Division
INJURIES deprived Ponteland United of Richard Kent, Joe Dawson, Andrew Davidson and David Redhead for the game with Carlisle City. With Liam McIvor serving a one-week suspension, manager Jarrod Suddick gave a start to Dean Gate, who had been transferred...
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Football: KINNEAR HAILS HERO TAYLS; Praise for Ace Who Sparked a Revival
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has hailed Steven Taylor for bouncing back to form with a vengeance in Sunday's draw at Everton. And England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce got in on the act when he told me: "I would put my...
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Golden Boy Stepho Leads Glory Charge; MARTIAL ARTS PICTURE SPECIAL
FIFTEEN of Washington Judo Club's judoka took to the mat at two competitions on the same day - and floored the opposition to claim 15 medals. James Stephenson was the club's sole representative in the Amateur Judo Association's Bushido Championships...
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He Lived for His Children and Me. All He Ever Wanted Was to Have a Family; Mum and Boys Struggle to Cope with the Heartache
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter HER two boys are giving the widow of murdered Gary Carr strength to carry on from day to day. When Tracey, 34, breaks down in tears it's her 12-year-old son, Owen, who gives her a hug. Together with...
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Hill's Boys Get Fingers Burn-T; Football Pools Trust Kill/wth Mini League
SEGHILL are still looking for their first points of the season after losing 4-1 to Burnside United in the Amberley Under-Nine Autumn League. They went behind when Ryan Prauschke scored from the spot in the first half. Seghill equalised through...
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House about That; Ashbrooke End Coxhoe Run Wearside League
ASHBROOKE Belford House ended Coxhoe Athletic's unbeaten sequence by winning an eight-goal clash on Wearside. In the early stages, however, it looked as if Coxhoe were on their way to another victory. Stephen Clifford fired them ahead after just...
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Joe Has Got Us Back on Track: Harper
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE Harper has given an insight into the impact made by Newcastle United's interim boss Joe Kinnear. The Toon goalkeeper feels that the ex-Wimbledon boss has restored some confidence and believes his tactical know-how can...
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Keep Noise Down! COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOUD MUSIC AND PARTIES ROCKET BY OVER 2,100
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COMPLAINTS about noisy neighbours are soaring in Newcastle with late night parties and loud music the biggest problem. The city council has a special team to deal with nighttime noise and the courts were...
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Killer Claims Officer Was on Payroll; MURDERER TELLS COURT HOW DETECTIVE WAS IN DRUG DEALER'S POCKET
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY KILLER Steven Bevens told a court how his gangland boss thought he was untouchable because he was paying a policeman to feed him information. Bevens was with Allan Foster when he executed David 'Noddy' Rice in a Tyneside...
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Luxury for a Lot Less; Used Prices Are Low So Now Is the Time to Treat Yourself to Luxury, Says MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE
Byline: MATTHEW TUMBRIDGE I AM flabbergasted at the opportunities out there in the car market. While much of the media is 'gloomy and down, there is good reason for the used car buyer to rejoice. Depreciation on 4x4s, popular family cars and...
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Make Way for Motown's Best; A Host of Motown's Greatest Acts Will Celebrate the Label's 50th Anniversary with a Gig in Newcastle. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: GORDON BARR THE Once in a Lifetime brand of concerts has proved a huge success over the past few years. Today it announced one of its biggest shows yet - Motown Legends Live. The Commodores, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Martha Reeves...
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Making His Marc; GRASSROOTS SPORT SPECIAL REPORT ON THE JUNIOR GREAT NORTH RUN Cram Junior and Avery Claim Glory on Quayside
Byline: BILL McGUIRK THE Junior North Run continues to grow, with youngsters flocking to the Quayside from every corner of the country. Because of the increased numbers this year, the age groups were spread over four events with the Mini North...
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My Emily Was Born to Be in X-Factor; Mum Reveals Daughter's Lifelong Desire to Be a Singer
Byline: By LIZ LAMB SHE always wanted to be a star. And these photographs prove cafe owner Emily McNamee really does have the X Factor. The 19-year-old, from Durham, has always wanted to be a singer and these snaps from her family album show...
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My Magical Night with Disney Stars; MIRACLE GIRL PUTS STORM DRAIN ORDEAL BEHIND HER FOR A VIP EVENING AT SHOW
Byline: By TOM MULLEN LAUGHING with her family, miracle girl Leona Baxter came face-to-face with her cartoon heroes. Just four weeks ago the four-year-old was rescued against all the odds after plunging down a flooded storm drain. Leona had...
