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What the papers say


Journalist Keith Baker takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's morning papers.

The Irish News has a lengthy interview this morning with Kit Chivers who is the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice Northern Ireland

He has been responsible for monitoring the performance of various bodies such as the police, the prison service and the public prosecution service - although not the courts. He is due to step down next month.

He tells the Irish News that those who presided over various aspects of criminal justice during the Troubles may be unable to adapt to a normalised society.

Adversarial attitudes have become ingrained after decades of conflict, he says.

He tells the paper: "You have to bring in new people to bring things on".

The front page of the Belfast Telegraph carries three photofit pictures. The headline says they are pictures of the thugs who robbed a dying pensioner.

There is a report of an inquest into the death of 72-year-old Edward O'Hare who died after masked men broke into his remote farmhouse at Loughbrickland in 2003.

The paper says police launched a huge manhunt at the time but nobody's ever been brought to justice.

The News Letter has more on its campaign to recognise the bravery of Northern Ireland soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It says plans are being made for parades in Belfast and up to three other towns.

And it says there'll be a parade in the Shropshire town of Market Drayton where the Royal Irish Regiment is garrisoned. It's being organised by Shropshire County Council on October 17.

The result of the Glasgow by-election came too late for the papers so Barack Obama gets to take centre stage instead.

"Obamania" - the headline in both the Mirror and the Independent which devote their front pages to pictures of him and the thousands who turned out in Berlin.

He will be in London on Friday for various photo opportunities. The Times says there is angst in Downing Street in case David Cameron steals Gordon Brown's thunder.

The Times also reports that while Mr Brown is on holiday, Harriet Harman will be in charge, the first woman to run Britain since Margaret Thatcher.

The paper says she is already causing consternation. She has produced a list of demands including late-night briefings on the next day's headlines, prompting the Permanent Secretary to No 10 to tell his staff - "I know guys but please don't shoot the messenger".

Much indignation about the result of the Max Mosley case.

"A dark day for British freedom" how the Sun sees it. The Sun of course is from the same stable as the News Of The World which carried the original story about Mr Mosley and his private activities.

The Mail says the case has opened the back door to new privacy laws.

The Guardian says it was a bad day for the lucrative kiss and tell trade. But it points out there is nothing stopping journalists going after financial and political sleaze or skulduggery.

Finally, in the Irish Times, people appear to be going bonkers in New Zealand.

The paper reports on how a judge made a nine-year-old girl a ward of court so that her name could be changed, at her request. Her parents had named her Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

According to the paper, this isn't the only bizarre name that has been allowed by registration officials. Others include Number 16 Bus Shelter and Midnight Chardonnay.

But some of those which were rejected include Fish And Chips, Yeah Detroit, Sex Fruit. There was even one mother's attempt to name her daughter in text-speak.

As for Talula, her name has now been changed but in order to protect her privacy it's not being disclosed. The court was told she fully understood the absurdity of her old name, unlike her parents who had apparently not considered the implications of their unusual choice.

[Notes:Live Read Studio 4]

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