Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 25, 2008

At Long Last, Hope Emerges for Hundreds; Pleural Plaques Sufferers Could Finally Win Compensation
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter HOPE has emerged for hundreds of workers who contracted pleural plaques. Ministers are attempting to seal a deal that would see insurers pay up to pounds 5,000 each to sufferers of the condition....
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Boy with a 'Backward' Heart Saved by Major Op; Surgeons Perform Operation for the First Time in the North East
Byline: By TOM MULLEN HEART surgeons have carried out an operation for the first time to save a boy of three. Alec Hutchinson was born with a condition which meant the blood vessels in his heart were 'plumbed in' back to front. The abnormality,...
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CAPTAIN MARVEL; United Hero Peter Beardsley Backs Michael Owen to Continue to Inspire the Magpies Away from Danger Zone and Be The
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIE legend Peter Beardsley is confident Michael Owen can continue to be Newcastle United's captain marvel between now and the end of the season. Owen put the lid on the 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday just days after...
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Care Lad's Drugs Death Concerns; Smuggled Super Strong Pills Fears
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A TROUBLED teenager in council care may have died after swallowing imported superstrength drugs. Tests on 14-year-old Dane Edgar showed he had the equivalent of 49 tablets in his body when he died, it was said at a Morpeth...
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Cats Are Facing Hammer Blow
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER TRINIDAD & Tobago are threatening to complain to FIFA after Sunderland duo Kenwyne Jones and Carlos Edwards pulled out of tomorrow's friendly against Jamaica - and that could mean the pair are barred from playing for...
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Chippy Gets the Gold for Cleanliness; Takeaway Named as North East's Most Hygienic
Byline: By DAVID BLACKWOOD A TAKEAWAY run by a former nurse has been named the cleanest chippy in the North East. Pam Sandhu upholds the same high standards of hygiene at S&P Golden Fry in High Heaton, Newcastle, as she did on the hospital...
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Cricket: Broad Targets 'Massive' Win; Tourists on Verge of Breaking Barren Overseas Test Run
STUART BROAD admitted seizing a series triumph over New Zealand would be "a massive win" as England closed in on victory in the final Test in Napier. Having declared on 467 for seven early on the fourth day to set New Zealand an unlikely victory...
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Cyclist Reaping All the Benefits; Welfare Worker Ditches Her Car for Making Home Visits Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A WELFARE rights worker is doing her bit to benefit the environment. Maggie Bailey, who works for Newcastle City Council, makes home visits to people, helping them claim benefits they may not be aware...
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Delays on the Roads
ICY conditions caused delays on the region's roads today. An overturned car on the A189, Benton Lane, Longbenton, caused the road to be closed. Commuters were faced with queues on Front Street, Longbenton, until the road was re-opened this morning....
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Ex-Pupil Wants to Have a Party; 60th-Birthday Wish to Meet Up with School Pals
Byline: By SARA NICHOL IT'S been nearly half a century since he saw his school friends, but Arthur Wheatley has a birthday dream to get all his old chums back together. About to celebrate turning 60, Mr Wheatley, of Leam Gardens, Wardley, Gateshead,...
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Football: Bogie's Easter Delight; UNIBOND PREM
GATESHEAD made it a productive Easter when they recorded their second consecutive 3-0 win to consolidate third spot in the table. Fleetwood Town's shock 3-0 win at leaders Witton Albion, however, will make it difficult for the Tynesiders to break...
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Football: Cacapa's out of Toon Fight to Beat Drop
Byline: By ALAN OLOVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United fear they will be without Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa for the rest of the season. For the 31-year-old defender has a groin injury and Kevin Keegan says he expects him to be sidelined...
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Football: Drama as Star Leave It So Late; UNIBOND FIRST
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT PAUL BAKER did his chances of becoming Newcastle Blue Star's manager on a permanent basis no harm with an exciting victory at Radcliffe Borough in yesterday's UniBond League Division One North game. But the former Newcastle...
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Football: HAT'S MORE LIKE IT JOEY; Kev's Joy as Barton Finds Form
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN has hailed Joey Barton's performance in Newcastle United's victory over Fulham as his best for the club. And Keegan, the man who so famously wears his heart on his sleeve, has told Joey...
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Football: Spartans on a Slippery Slope; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans' alarming slide continued when they lost their Easter Monday bottomfive clash 3-1 at home to an improving Hinckley United. Fortunately for the struggling Spartans - set to sign Marske United striker David...
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Football: We Can Come Back from Four-Goal Deficit
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY boss Ian Chandler today pointed to the Hillheads side's club crest as their inspiration to try to turn around a four-goal deficit in the FA Vase against Lowestoft Town. Whitley go into Saturday's second leg with...
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Four Crimes in Two Weeks - They Finally Lock Him Up
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A SERIAL menace has been taken off Tyneside's streets after admitting his fourth crime in just over two weeks. Robert Webber was refused bail after pleading guilty to carrying a craft-knife blade. The 26-year-old...
