From today's UK papers

December 3, 2001

Doctor who warned on MMR forced out
Andrew Wakefield, the specialist who first raised concerns about links between the MMR vaccine and bowel disease and autism, has been forced out of his job at the Royal Free Hospital in London, it emerged yesterday. Daily Mail , Independent , Guardian

75% reject case for more faith schools
The public is overwhelmingly against the government's plan to encourage more faith schools, which many see as divisive, according to a national poll by Mori. Daily Telegraph

Race relations laws will cost millions
The biggest expansion of race relations laws in 25 years takes effect today when thousands of public bodies employing millions of people face new statutory duties to deliver racial equality. Daily Telegraph

Heads pressured to keep bullies in class
The government's drive to reduce the number of pupils expelled from school has led teachers to keep bullies in class and allow them to continue to torment their victims, the National Association of Head Teachers said yesterday. Independent , Daily Mail

World's smallest lizard found
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Costa Rico have discovered the world's smallest lizard on a Caribbean island. The reptile measures only 2cm from nose to tail. Independent, Daily Telegraph , Times

CJD 'guinea pig' patient dies
A woman who was the first "guinea pig" in the search for a cure for the human form of the so-called "mad cow disease" has died. Independent

Britons flock to free museums
Visitors poured into museums across Britain yesterday after admission charges were lifted by the government. The introduction of free entry was hailed as a "red letter day for our cultural heritage" by the cultural secretary, Tessa Jowell, as she launched the scheme with her predecessor Chris Smith MP at the Science Museum's new Alfa Romeo exhibition. Independent

Can Harry Potter revive dead languages?
The image of the world's most famous wizard, which has taken some knocks under the welter of film merchandising, is about to take a sharp step up market. Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone , the first book in the Harry Potter series, is to be published in Latin and ancient Greek. Daily Telegraph

Deaf musicians thrive on good vibrations
The reason why Beethoven could compose great music, even when deaf, and why the hard of hearing can enjoy concerts has been revealed by a University of Washington study. For example, although virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, she can "hear" by using a combination of sight and feeling, seeing a drum head move and sensing its vibrations. Daily Telegraph


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