Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from May 18, 2004

All Geared Up for Her Summer
Byline: By Paul McMillan A girl who had her prized bike stolen has been given a new one by store bosses. We revealed yesterday how seven-year-old Beth Ellis, who had surgery as a toddler to correct a hole in the heart, was left devastated when...
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A Sign of Good Things to Come
Byline: By Linda Richards Deaf youngsters have been attending special sign-language story sessions. The sessions were so successful that they may become a regular feature in Gateshead. A group of deaf children from Thorney Close Primary School...
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Beauty Banter
Byline: By Jackie Seymour Jackie Seymour is the senior stylist at Roots Hair and Beauty Galleries in Saville Row, Newcastle. This is her views on the news. Q. Schoolchildren aged 14 are being given two days off a week from the classroom to learn...
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Black Cats Forced to Pay the Penalty
Byline: By James Hunter Sunderland suffered another dose of play-off penalty shoot-out misery as their promotion bid ground to a halt. Six years after they lost in the play-off final against Charlton on spot-kicks at Wembley, history repeated...
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Breaking Down Barriers
Byline: By Louise Redvers And Julie Cush More than 530,000 people in the UK have autism but what's it like for their families? Louise Redvers and Julie Cush report during Autism Awareness Week The best way devoted mother Lesley Henderson can...
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Cancer Victim's Father in Polish Cycle Odyssey
Byline: By Vince Gledhill Pensioner Ron Johnson is preparing to cycle almost 300 miles across Poland for the love of the daughter he lost to cancer. Emma Johnson died at the age of 25 six years ago. Since then he has been a tireless fundraiser...
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Care Firm Is Fined over Death
Byline: By Peter Taylor A care home firm failed to act on a warning sign five days before a 79-year-old resident became trapped under a bed rail and died of asphyxiation. As revealed in later editions of last night's Chronicle, Elizabeth Jobling...
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Cats Forced to Pay Penalty
Byline: By James Hunter Sunderland suffered another dose of play-off penalty shoot-out misery as their promotion bid ground to a halt. Six years after they lost in the play-off final against Charlton on spot-kicks at Wembley, history repeated...
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Creeper Can Dash In
Byline: By Robert Pratt After two encouraging efforts this season Corridor Creeper should now be at his peak and he is napped to open his account for the campaign in the Vodafone "Dash" Trial Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow. Milton Bradley's tough...
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Disregard of Family Is Wrong
Byline: By Kathy Secker It's a scary symptom of our times that while a child cannot be given medicines at school without the written consent of a parent, that same school, in collusion with social services, can arrange for an abortion for a 14-year-old...
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Doubt Cast on Verdict of Suicide
Byline: By Sarah Knapton Antidepressants' effects probed A coroner is set to give his final verdict on the hanging of a Tyneside man today in a hearing which could cast doubt over other suspected suicides. North Tyneside deputy coroner Trevor...
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Durham and Sacriston
The Rivals is being staged by the Compass Theatre Company at 7.30pm from Thursday until Saturday in the Gala Theatre with 2pm matinee performances tomorrow and on Saturday. Experts will be at the Old Fulling Mill of Archaeology from 11am to 2pm...
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Durham Seek Home Comforts
Byline: JEFF BOWRON After thrilling championship and one-day league wins at Somerset and Worcestershire over the weekend, Durham will attempt to continue in the same vein in front of their own supporters this week, writes JEFF BOWRON. The Riversiders...
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Durham Seek Home Comforts from a Glam Occasion
Byline: JEFF BOWRON After thrilling championship and one-day league wins at Somerset and Worcestershire over the weekend, Durham will attempt to continue in the same vein in front of their own supporters this week, writes JEFF BOWRON. The Riversiders...
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Euro Call Is Just Dyer's Ticket
Newcastle United's Kieron Dyer is relishing the European Championships after proving his fitness in time to make Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad. Dyer is the Magpies' sole representative in Eriksson's party following the season-ending injuries suffered...
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Girls Set to Be Ballet Beauties
Byline: By Jane Picken Six talented dancers have been chosen by a prestigious ballet company to perform in a new production. The youngsters, all from Newcastle, have secured places to dance with the English Youth Ballet in Sleeping Beauty after...
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Griffin Is on His Way to Pompey
Byline: By Alan Oliver Andy griffin has become the first player to leave St James' Park after signing a four-year contract with Portsmouth. Pompey will wait until the dust settles in the row between chairman Milan Mandaric and manager Harry Redknapp...
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Hills Hitting His Top Form
Richard Hills took the riding honours at Bath on yesterday with a double on Cause Celebre and Etmaam. He took the bull by the horns and let Cause Celebre (2-1 favourite) stride along in front in the bathales.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes and...
