From today's UK papers

June 27, 2001

Daily Telegraph

Oxford University is to offer means-tested bursaries of £2,000 to try to attract more students from poor homes.

Men in Birmingham will be given a genetically modified virus in an attempt to cure their prostate cancer, scientists for the Cancer Research Campaign said yesterday.

Independent

Little more than a year after entering parliament, David Lammy has become PPS to education secretary Estelle Morris.

Nearly 100 years after his death, a "lost" story by Mark Twain — A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage (1876) — has been published in Atlantic Monthly , the magazine that first commissioned it.

The 15th-century Sherborne Missal , an illuminated manuscript worth £15 million and one of the most important literary treasures of the medieval world, has been saved for the nation after the British Library raised the money to keep it in the UK.

Guardian

US professor Tom Sutherland, the former Beirut hostage who sued Iran over its support for terrorists, has won a record $58 million payout.

Cancer researcher Sir Walter Bodmer yesterday urged the government to set up a universal genetic-screening programme to identify the thousands of Britons with a high inherited risk of developing bowel cancer.

Whitehall is poised for an assault on "blokeism" as more of its top jobs go to women and people from ethnic minorities.

Women are being held back in the race to become senior hospital doctors because of the "working all hours" culture in the National Health Service, a report by the Royal College of Physicians suggested yesterday.

Researchers from the University of Leicester have found that cows produce more milk when listening to soothing tunes such as REM's "Everybody Hurts" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day".

Miscellany

A law professor from Pace University, White Plains, New York, who pulled a chair out from under a student to illustrate America's culture of litigation, is being sued. ( Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

A secondary school "graduation certificate" designed to encourage 16-year-olds to remain in full-time education or training for two more years was proposed yesterday by Estelle Morris, the education secretary. ( Daily Telegraph, Financial Times )

Workers on short-term contracts will receive two days' paid holiday from their employers every month as a result of a landmark ruling yesterday from the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg. ( Independent, Guardian, Daily Telegraph )

A prison teacher who was held hostage for 44 hours by one of Britain's most violent inmates yesterday won £65,000 in compensation from the Home Office. ( Independent, Guardian, Times )

Research from Florence University suggests that the Loch Ness monster is an illusion caused by earthquakes under Britain's largest lake. ( Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian )

A Shetland pony has startled its owners by giving birth to a half-zebra foal. ( Independent, Times, Daily Telegraph )

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