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Articles from November 11, 2002

26 Dead as Tornadoes Leave Trail of Havoc across US
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON A SERIES of tornadoes ripped through several states in America today killing at least 26 people, including a four-month-old child. The death toll is expected to rise because dozens more are feared trapped in wrecked buildings....
31 Dead as Tornadoes Leave Trail of Havoc across US
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON A SERIES of tornadoes ripped through several states in America today killing at least 31 people, including a four-month-old child. The death toll is expected to rise because dozens more are feared trapped in wrecked buildings....
33 Dead as Tornadoes Leave Trail of Havoc across US
Byline: COLIN ADAMSON A SERIES of tornadoes ripped through several states in America today killing at least 33 people, including a four-month-old child. The death toll is expected to rise because dozens more are feared trapped in wrecked buildings....
A Biblical Cyber Farce That's Lost in the Fog
Byline: CAROLE WODDIS IN the programme of Malcolm Sutherland's adaptation of the Gore Vidal novel Live From Golgotha, Vidal bemoans the fate of books lying "full fathom five", drowned out by the march of the "cathode tube". I don't know about...
A Day in the Life of a ... ... School Police Officer
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON AT first, no one is sure what the bang is. It's morning break at Pimlico School and torrential rain is preventing the pupils going outside. The noise of 1,400 stampeding children muffles the sound of a firework being thrown...
Admin Staff Line-Up to Fight Crime; Just the Job
Byline: JACKY HYAMS It's not just police on the frontline who aim to keep our streets safe. Jacky Hyams reveals how two people in backroom roles feel they are making a difference too Stephanie Brittan, 35 Neighbourhood Watch, office manager...
A Long Wait for the Thump
Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD WILLIAM Huskisson, MP, played a small yet suggestive cameo in the grand drama that was the forging of the iron way. An enthusiastic champion of the railways, he was mown down by Stephenson's Rocket while opening the new...
A Man's Place Is Not with Babies
Byline: A.N. WILSON YESTERDAY'S newspapers had photographs of Barrie and Tony Drewitt- Barlow, of Cheshire, with the twoyearold twins, Aspen and Saffron, whom they are bringing up. "When we are all lying on the bed," says Barrie, "and they are...
A Moral Meltdown
Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD CEILING fans hang above government offices decorated with white wooden shutters and trailing greenery; a Union Jack droops in the oppressive heat. Sweltering in a cream linen suit in this perfectly realised Graham-Greene-goes-to-Raffles...
Anger as Connex Chief Gets Pay Rise of 63%
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE boss of Connex, whose services to London commuters have been so bad it was sacked from the South Central franchise last year, has been awarded a 63 per cent pay rise. Connex, which continues to run the South-East commuter...
A Night out with the Police Is a Tale of Two Cities
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD;JAMES LANGTON Alex Hannaford gets a taste of police life on a nightshift patrolling east London. It may not be all car chases and arrests, but that's a good thing: it means no crime IT'S raining outside and it feels like...
Armed Police Move in after Gangster Gunfight
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD ARMED police are on patrol in north London today after gangsters fought a battle with guns and other weapons, killing one man and injuring 25 others. The gunfight involving about 40 men swept through the busy shopping area...
A Wave of Scandal Engulfs the Palace
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;HUGH DOUGHERTY THE ROYAL family today faces a new wave of scandal over the behaviour of Paul Burrell and other Palace servants. After a weekend of lurid revelations, they are now braced for a week of crisis, with MPs attempting...
A World Away from Dame Edna
Byline: CANDIA MCWILLIAM MORE Please, Barry Humphries's first autobiography, was a worthy winner of the JR Ackerley Prize, a real prize from the bookish world and one not touched by hype or razzmatazz. Humphries understands minutely such distinctions....
Bosnich Chelsea Career in the Balance
Byline: KEN DYER MARK BOSNICH'S chequered career at Chelsea will be over if accusations that he tested positive for cocaine are proved correct. The Stamford Bridge club were today refusing to comment on speculation that the Australian goalkeeper...
Britons Eating More Chocolate Than Ever
Byline: ADAM BLENFORD BRITONS are increasing their lead as Europe's top chocolate and sweets eaters. As record numbers of us are being classed as obese, new figures reveal that nowhere in Europe does any country even challenge Britain's pre-eminence...
Burying Betjeman
Byline: RICHARD INGRAMS EARLY on in this book there is a story about John Betjeman from his days as a diarist on the Evening Standard which illustrates his limitations as a journalist. According to this, he burst into the editor's office one day...
