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Well done Darlington for showing the way on compassion

Well done Darlington for showing the way on compassion

Parents can breathe again, as the summer is over

Parents can breathe again, as the summer is over

REACTION: Chrissie Hynde speaks a lot of sense on the subject of dressing suitably

Taking responsibility

HEADLINE CHALLENGE: The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo's editor Peter Barron, left, and BBC Tees's Ali Brownlee

Headline Challenge - the year so far in quirky headlines

FINAL SCORE: Feversham League chairman Dave Westhead checks the score in the Countess of Feversham Cup final at Duncombe Park

Fifty not out

Andy Burnham MP at Memory Lane, Bolton as part of his Labour Leadership campaign.
Picture by Nigel Taggart, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd. Monday August 17, 2015

'I'll put Labour back in touch with the people' says Andy Burnham

Off at a tangent

Off at a tangent

We cannot stand back and watch children die

We cannot stand back and watch children die

Esh Winning v Stokesley

Broken spirit

INFESTED: The brown patches on a horse chestnut leaf

Why it's forever autumn in our street

LITTLE CRACKER: Fiat has high hopes that the refreshed 500 can continue its sensation sales success in the face of newer competition

500: Fiat sales saviour

George Osbourne and James Wharton at a Decorative Panels in Thornaby. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Smoke and mirrors? Surely not!

Giving credit where it's due on Hitachi

Giving credit where it's due on Hitachi

CONTENDER: Labour party leadership candidate Yvette Cooper speaks at an event in London.

Yvette Cooper: Britain needs a Labour government more than ever

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, also known as William Pitt the Elder

The rotten boroughs of democracy

FOR MAYORS: Jeremy Middleton

Devolution: The case for a North-East mayor

University is where many teenagers learn independence

Smooth the way to uni


'Sorry George, I don't buy it'

Darlington council chief executive Ada Burns

Disturbing failures over child care

Me heading blissfully along the Northumberland coast, near Boulmer, shortly before the accident – 'stride before a fall.  Picture: JULIAN TYLEY

Stumbling across some former-day saints

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Blair may be damaged goods - but he knows about winning elections

FOUNDER: Guinness Book of Records founder, Norris McWhirter

Exercising my own freedom to speak

FIRST CAR: Harry Whitehouse with his 1938 Talbot 10

My First Car: 1938 Talbot 10, Harry Whitehouse, Stockton

THE FIRST: Mike Amos' debut report in the Northern Despatch of September 1, 1965

50 not out - Mike Amos clocks up half century at the Echo

Junk mail something for the dog to get his teeth into

Junk mail something for the dog to get his teeth into

Tested: Citroen DS 4 DStyle NAV Blue HDi 120 (Price, as tested, £24,425)

Review: Citroen DS 4 DStyle NAV Blue HDi 120 (Price, as tested, £24,425)

FAKE: Zac and Sarah grinned from leaflets produced by Mr Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions.

Insult of the Government's fake claimants

Allan Edgar was a talented wicket-keeper for Bishop Auckland Cricket Club and Durham Police

Landlord lauded

The scene at Garforth Town FC, with the "heliport" stand in the background

Ripping stuff

REMARKABLE MAN: Ian Harper and his great friend and mentor Owen Willoughby

The final whistle

WARM WELCOME: Mike Amos is greeted by Councillor Mary Dalton, Mayor of Newton Aycliffe, at Newton Aycliffe FC's Moore Lane ground

Saints’ day remembered

Mike Amos with Peter Collinson and his dog Cassie first footing at Staithes

Pigeon posts

Brothers David Miliband (right) and Ed Miliband. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour vote debacle is embarrassing distraction for party on road to recovery

Wendy Robertson: Inspired by her family history

Bishop Auckland writer's new novel is inspired by family history

OPPORTUITY: Apprentice Anthony Butler at SW Durham Training in Newton Aycliffe

Devolved skills funding 'essential' for region's economic development

CONGESTION: Traffic on the A1 on the outskirts of Newcastle

What could devolution mean for transport in the North-East?


Car Torque .... with composer and man behind the Wombles, Mike Batt

DEVOLUTION: George Osborne has made it clear there will be no deal without regions agreeing to elect a mayor. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Devolution power play

Bramble or blackberry – whatever you call them, they are still good to eat in a crumble

Cooking up a storm

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks to crowds during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, in April this year. Picture: Official website of the Iranian Supreme Leader

A sell-out that gives Iran the nuclear bomb

Darren Henley: "We know just how much of a positive impact arts and culture has on everyone's life. And there's no better reason for working together than that."

Making the case for culture

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second from right, on his way to Gold in the Men's 100 metres final ahead of USA's Justin Gatlin, left, at the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Usain Bolt scored victory for good guys

SLEEP DEPRIVED: When was the last time you woke up feeling you'd slept 'like a baby'?

Want to sleep like a baby again?

Author Harper Lee

Separation of fact and fiction

MY WEAKENESS: I feel on top of the world after a coffee, before I come crashing down into a shivering wreck

Coffee addict's grounds for concern

Six-year-old Caitlin Drabble from Cestria Primary School in Chester-le-Street. who won a top prize in a school’s handwriting competition back in 1999

Do the write thing

GCSE: Our students are the most tested in Europe. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

GCSEs could do better

MY FIRST CAR: George Wright. Picture: STUART BOULTON

My First Car: 1953 Austin A40 Somerset, George Wright, Sadberge

CONTENDER: Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall arrives at the Abbey Centre in London, where she made a speech as part of her campaign. PHOTO: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Liz Kendall: 'I'll never take you for granted'

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn

Picking at a prickly problem

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