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August 17, 2018 5:06 AM Newspaper headlines: Aretha Franklin dies and 'Cipriani case causes outrage'

The death of Aretha Franklin dominates the front pages with the Guardian devoting most of its cover to a large picture of the singer. "She was the living definition of soul" and her music was the "soundtrack to the resistance", the paper reports. "Respect for the Queen of Soul" is the main headline on the i atop a large picture of Aretha Franklin. She died aged 76 after 7

August 15, 2018 11:00 AM Thousands of residents flock to annual carnival beer festival event held at school

AN ANNUAL beer festival attracted thousands of visitors in the run up to a town’s carnival. The fourth Southend Carnival Beer Festival was held at Westleigh Junior School, Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh, during the weekend. The event was hosted by Southend Carnival Events and helps raise funds for the carnival procession and Essex based charities. There were real ales, ciders 6

August 9, 2018 6:19 AM Your views wanted on Moredon recreation ground's future

The borough council’s planning committee will be asked to approve a public consultation document about the possible redevelopment of Moredon recreation grounds. The scheme could see four turf and one 3G artificial football pitches, a road cycling circuit, cyclocross and BMX tracks and three more croquet lawns. And there could be a new pavilion with kitchen 8

August 4, 2018 11:38 PM Inventor of ‘drill’ calls for end to violence

THE US rapper credited with creating drill music, which has been blamed for fuelling gang violence in London, has called on youngsters to lay down their weapons. Drill made headlines last week after it emerged that two rappers were stabbed to death in a feud sparked by goading in songs on social media. “I do not want to be associated with violence or encourage 10

August 2, 2018 2:39 PM Netanyahu issues stark WARNING after Iran says Red Sea 'NOT SAFE' for US troops

ISRAEL’S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Iran will be met with a military response if it attempts to block the Straits of Bab al-Mandab in the Red Sea, after Houthi rebels allegedly fired missiles at a Saudi Arabian oil tanker. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday Iran would be met by an international coalition that would include Israel if they attempted 16

August 2, 2018 1:55 AM Reese Witherspoon throws ice cream at Meryl Streep during Big Little Lies shoot

Witherspoon, 42, who plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie, was pictured hurling an ice cream cone at 69-year-old Streep’s back, with Streep appearing oblivious to the frozen treat flying towards her. A fan tweeted to say they were “praying” the ice cream hit Streep and Witherspoon replied: “Oh Matt! No need to pray. I got her!” The shoot is reported to have taken 11

August 2, 2018 12:39 AM Rajar figures: Listeners swap news shows for music

BBC Radio 4's Today programme and 5 Live Breakfast lost listeners this spring, industry figures show. Today's audience dropped by 839,000 year-on-year, while 5 Live Breakfast was down 337,000, according to Rajar, which monitors UK radio listening. The BBC said a quieter news agenda in the second quarter of this year was partly to blame. Last spring saw a snap general 7

August 1, 2018 3:13 PM Marie Curie in York volunteer appeal

A CHARITY is looking looking for people to join their York fundraising group. Marie Curie is to help raise vital funds so that their nurses can continue to provide care for people with terminal illnesses in the comfort of their owns homes. Set up almost four years ago, the team of four volunteers has worked tireless on annual campaigns such as the Great 10

August 1, 2018 11:00 AM Woodland fun day for families at wildlife centre during summer school holidays

FAMILIES enjoyed a day out at a wildlife centre with plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. The event, held at Essex Wildlife Trust, Langdon Hills promised a host of activities which were both enjoyable and educational. These included den building, rope swinging, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfires. Education and community officer 6

July 31, 2018 11:21 PM Herne Bay: Cartoon Festival returns to the pier for a sixth year

It's art - just as you know it. Cartoonists and caricaturists will be showing off their skills on the seafront this weekend as part of the month-long BayFest. From traditional seaside art to satirical humour - it'll all be there. Returning for a sixth year, the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival live event will be held on the pier on Sunday, August 5. It will feature 9