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Articles from March 24, 2006

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100,000 'Sedated Needlessly' in Care Homes
Byline: FIONA MACRAE MORE than 100,000 care home residents are being sedated unnecessarily by poorlytrained staff, medical experts believe. The elderly people, who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's disease, are being prescribed tranquillisers...
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25,000 Staff 'Facing the Sack' in NHS Cash Crisis
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN THE growing NHS financial crisis has left 25,000 hospital staff facing the sack it was claimed yesterday - as blame for the savage cuts was placed firmly at the door of Gordon Brown. It came as 700 staff at the County Durham...
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2-for-1 ADMISSION TO THE IDEAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
IF you are stuck for ideas on what to buy your mum for Mother's Day, why not treat her to a ticket for The Ideal Home & Garden Show, which takes place at the SECC, Glasgow, from April 5-9? To help you on your way, we're giving you the chance...
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7/7medics Had to Raid M&S for Bandages SURVIVORS REVEAL 999 SERVICES' FAILINGS
Byline: CHARLOTTE GILL SURVIVORS of the July 7 London bombings yesterday told of woeful failings in the emergency services' response to the disaster. Paramedics at the scene of the Edgware Road blast had to raid a nearby Marks & Spencer store...
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A BIRTH CONTROL NURSE FOR ALL SCHOOLS; More Girls to Get Contraceptives without Their Parents Knowing
Byline: SARAH HARRIS EVERY school in England will have a nurse who can arrange secret abortions and hand out contraception, it emerged yesterday. New guidelines will allow them to help pupils get the morning-after pill, pregnancy tests and terminations...
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A Fourth Summer of Strikes Threatens BA; ANGER AT PLAN TO MAKE PILOTS AND CREW WORK LONGER
Byline: RAY MASSEY;BECKY BARROW BRITISH Airways passengers face another summer of misery as unions threaten strikes over plans to raise the retirement age for staff. The airline wants pilots to work until they are 60 and cabin crew until 65,...
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++After 118 Days of Captivity, How They Rescued Norman Kember+
Byline: MATTHEW HICKLEY THE hunt for the hostages began as soon as the four Christian peace activists were seized in Baghdad on November 26. Led by MI6 and CIA squads based inside Baghdad's heavily fortified 'Green Zone', the hostage rescue team...
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A Lifesaver for Women; Now Another Drug Cuts the Risk of a Patient's Breast Cancer Returning
Byline: JENNY HOPE A BREAST cancer drug which dramatically cuts the chances of the disease returning was hailed by doctors yesterday. Cancer specialists claim Femara could eventually save thousands of lives by giving women extra protection against...
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Ali's Words of Wisdom Provide the Inspiration as Anderson Eases into a Shot at Gold
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN KENNY ANDERSON took an instant to size up his semi-final opponent - and less than four minutes to blast his way into the lightheavyweight gold medal match. Scotland's last boxer standing absolutely melted Aussie hope Ben...
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Al Qaeda Plotter Was Inspired by Abu Hamza; I WAS WITH BRITONS IN TERRORIST TRAINING CAMP, SAYS SUPERGRASS
Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE;GORDON RAYNER AN Al Qaeda supergrass who has admitted plotting to bomb targets in the UK said yesterday that he was inspired by hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza. Mohammed Babar said he had met Hamza and fellow 'preacher of...
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And Next Is out of Fashion
FASHION retailer Next has turned in one of its worst ever sales performances over the past year. The company is being squeezed at both ends - by discounters like Primark and a revived Marks & Spencer and seems to be losing its touch after years...
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And What Was Life like in Those Days?
IF Addwaitya the tortoise really was born in 1751, it coincided with Clive of India's greatest victories against the French. George II was on the throne. He was mortified by the death in March that year of his eldest son, Frederick, Prince of...
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A Sneak Raid on Children's Trusts
Byline: TONY HAZELL FAMILIES using tax-efficient trusts to leave money to their children and grandchildren could be hit by a new tax sneaked out in the Budget. Experts warned last night that wealthy grandparents who attempt to pass money to their...
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BA Battles Its Pension Cloud; CITY FOCUS
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND British Airways yesterday embarked on a radical plan of action to clear the enormous black hole in its staff pension fund. Chief executive Willie Walsh set out proposals to raise the retirement age so that pilots will hang...
