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Sharemarket Boon – Pigs Rights – Power Bill Death – Fishing Boat Abandoned – More Quakes – Mobile Phones – Hurricane Babies – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: Not Cricket

SHAREMARKET BOON: The Dominion leads today with a report that sharemarket confidence surged yesterday on news that Fletcher Paper’s New Zealand shareholders will get $700 million from a takeover bid by Norwegian company Norske Skog.

PIG’S RIGHTS: The front-page photo shows MP Sue Kedgley seated in a sow crate with two people with pig masks participating in a protest to outlaw the use of sow crates.

Also on the front page:

- POWER BILL DEATH: a report that a baby died in a candle lit fire at his rented home three days after the electricity was cut because of non-payment of power bills, a coroner’s court in Gisborne has been told;

- FISHING BOAT ABANDONED: a report that the crew on the Japanese fishing boat Hoashin Maru 38, on the way to New Zealand, abandoned ship after it caught fire yesterday;

- MORE QUAKES: a report that an earthquake felt in Wellington, Marlborough and Wairarapa at 7.33 last night measured 4.2 on the Richter scale and was the 11th aftershock since Thursday’s 5.7 quake in Greytown;

- MOBILE PHONES: a report that hands free kits for mobile phones designed to protect the health of users, can actually increase levels of radiation to the brain, Britain’s Consumers Association has warned;

- HURRICANE BABIES: a report that babies could have a dramatic influence on the Hurricanes’ run to the Super 12 rugby semifinals, with wing Tana Umaga likely to miss the Hurricanes’ final two games in South Africa;

Inside Political Headlines:

- Controls call for foreign buyers;
- Slouching MP misses the bus;
- Tamihere gets PM’s approval despite report;
- Councillors reassured on legality of rates cut;
- A photo of Sir Robert Jones signing a copy of his new novel for Parliament’s Speaker;
- Gosche calls for review;
- Clark in no hurry to visit coast;
- Bolger to stay on as ambassador to the US.

EDITORIAL – CRICKET: Test matches are not test matches when batsmen are dismissed when they are in fact not out.

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