Cannabis Cancer Risk 50 per Cent Higher Than Cigarettes
Byline: ELAINE GALLOWAY BRITAIN faces a public health disaster because of the widespread use of cannabis, it was claimed today. Scientists say cannabis, the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK, contains 50 per cent more cancer causing agents...
Centrica Facing N Sea but Probe
Byline: ROBERT LEA ENERGY giant Centrica looks certain to face investigation by the competition authorities as fears emerge that it is to trying to rebuild its old British Gas empire. Centrica is understood to be close to buying Britain's largest...
Charles 'Rapist' Servant Is Named
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;HUGH DOUGHERTY PRESSURE mounted on the royal family today as the aide who allegedly raped another servant was named in an Italian newspaper and across the world on the internet. Prince Charles's most senior aides are today...
Chase the Winners
Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM MAKING a list of horses to follow is a bit like compiling the guest list for a party. In some ways it's tempting to play safe and rely on familiar old faces. You know the sort. They turn up on time and can always...
Cocaine Users Are Blamed for Half of All London Street Crime
Byline: HUGH MUIR ALMOST half of London's street crime is committed by cocaine addicts, according to new research. Figures released by the Metropolitan Police show that 48 per cent of people arrested for street crime had a significant cocaine...
Confessions of a Celebrity Stalker
Byline: IAIN SINCLAIR PATRICIA Cornwell, powerwalking the field of Ripper studies, is intent on unilateral regime change. Intent is too mild a word. She's serious. She has a Bad Daddy in her cross hairs and she's going to bring him down. She's...
Congestion Charge Will Putwomen at Risk, Says Miss Moneypenny
Byline: ROB MCNEIL;TERESA KEANE THE new Miss Moneypenny today revealed why she has joined a campaign by leading West End actresses to scrap Ken Livingstone's congestion charge. Samantha Bond, who plays 007's secretary in the forthcoming film...
Connex Chief's 63% Pay Rise Is Slashed
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE boss of Connex, whose services to London commuters have been so bad it was sacked from the South Central franchise last year, has had a massive pay leap partly quashed. Latest accounts from French-owned Connex, which continues...
Crime
Byline: TJ BINYON Blood of Victory, by Alan Furst. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, pound sterling12.99) Tokyo Station by Martin Cruz Smith (Macmillan, pound sterling16.99) THOUGH vastly different in most respects, these two novels, both set towards the...
Crime Is One Thing, but to Deal with Pokice Corruption You Need the Untouchables
Byline: RAWDON MESSENGER Drug-related violence may be on the increase on the streets of London, but spare a thought for Mexico's crimefighters. Not only do they have to deal with violence, but many of the criminals are former or current, cops. ...
Curbishley to Show His Ruthless Streak
Byline: JOE BERNSTEIN CHARLTON manager Alan Curbishley is ready to wield the axe with his side stuck in the Premiership's bottom four, Curbishley showed he is not afraid of tough decisions by dropping John Robinson for the 1-0 defeat at Everton,...
Davis Set for Coleman Role in Long Term
Byline: LEO SPALL FULHAM are set to turn to midfielder Sean Davis as the longterm replacement for Chris Coleman as their dressing-room leader. Jean Tigana's side have been missing a dominant force since the Wales defender and club captain was...
Ebookers Sell-Off Nets Founder Another [Pounds Sterling]10m
Byline: PAUL ARMSTRONG THE millionaire founder of online travel agent ebookers today defied the doom and gloom in the dotcom industry by pocketing pound sterling10million from the sale of his shares in the business. Dinesh Dhamija, whose fortune...
England Set Down a Marker to Big Three
Byline: IAN CHADBAND AT AN exultant Twickenham, Jonah Lomu was pondering his first reverse in all black against England while having just heard the rumour that Ireland had turned over the Wallabies in Dublin for the first time in a generation. ...
Extra Armed Police at Heathrow as Blair Warns of Terror Threat
Byline: CHARLES REISS THE armed police squad at Heathrow is being substantially strengthened as part of a major tightening of security around potential terrorist targets in London and across the United Kingdom. The guard around key public figures...
False Phone Mugging Claims Distort Crime
Byline: GRAHAM KEELEY;DAVID TAYLOR LONDON'S street robbery figures are being distorted because thousands of people are making false claims that they have been mugged for their mobile phones. The scam is wasting thousands of police hours and heightening...