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Barbarians at the ITV Gates
Byline: ALEX BRUMMER THE siege of ITV is a great spectacle. The would-be buyers - Apax Partners, Blackstone and Goldman Sachs - are not known for their immense generosity, so they must see in the commercial broadcaster an opportunity to make a quick...
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Boy, 15, Is Locked Up for Four Playground Rapes
Byline: REBECCA CAMBER A BOY of 15 was locked up for four years yesterday for raping four schoolgirls he lured from a playground. The girls, aged between seven and ten, were playing on park swings on a balmy summer afternoon when they were approached...
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Brown's Budget Leaves City with 'Morning After' Blues; MARKET REPORT
Byline: BRIAN O'CONNOR IT IS a shame to have a hangover without having had a party first. But the market was in such subdued mood that anyone might think Budget night had seen wild celebrations. After an early 22 point advance taking the Footsie...
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Budget Doubts on the Morning after; COMMENT
INEVITABLY, day two of every Budget has a distinct feel of the morning after the night before. Now we understand why Chancellor Brown didn't mention the NHS in his speech. Even as he was trumpeting his own achievements, 700 hospital staff in...
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Can Big Eck Become le Big Mac? Departing Rangers Boss May Find Berth in French League
Byline: STEPHEN MCGOWAN ROCK legend Frank Zappa once acidly observed that there is no such place as hell - just France. As Alex McLeish assesses his options before leaping out of the Rangers frying pan, such sentiments are unlikely to emanate...
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Car Crash Saves Life of a Heart Attack Victim
Byline: BILL MOULAND WHEN Professor Ronald Mann had a heart attack at the wheel of his car, the chances against his survival were a million to one. But as the 77-year- old drugs safety expert slipped into unconsciousness, fate took an extraordinary...
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'Chaos' over Plans to Protect Public from Psychopaths
Byline: JAMES SLACK PLANS to close the alarming legal loopholes which allow people with dangerous mental problems to roam the streets were abandoned yesterday - eight years after being first promised. Ministers who had spent millions on the draft...
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Chelsea Singled out by Fa Again
Byline: DUNCAN CASTLES CHELSEA feel they have been unfairly treated by the Football Association after they were charged yesterday with failing to control their players for the second time this month. The latest charge relates to the reaction...
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Chernobyl: Did It Really Kill 1,000 British Babies?
Byline: MICHAEL HANLON TWENTY years ago next month, one of those rare events in life that define the way we think about everything burst onto our television screens. We all watched with growing horror and grim fascination as the news reports...
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Chirac Sulks as French Delegate Speaks English
Byline: JAMES CHAPMAN JACQUES Chirac stormed out of the opening meeting of a tense EU summit last night - after Europe's leading business chief dared to speak in English. The furious French president left when countryman Ernest-Antoine Seilliere...
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Classical Cds
Byline: TULLY POTTER RENEE FLEMING: Sacred Songs (Decca 475 6925) *** THIS is a lovely disc in many ways, featuring the gorgeous, vibrant voice of a much-loved American soprano. But producer Chris Hazell and conductor Andreas Delfs deserve...
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Classy England Pack Real Punch
Byline: ALAN FRASER THE spirit of Amir Khan lives on in British boxing and has found its embodiment in Frankie Gavin. That is the view of Terry Edwards, the England team coach, who is predicting not only a Commonwealth title for Khan's successor...
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Clive of India's Tortoise Dies at the Age of 255
Byline: BILL MOULAND THEY called him Addwaitya, which in Bengali means One and Only One. But it was only after the death of this massive tortoise that the world learned yesterday how truly unique he was. According to Indian officials, he was...
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Company Boss Quits in Labour Loans Row
Byline: KIRSTY WALKER ONE of the 12 Labour donors named in the cash for peerages row quit his post yesterday. Rod Aldridge stood down as chief executive of Capita over claims that his [pounds sterling]1million loan resulted in the computing firm...
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Computer Store Is Ending Hard-Sell
Byline: SEAN POULTER SALES staff at a leading computer store chain will no longer be paid commission on top of their basic salary, to encourage them to give good advice rather than engage in hard-sell tactics. PC World, part of the Dixons empire,...
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Could This Be the New Golden Era for Our Athletes? AS SCOTS LAND A STUNNING MEDAL HAUL IN MELBOURNE
Byline: LIZ MCCOLGAN AS a Scottish sportswoman, to see the Commonwealth Games unfold in Melbourne this past week has been a sheer delight. One overjoyed Scot after another has taken to the podium, bringing home a record- breaking ten gold medals...