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Hitch over New Carriers
Two new aircraft carriers set to be part-built on the Tyne will have to be re-designed after it emerged the fighter planes it will carry are heavier than expected. Britain has bought 150 Lockheed Martin jets from the Americans to replace its ageing...
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Howard's Way Ahead
As June 10 approaches when North East voters will go to the polls in crucial town hall and European elections, the party leaders are writing exclusively for the Chronicle. Today, Michael Howard, leader of the Conservative Party, puts his views. ...
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Howard's Way Ahead on Crime, Schools and Our Health
As June 10 approaches when North East voters will go to the polls in crucial town hall and European elections, the party leaders are writing exclusively for the Chronicle. Today, Michael Howard, leader of the Conservative Party, puts his views. ...
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I Could Have Been Killed in Gun Raid
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Mum speaks out for the first time following doorstep attack on home Dazed Cheryl Carter told today how she was caught up in one of the gun attacks to recently hit Tyneside. She was peppered with 27 shotgun pellets...
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Idea Gives Sanctuary from Youth Disorder
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Shelters used to calm communities Youth shelters are being used to solve disorder problems relating to teenagers loitering on streets. The "dens" offer safe places for youngsters to congregate away from built-up areas...
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I Want to Stay in Toon
Byline: By Alan Oliver Laurent Robert has shrugged off reports he is set for a return to France and insisted he wants to stay at St. James' Park. The Newcastle United winger was widely criticised for his performance in the 1-1 draw at home to...
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I Want to Stay on Wearside: McAteer
Byline: By James Hunter Jason McAteer is hoping to stay at Sunderland next season despite suffering the bitter disappointment of a play-off semi-final defeat last night (writes James Hunter). The Black Cats won the second leg against Crystal...
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Joan Completes Her Full Circle
Byline: By Gordon Barr It's been a quarter of a century since Joan Collins last visited Tyneside. But ask the actress about that visit, and she has no recollection of it. "I have been here before? To Newcastle? I thought I had never been here,...
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Lib Dem Leader Turning Up Heat
Byline: By Jane Picken Election hopes for party Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy upped the stakes in his bid to smash Labour's North East stronghold in a second trip to the region. The Lib Dems have said they can win control of Newcastle...
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Mate Is Voted Best Horse of the Year
Best Mate took top honours at the inaugural British Horseracing Board Jumps Racing Awards in London. Henrietta Knight's pride and joy was named horse of the year following a season which saw him capture the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup for an historic...
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Mate Voted Best Horse of the Year
Best Mate took top honours at the inaugural British Horseracing Board Jumps Racing Awards in London. Henrietta Knight's pride and joy was named horse of the year following a season which saw him capture the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup for an historic...
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McAteer: I Want to Stay on Wearside
Byline: By James Hunter Jason McAteer is hoping to stay at Sunderland next season despite suffering the bitter disappointment of a play-off semi-final defeat last night. The Black Cats won the second leg against Crystal Palace 2-1 on the night,...
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Mick: Our Pride Is Back
Byline: By James Hunter Mick McCarthy believes his players have given the Sunderland fans a team to be proud of this season despite their play-off semi-final defeat last night. The Black Cats beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, drawing...
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Mistakes in the System
Tormented mum Helen Rogan threw herself and her autistic son to their deaths after being let down by the system. An independent report published in October 2002 into the double tragedy admitted mistakes were made. The report's author found there...
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Motor Sport: Robertshaw Rises to Challenge
Byline: By Miles Starforth Gary Robertshaw stormed to the chequered flag at Donington Park as the John Cooper Challenge started in earnest. It was a perfect weekend for the 29-year-old from Whitley Bay, who also claimed a pole position and the...
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My Gun Terror
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Dazed Cheryl Carter told today how she was caught up in one of the gun attacks to recently hit Tyneside. She was peppered with 27 shotgun pellets when hooded gunmen turned up on her doorstep and opened fire. Ms Carter,...
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Newcastle Fans Text Messages
A happy ending to a farcical season. I never doubted for one moment that Bobby wouldn't pull it off. Well done Toon! - BOB C, Wallsend. A SOLID performance saved our season from dissolving like sugar mice in the rain - G GATE, Leazes. WELL done...
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Opening Gates to Disabled Cyclists
Byline: By Sonia Sharma Disabled people will be able to exercise more easily with specially-adapted bikes through a new pounds 11,000 project in Tyneside. The charity, Gateway Wheelers, is buying 10 bicycles under the scheme, with the support...
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Our Bonny Bairns
Byline: By Jane Picken With more than 56,000 votes, the search to find the North East's bonniest babies is over and the winners are announced today. Readers were asked to choose between more than 1,200 entries in the closely-run contest to name...
