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Verdict on Blunkett.

The investigation into former Home Secretary David Blunkett's decision to give rail tickets meant for MPs' spouses to his ex-lover Kimberly Quinn reports today.

The Commons Standards and Privileges Committee will issue its report at 11am.

It looks likely the report of Sir Alan Budd, who has been looking into allegations Mr Blunkett misused his office, will also be published today.

Heart discovery

CELLS from human embryos can be used to make "biological pacemakers", say scientists working with guinea pigs.

Researchers showed human embryonic stemcells can be encouraged to become pacemaker cells that regulate heartbeat.

Inserted in the heart muscle of guinea pigs, they made the animals' hearts beat with a slower, human rhythm and were not rejected.

Antarctic shots

THE original negatives of 1,000 photographs of the Antarctic taken more than 90 years ago have been bought by Cambridge University.

The pictures, taken by Herbert Ponting of Capt Robert Falcon Scott's fateful 1910-1912 expedition, are to go on display at the university's Scott Polar Research Institute next year.

Ads restricted

TOUGH restrictions on tobacco advertising in shops, pubs and clubs have come into force.

Advertising space for tobacco at places selling cigarettes will be limited to the size of a paperback book.

Boys die in fire

TWO boys, aged four and six, have been killed and two other children critically injured in a house fire at Tingley, Leeds.

Lee on board

COMIC Lee Evans is joining the cast of the new film version of The Magic Roundabout.

He has signed up as the voice of a new character, "the plucky and courageous Train", in the remake of the children's classic.

Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue are to be Dougal the dog and Florence the little girl.

BBC web cuts

THE BBC plans to save pounds 6m by scrapping some websites. It has been accused of distorting the market with sites which mirror those produced commercially.

Diana icon

IT'S been dubbed a storm drain and cursed with problems, but Britons want the Diana memorial fountain preserved as a cultural icon.

The Hyde Park sculpture came second in a poll on future symbols. Top was London Eye.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2004
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