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New Government rules could cause empty home problems in Cumbria

Eva Irving photo Travel across the north and west of Cumbria and you will find more than 5,000 houses standing empty. They can be a serious social problem for those who live near them.

Last updated 13 January 2011
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Stopping free swimming sessions could hit UK's health

Damien Baglee photo If anyone knows about the benefits of swimming, it’s Damien Baglee. The 34-year-old hits the pool at 6am every weekday, gliding through 100 lengths before he even gets to work.

Last updated 12 January 2011
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Will England's Ashes success spark cricket fever in Cumbria?

Youngsters across the nation may not yet be ripping posters of Wayne Rooney off their bedroom walls in favour of clean-cut Alastair Cook.

Last updated 11 January 2011
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Cumbrian skating ace fears for future after funding dries up

David King photo You can probably hear how I feel about it all,” David King bellowed into his mobile phone as he returned from a skate with his mum at Lockerbie Ice Rink.

Last updated 10 January 2011
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The heartbreak of losing a baby to cot death

FR rebeccawag IT IS every parent’s worst nightmare – the sudden, unexpected death of their baby, with no-one able to tell them why they have been tragically taken from them.

Last updated 8 January 2011
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Age is no barrier to learning in Cumbria

Adult education photo You’re never too old for education. Just ask Lorraine Durham – at the age of 42, she discovered a talent she never knew she had.

Last updated 6 January 2011
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Who will help when Cumbria's charities start to suffer from cutbacks?

Rory Stewart photo Most people face a tough year ahead, but now charities are set to be drawn into the financial toil.

Last updated 5 January 2011
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Cumbrians urged to seek advice to beat post-Christmas blues

Andy Auld photo It should be a wonderful time of the year. Just think of all those weeks and months you can spend looking forward to Christmas, especially if you build a giant advent calendar.

Last updated 4 January 2011
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How to keep New Year resolutions

Mark Hoelterhoff photo Death, as the saying goes, is a great leveller. So are New Year’s resolutions. Rich or poor, male or female, there are some over-riding desires that are so common they can be considered universal.

Last updated 3 January 2011
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What the VAT rise means for Cumbria

vatttttt2 Another year, another VAT rise. Like the Sound of Music and The Great Escape, increases in sales tax have become a festive fixture.

Last updated 30 December 2010
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GPs helping out on Cumbria’s big crimes

LG focus291210c When Derrick Bird went on his shooting rampage across west Cumbria, the emergency services launched into action, watched across the world.

Last updated 29 December 2010
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Setting our children a bad example

teendrinking2812 At face value, the answer to stopping underage drinkers downing alcohol is easy – cut off their supply. Stop them from being served.

Last updated 28 December 2010
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Cumbria slimmers change their lives

andy slimmingxx Having lived with ovarian cancer for nine years, former headteacher Heather Askew has faced both ups and downs. (1 comment)

Last updated 27 December 2010
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Cumbrian mum hoping Government will restore legal battle funding

Samantha Scott photo For most, the new year brings fresh resolutions and fresh starts. But Samantha Scott and her daughter, Faith, are holding out for fresh hope in their six-year fight for compensation from global drug firm Sanofi-aventis.

Last updated 23 December 2010
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Carlisle xmas shoppers hunt for bargains

shopping1312 Time is running out. There’s just 48 hours to finish your Christmas shopping. And by this time the money can be running out too. You’re unlikely to get a Christmas bonus this year unless you’re a banker.

Last updated 22 December 2010
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What do your Christmas cards say about you?

Xmas card graphic Post is so rarely exciting these days. When the usual highlight is a Tesco Clubcard statement, it’s hardly surprising we look forward to December.

Last updated 21 December 2010
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Cumbrian volunteers will bring Xmas cheer to the lonely

Volunteer Xmas photo It’s almost Christmas and most of us will be spending the day with family and friends. But if your nearest and dearest were no longer here, what would you do?

Last updated 20 December 2010
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Are weekly collections a waste of money?

bins0023 Imagine a world that never produced any waste. Soggy tea bags, packaging and cat litter would all disappear on command, leaving nothing but a puff of pine-scented air.

Last updated 17 December 2010
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Cumbrian posties pushing the envelope to deliver Christmas mail

Paul Griffiths photo As temperatures plummeted in the last few weeks postmen and women wrapped up in extra clothing, put on their special snow shoes and headed out onto the streets to make deliveries and collections.

Last updated 15 December 2010
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk

Removals men set to get move underway into Carlisle's new academy school

Denise Richardson photo Picture the scene. You’re playing a key role in developing what is set to become a symbol of the changing face of secondary education in Carlisle following one of the most controversial shake-ups in the last 50 years.

Last updated 13 December 2010
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