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My Old Mate Joe Will Get It Right: Gould
JOE KINNEAR will put the smile back on the faces of Newcastle United - and put a few points in the Premier League bank. That's the verdict today from Kinnear's mentor Bobby Gould. The former Wimbledon and Wales manager was in the North East at...
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North in Pol Position Ahead of New Season
THE new National Women's League Division One campaign is less than two weeks away for Team Northumbria. The Newcastle-based squad hopes to improve on last year's third-place finish - and as part of its build-up played a friendly against Scottish...
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Oriental Delight; Travel
Byline: By TOM SCOTNEY IF you're one of the millions of people passing through Narita airport in Tokyo, why not take the chance to have a day off from travelling and explore one of the world's greatest cities? A favourite destination for the...
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Poem Inspires Knife Crime Film-Makers; YOUNGSTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO 16-YEAR-OLD STABBING VICTIM
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA KNIFE crime campaigner Suzanne Hilton today praised youngsters fighting the scourge of the nation's streets. Suzanne's 16-year-old son Glen Corner was killed in South Shields in August, 2006. He was celebrating his...
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POLICE SIEGE WITH ARMED TENANT; Man's Stand-Off in His Home
Byline: By MATT CASEY A MAN was arrested after a two-hour armed siege at his home. Police were called after the man, believed to be carrying a knife, barricaded himself in a house in North View, Meadowfield, near Durham. The drama started...
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Settled Cisse Set to Strike
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DJIBRIL CISSE insists he can handle the pressure to be an instant success at Sunderland. The France striker was Roy Keane's marquee signing this summer, joining the Black Cats on a year-long loan from Marseille. And...
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Shining like a Beacon! College Joy at Scooping Top Rugby Award
GATESHEAD College is the first in the North East to receive a Beacon Award from rugby union's national governing body for the learning experience offered to its students. The college's Academy of Sport at Gateshead Stadium is one of only three across...
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Show Is a Beauty; YOUNG REVIEWERS 2008/09 Young Reviewer PAUL TAYLOR Gives His Take on Disney's Beauty and the Beast, at Sunderland Empire until Saturday
Byline: PAUL TAYLOR THEY sing the words to a tale as old as time but has Disney's enchanting romantic story of Beauty and the Beast stood the test of time as it takes up residency at the Sunderland Empire Theatre this week? Having previously...
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Six-Hitters Amble Are on Top of Their Form; Division Two
AMBLE United are still setting the pace with Wideopen and District and Wallsend Boys' Club jointly occupying second place, three points behind the leaders. All of the pace-setters picked up maximum points and Amble, at home to Hexham, scored six...
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Starlet's Victory Ast to Rank as One His Best Yet
THE final of Sunday's one-day ranking event at Gateshead SC featured two of the series back-markers, Gateshead's national under-19 champion John Astley and Durham's former professional Michael Rhodes. What was expected to be a fast and furious match...
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Three-Wheeling; Trike Lets Disabled Lad Enjoy First Taste of Independence
Byline: By SARA NICHOL THERE'S no stopping little Shaun Cassidy now he's got his new set of wheels. The delighted eight-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, has, until now, been pushed around in a wheelchair. But a grant from the Chronicle's...
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Toon Rocked by Ryan Injury KO
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United's stand-in reserve team coach Richard Money has allayed fears that promising England under-17 striker Ryan Donaldson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Geordie boy Donaldson was sent flying after a challenge...
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Toon Stars in a League of Their Own for Charity; Premier Campaign Set to Benefit Toma Fund
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter THE Toma Fund is among charities set toTo benefit from Newcastle United's community work. The charity, set up in memory of talented Toon youth player Jordan Thompson, will receive a visit from a first team...
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Unlucky Bell Is Driven to Despair
Byline: By ZOE BURN ROBERT BELL'S FIA GT2 return hopes were dashed when he was knocked off the track from third place. The Morpeth-born driver, who was forced to miss the last round of the event because of his Le Mans Series commitments, had...
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Vent Your Spleen
I couldn't help reflecting on the young men of the same age who are bravely facing the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan I HAVE been watching the Great North Run on television and feel very proud of being a Geordie and proud of the participants,...
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Wilson Not in a N-Ice Mood!
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson has ordered his side to change their Jekyll and Hyde nature if they want to succeed this season. The Vipers polished off Cardiff Devils in their own barn on Saturday night in a 2-1 win,...
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