Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from September 10, 2003

Athletic off the Pace in Opener
The new season got under way with a depleted fixture list due to outside cup competitions and a shortage of players in a number of teams. Shock result of the day came at under-16 level where Ashington Athletic played host to Willington Quay and...
A Very Good Tale to Tel!
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Secretary Keith Telford reckons the competition has come of age this season - in more ways than one. He said: "The standard of play is better than when we started out four years ago and I can see youngsters with potential...
Bali Victim Hits out at Sentence
Byline: By Owen McAteer Bali bomb blast survivor Ian Stafford today slammed the death sentence imposed on the mastermind behind the outrage. Islamic militant Imam Samudra was sentenced to be executed by firing squad after judges found him guilty...
Bill Jacobs in the House
Byline: By Bill Jacobs Former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, Ferdinand Mount, has been taken to task by North East MP Joyce Quin for claiming that George Stephenson was a Scot. In a book review, he claimed that...
Bully Nurse Struck Off
Byline: By Sonia Sharma Nurse Donald Emery was today exposed as a bully who tormented staff with a bizarre initiation ceremony. Emery, 47, laughed as Paula Benson screamed during what he called "reality orientation", a hearing was told. He...
Button Bright about Monza
Jenson Button goes into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix in an optimistic mood after a successful test session at Monza. The Frome-born driver has enjoyed a largely successful season so far, comfortably eclipsing his more experienced BAR team-mate...
By George, It's More Bother for Gateshead!
Byline: By Bob Moreland Gateshead, guilty of fielding a second ineligible player this season, expect to be hit by a fine of up to pounds 1,000 and the deduction of four points by the UniBond League. Already in trouble over former Everton defender...
Carer Bullied Fellow Staff in Ceremony
Byline: By Sonia Sharma Nurse Donald Emery was today exposed as a bully who tormented staff with a bizarre initiation ceremony. Emery, 47, laughed as Paula Benson screamed during what he called "reality orientation", a hearing was told. He...
Challenger Tank Now Deadlier Than Ever
Byline: By Steven Oliver It's the fighting machine of tomorrow and it's being built on Tyneside today. This is the fearsome next generation of the mighty Challenger 2 battle tank, unveiled today by Alvis Vickers. The Tyneside tank maker has...
Children's Right Royal Auditions
Members of the West End Operatic Society are hoping to get to know budding young thespians next month. For the company is on the lookout for children aged between five and 13 years to take part in their next production. The King and I will run...
Computer Virus in Global Chaos
Byline: By Owen McAteer A suspected hacker has been charged with helping launch a worldwide virus that caused more than pounds 5 million of computer chaos. Andrew Harvey, 22, of Scardale Way, Belmont, Durham City, was arrested following a joint...
Cops of Character
Byline: By Ray Marshall The Peeler (professional policeman) first trod Britain's streets 175 years ago this month. He would have been dressed in a top hat, blue swallow tail coat, heavy serge trousers and boots, as well as being equipped with...
Dish of the Day
Baked Quorn Parmigana Preparation time: 20 mins, cooking time: 30 mins, serves 4-6 1 packet (350g) Quorn mince 1 onion finely chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 tin (400g) of chopped tomatoes Good splash of white wine 1 teaspoon...
Drive Your Kids Up the Wall!
Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury Fancy reaching the heights this weekend? Then why not try the Sunderland Wall? Jennifer Bradbury has the details Kids Gecko and Stick It Boulder Clubs are popular clubs solely for kids and young people up to the age...
F1: Button Bright about Monza
Jenson Button goes into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix in an optimistic mood after a successful test session at Monza. The Frome-born driver has enjoyed a largely successful season so far, comfortably eclipsing his more experienced BAR team-mate...
Fallon Aiming for 200 Winners
Byline: By Ray Gilpin Kieren Fallon is just five winners short of completing another double century. The champion jockey rode a double on Shalaya and The Trader at Leicester yesterday to leave the 200-winner mark within reaching distance. ...
Families to Hear of Final Journey
Byline: By Louise Redvers Families of the Selby rail crash victims were today hearing evidence of how their loved ones died. John Weddle, 47, of Throckley, Newcastle, chef Paul Taylor, 42, of Longbenton, and conductor Raymond Robson, 43, of Whitley...
Fans Continue to Get Raw Deal
Byline: By Michael Martin News from Saturday's Chronicle that Premiership clubs intend to withdraw part of Newcastle United's allocation of tickets for away games will have raised a few eyebrows amongst the club's regular away travellers. This...
Four It's a Jolly Good Battle for Title Honours
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Four sides are still in with a chance of clinching the championship ahead of the last games of the season on Saturday. But Evenwood have emerged as the favourites. They managed to start their game at home to Tudhoe...