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Four Years Later She Took Her Revenge; Sacked Barmaid Launches Ferocious Assault on Ex-Boss
Byline: By TOM MULLEN SHE harboured a grudge for four years - then took ferocious revenge. Bitter Hayley Barker never forgave her boss for her sacking as a barmaid. And when the chance presented itself, her payback was savage. Barker used...
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Golf: Old Boy Backing Eagles Title Push; Crown Is Still Yours to Lose Insists Ace Dorsey
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN BRITISH basketball legend Tony "Dynamite" Dorsey has claimed Newcastle Eagles are i still in the driving seat in the league title race. Dorsey, last year's player of the season for the Eagles, gave a real master-class for...
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Golf: Storm Regrets Missed Chance
GRAEME Storm was frustrated with his efforts on the last day of the CA Championship yesterday, after he failed to launch a credible push for the title in Miami. Storm still finished top European, tied for sixth behind winner Geoff Ogilvy, but the...
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Golf: We'll Make Our Mark in Play-Offs
Byline: By LEE RYDER CANADIAN ace Mark Gouett insists anything is possible in the Elite League play-offs after Newcastle Vipers polished off the champions Coventry Blaze in their final game of the regular season. Head coach Rob Wilson has been...
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Hidden Danger of Herbal Remedies; the Death of Newcastle Graduate Ling Wang after Taking Chinese Herbal Medicine Has Re-Opened the Debate on the Practice. ALASTAIR CRAIG Looks at the Conflicting Views
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG THEY'RE on many High Streets, their wares a mystery to most. Chinese herbalists are big business, as many of us turn our backs on Western remedies and seek alternative treatments. This 3,000-year-old tradition, unlike...
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Horse Racing: Davoir Is in Favour; Harris-Trained Gelding Has Great Chance
DICKIE LE DAVOIR holds a great chance at the weights in Southwell's hambletonracing. co.uk Handicap tomorrow. In what promises to develop into a fascinating clash, the John Harristrained gelding will once again lock horns with an in-form Came Back....
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Hunt on for the Third Man after Teenager Killed; 19-Year-Old Dies of Severe Head Injuries
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN, HELEN RAE & TOM MULLEN A HUNT was on for a third man today after a teenager died of head injuries in a gang attack. The victim, named locally as Ross Davidson, 19, is thought to have been assaulted in a house in...
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I Didn't Get Well All of a Sudden; Swap Op Man in Pounds 7,000 Fiddle
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS DISABLED Gary Leonard fiddled more than pounds 7,000 benefit after failing to report that his health had improved. The 51-year-old was paid Disability Living Allowance because he claimed he needed help indoors and out...
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I'll Always Be There If England Need Me - Becks
DAVID BECKHAM has insisted playing Major League Soccer will not impair his effectiveness with England as he prepares to earn his 100th cap in tomorrow's friendly with France in Paris. And the Los Angeles Galaxy player is ready to make regular long-haul...
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In the News
CHART sensation Gabriella Cilmi supports the Sugababes at Newcastle City Hall tonight WHAT'S it like being described as the new Amy Winehouse with a mix of Cyndi Lauper? "Well, I don't think Amy and I are that similar and I think our musical...
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It Was Such a Shock When I Found out I Had Cancer, but You Have to Take It on the Chin and Just Fight It; Sir Bobby Determined to Help out Other Sufferers
Byline: By SARA NICHOL FOOTBALL'S gentleman Sir Bobby Robson today launches his cancer foundation. As the former Newcastle boss battles the disease for the fifth time he is devoting his time to raising funds to support those pioneering the fight...
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Loft Debate Heats Up; in the Latest Installment of His Green Diary, STEVE EMSLEY Ponders Insulation, Insulation, Insulation Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: STEVE EMSLEY I KNOW the insulation we have put in the loft works well because I can feel it is warmer than it used to be and the heat stays around for longer. Joining the Go Green campaign has made me want to find out more about exactly...
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Passengers' Flight Chaos; Travellers Abused Crew after Using Mobile Phones on Plane
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THREE passengers caused chaos on a flight when they started phoning pals on their mobile phones. Trouble flared when an easyJet flight from Belfast to Newcastle headed into land just after 1am on Saturday morning. Bad...
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Police Rule out Arson in Blaze at Garage; Residents Are Evacuated after Gas Canisters Explode
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A HUGE fire which led to dozens of families being evacuated is not being treated as suspicious. The Wilson & Young Body Repair Centre, in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, went up in flames last Friday morning. People...
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Pool: Ken All Set for a Tough Battle
IRELAND'S Ken Doherty insists he cannot take anything for granted at the China Open. The former world champion was set to lock horns with Cleveland professional Mike Dunn today in the first round of this week's event. And the world No 4 knows...
