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Passing up paternity potential

There are many things which could make someone fearful of harming their career prospects – abusing the office internet, “getting to know” the boss’ daughter……and paternity leave. A new report suggests that around half of all new dads are refusing

Where's the training for domestic matters?

Police in around 75pc of forces get no specialist training in dealing with domestic violence cases, new figures suggest. But what does your local force say? They might let you take part in training initiatives or meet victims of domestic

Mapping crime gets interactive

A new interactive online map allows users to compare crime rates across different towns in England and Wales. It colour codes areas based on levels of reporting crime and gives rates for burglaries and robberies among other offences. The service

Sometimes the cap doesn't fit

Around 30,000 students are said to have missed out on a university place in the 2009/10 academic year because of a capping system imposed by the government. So how has this manifested itself in the working world? Have your local

Remembering Berlin 20 years on

9 November 2009 is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not exactly a “hyperlocal” story but that doesn’t mean to say newspapers shouldn’t mark it. Have a look back through your archives to see how your

Helping staff avoid 'sole survivor' syndrome

Local papers across the country have been reporting mass-scale redundancies while websites like HoldtheFrontPage have turned the spotlight on job losses in our industry. But what happens to the staff and companies which are left behind? Business psychologists say that

Staying at home to handle debt

Regular readers of the stories ideas page may remember the ‘Neets’ – those pesky young people ‘not in education, employment nor training’. Well it seems that The Ministry of Silly Acronyms have now come up with a new one: the

Take aim for some artistry

Guns are used for a host of activities – from war to catching your dinner. But one sharp-shooter from Alabama is using his nation’s “right to bear arms” to get in touch with his creative side. Walton Crell picked up

Green graves could be the future

Recycling has been the buzz word for years but the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is taking things to the next level. A typical grave can hold up to six bodies so the cemetery is contacting certain families to

Helping to tackle the demons

A week doesn’t go by without a new study coming out telling us what is and isn’t good for us to eat and drink or which activities will or won’t harm us. But what are the realities for people battle

Possibly preventing something premature

Premature births are on the up in Scotland by 16pc since 1980, according to new research. Much of the increase has been linked to obesity-related diabetes, say scientists from Edinburgh University. Is this a geographical problem affecting certain regions? What’s

Teaching primary about the bottom line

Would-be pitchers to the Dragons’ Den should be getting much younger. One of the stars of the hit BBC show Peter Jones told the launch of a national enterprise scheme that primary school children should be taught how to run

Giving drugs to cut crime

Using the public purse to prescribe drugs to drug addicts as a means of cutting crime may cause some to scoff. But a pilot project at a London hospital appears to have shown dramatic results in its area in terms

Voter apathy taken to extremes

Voter apathy rather than bad weather is often cited as reasons for a poor turn out on election day. But how about Harrow Council’s attempts to canvass the opinions of locals as an example of people simply not giving a

Being a butcher for all seasons

Small, independent businesses are often the first to suffer in a recession. And some reports now suggest that traditional butchers are closing at a rate of 23 per month during 2009. By contrast, there has been an upsurge in classes

Sweetie shop stop-off en route to school

Almost a quarter of seven to 14-year-olds are chomping their way through junk food on their way to school. A new survey by cereal maker Kellogg’s also suggests that around £646m is being spent per year on biscuits, crisps and