• End this scandal

    THESE days Bill Cook spends most of his waking hours hooked up to an oxygen tank. The legacy of 42 years spent working underground in North-East pits, inhaling coal dust, has left him with emphysema and barely able to draw breath. His lungs are, in fact

  • Hamed fights back to survive Sanchez scare

    Naseem Hamed's insatiable desire to attain boxing greatness via the kamikaze route almost led to his undoing in the unlikeliest of circumstances on Saturday night. There were times when it seemed Hamed's number was up in the bingo hall of the Foxwoods

  • Task force meets over steel job losses

    A SPECIAL task force meets for the first time today in a bid to find alternative work for hundreds of redundant steel workers and communities devastated by the job cuts. The group was set up following the announcement by Corus, formerly British Steel,

  • Cruel captivity of the Chinese bears

    ANIMAL CRUELTY AS a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, cruelty to black bears in China has been brought to my attention. The bears are kept in terrible conditions to extract bile which is used in Chinese medicine. I would be grateful

  • New distinction for lecturer

    JENNIFER Honeyball is a college lecturer of distinction. She has just proved it by getting her mature students through their human biology and human science courses with flying colours. It was only seven months ago that the assistant head of the school

  • Burning questions

    WHEN was the submarine invented and when was it first used in a military attack? - Jeff Wilkinson, South Moor, Stanley. ONE of the earliest ways of going underwater without getting wet was to be submerged in some kind of capsule, such as a diving bell

  • Gem of a mystery solved

    THE quest is over and The Case of The Burgled Buckles has been solved. After weeks of sleuthing by budding detectives across the region, Echo Quest 2000 came to a climax yesterday at Whitworth Hall Hotel and Country Park, County Durham. About 2,000 people

  • Boksic double has Boro off to a flier

    ALEN Boksic is a man of few words. He tends to do all his talking on the football pitch. With the clinical accuracy of a Mafiosi hitman, Middlesbrough's silent assassin struck twice to leave Coventry dead and buried. It was just like Clint Eastwood in

  • The Echo says...

    OUR front page today highlights the tragic plight of retired miner Bill Cook. His lungs function at barely 15 per cent of their capacity. He survives on a daily routine of medication and 16 hours linked up to an oxygen mask. There is no doubt his chronic

  • Plea to back shipbuilding

    COUNCILLORS called for the shipbuilding industry in Whitby to return to a prime waterfront site, now it is making a comeback after decades of decline. Labour and Tory members of Scarborough Borough Council raised concerns about a plan to build on the

  • Ex-Gunner Quinn sinks his old club

    BATTLING Sunderland confounded the critics - and delighted a record 46,000 crowd - by out-fighting an Arsenal side which kept firing blanks at the Stadium of Light. The Gunners, runners up to Premier League champions Manchester United last season, oozed

  • Quakers are haunted by memory of Marco

    Darlington's attacking inadequacies were highlighted as they threw away the points against Exeter. Even after he's gone, Marco Gabbiadini was still causing arguments amongst the fans. Some maintained that he would have scored at least once on Saturday

  • New secondary school dream takes step nearer to lift-off

    A CAMPAIGN to give a town its own secondary school is a step nearer to achieving its goal. Stockton Borough Council's cabinet is this week expected to rubber-stamp a plan showing that a 600-place school for 11 to 16-year-olds at Ingleby Barwick is "viable