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Coachless Cougars put Drew in frame

Brad Drew and Martin Crompton are among the contenders for the vacant coaching role with the Keighley Cougars.

When We Are Married, Garrick Theatre, London

Thanks to Stephen Daldry's celebrated Expressionist version of An Inspector Calls we are, perhaps, in danger of looking a tad snootily on J B Priestley's simpler fare, such as this trusty repertoire staple.

Care home blaze woman, 96, dies

A 96-year-old woman who was in a critical condition after a blaze at a care home has died, police said today.

In Search of England, By Roy Hattersley

At first glance, this book might appear to be an exception to this reviewer's opinion that yellowing columns of journalism should never be published in book form. Hattersley has had enough experience of writing – 20 volumes of Hattersleiana are listed (including two diaries allegedly penned by his dog) – and his opinions are sound but his observations are obscured by great clouds of words.

Suspended bus drivers 'too fat' for job

Two bus drivers have been suspended from work for being too fat.

Oyston now focused on Blackpool

Karl Oyston is focusing on the future at Blackpool after the bankruptcy order made against him was annulled yesterday.

Varney: we can shock Chelsea

Luke Varney has warned Chelsea that Blackpool are capable of pulling off a shock victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend. The Tangerines, installed as favourites for relegation before the season began, have defied their critics so far this campaign by picking up seven points from their four Premier League fixtures.

UK divide in shop vacancy rates

The number of shops closing across the UK is slowing but the North is faring significantly worse than the South, with Bristol having half the number of empty shops as Blackpool - the worst affected area in the UK.

Robbie Williams to switch on Blackpool illuminations

Robbie Williams will perform the switch-on of the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations tonight.

Woman escapes jail for urinating on memorial

A woman branded "Britain's most disgusting person" by veterans after she was convicted of urinating on a war memorial was given a suspended sentence today.

Memorial sex act woman due back in court

A woman branded "Britain's most disgusting person" by war heroes after urinating on a war memorial is due back in court today after fleeing her sentencing hearing last week.

Sexually transmitted diseases on the increase

Unprotected sex is causing rises in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) particularly among young women, according to figures published today.

Leading article: A blow for open government

The decision by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, to "lead the charge", as he put it, and publish all spending over £500 incurred by his department under the last government is a welcome step forward for openness. But it is also a canny bid to divert public attention away from the pain his department is planning to inflict on us and towards the pleasures taken at public expense by his predecessors.

Paramedic faces hospital car park murder charge

A paramedic is to be charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend in a hospital car park, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

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