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Cuts? No, Another 55,000 in Whitehall
Byline: STEVE DOUGHTY WHITEHALL hired 55,000 new state workers last year, despite the Government's pledge to cut the number of bureaucrats, figures showed yesterday. Nearly a third of the extra staff were penpushers employed by the 'public administration...
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Date from Hell for Met Chief Tricky First Encounter with Lord Goldsmith since Bugging Scandal
Byline: RICHARD KAY BELEAGUERED Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair must have thought that life couldn't throw any more brickbats at him. Most prominently, of course, there are the demands for the Scotland Yard chief to resign over...
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Disgusting, Degrading, Dangerous
Byline: CHRISTOPHER TOOKEY In his 20 years as a critic, CHRIS TOOKEY has never seen a film so utterly abhorrent Hostel (18) Sadistic: Hostel is filled with scenes of ritual torture Verdict: The most revoltingly violent pornography ever to have...
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Don't Shout as You Sell, Market Traders Are Told; IS THE WORLD GOING MAD?
Byline: CHRIS BROOKE FOR centuries, a booming voice and the gift of the gab have been key attributes for any successful market trader. No town centre would be the same without the sound of rival stallholders bellowing out the merits of their...
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Douglas to Stay after Frank Talk
Byline: JEFF CONNOR BRUCE DOUGLAS finally committed himself to the Borders yesterday - after smooth-talking Scotland coach Frank Hadden persuaded the prop that the best hope of adding to his 41 international caps lay at home. Douglas, a stalwart...
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Download Your Own Blockbuster for [Pounds Sterling]20 a Time; FANS WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH LATEST MOVIES ON THEIR LAPTOPS AND MOBILES
Byline: MATT BORN FILM fans will be able to download and keep blockbuster films from the Internet for the first time, it was announced yesterday. The service will allow fans to see Hollywood movies such as King Kong or Bridget Jones on their...
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Elliott: My Career on Line after Red Card Rescue
Byline: COLIN YOUNG NEWCASTLE defender Robbie Elliott has accused Shaun Wright-Phillips of putting his career in jeopardy by diving in the FA Cup quarterfinal defeat at Stamford Bridge. The veteran fullback was dismissed by referee Steve Bennett...
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Fertile Area for Drama
Byline: CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW The Family Man (BBC1); His Big White Self (C4) ONE of the advantages of being a leading light in a 'major' new television series is that you can pretty well bank on Radio Times doing a big feature on it in the week...
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Frail but Still Full of Fire, Brigitte Bardot at 71
Byline: PETER ALLEN HOBBLING on crutches, with every step an effort, Brigitte Bardot once again faced the spotlight yesterday for the sake of her beloved animals. Now 71, hip problems have left her needing crutches and she acknowledges that she...
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Fred and Gladys on Their Holidays
Byline: REBECCA ENGLISH IN their private correspondence, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall used to refer to each other as Fred and Gladys. And yesterday the nicknames had never seemed more appropriate. Strolling in the sunshine arm...
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From Russia, with Longing
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS Quentin Letts The Old Country Verdict: Go West, old man **** ODD that an actor as experienced as Timothy West should get nerves, but he quivered with the blasted things on Monday night. Quite a few lines were lost. This...
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Furore over Faldo; Sabbatini in Tears at Veteran's Slow Play
Byline: DEREK LAWRENSON NICK FALDO was at the centre of a slow play rumpus on an eventful first day at the Players' Championship here yesterday. Britain's greatest-ever golfer upset fiery playing partner Rory Sabbatini, who left the course in...
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Gloves Are off from Reina over 'Boxing' Strikers
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Jose Reina provided a new slant on the controversy over football's seamier side yesterday by accusing unscrupulous opponents of resorting to violence in an attempt to undermine his confidence. Reina quickly...
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Hospital Patient Died Due to Lack of Proper Care
Byline: GRACE MACASKILL A GRANDMOTHER would not have died following an operation if she had received proper care from doctors, a sheriff ruled yesterday. Grace Foster died a week after being sent home to recover from an operation for an abscess....
