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Articles from July 1, 2017

Alves Set for Blues Move after Ending Time with Juve
JUVENTUS have confirmed they have parted company with Dani Alves 'after agreeing to a termination of the player's contract' ahead of his expected move to City.The 34-year-old enjoyed a stunning season with the Serie A giants and was directly involved...
Bringing the Avatar World to Life
AKING a trip to the world in James Cameron's Avatar blockbuster would normally be quite a challenge.TNot only because it's 4.4 light years from Earth - that's 25 trillion miles - but also because it's a fictional creation of the filmmaker and his visual...
Car Wash Groper Told Victim: 'Ooh, Nice Legs.'
A WOMAN was left feeling 'degraded' by a car wash attendant who repeatedly groped her while cleaning her car.Ibrahim Khazari's victim was subjected to a sex attack as he wiped down the interior of her vehicle and made sleazy remarks, including telling...
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Couple Found Love at Flower Memorial
A LOVESTRUCK couple who met as they laid flowers at the memorial to those killed in the Manchester Arena attack got engaged a fortnight after first speaking.Nick Katsiaounis, 50, was looking at floral tributes in St Ann's Square when he accidentally...
Don't Label Labour's Leader an Extremist
IT'S difficult to know whether to laugh or despair at the recent attempts by correspondents Harry Singleton and Bill Newham to invoke 'history' in their efforts to label Jeremy Corbyn an extremist.The truth is that the type of policies Corbyn advocates...
Every Day Waking Up in India Was Special
What makes india such a unique and captivating place? I THINK, because it's the size and complexity of Europe, but it's one nation. So everywhere is different, utterly different. Different languages, food, style of dress, everything.But India is the...
Fans Want to See Matic as Reds Enforcer
UNITED supporters would prefer Nemanja Matic to start in the firstteam's midfield next season ahead of Fabinho.In an M.E.N. Sport survey on Reds fans' ideal XI for the forthcoming campaign, Matic edged out Monaco midfielder Fabinho while Anthony Martial...
Firefighters Tackle 'Major Emergency'
FIREFIGHTERS were put to the test as they tackled a major mystery emergency as part of a huge training exercise.The fictional scenario revolved around a plane crash and played out at the service's training centre in Bury.Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...
Fury as Hospital Heart Service Is Axed
PATIENTS with serious congenital heart conditions have been left stunned after finding out their service is to be axed from Manchester Royal Infirmary.Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has abruptly ended all surgery for adults with the condition...
Fury: 'I'll Shock Everyone to Win World Title Belt'
HUGHIE Fury insists he will shock the world and prove the doubters wrong when he finally takes on Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on September 23.The two were originally set to meet in New Zealand in May, but an injury...
Guardiola Needs to Improve Soft Centre
CITY raced out of the blocks. Just five days after the final game of the season, that glorious 5-0 win at Watford, Bernardo Silva completed his £43m move from Monaco.Barely a week later, Benfica announced that Ederson had joined City for £35m - making...
Homeless Man Lent Shoes Because 'It's Decent Thing to Do'
A KIND-HEARTED homeless man who lent a stranger his shoes so he could go to a fancy restaurant has told the M.E.N: "I did it because it's the decent thing to do."Last week the M.E.N. reported how 'John' took off his own shoes and gave them to optician...
How Valencia Overcame His Red Sceptics
UNITED had banked a world record £80m and shelled out £16m for a replacement.While the Reds were dealing with Real Madrid on the export side, they were coming to an agreement with Wigan Athletic on the import arm of the business.The summer of 2009 was...
I'm Backing Jose, but City Are Title Favourites
FOOTBALL never really goes away with all the transfer speculation and this year the Confederations Cup, together with England U21s doing much better than expected.Expectations are high now the new season fixtures are out - and United fans from my experience...
I Still Get Goosebumps Walking into Wimbledon
FROM the all-white kits and royal patrons through to the Pimm's, Wimbledon is a stickler for tradition. Every summer, come July, 39,000 spectators flood the grounds at any one time excited to catch the tennis action and, of course, scoff a bowl of its...