Gateshead's Starlets Prove a League Apart
Byline: By Bill McGuirk Gateshead Harriers were the leading North of England team in the National Junior League final at Derby. They finished in third place behind Enfield and Haringey and Shaftesbury Barnet. Though they were without two or...
Hamas Suicide Bombers Kill 15
Byline: By Peter Williamson Two Palestinian suicide bombings - one at a bus stop crowded with soldiers near Tel Aviv, the second five hours later at a popular Jerusalem nightspot - killed at least 15 Israelis and maimed dozens. There were no...
Harmison Heroics
Byline: By Richard Gibson Steve Harmison's Test-best heroics in the scintillating comeback victory against South Africa should have been enough to confirm his place as an England tourist this winter. The Durham paceman has all too often misfired...
Helpless!
Byline: By Alan Oliver Newcastle United first-team coach John Carver has admitted that he feels "helpless " along with Sir Bobby Robson as they try to prepare for Saturday's crucial game with Everton at Goodison Park. No fewer than 17 Newcastle...
Horrors of War in Graphic Film
Byline: By Daniel Thomson When the democratic president of Nigeria and his family is executed and a bloody military coup takes place, US Navy S.E.A.L Lieutenant A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) and his team are sent in to rescue an American doctor played...
Iraqi Killed by Car Bomb
A car bomb exploded outside an office used by US soldiers in northern Iraq, killing one Iraqi and wounding six Americans and 41 Iraqis. The wounded included children from nearby houses and Iraqi Kurdish guards. Firefighters battled to put out car...
It's Making a Great Deal of Difference
Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury More than 200 jobs have been created in Newcastle's West End through a multi-million- pound regeneration scheme. Jennifer Bradbury reports on the people who are turning their lives around with help from New Deal for...
Join Our Gang for 50th Show
Byline: By Andy Lloyd Cubs and scouts are taking a march down Memory Lane to celebrate 50 years of gang shows. Youngsters in Whitley Bay, are getting into practice for their annual all-singing, all-dancing revue. To mark the half-century,...
Lanchester Making a Very Angry Point
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Lanchester believe they need just another 10 points to finally clinch the championship. But they admit anything could happen in the next two weeks after having 20 points docked from their total by the league. Fixture...
Main Road to Success
Percy Main have welcomed back several former players who have sampled life in the Northern League - including brothers Rob and Denis Livermore - and are experiencing a change in fortune. Manager Bob Rodgerson will have been delighted with a start...
Moving on with Mobiles
Byline: By Steve Hughes Two young Northern-based Chinese entrepreneurs are set to make driving safer and save motorists thousands of pounds in fines with the launch of Kar-Com, a matchbox sized, wireless, in-car mobile phone adaptor. Measuring...
Nurses Caught with Child Porn
Byline: By Owen McAteer Crouched over his computer, nurse Matthew Forster thought he was untouchable as he downloaded sickening images of child pornography. He had a special computer programme which he thought protected him from the prying eyes...
Perfect Timing!
Chris Issats of Musselburgh was clear winner of the Tyne Vags 10-Mile Time Trial which attracted a disappointing entry of riders. With fellow category A riders Geoff Mount and team-mate Steve Kenny among the list of non-starters, it was left to...
Pole to Take Star Role
Byline: By Anita Chambers Pole Star and grand old stayer Persian Punch clash again in the Group Two GNER Doncaster Cup at Doncaster tomorrow and it is the young pretender who can come out on top. James Fanshawe's five-year-old and the 10-year-old...
Race Champ Set to Thai the Knot
Byline: By Rebecca Baxter Former race ace Eddie Johnson is to travel halfway round the world to marry a Thai bride. Eddie, who lost his eldest son, Steve, in a racing bike crash 11 years ago, was 125cc Scottish champion in 1963 and top North...
Readers' Poems
Digby We had our Patch for 14 years, When he died We shed so many tears; No other dog we thought could take his place, Our adorable Patch With a lovely face; But off to the kennels I did go, What I would find I did not know;...
Reunited
Would any pupils who attended Jarrow Central School and left in 1961-62 please get in touch as a group of us have got together and are organising a reunion. Val Shearer email val@valdecor.freeserve.co.uk or enidconway45@hotmail.com I am trying...
Show Earns a First Class Degree
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Young reviewer Daniel Thomson caught The Graduate at Newcastle's Theatre Royal. It runs until Saturday, tickets on 0870 905 5060 After its huge success in New York and the West End of London, Terry Johnson's adaptation...
Site Blast Wakes Families
A late-night double explosion on a building site woke people in Gateshead. The twin blast took place at 10pm in King Street, Bensham. The noise was heard up to a mile away triggering calls to the police and fire brigade. When firefighters...
