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What the papers say

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

The three Belfast papers all lead with the news that a teenager is going to appear in court this morning charged with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll.

Meanwhile the Irish News has more on the investigation into the killing of the two soldiers in Antrim.

It says police are studying CCTV footage from a Tesco store in the greater Belfast area after a receipt was found in the gunmen's getaway car.

Several people are still being questioned about the shooting and there is concern about the length of time they've been held.

The Irish News thinks the police should be able to interview suspects for a reasonable length of time, but attempts to extend the period beyond normal limits need to be considered with the utmost caution.

The Belfast Telegraph claims that the Continuity IRA has now extended its murder agenda to prison officers.

It says the group is threatening warders at Maghaberry. Apparently a number have been warned that some of their personal details are now known and they've been advised to take greater precautions.

Money matters in the Dublin papers.

Much interest in the Irish Nationwide building society and a 1m euro bonus for its chief executive Michael Fingleton.

Loo art

The Irish Independent says the Attorney General's going to be asked to investigate whether the bonus is in breach of the current bank guarantee scheme and can be clawed back.

It also says the Finance Minister Brian Lenihan's putting behind-the-scenes pressure on Mr Fingleton to stand down.

The Irish Times says one of the Irish Nationwide's own board members had been lined up to replace him, but he declined the job after the Government capped the salary at 360,000 euro.

An unusual sort of picture of Brian Cowen in the Belfast Telegraph . It's a painting which shows him naked, on the loo, with a roll of toilet paper in his hand, and it was hung in the National Gallery in Dublin for an hour before anyone realised it was a hoax.

The paper says it was displayed beside genuine portraits of Bono and Maeve Binchy and many art lovers were fooled.

Among the cross channel papers, the Mirror and the Sun share a front page headline - Jade's little fighters.

The papers show her two sons outside their home yesterday, with five-year-old Bobby wearing boxing gloves.

The Sun says they've inherited all their mum's fighting spirit.

The row over MPs' expenses goes on, prompted by the controversy over the Employment Minister Tony McNulty and his second home.


The Mail says that in return for doing away with second home allowances, MPs are demanding a massive pay rise. The paper calls them "shameless".

The Times has a cartoon showing a woman at a computer. She's studying the Google Street View site. She tells her husband - Our MP hasn't visited his second home once this week.

And more on Street View elsewhere. You'll remember the recent fuss about people's faces being shown. However, the Mirror reports that Google has now taken this concern to extremes.

It's blanked out the face of Bobby Sands on a Falls Road mural and that of Oliver Cromwell on a mural in a loyalist area.

However, the Mirror points out that a mural on Shankill Parade featuring a late UFF figure has escaped the digital cleanser.

News Letter journalist Phil Crossey has found himself in one of the Google shots.

He says he could contact them and get them to remove the image. But no, he says, let the world look.

He was doing nothing more sinister than making his way into the News Letter office, possibly a minute or two later than he should have been, and on a Bank Holiday.

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