It's Double Baby Rhino Joy at Zoo
TWO incredibly rare Eastern black rhinos have been born at Chester Zoo.They were born within a week - boosting global numbers of the critically endangered species.Film footage showed mum Kitani spinning around in her enclosure, before the youngster was...
I've Now Quit, Says Landlord Locked Up for Defying the Law
A FORMER pub landlord, who is the only person to be jailed over the smoking ban, has revealed he's quit the cigarettes.Nick Hogan, 50, made headlines around the world after he held a 'mass light-up' at the Swan and Barristers pub in Bolton on the day...
Manchester Soldier Wins VC Honour
HERO'S GALLANT SWIM UNDER FIRE INCLUDED in the latest list of war distinction awards is the name of Signaller Jack White (Weiss) a Manchester Jewish soldier, who has been awarded the Victoria Cross. His home is at 273 Waterloo Road, Hightown and previous...
Manhunt after Acid Sprayed in Student's Face
POLICE are searching for a man after a Manchester student suffered a horrifying acid attack. Manchester University business student Resham Khan, 21, and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, were left with 'life-changing' injuries after they were attacked...
Mum Hits Back at Haters over Breastfeeding Photos Online
A YOUNG mum has hit back at a troll who abused her online for posting pictures of herself breastfeeding her daughter.Aimee Wood, 20, who regularly posts photos of herself feeding seven-month-old Nova on her Facebook and Instagram pages, was told by a...
My Son Has Been Left Absolutely Petrified
SAMANTHA Parsons, whose 23-year-old son, Saul, has a highly complex congenital heart defect that has previously seen him spend 13 hours on life support, said she only found out about the decision to axe the MRI service on Wednesday night - despite it...
No Chance of Aguero Swap for Sanchez, Says Pundit
SERGIO Aguero and Alexis Sanchez swapping clubs would be a 'minefield', according to former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn.Pep Guardiola has made the Chilean his No.1 target this summer and plans to pair him with both Aguero (pictured) and Gabriel...
Nolito Sets Sights on Return to Spain
NOLITO admits 'nothing has been decided' about his future at City but has reiterated his desire to return to Spain.The 30-year-old initially made a bright start at the Etihad after his £13.8m move from Celta Vigo and was directly involved in seven goals...
Not a Clean Getaway in Bank Raid
BUNGLING robbers who targeted a bank in Cheetham Hill struggled to get their car into gear as they attempted to make their getaway.Police were called to NatWest, on Bury Old Road, just after 3pm yesterday to reports of a cash-in-transit robbery.It is...
Our Expert Answers Your Questions
QMY mum wants to clean off the lichen and stains from a family gravestone. The headstone is sandcoloured and 70 years old. Can we do this ourselves or do we need a stonemason? We approached a stonemason, but he didn't seem keen to take it on.David Clarke,...
'Our Karl's Death Has Left a Hole in Our Hearts.' Family Pay to Stabbed
THE family of a teenager who died after being stabbed in a street fight in Salford say their loss has 'left a hole' in their hearts.A murder probe was launched after Karl Harrison was attacked during an 'altercation' outside a home on Bradley Avenue,...
Park Backs Jose to Reach Champions League Final
JOSE Mourinho can restore the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson at United and aim for an Olympic stadium finale in Kiev next May in the Champions League.Former United midfield dynamo Ji Sung Park is convinced Mourinho has the European pedigree to enable...
Peeping Tom Firefighter Filmed Woman in Her Shower
A FIREFIGHTER filmed a woman in the shower by fastening a camera phone to a long stick and poking it through her bathroom window.Simon John Douglas Roach, 39, from Wilmslow, twice took images of his naked victim - getting away with it the first time...
Police with Tasers to Double
GMP is to double the number of officers trained to use Tasers following the terror attacks in Manchester and London.They plan to spend £1m to buy equipment and train 1,100 officers to use them.The decision is a direct result of the suicide bomb attack...
