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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Increase in trains passing red lights `puts lives at risk'

MORE lives will be lost on the railways unless urgent action is taken to prevent an increasing number of trains - two a day on average - passing red signals, the Government's safety watchdog warned yesterday.

Store's staff go to war

John Lewis calls its employees 'partners', but the paternalistic chain of stores is denying them a pounds 100,000 windfall. Emma Cook reports

EDUCATION: MAKING THE MOST OF A SECOND CHOICE

Sarah Flynn (right), 23, did A-levels in home economics, chemistry and biology at Watford grammar for girls. She was predicted to get CCD and had a place to study nutrition and dietetics at King's College London on CCC. But she didn't make the grades and switched to food and consumer studies at the University of North London (UNL).

Letters: Quantum nudge

Quantum nudge

Go Higher: The North - Your indispensable guide to student life

The North: Studying in the North is a chance to experience beautiful scenery and a vibrant culture. By Chris Brown

Letter: Choked city

Sir: Ken Livingstone's blueprint to end the transport misery in London makes several positive suggestions but is silent on the cost of car parking at commuter stations.

Rugby Union: Horan opts for home comforts

TIM HORAN, who played a key role in Australia's Cook Cup victory over England last month, has decided against moving to Bristol. The Memorial Ground club had been hopeful Horan would join them after this autumn's World Cup.

Catalogue of Errors

More than 130 serious collisions or derailments have occurred since the privatisation of Railtrack in the spring of 1996, including three major incidents:

Kingfisher and Asda pay pounds 72m in merger costs

KINGFISHER AND Asda yesterday revealed that the costs of their planned pounds 18bn merger will be pounds 72m of which almost pounds 30m will be paid to advisers. The lion's share of the fees will be paid to Warburg Dillon Read, which acted for Kingfisher and Merrill Lynch and Cazenove which acted for Asda. The details were included in the merger document which was posted to shareholders yesterday.

Theatre Review: The Late Middle Classes

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THE LATE MIDDLE CLASSES

The 50 Best: How to avoid the Christmas turkeys

A trip with the family to see a show is as much a part of the festive season as Christmas pudding and brandy butter. But there's more on offer these days than ever before, with hundreds of theatre and dance events to choose from. So, helped by our expert panel, we've rounded up the best in live entertainment this Christmas, from ballet to puppet shows, and from fairy tales to feminist panto. Enjoy yourself? Oh yes you will ...

Rugby League: Long locates right attitude at last for Britain

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Rugby league: Difficult Britain debut for Long

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