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What the papers say
Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's morning papers.

The question of whether police officers escaped being disciplined for serious misconduct by taking early retirement takes centre stage in the Irish News.

The paper says that Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde is "under pressure to explain".

It reports that over the last two years, 45 officers avoided disciplinary measures, because they "were allowed to retire early, while under investigation".

We heard on Monday how Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has ended the automatic translation of adverts from his department into Irish - and got rapped over the knuckles by former Health Minister Bairbre de Brun for doing so.

On Tuesday, the Irish language is centre stage again, as the News Letter reports on a row over 11-plus practice papers.

It reports that parents of English-speaking children must pay for the papers, while Irish speakers get them for free, something the DUP's Sammy Wilson considers "discrimination".

The News Letter says that it comes amid intensifying unionist claims of what it calls "a bias towards all things Irish".

The Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment does allow free downloads of Irish papers from its website.


It says that publishers don't sell transfer test materials in Irish "because there is such a small market for them".

The Belfast Telegraph reports on what it calls the "shame of a swindling magistrate".

It says that part-time magistrate Lisa Pinkerton escaped jail on Monday, despite being convicted of swindling more than 40,000 in income support and housing benefit.

The teacher, from Bangor, was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

"Tax cuts - they're the first shots in the battle for votes", says the Times.

It reports that plans for an autumn general election were being stepped up last night, after proposals to exclude all but millionaires from paying inheritance tax "electrified the Tory conference".

The Daily Telegraph approves, praising the "consistency and clarity" of George Osborne's announcement.

But the Guardian reports how the proposal was seized upon by Labour and called into question by independent financial analysts.

One Labour official said, "it looks like it's been done on the back of a fag packet".

Both the Mirror and the Sun - each claiming the story as an exclusive - report how Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard knocked down a boy of 10 while driving his Bentley, breaking the boy's leg.

A spokesman for the player said the child had ran into the side of his car and that the 27-year-old comforted the boy until paramedics arrived.

Inside the Mirror, there's a very strange picture of a young bikini-clad woman in a cage, being lowered into a pool full of crocodiles.

Bed bugs

Tourist Kerry Shaw was offered the chance to swim with these dangerous beasts at Cango Wildlife Park in South Africa, and given just one instruction: "Don't put any part of your body outside the bars of the cage".

But she couldn't resist giving one of the circling crocs a quick stroke. "Holiday snaps" indeed.

And finally, the Guardian advises readers to watch out - there's a bed bug about.

Well, there might be if you are on public transport, actually in bed, or ensconced in an antique armchair.

We are, apparently, in the middle of a bed bug epidemic.

Infestations have gone up by 500% in the last year. So why so many blood-suckers?

It's down to more international travel, dense housing and busy public transport.

Top bug blaster David Cain says that if you think you have picked up the little devils from outside, "you're going to have to strip naked in your hall and wash your clothes at a high temperature".

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