Pundit Says Mourinho Has Made Bid for Lukaku
UNITED made a bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to ESPN pundit Paul Marriner.Lukaku, 24, was understood to be one of United's contingency options after Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at Atletico Madrid - but Chelsea are the favourites...
Raise a Glass
This week I've been in Alsace, a wine region which is unique in France and one of the world's most distinctive.It's an area that's been fought over by the French and Germans for centuries and even though it's now in France most of the place names have...
Salford Boosted after Poor Run by Return of O'Brien and Dobson
SALFORD will have both Gareth O'Brien and captain Michael Dobson available as they look to bounce back from last week's finalsecond defeat to St Helens when Huddersfield arrive at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow.The pair missed the heartbreaking loss away...
'Sexting' May Lead to More Crime
TEENAGERS involved in 'sexting' could go on to commit offences that would land them on the sex offenders register, police said.Officers say they are being forced to look at new ways of tackling sex offences early on, with the number registered sex offenders...
Smoking Ban Here to Stay - No Ifs or Butts
IT WAS a new law which led to one of the biggest social changes our country had seen in recent years.When the smoking ban was brought into force in England 10 years ago, it meant you could no longer nip into your local for a pint and a cigarette, or...
Sprinklers Plan for All Town's 22 High-Rises
SPRINKLERS could be fitted in every tower block in Stockport at a cost of around £5m - and potentially across the rest of Greater Manchester.An urgent review of fire safety in the borough's 22 high-rises, which are home to 3,500 people in 1,700 flats,...
Struck by Lightning Twice. and I Survived
With odds of 960,000 to one, the chances of being struck by lightning are too small to worry about. Being hit twice, then, is virtually impossible.But that was exactly what happened to Eric Brocklebank and, incredibly, both occurred on the same day.The...
Television Has Changed the Way We See Our Lives
ORD Melvyn Bragg is sharing his earliest memory of TV."It was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II," he recalls fondly. "We didn't have a television, but a friend of mine did and a lot of us went to his house."It was rather like going to the cinema;...
The Trend of an Era
EVERYONE knows that fashion goes in cycles. It is as much a fact of life as toast falling butter side down or the queue in Zara being longer than your lunch break.However there is nothing like the styles from your own youth becoming popular again to...
'The World Has Been Robbed of a True Superstar.'
THERE can be few funerals where Mariah Carey, Jason Manford and Michelle McManus share a stage - and there are so many mourners it has to be beamed live to a big screen.But the general consensus at Martyn Hett's funeral was that the colourful, flamboyant...
This Feels like a Sherlock Holmes Mystery the Accused: Ronald Light
THE water glints like bottle-green glass as dragonflies dance across the surface, but it hides a deadly secret. This quiet stretch of the Grand Union Canal could hold the key to cracking a case that has mystified police and historians for nearly a century.Annie...
Time to Give Thirst Aid
WHAT an incredible June we had weather-wise. Record temperatures and uninterrupted sunshine saw us sweltering in offices and shops and longing for some breeze.If July follows suit, it's crucial we think about our gardens and keep them well-watered.When...
Two Decades on, Everybody Still Loves Raymond
IT WAS back in 1986 that Frenchman Raymond Blanc opened his first brasserie in the UK. The dream was to make the best of French cuisine affordable to all and now the restaurants can be found all over the country.They are marking the 21st birthday with...
Yellow Again
GET ready for Minionmania to take hold again. The cute little yellow fellows are back on the big screen from June 30, in Despicable Me 3. Their master Gru, who's now an agent for the Anti-Villain League (AVL), manages to foil the theft of the world's...
Yes or No?
ALEXIS Sanchez has revealed he will make an announcement on his future after the Confederations Cup final tomorrow.The 28-year-old has a year left on his current contract and is Pep Guardiola's top transfer target after scoring 30 goals for Arsenal last...
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