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I Need a Slice of Luck, Says Kirsty as Games Jinx Strikes Again; FEARS OF FAMILY CURSE AS PIZZA PUTS POLE VAULTER IN SHOCK
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN AN athlete was left fighting for her life just days before the Commonwealth Games after suffering a severe allergic food reaction. Kirsty Maguire, Scotland's leading female pole vaulter, went into anaphylactic shock after...
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Ings Faces Further Testing Questions
Byline: CHARLES SALE THE drugs buster who brought unsuccessful charges against Britain's Greg Rusedski as part of a botched tennis investigation is now in the middle of the big dope-testing controversy at the Commonwealth Games. Richard Ings...
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Ireland's Compadres; ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
Byline: JAMES BLACK QUESTION What became of the group of Irish deserters from the U.S. army, known as the San Patricios, who fought with the Mexican army against the Texans at the Alamo? THE San Patricios Battalion hadn't been formed as a...
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IT NEVER RAINS...BUT IT POURS; Hearts Left Facing the Music, but Ivanauskas Has History in His Sights
Byline: ROGER HANNAH THE portents were bad enough. After the loss of a head coach and director of football, the early departure of a limping Paul Hartley from training yesterday simply added to the gloom which has enveloped Hearts. When Hartley's...
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IT NEVER RAINS McGLYNN'S RESILIENCE TESTED TO THE FULL
Byline: ROGER HANNAH JOHN McGLYNN has witnessed more changes of the guard than Her Majesty the Queen. But, as he began working with his sixth boss at Hearts, the backroom 'survivor' admitted fresh uncertainty at Tynecastle was the last thing...
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It's Funny Girl/Guy
Byline: CHRIS TOOKEY Transamerica (15) Verdict: An unexpected delight **** The Ringer (12A) Verdict: Much funnier and cuter than you'd imagine *** Romance & Cigarettes (15) Verdict: Shambolic musical with engaging moments ** ...
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IT'S MONEY FOR NOTHING; Chairmen Join Forces in War on Big Earners
Byline: NEIL ASHTON Premiership chairmen can find themselves paying out millions to players and sometimes getting little in return. NEIL ASHTON finds two who have come to the conclusion that wages are simply too high MILAN MANDARIC may not...
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Jailed, the First Paedophile to Be Convicted under 'Grooming' Law COMPUTER ENGINEER TRIED TO SNARE GIRL, 13, ON THE INTERNET
Byline: GRANT MCCABE A PAEDOPHILE has become the first man in Scotland to be convicted under 'grooming' laws that make it an offence to contact children with the intention of having sex with them. Wealthy software engineer Claude Veigas tried...
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Keeper of Arms Set for a Shot at the Top
Byline: RICHARD COPEMAN THE biggest problem facing Reading's goalkeeper at the moment is a 'slight fuelling issue' with his Porsche 944 Turbo. It's a dilemma which speaks volumes for his team's rise in status. 'It's a nice problem to have,' admitted...
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Kirkland Agony as He Is Dealt a Bad Hand Again
Byline: NEIL MOXLEY CHRIS Kirkland's injury jinx has struck again with the on-loan West Bromwich goalkeeper ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking a finger in training. It is the latest in a catalogue of problems to have befallen...
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Labour Loans Row Claims First Victim as Capita Boss Steps Down
Byline: KIRSTY WALKER;BENEDICT BROGAN ONE of the 12 Labour donors named in the cash for peerages row quit his post yesterday. Rod Aldridge stood down as chief executive of Capita over claims that his [pounds sterling]1million loan resulted in...
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Life in the Old Git Yet, Says Udal
Byline: MIKE DICKSON PERHAPS it is not quite true to say a cricketer's life begins at 40, but in the case of Shaun Udal it is not too wide of the mark. The player referred to affectionately by Andrew Flintoff as 'the old git' was yesterday recovering...
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Little Miss Charity; Courage of Kirsteen, 12, Who Persuaded Celebrities to Help Raise [Pounds Sterling]600,000 for the Hospital and Doctors Who Saved Her Life
Byline: KATE GINN SHE may be only 12 but Kirsteen Lupton is quite at ease mixing with the rich and famous at glitzy events. Yet, as far as the celebrities are concerned, it is the courageous schoolgirl who is the real star. Born with her bladder...
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MacLeod's Move 'Risky'
Byline: JEFF CONNOR BORDERS head coach Steve Bates believes that Scott MacLeod's decision to quit Scotland and sign for Welsh side Llanelli could cost the former Hawick lock future international caps. Bates was speaking shortly after announcing...