Fire Crews 'Should Get Big Pay Rise - but at a Price'
Byline: DICK MURRAY A SERIES of strikes by firefighters hangs in the balance today after a government-ordered report recommended a "substantial" pay increase - on condition huge changes are made within the industry. It says firefighters already...
Fire Union Blasts Pay Move as 'Dangerous Distraction'
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE LEADER of Britain's 55,000 firefighters today delivered a blistering attack on a governmentbacked report which recommends a " substantial" pay increase - but only on condition huge changes are made within the industry. ...
Goosing Guinness out of the Closet
Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER GARRY O'Connor is a most disturbing biographer. For others in that trade, he is infuriating. He appears to begin work well before the "life" he's chronicling has expired; then, the obsequies over, out pops a book before...
Gorillas in the Missedchance
Byline: JOHN AIZELWOOD APPARENTLY, the mountain gorilla was discovered 100 years ago. In 1979, with the species in sharp decline, Dian Fossey of Gorillas In The Mist fame set up The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to protect the world's largest ape...
Heading the Ball Killed England Star Jeff
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY FORMER England soccer star Jeff Astle died from a degenerative brain disease caused by heading heavy leather footballs, a coroner ruled today. Astle, who played in the 1970 World Cup and enjoyed a successful club career with...
Helping the Police with Their Inquiries; Just the Job
Byline: TINA BEXSON Medical experts can be instrumental in bringing criminals to justice and using simple terms to explain complicated evidence to juries. AN attack has taken place; a suspect has been arrested and is being detained. A victim...
He's Not Just Way above His Station, He's on Cloud (or Rock) Nine
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH PAUL Burrell put on a riveting performance yesterday. He was utterly convincing as the wronged butler who fought to save the property of the princess he loved from falling into the wrong hands. It was not so much a case...
Home to 5 New Villages; Biggest Scheme since Milton Keynes Will House 20,000
Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL HOMES for 20,000 people are set to be created in the South-East's biggest residential development for 35 years. The plan to transform 740 acres of disused quarry in Kent is the largest planning application of its kind...
Huge Commerzbank Loss Forces More Cuts
Byline: SARAH MARKS TROUBLED German lender Commerzbank has been forced into the red after writing off losses of e720 million (pound sterling458 million) in the third quarter and will make another 1500 investment bankers redundant. After weeks...
I Never Said I Was Mr Nice Guy
Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH Mr PHIL Collins is neat, short, compact. He's always been that way. While lanky Peter Gabriel was prancing round the stage as lead singer of Genesis in overblown prog-rock costumes in the early to mid-Seventies, Collins...
It's Something Special
Byline: JEAN WATSON Working alongside the bobbies on the beat are teams of specialist officers with important roles, says Jean Watson THE specialist operations units of the Met boast some of the most highly trained officers in the world and deal...
Keep Up the Irish Stuff
Byline: DAVID SMYTH THERE were plenty of Irish accents echoing around the bar before Sinead O'Connor's return to London. They had probably heard the traditional folk songs she sings these days a million times before, but it is a measure of the power...
Ken's Mad Traffic Plans Don't Wash
TRANSPORT for London (TfL) is a basket case, and you rightly put the blame for "Gridlock London" where it belongs - on them (Blame Ken, says council hit by biggest roadworks, 7 November). This Livingstone quango should be abolished. In spite of fewer...
Lautrec Gets Short Srift
Lautrec WITH every restaurant in town currently reminding us to make our Christmas reservations now, the office party season must be almost upon us, and booze will soon be cutting its annual Yuletide swath through the ranks of the young and inexperienced....
Lee Chasing a Swift Recall
Byline: DAVID LLOYD DARREN GOUGH'S Ashes tour ended before it had even begun; Simon Jones faces at least six months out of the game while his knee is reconstructed; and Andrew Flintoff remains an injury worry, But while England spend the next...
Legal Eagle
Byline: JACQUES SMITH The electronic age has brought with it some great benefits to communication, but it can have some serious legal implications. Litigation lawyer Jacques Smith reveals some of the problems ALTHOUGH email and the internet...
London Growth Cheer despite Jo Cutbacks
Byline: NICK GOODWAY LONDON saw an expansion in output and demand during October which left the local economy still in a strong growth phase despite the capital employing fewer people than for many months. The overall level of economic activity...
Lumley Goes on the Trail of Rare Giraffes
Byline: SUE BLACKHALL;HARRIET ARKELL THERE are fewer than 300 of one breed of magnificent giraffes left in the world, and they face a daily struggle to survive against farmers and poachers armed with guns and wire snares. Now an endangered species,...