Star Shining Bright in Narrow Victory
Newcastle Blue Star picked up the points after an exciting 4-3 victory against Heaton Hawks in the Under-10s Division. Lewis Exley (2), Cameron Chambers and David Luke netted for Blue Star, Andrew Buglass (2) and Curtis Ruddy for Heaton. West...
Stay at Home
Byline: By Owen McAteer England could be kicked out of Euro 2004 if fans defy the FA and travel to Turkey on October 11. In an exclusive interview with Chronicle reporter Owen McAteer, former Durham assistant chief constable Ron Hogg, the outgoing...
Sven Is All Set to Ring the Changes
Sven-Goran Eriksson is poised to hand James Beattie, Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson the chance to impress him as he goes for victory in England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein tonight. However, while Sol Campbell is set to be rested,...
Sven Set to Ring the Changes
Sven-Goran Eriksson is poised to hand James Beattie, Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson the chance to impress him as he goes for victory in England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein tonight. However, while Sol Campbell is set to be rested,...
Thug Attacks in City Streets
Byline: By Brenda Hickman Two men were left in hospital after separate unprovoked attacks, police revealed today. The extent of the violence on random victims has baffled officers at Newcastle's Market Street police station. And today they...
Token Gestures Can Net Pounds 5,000
Byline: By Sonia Sharma A community centre wants to build a new play area for children if it wins in our Chron'll Fix It Competition. Ouston Community Association, based at the centre in Iris Crescent, Chester-le-Street, is hoping to bag pounds...
Trying to Create Car Congestion?
There have been several correspondents in your letters column who are dismayed re: Newcastle City Council's traffic management in and around the city centre. As someone who shops regularly in Newcastle, I have been puzzled as to how there seems...
Vent Your Spleen
So they are going to force medication on me through fluoride in my water supply. Where are my human rights? I don't want forced medication and what would be next, MMR. Now Northumbria Water says it is clean, healthy and pure water, but I already have...
Voller's Job Not an Issue Says Vogts
Scotland coach Berti Vogts does not believe his Germany counterpart Rudi Voller will be sacked if the Tartan Army are celebrating victory in Dortmund tonight. Voller reacted angrily to criticism from the media following Saturday's failure to win...
Wales Must Bounce Back
Wales captain Gary Speed claims his team have let down the whole nation - and they must restore some pride against Finland tonight. Newcastle ace Speed and his team-mates were left shattered by a 4-0 defeat to Italy on Saturday which leaves their...
Wearside League
Cleadon SC, the surprise side so far, are just a point off leaders New Marske despite being held to a draw by local rivals Boldon CA. Lee Seff gave the home side the advantage at the halfway stage before Danny Nixon levelled. Cleadon have taken...
Wetting Appetite!
Byline: By Gordon Barr Newcastle Operatic Society is gearing up for its annual stint at the city's Theatre Royal this month. Showbusiness Reporter, Gordon Barr, has the details Newcastle Operatic Society is enjoying a glorious feeling and are...
We Wanted Title Moor Than Cup Success
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Although they won four cup competitions, Burnmoor are bitterly disappointed they failed to clinch the championship, which was won by Horden with a margin of 21 runs. Secretary Ian Linsley said: "It has been a disappointing...
We Wanted Title Moor Than Cup Success - Linsley
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Although they won four cup competitions, Burnmoor are bitterly disappointed they failed to clinch the championship, which was won by Horden with a margin of 21 runs. Secretary Ian Linsley said: "It has been a disappointing...
Why Ritalin Is the Best Option
Byline: By Julie Cush Mood-changing drug, Ritalin, is blamed for brain-damaging hyperactive children. This week the Chronicle revealed the drug is claimed to have been responsible for the deaths of four children since 1997. But Newcastle General...
Winning Goal Sho Stupid - Toon Ace
Byline: By Alan Oliver Shola Ameobi has described the goal which ended England's hopes of qualifying for next summer's European Under-21 Championship and cost the Newcastle United striker a trip to Portugal as "scandalous." Ameobi and his England...
Winning Juniors Cram in Goals!
In the Under-11s League Cramlington Juniors had an impressive win over Wallsend Boys Club with goals coming from Nial Younger (2), Kyle Devlin and Ryan Carr. There were also wins for Walker Central and Wodeopen. Heaton Hawks had a 4-0 win over...
Youngsters Are Flocking to University
Byline: By Cathy Spencer Record numbers of youngsters are going to university, figures today show. Just six years ago the North East had the lowest proportion of 17 and 18-year-olds in England doing so. Only 21.9 per cent were winning places...
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