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Making Whoopee in Brown's Britain
Byline: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN WHILE Gordon Brown was boring for Britain about the billions that he's pumping into education, back in the real world a schoolteacher was looking forward to a windfall of her own. Susan Storer, a deputy headmistress,...
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McConnell Backs Right of Catholic Schools to Choose Staff
Byline: JAMIE LIVINGSTONE HEADTEACHERS of Catholic schools should have the flexibility to decide who they appoint to jobs where religion is a sensitive issue, Jack McConnell said yesterday. The First Minister's comments come only weeks after...
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Merger Talks Could Be Pru's Best Policy
Byline: RUTH SUNDERLAND INSURER the Prudential came under pressure to agree to talks with predator Aviva as its share price fell for the second day in a row. Pru bosses Mark Tucker and Philip Broadley have been holding a round of meetings at...
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More? I Don't Think So
Rockaby / Ohio Impromptu, Beckett Centenary Festival (Barbican) Verdict: At least they're short! ** THE words Beckett and Festival may go together like Tia Maria and Tonic, or Lulu and Mensa, but if catatonically cryptic intonation is your bag,...
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Morrisons in the Red for First Time in over a Century
Byline: LUCY FARNDON GROCER Morrisons warned there was 'no golden bullet to fire' as it slumped into the first annual loss in its 107-year history. Analysts took the red pen to profits forecasts yet again, in the wake of a threeyear recovery...
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Mother Was Forced to Fly 200 Miles to Give Birth to Triplets; GROWING MATERNITY CRISIS AS FLAGSHIP [Pounds sterling]184M HOSPITAL RUNS OUT OF COTS
Byline: GRAHAM GRANT A PREGNANT woman was airlifted to England to give birth to premature triplets due to a shortage of intensive care cots in Scotland. In an illustration of the growing crisis in the country's maternity wards, Michelle Garry...
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Mummy's Been Killed; Police Hunt Husband as Girl, 12, Finds Stab Scene
Byline: BETH HALE A WOMAN stabbed to death in her home was found by her horrified mother and 12-yearold daughter. Samantha Renfrew, 36, had been knifed repeatedly and her throat cut in a frenzied attack. Her mother Janet Hamer and daughter...
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Murray Hoping for Home Advantages
Byline: IVAN SPECK ANDY MURRAY has urged his fellow Scots to roar Great Britain to victory when they play Serbia and Montenegro in the Davis Cup at Braehead next month. The British No1's 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 defeat to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka...
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Nakamura Lost for Words on Shaun
Byline: ROGER HANNAH SHUNSUKE NAKAMURA still requires an interpreter in the dressing room and couldn't understand how to fill in his Player of the Year nomination form. Fluent in the international language of football, however, the Celtic midfielder...
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Neglect Verdict on Girl's Death at Nursery
Byline: DAVID WILKES FLAWED safety checks at a village nursery led to the death of a two-year- old girl who wandered out and fell in a garden pond next door, an inquest ruled yesterday. Abigail Rae slipped out of the nursery's back door, through...
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New Labour's in Love with Mr Moneybags
Byline: ANDREW ALEXANDER THE money for peerages business is a truly disgraceful national scandal. All the same, it's awfully good fun, isn't it? There are few spectacles more gratifying than seeing pious politicians fall flat on their faces -...
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New Releases
YEAH YEAH YEAHS: Show Your Bones (Polydor) MOST American garage bands have moved unerringly towards the pop mainstream. Brooklyn's Yeah Yeah Yeahs have stayed steadfastly leftfield, keeping faith with the jagged riffs and indie-funk rhythms of...
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Now He's out, the Next Battle
Byline: TERRY WAITE JUST three days ago I was speaking on the telephone to the families of the two Canadians imprisoned with Norman Kember. They were feeling very low after another hostage, the American Tom Ford, had been shot dead by the men...
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Now the Budget Begins to Unravel
Byline: TIM SHIPMAN IT WILL take up to 16 years to achieve Gordon Brown's pledge to increase spending on state school pupils to the levels enjoyed today by those in private education. A leading economic think-tank yesterday cast doubt on the...
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OAP Tells of Long Walk to Safety in Blizzard Ordeal
Byline: ALLY MUNRO A PENSIONER last night told how he and two friends survived a horrific blizzard by walking non-stop for almost 24 hours to keep warm. Campbell Pearson, 69 , described how the three men became separated as they battled plunging...
