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Friday, 5 May, 2000, 05:22 GMT 06:22 UK
Papers fall for Love Bug

Apart from the elections many of the papers look at the Love Bug computer virus and its rapid spread around the globe.

The Financial Times leads on the havoc wrought on governments and businesses by the so-called Love Bug computer virus.

It says experts believe even more virulent assaults on the global computer system are on the way.

The Express says the virus "sped like a plague around the globe", while The Mirror muses that every great advance seems to bring with it a new danger, and the latest computer infection was a stark reminder that the internet is not perfect.

The Sun is amazed at the idea that a juvenile cyber-terrorist in the Philippines could bring computer networks around the world to their knees.

It reckons that if it was the plot of a sci-fi film it would be laughed out of the cinema.

The Mail and The Times also lead their early editions with the Love Bug.

The Guardian says the virus - which arrived in the form of an e-mail with the words "I Love You" - exploited the yearning for love among office workers.

The Express says it is feared it may be a dry run by the cyber terrorists who could return with a more sophisticated version.

The harrowing accounts of the people of Lockerbie of the night Pan Am flight 103 crashed onto their town are covered at length in many of the papers.

Self-defence debate

The Mirror says the evidence the residents gave to the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands were "visions from hell" while the Mail tells how the memories haunted the faces of the witnesses, and tainted their voices with suffering.

Many papers report on the jailing of a burglar who was beaten with a baseball bat by a householder during a raid in Peterborough.

Judge Hugh Mayor told David Summers - who suffered a fractured skull, cracked ribs and a broken wrist - that he had got what he deserved.

The Guardian says the judge reignited the debate over the law on self-defence, following the conviction of the Norfolk farmer, Tony Martin, for shooting dead a teenager who had broken into his farmhouse.

The Daily Star makes clear its approval, and claims the country is fed up with "villains" getting the benefit of the doubt.

But the Mail says this "piece of judicial commonsense" tells only part of the story.

The two men who defended their property were arrested, handcuffed and held in a cell for 12 hours. Meanwhile, police released Summers on unconditional bail. Three weeks later he was caught shoplifting, reports the paper.

Coulthard hero

Pictures abound of the racing driver, David Coulthard, giving his first public account of the fatal aircrash he survived earlier this week.

The Times is full of praise, saying he emerged as a reluctant hero, who returned to the wreckage of the Lear Jet at Lyon airport to search for the two pilots, who died in the accident.

The Guardian says that if one had not known that he had come within inches of death, it would not have been guessed from his demeanour.

Finally, the Express says the electronics firm, Philips is about to launch the world's first voice activated television.

Viewers will be able tell it to turn itself on and off, change channels and adjust the volume At last, says the paper, a TV that listens when you shout at it.

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