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A former Edinburgh University academic is claiming that media pessimism about the future of Gaelic could be a factor in the language’s demise.
Dr Emily McEwan Fujita examined the media’s coverage of Gaelic and Gaelic speakers during 2000 at Edinburgh University’s three day Rannsachadh na Gaidhlig (Researching Gaelic) conference.

The Sunday Mercury in Birmingham helped track down a Midland businesswoman wanted for fraud charges – who had been on the run for three years.
An American company boss who read Mercury stories about the case on the Internet told the paper that Gill Hope was living in California, where she now faces extradition to the UK by the FBI.

More than £20,000 has been donated to the Eastern Daily Press in just five days after the paper revealed how newborn babies are being dumped on the streets in the Sudanese capital Kjartoum by their unmarried mothers.
It is hoped the cash will help save the lives of more than 100 babies in the country’s Maygoma Institute which has become a disease-ridden baby dump.

Mid Wales photojournalist Ernie Husson has been made an ambassador for Girls Guides Cymru.
Ernie, of the Marina Gallery in Llandrindod Wells and the Mid Wales Journal, is one of only a few men in Wales to receive the honour after years of working to promote the work of the movement.

A budding journalist who is a village correspondent for the Wetherby News was selected from hundreds of youngsters to interview public health minister Melanie Johnson.
Fifteen-year-old Lucy Laycock was given the opportunity after winning a writing contest in teen magazine CosmoGIRL.

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