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Oh! Fickle Weather; PETERBOROUGH
Byline: PETERBOROUGH 'THE climate is changing,' the scientist said. 'In a few more years we could all be dead. 'The atmosphere daily gets greyer and greyer, 'Due to a hole in the ozone layer. 'Hair spray and cars and cigarette smoke 'Are...
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OH NO, WE MUST DO IT ALL AGAIN; A Bore as Boro Force Charlton Rematch
Byline: NEIL ASHTON THE FA may be sifting through England candidates, but Steve McClaren and Alan Curbishley may have to wait a little longer for the nod of approval from Soho Square. Chief executive Brian Barwick has been ticking boxes for the...
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Once You Needed a GP - and a Verygood Reason - to Get the Morning after Pill. Now,as This Investigation Reveals, School Nurses and Chemists Are Handing Them out like Smarties; Morning after Pill.birth Control
Byline: SHOSHANA GOLDBERG AS SHE sets off to work, Amber Isaacs feels the excitement and euphoria of the night before give way to the grim reality of the morning after. The idea that she might have become pregnant is looking less abstract by the...
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One Giant Leap for McConnell; Novice Hurdler Lee Clambers over Her Obstacles but Bags a Bronze against All the Odds
Byline: JOHN GREECHAN SCOTLAND'S reigning queen of the track last night admitted she came perilously close to disaster in the Final of the 400metres hurdles. But Lee McConnell believes that sheer willpower dragged her home to claim a bronze -...
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Orkney Vets' Bird Flu Jabs Sent to Birmingham
Byline: STUART NICOLSON VETS expecting an urgent shipment of drugs to protect them from bird flu were left waiting as a 'shambolic' blunder saw the consignment sent to England instead of Orkney. The fiasco saw the vital medicine intended for...
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Pick of the Day
Byline: NICK GRIFFITHS;YVETTE HUDDLESTON DOCUMENTARY: A Very British Olympics, BBC2, 9pm LIFTED from BBC4's The Lost Decade (1945-1955) season, Dominic Sutherland's documentary looks back at the 1948 London Olympics, offering archive footage...
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Ping Went the Strings of My Heart
The Clean House (Sheffield Studio) Verdict: Here today, Bron tomorrow **** WHAT an odd stage presence Eleanor Bron has. Her long, almost masculine, gipsymystic, Jon Pertwee-ish face is topped nowadays by salt and pepper curls. She has the jaw...
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Players, Not Refs, Must Cure This Ill
Byline: PAUL HAYWARD ALAN SHEARER'S unease about diving and play-acting 'creeping into football' is supported by a majority of the 44 referees auditioning in Frankfurt this week for the top jobs at the World Cup. Most leading referees have cited...
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Playing Hard Ball; Taylor Hails UEFA Stance as G14 Flex Their Muscle
Byline: PETER JARDINE DAVID TAYLOR last night hailed UEFA's broadside at top European clubs who have endangered the principle of international football. Scotland's very right to call up players to play for the country has been put under threat...
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[Pounds Sterling]560m 'Black Hole' Set to Send Scots Council Tax Bills Soaring
Byline: STUART NICOLSON COUNCIL tax rates could soar as authorities bid to fill a massive [pounds sterling]500million-plus black hole, a group of MSPs warned yesterday. Holyrood's finance committee slammed Scotland's councils for failing to meet...
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[Pounds Sterling]80,000 GAMBLE DEBT OF BOY, 15; Pupil Accused as Scotland's Addiction to Web Gaming Soars out of Control
Byline: ALAN SIMPSON A SCHOOLBOY is accused of losing [pounds sterling]80,000 in an online gambling spree using his mother's credit card. The 15-year-old Scot is alleged to have run up the huge loss in two hours after logging on to the site from...
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Proof That Pink's over Her Blue Period
Byline: ADRIAN THRILLS Pink: I'm Not Dead (Sony BMG) Verdict: Alive, kicking and feistier than ever **** WHEN she first entered the charts with There You Go in 2000, Pink seemed to be no more than a late arrival for the Nineties dance-pop party....
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Q & A
Byline: EDWARD HEATHCOAT AMORY What's the scale of the problem? NHS hospitals will have spent [pounds sterling]900million more than their budgets by April. Yet this figure conceals the true extent of the crisis. To prevent the deficit being...