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Riverside Protests Get Louder; OPPOSITION TO CITY HOMES PLANS RECEIVE POWERFUL BOOST
Byline: By KERRY WOOD OPPOSITION to a riverside revamp has received some heavyweight support. Residents objecting to the plans to build houses and offices in the heart of Durham City have been backed by a series of powerful and influential bodies....
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Rugby Union: Bates Is Sticking to Falcons Game Plan
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES has vowed not to plot a new course in the wake of Friday's Leeds defeat, taking his tweaked game plan to Harlequins this weekend. Interim Falcons rugby director Bates was satisfied with much of Friday night's...
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Rugby Union: Mixed Emotions for Woods as Thunder Edge Win
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS reckons Gateshead Thunder can be a National Two force - but only once they can play for a full 80 minutes. Thunder edged out Workington Town at Gateshead Stadium yesterday - but they left it late to mount a...
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Sahara Run to Boost Our Fund; Grateful Dad Plans Desert Trek to Say Thank You Chronicle SunshineFund
Byline: By SARA NICHOL BLISTERING heat and miles of barren wilderness are not enough to deter Mark Armstrong from raising money for the Sunshine Fund. The 32-year-old is about to set off on one of the most gruelling and tough footraces in the...
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Stars Are Galloping into the Spotlight; What's on Young Reviewer CHRIS CONWAY Gives His Take on Equus, at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday
Byline: CHRIS CONWAY AFTER the controversy over the casting of Daniel Radcliffe when Equus debuted in London in 2007, I knew seeing it here would certainly be an exciting experience. Although this performance was Harry Potter-less, Alfie Allen...
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Teachers Face Closure Threat; Tories Reveal Plans to Tackle Failing Schools
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter FAILING schools could be taken off local authorities' hands under proposals set out by Tory frontbencher Michael Gove. The shadow schools secretary has pledged to introduce legislation in the first...
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THE Lamplight Arts Centre
STANLEY THE Lamplight Arts Centre is presenting the Indian Music Trail at 1.50pm tomorrow. There will be a writers open mic night at 7.30pm on Monday. A Rock and roll evening in East Stanley Club raised pounds 530 for the Chester-le-Street Children's...
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Tribute to Forgotten Heroes; Bevin Boys Honoured
Byline: By BILL JACOBS THE Bevin Boys, the Second World War's forgotten heroes, were today finally receiving official honours. Prime Minister Gordon Brown was using a Downing Street ceremony to award the first commemorative badges to some of...
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Vent Your Spleen
"Nothing has improved, still rude mannered people barging on to Metros before letting people off I WAS just ringing up regarding the letter in Friday's Chronicle, March 21, about the use of the phrase Radio Newcastle, the BBC for the North East....
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Warden of the Year's Efforts Are Rewarded; Local Lad Helping Reverse Decline
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY ONE man's crusade to champion his community has led him to be named North East Warden of the Year. When Peter Thompson started working as a neighbourhood warden he wanted to give something back to the place he grew up...
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We've Definitely Got a Future Together, I'm Not Letting Go Now; Dad Reunited with Sons after More Than Two Decades
Byline: By ANDREW DAGNELL and TOM McTAGUE A FATHER who had not seen his children for 21 years has been reunited with both his sons thanks to the Chronicle. We revealed how Frank finally found his eldest son Ashley, 26, who he hadn't seen for...
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What a Difference a Few Weeks Make; Burns Baby Bounces Back after Suffering Horrific Injuries
Byline: By HELEN RAE BURNS baby Shakila Khalaghe is battling back to health. The 11-month-old was horrible scalded on her face, chest and legs when a hot drink of tea was accidentally knocked over her while she sat in a pram at McDonald's, in...
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WIN FLIGHTS WITH FLYBE; Evening Chronicle Competition
YOUR Evening Chronicle and Flybe have teamed up to give you the chance to win a pair of flights, as every day this week we will be giving five pairs of flights away to either Cardiff, London or Aberdeen, which all start flying on March 30. In five...
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WIN FLIGHTS WITH FLYBE; Five Days to Go
YOUR Evening Chronicle and Flybe have teamed up to give you the chance to win a pair of flights, as every day this week we will be giving five pairs of flights away to either Cardiff, London or Aberdeen, which all start flying on March 30. In five...
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Woman Let Dog Starve; Pet Was Locked in Cupboard
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY CRUEL Joanne Miller starved her dog to death by abandoning it in a tiny cupboard. She left crossbreed Max to die a slow and painful death when she moved out of the property for more than a month. Now the 40-year-old...
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Youngsters Learning the Write Route to Creativity; Classical Music and Candlelight Are Not What You Might Expect to Find in an Inner-City Classroom. CLAIRE HACK Discovers How Mozart and Meditation Are Helping Primary School Children Achieve the Write Stuff
Byline: CLAIRE HACK A NOTICEABLE hush falls over the school as the children come in from their morning playtime. No-one speaks above a whisper in each dimly-lit room and there is a meditative atmosphere. The gentle strains of Mozart and Beethoven...
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