Met Launches Blitz on Hate Crimes
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT A CAMPAIGN targeting hate crimes and domestic violence will be launched by Scotland Yard this week. The poster and radio campaign aims to prevent the abuse of people because of their religion, sexuality or a disability....
Missions Abroad to Keep the Peace
Byline: ALEX HANNAFORD IN the aftermath of 9/11, detectives from the UK flew to New York to assist the FBI with its investigation. After the Bali bombing, British police flew to Indonesia to offer assistance. The British bobby abroad is becoming...
Nasser Must Calm Nerves
Byline: DAVID LLOYD NEVER mind 11 "nervous" England players. There are several thousand anxious cricket fans around Britain today, all of them wondering whether they can expect even a flicker of life to be left in this Ashes series by the time...
New Famine Puts 15m in Danger, Warns Geldof
Byline: HUGH MUIR BOB GELDOF today warned of a new famine in Ethiopia, dwarfing the disaster that hit the country in the Eighties. The Live Aid founder issued an impassioned plea for help to avoid a major human tragedy. The country's leaders...
PALACE CALLS CRISIS SUMMIT; 'Shattered Charles in Despair' as Aides Try to Stop Rape Tape Scandal Going out of Control
Byline: ROBERT JOBSON;HUGH DOUGHERTY PRINCE Charles's most senior advisers are holding a crisis summit today after one of his closest aides was forced to deny raping another male servant. Sir Michael Peat, the Prince's private secretary, will...
Rave of the Untouchables at Squatters' [Pounds Sterling]20m Home
Byline: CHARLES MIRANDA AS Covent Garden's pubs closed and revellers surrendered King Street to an army of binmen and street sweepers, things at Number 43 were hotting up. This is the pound sterling20 million Georgian mansion that has been taken...
Ripe for Dylan's Scorn
Byline: GLYN MAXWELL IT'S not easy to write about Bob Dylan if you love him. The minute you put pen to paper you've stumbled on to his firing range. You're Mr Jones in Ballad of a Thin Man, who knows "something is happening here" but doesn't "know...
Seaman Blow; Injured Arsenal Keeper to Miss Derby with Spurs
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL were dealt a major blow today when David Seaman was ruled out of Saturday's clash with Tottenham. The 39-year-old England goalkeeper strained a groin muscle with his last kick of the game in the weekend win against...
Security Is Stepped Up as Blair Places Britain on Al Qaeda Terror Alert
Byline: CHARLES REISS TONY BLAIR today set out to place Britain on a new alert against a Christmastime terrorist threat. But he coupled his "be vigilant" warning with a message that normal life must go on. At the same time, security around major...
Someone's Watching
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON Sarah Richardson reveals the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch schemes for your business NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch schemes have become well established in the UK over the past 20 years. Through vigilance and common sense, communities...
Stoning Row Casts Shadow over Miss World Gala Night
Byline: TIM COOPER IT IS supposed to be a glittering social event designed to showcase some of the most beautiful women in the world. However, the pound sterling1,000a-head Miss World gala dinner in central London found itself at the centre of...
Stop Slagging Us off Wayne
Byline: LAURA CRAIK MY, but Mr "career on the" Wayne Hemingway has really put the cat among the pigeons. At every press day, launch party and shop opening I went to last week, the talk among fashion folk was of little else but his vitriolic attack...
Strangers We Know So Well
Byline: DAVID SEXTON HOW much harm is our accelerating celebrity culture really doing to us? Is the gossip in the media about all those people presented only by their first name - as if they were our closest friends - merely innocuous entertainment?...
Survival of Sad C&w's Chief
Byline: ANTHONY HILTON IT looks like crunch time at Cable & Wireless. The board meets tomorrow and on Wednesday the company will report on how things are going, and whether chief executive Graham Wallace will be one of them. Trading has obviously...
Taking Care of Business
Byline: DAVID WHITE You don't need to be in uniform to work for the City of London police, which has many administrative roles, writes David White THE City of London Police, which covers the financial and business heart of the capital, employs...
Talent Will Shout; Celebraties Are Pilloried for Bad Behaviour,but We Forgive a Genius Anything
Byline: SARAH DUNANT I WOULD have done anything for the guy who wrote those songs, but I was confusing the man with the music," wrote the ultimate rock chick, Janet Planet, looking back on her roller-coaster relationship and marriage with sublimely...