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Race Row Don; Suspended Lecturer Who Claimed Blacks Have Lower IQs Than Whites Faces Dismissal
A UNIVERSITY lecturer who claimed black people were intellectually inferior to whites was suspended yesterday. Dr Frank Ellis told the Leeds Student newspaper there was a 'persistent gap' in the average IQ between the races. The lecturer in Russian...
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Rising Stars Are; Maloney and Burke Lead the Cast as Audiences Are Wowed by a New Low-Budget Thriller
Byline: PETER JARDINE TWO years ago, they played in front of three men and a dog in Old Firm reserve games at Broadwood and New Broomfield. Now they thrill three million. Such is life in the SPL playground for rising stars Shaun Maloney and...
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SAS Storms in to Free Hostage Britton
Byline: NICK CRAVEN;PAUL HARRIS THE prayers of Norman Kember's wife and family were answered at last yesterday as he was freed by the SAS in Baghdad after 118 days in captivity. The 74-year-old's terrifying ordeal ended when British and U.S....
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SCHWARZER TO BORO'S RESCUE; Charlton Thwarted by Defiant Australian
Byline: NEIL ASHTON MARK Schwarzer was made the scapegoat when he was dropped from the Middlesbrough side to play non-League Nuneaton in the third round, but he saved their skins at The Valley. The Australian keeper handed in a transfer request...
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See the Homes of the Stars - on a Coach Tour of the Cotswolds
THEY moved to escape the paparazzi's cameras and the prying eyes of fans. But for stars such as Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley, the seclusion which first attracted them into buying homes in the Cotswolds may be about to be shattered. Starting...
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Share Price Boom Could Yield Brown [Pounds Sterling]7.5bn; CITY&FINANCE
THE boom in share values could yield Gordon Brown a [pounds sterling]7.5bn windfall over five years, helping him grapple with a looming hole in the public finances. The FTSE Index is 8pc higher than the Treasury expected in December, contributing...
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SPRINT FLOPS FACE CHOP; Devonish Accepts the Old Guard Deserve to Go after Failing to Deliver
Byline: NEIL WILSON MARLON Devonish performed less badly than Britain's other sprinters at these Commonwealth Games, but not even he could run away from the cruellest of facts. For the first time in 32 years, since before the international arrival...
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Standoff over Pay Rise for Doctors
Byline: GRAEME WILSON GORDON Brown and Tony Blair were involved in a stand-off last night over pay rises for hospital consultants. Frantic negotiations were launched after the two men clashed over how much money the country's top doctors should...
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Take the Direct Line to Cut Your Costs; Property Mail: Overseas
Byline: NICOLA VENNING Selling your foreign home over the internet can save you thousands, says Nicola Venning GAIL WASH was shocked to learn how much commission she would pay to sell her Mallorcan home, a lovely 250-year-old townhouse in the...
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Terror Police Probe as Fences Cut at Britain's First Deer Farm
Byline: TIM BUGLER ANTITERRORISM police are probing what may be an attack by animal rights activists on Britain's first commercial deer farm. Fences were cut and graffiti painted on walls and signs in the night- time attack at Reediehill Deer...
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THANKS A MILLION, MUM; as Mothering Sundaynears, Four Famous Women on the Mothers Who Truly Inspired Them .
TO CELEBRATE Mothers' Day, four celebrity women tell TESSA CUNNINGHAM what they learnt from their mothers. Darcey Bussell, OBE, is principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet. Married to banker Angus Forbes and with two daughters, Phoebe and Zoe,...
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The Noble Lord Would Provide a Banquet of Squirrel; Yesterday in Parliament
Byline: QUENTIN LETTS A VINTAGE day in the Lords found peers of the traditional, rural variety identifying with another endangered species: The red squirrel. The House heard demands for 'reds' to be protected and for their rival, the grey squirrel,...
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The Space Age( Period Gems That Offer Elegance and Style on a Spectacular Scale ); Property Mail
Byline: JENNY SHIELDS THE early years of the last century - before the calamity of the Great War and the destruction wrought only a few years later by the Second World War - saw the building of some exceptionally fine properties. The period covered...
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Together at Last, Flintoff and Son
Byline: JAMES TOZER IT was the moment Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff had been longing for ever since his decision to put country before family. England's favourite cricketer held his son Corey, born two weeks ago while Flintoff was captaining the...
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