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Our Pet Cats Are Being Poisoned
I am writing regarding an allotment area that backs on to a council estate in Kenton. There have been problems about laying poison down and killing the cats belonging to the council tenants. Someone buys tuna especially for the cats and laces...
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Our Pride Is Back: Mick
Byline: By James Hunter Mick McCarthy believes his players have given the Sunderland fans a team to be proud of this season despite their play-off semi-final defeat last night. The Black Cats beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, drawing...
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Playtime's Over
Byline: By Peter Taylor Mums and dads have been left fuming after a playground they set up for their kids was dismantled and taken away. Residents in Abingdon Square, Eastfield Lea, Cramlington, created their own play area after one nearby was...
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Police Officer's 108mph Shame
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Police bosses have launched an internal investigation after a detective was clocked by a motorway speed camera at 108mph. Det Con Samantha Cole of Northumbria Police was snapped as she roared along the M1 in West Yorkshire...
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Poom Gloom
Byline: By James Hunter Mart Poom cannot even bring himself to think about another season in the First Division after Sunderland's play-off campaign ended in controversy at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats lost 3-2 against Crystal Palace...
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Poom Gloom as Cats' Dream Is KO'd in Shootout
Byline: By James Hunter Mart Poom cannot even bring himself to think about another season in the First Division after Sunderland's play-off campaign ended in controversy at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats lost 3-2 against Crystal Palace...
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Praise for North East NHS Reforms
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Health bosses are set to be praised today for being front-runners in the Government's bid to radically improve the National Health Service. A new working system among surgeons and consultants working for Northumbria Healthcare...
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Real Sex Role for Toon Star
Byline: By Jamie Diffley Makers of Newcastle United-based film Goal! are behind the most sexually-explicit British film ever made. Director Michael Winterbottom defended Nine Songs when it was given its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival....
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Reds Accept Pounds 60m Thai Bid
Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra claims Liverpool have accepted his pounds 60m bid to buy a 30 per cent stake in the club. The Liverpool board have to choose between Thaskin's offer and a rival pounds 73m bid from building tycoon and...
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Reunited
A reunion of former pupils of Boldon Comprehensive School from 1974 to 1979 is being held on Saturday, September 25, at East Boldon in the Grey Horse function room. Get together for a drink and a chat and catch up on school days. Everybody is welcome...
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Robertshaw Rises to Challenge
Byline: By Miles Starforth Gary Robertshaw stormed to the chequered flag at Donington Park as the John Cooper Challenge started in earnest. It was a perfect weekend for the 29-year-old from Whitley Bay, who also claimed a pole position and the...
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Satire That's an Alligator
Byline: By Gordon Barr Sheridan's The Rivals is at the Gala Theatre, Durham City, from tonight. Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr has the details Mrs Malaprop has to be one of the most famous female characters ever written for the stage. And...
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Sign Up to Raise Cash for Children
Byline: By Owen McAteer Autographs of famous faces from the world of film and sport will help raise cash for the Chronicle's charity for sick and disabled North East youngsters. Bill Godward, 67, who spent 40 years building up his autograph collection,...
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Spurned Wife a Phone Pest
Byline: By Sarah Knapton and Rob Kennedy Mum-of-three's fury lands her in court When her husband left her for another woman Frances Beauman turned telephone tormentor. She was devastated when college lecturer Craig Beauman left her after 10...
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The Birth of ... Joe Cooperthwaite
Little Joe Cooperthwaite will be teeing off and improving his swing as soon as golf enthusiast dad Paul can get him on a course. Born on May 11, baby Joe has only been home four days but has already settled in well and mum Kelly O'Donnell is finding...
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The Birth of Joe Cooperthwaite
Little Joe Cooperthwaite will be teeing off and improving his swing as soon as golf enthusiast dad Paul can get him on a course. Born on May 11, baby Joe has only been home four days but has already settled in well and mum Kelly O'Donnell is finding...
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The Last Scot Is on His Way Out
Byline: By Miles Starforth Newcastle United have released Brian Kerr and the midfielder's departure has left the Magpies without a Scottish player on their books, writes Miles Starforth. United had been poised to offer the Scotland international...
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Vent Your Spleen
The Lord Chief Justice has just issued an order to judges that they haven't got to use the word British. Well 60-odd years ago people were called up into the forces to fight for Britain and I think he's just gone a little bit too far to take British...
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Wartime Couple Happy Ever After
Byline: By Jane Picken Second World War naval officer Ernie Minnikin was given just 48 hours' leave to marry his sweetheart Evelyn, but their wedded bliss has lasted 60 years. The retired couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary...
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