The City High Flyers Who Gave It Up; Fed Up with the Square Mile,whiz Kids Are Swapping Big Bucks for a Poorer but More Fulfilling Lifestyle
Byline: IAN MCCURRAH AN increasing number of City workers, fed up with long hours, a stressful environment and the constant threat of redundancy, are giving up their highly-paid jobs and luxurious lifestyles to pursue less demanding careers. They...
The Driving Force
Byline: RICK KEMP Everyone fancies driving a fast police car but there's a lot of training to be done first, says Rick Kemp IF you've ever seen a jam sandwich with its lights flashing and sirens wailing, scything its way through the traffic and...
The Monarchy under Siege; Increasingly Bizarre Revelations about the Royal Household Are Bringing New Recruits to the Ranks of Britain's Republicans
Byline: ANTHONY HOLDEN THE fallout from the Burrell trial just won't go away. Nor should it. Normally, as the Palace always hopes, these storms eventually blow over. This time I believe their optimism is seriously - even fatally - misplaced....
The Night I Was Raped by This Bogus Minicab Driver
Byline: HARRIET ARKELL A WOMAN who was raped by a bogus minicab driver has told for the first time of her horrific ordeal. The publishing assistant from east London has chosen to tell her story, saying: "It is difficult to go through it all again...
The UN Acts
THE UNANIMOUS UN Security Council vote effectively gives Iraq one last chance to avoid war. It has been hailed as a triumph of diplomacy for President Bush. Rightly so. The pursuit of UN approval for any further steps towards war on Saddam was the...
Tube and Flight Chaos Looms as Firefighters Reject 11% Pay Offer
Byline: DICK MURRAY THE threat of massive disruption to the Tube, mainline railways and airports increased dramatically today as union leaders representing 55,000 firefighters rejected an 11 per cent pay increase over two years. Unless there...
Tube Stages Auditions to Find the 'Right Type' of Buskers
Byline: ELAINE GALLOWAY AUDITIONS to find the cream of London's buskers could mean Tube commuters will soon be entertained by talented singers and musicians. After two years of planning, the scheme to regulate buskers on the Underground is finally...
Unsung Heroes Behind Every Police Officer
Byline: DAVID WHITE From reception staff giving directions to specialists handling calls in emergency situations, civilian staff offer vital backup to our crime-fighters, says David White POLICE work is often noticed only when accompanied by...
Venables Backs Old Pupil Roeder
Byline: MICHAEL HART TERRY VENABLES today predicted that Glenn Roeder would lift West Ham clear of the threat of Premiership relegation. Like a schoolmaster encouraging a struggling pupil, the former England coach revealed faith in Roeder's leadership...
Where on Earth? Bond, James Bond, Science Museum
Byline: JEAN ELGIE Where? Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. Telephone: 020 7942 4340; fax: 020 7942 4345; email: science.eventsoffice nmsi.ac.uk; website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk. Young, old, male or female,...
WHO STAYS WHERE IN PARIS; LOKING FOR A BRANCH BOLT HOLE/ask the Experts
Byline: NICOLE SWENGLEY FullyBonded www.allofrance.co.uk 0870 2405903 Museum Passes,Travelcards, Cruises,Tours, Shows... Call our experienced team Packages including Eurostar available. Why Queue? Book Before You Go! January 2003. Caravela...
Why It's Claws out for the Bond Girls
Byline: WILLIAM CASH WHEN I arrive at Christina Knudsen's penthouse in Holland Park, the 31-year-old Danish socialite has just had lunch at Scalini in Knightsbridge with her mother, Kiki Tholstrup, and the third husband Kiki married in February...
Wilkinson Carries Heavy Weight on His Shoulders
Byline: CHRIS JONES ENGLAND'S bid to claim the 'Big Three' scalps in world rugby revolves around a single player - Jonny Wilkinson - and that is a sad indictment on the game in this country. The 75,000 England supporters who paid a record pound...
Will My Pain Ever Go Away?; Two Years after She Survived the Car Bomb That Killed Her Husband, Jane Rodway Has Become the Forgotten Victim of a Crime That Still Hasn't Been Fully Explained
Byline: STEVE BOGGAN JANE RODWAY remembers every detail about the day her life changed for ever - the day her husband was blown up by a car bomb - but she still marvels at the way it all fitted into 24 hours. Some of it went slowly, some dizzyingly...
Winterburn Glenn's Right Man for Job
Byline: KEN DYER NIGEL WINTERBURN today came to the support of his beleaguered West Ham manager Glenn Roeder when he said: "For me, he's still the right man for the job," Roeder was under increased pressure today, following the 4-3 home defeat...