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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 19, 2023

The news is so noisy. An endless slew of stories pulling you every which way. Here's Newspin, with some noise-cancelling analysis!

Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage -- BBC News (UK)

Church of England bishops have refused to back a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples, sources say; They met on Tuesday to finalise their recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the Church's position on sexuality

Outline: (what is this?) gay marriage church

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + England, ++ LGBT, ++ Bible


Church of England bishops refuse to back gay marriage -- The Guardian

Church of England has rejected demands to allow clergy to conduct same-sex marriages; But it proposes civil marriages can be blessed in church following a civil ceremony

Outline:  gay marriage bishops

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? England, ? Bible, ? Christ

Keep cake away from office, suggests food watchdog head -- BBC News (UK)

Food Standards Agency chairwoman Prof Susan Jebb compared cake in the office to passive smoking; GP Dr Helen Wall said people had to take responsibility for their own health

Outline:  cakes

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + bbc, - Boris, ? UK


The head of a food watchdog has appeared to suggest people should not bring cake into the office for the sake of their colleagues health as she seemed to liken sharing treats to passive smoking -- ITV News

Outline:  colleagues health

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Marie Antoinette, ? Boris, ? Sunak


A food regulator says workers should think twice before bringing unhealthy treats into the workplace. Watch the latest on -- ITV News

Outline:  unhealthy treats

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Harry, ? Meg

Serial rapist police officer David Carrick could lose pension -- BBC News (UK)

David Carrick pleaded guilty to six offences at Southwark Crown Court on Monday; Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick have spoken in favour of stripping Carrick of his pension

Outline:  serial rapist police officer david carrick

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Carrick, ? UK, ? Britain


BREAKING | All police forces ordered to search for sex predators and domestic abusers in ranks -- The Independent

National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is writing to all forces in England and Wales to check their officers and staff against national police databases

Outline:  police vetting

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? EU, ? DBS


All police forces will be asked to check their officers against national police databases in the wake of the David Carrick rape case -- ITV News

Outline:  national police databases

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? DBS, ? Babylon, ? Sarg

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Thursday's Express: "Charles' 250m 'gift' to nation"

Outline:  bbc news home thursday

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Brexit, + Dyson, -- EU


Boy, 13, stabbed outside Birmingham's New Street Station -- BBC News (UK)

Part of Birmingham sealed off after a 13-year-old boy was stabbed outside New Street Station; West Midlands Police called for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward

Outline:  birmingham

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Labour, ? West

Ron Jeremy: US porn star declared unfit for sex crimes trial -- BBC News (UK)

Mr Jeremy indicted on 34 counts of sexual assault - including 12 of rape - over a period of more than 20 years; Los Angeles judge said he was in a state of "incurable neurocognitive decline" The 69-year-old has been in prison since his arrest in 2020

Outline:  ron jeremy

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Biden, ? US, ? Nadim Zawahi

First MoT could be delayed to cut costs for drivers -- BBC News (UK)

Owners of new cars, motorbikes and vans could be permitted to delay their first MoT by a year; DfT said it wanted to balance costs on motorists while ensuring road safety

Outline:  current mot test certificate

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? MOTs, ? Britain, ? Northern Ireland


Brexit clash looms over plan to scrap EU-derived laws -- BBC News (UK)

Government's Retained EU Law Bill will see thousands of EU laws expire automatically after December; Some MPs have raised concerns the deadline will rob Parliament of a say over what is changed

Outline:  eu law bill

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - EU, ++ Brexit, -- UK

World's oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, dies aged 118 -- BBC News (UK)

Lucile Randon was born in 1904 in southern France and dedicated much of her life to Catholicism; "Only the good Lord knows" the secret of her longevity, she told reporters

Outline:  french nun sister andre

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Andre, ? Twitter, ? Guinness


Father's neglect led to obese daughter's death, court told -- BBC News (UK)

Kaylea Louise Titford's body was found on soiled sheets and an "unbearable" rotting smell; Her father Alun Titford, from Newtown, Powys, denies manslaughter by gross negligence

Outline:  kaylea louise titford

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? COVID, ? America, ? BBC

Death of man trampled by cows near Wakefield was accidental, jury finds -- BBC News (UK)

Michael Holmes, 57, was fatally crushed by a herd of cows during a lunchtime walk; His wife Teresa suffered a life-changing spinal injury after the incident in September 2020

Outline:  mr holmes

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? wakey, ? The Simpsons, ? The Mooosual Suspects

Father of missing newborn is registered sex offender -- BBC News (UK)

Constance "Toots" Marten and Mark Gordon have been missing since their parents' car caught fire; Ms Marten, 35, is from a wealthy family but is estranged from them, say police

Outline:  jane austen

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Mark Gordon, ? BBC, ? DNA

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