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The Saturday Matrix: Saturday 11 June 2011
Organisers put brakes on grand prix
Formula One Grand Prix organisers in Bahrain yesterday accepted the race will not go ahead as planned and they will not pursue plans to stage the rescheduled event in October. MORE
MP denies sexually assaulting woman
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has dismissed allegations he sexually assaulted a woman as “demonstrably and provably false”. The backbencher, who represents North West Leicestershire, was arrested yesterday and bailed.
Prosecutors receive Chris Huhne papers
Police probing claims that Energy Secretary Chris Huhne dodged speeding points in order to escape a driving ban in 2003 have handed preliminary papers to prosecutors. Mr Huhne denies the allegation.
Name a mushroom, a wasp and a spider
The public is being asked to name species, including a sea spider, a wasp and a mushroom. A panel, including members from the Marine Biological Association and Natural England will pick the winners.
Former finance minister dies aged 52
Brian Lenihan, the senior Irish politician who as finance minister struggled to overcome his country’s enormous economic problems, died yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.
Independent writer wins top award
Mark Hix has won the Cookery Journalist of the Year award for his writing in The Independent at the Guild of Food Writers’ Awards.
Tod’s pledges £4.6m to La Scala
Luxury goods company Tod’s has pledged £4.6m to La Scala opera house in Milan. It has already offered millions for the restoration of Rome’s crumbling Colosseum amid harsh government cuts. MORE
Tourists arrested for fighting on aircraft
Three British holidaymakers were arrested by police in Barbados yesterday after a fight broke out among passengers on a flight to the Caribbean island.
Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver Reith Lecture
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the two speakers who will deliver this year’s Reith Lectures. Her first lecture will be heard later this month and a second in July.
Some smell a rat, but No 10 has mice
Larry the Downing Street cat has been earning his keep, according to the Prime Minister, who said Number 10 was infested with mice and that Larry had been catching them.
Malcolm X daughter in credit card fraud
Malikah Shabaz, 46, daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, pleaded guilty to identity theft to run up over $55,000 in credit card bills. She was put on probation for five years.
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil