Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Tuesday 12 Oct 2010

7/7 bombers

Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0 am, and on weekends at 11.0 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date with the main news talking points... 7/7 EMERGEncy services refused to evacuateThe inquest into the July 7 2005 London Tube and bus bombings has heard how emergency services at Aldgate station disregarded a warning to evacuate because of the risk of further bombs. Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the inquest told the coroner, Lady Justice Hallett, to expect to hear more acts of individual heroism. Earlier, the court watched a video of the aftermath of the four bombings in hushed silence. PRINCESS LEIA WAS COKED UP ON HOTHActress Carrie Fisher has revealed she was taking cocaine as she filmed the role of Princess Leia on the set of the ice planet in The Empire Strikes Back. And Fisher says she was taking so much coke at that period in her life that even her hell-raising friend, the actor John Belushi who died of a drug overdose in 1982, warned her to stop. Carrie Fisher snorted coke on Star Wars set Linda norgrove may have been killed by US forcesKidnapped British aid worker Linda Norgrove "may not have been killed by her captors" during a rescue attempt by US troops on Friday, according to the prime minister, David Cameron. It had been reported that Norgrove, who was kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan in September, was killed when a militant's suicide vest exploded. Robert Fox asks what went wrong Linda Norgrove may have been killed by US soldier STRINGFELLOWS GIRL 'MADE TO DANCE WITHOUT PAY'A stripper yesterday told an industrial tribunal that she was forced to dance naked without pay for customers at Stringfellows lap-dancing club in central London. Nadine Quashie, who earned £200,000 a year at the club, says she wants to expose the way the club exploits dancers, who are self-employed yet subject to many charges. BBC SACKS MARK BYFORD TO CUT COSTSMark Byford, deputy director-general of the BBC, is to be made redundant as the corporation cuts costs during the recession. The 52-year-old will give up a £435,000 salary but is expected to receive between £800,000 and £900,000 severance pay and will receive £215,000 a year in pension once he reaches retirement age. POLICEMAN 'RAPED WOMEN he met on duty'A Newcastle policeman raped vulnerable women he met in the course of his duties, a court has heard. PC Stephen Mitchell, 42, denies five counts of rape and six of indecent assault between 1999 and 2007. Prosecutor Paul Sloan, QC, said: "Each of the complainants was a vulnerable female, whether because of drug abuse, health problems, domestic circumstances or a combination of those factors." RIO TO CAPTAIN ENGLANDRio Ferdinand, the Manchester United defender, has regained the England captain's armband for tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. Ferdinand has not played for England since before the World Cup, where he injured his knee, but replaces Steven Gerrard as skipper. Darren Bent is the latest injured player to pull out. Begovic the latest Arsenal target while Man U chase Neuer JOAN SUTHERLAND AND CLAIRE RAYNER DIEOne of the world’s most celebrated sopranos, Dame Joan Sutherland, and national agony aunt, Claire Rayner, both died yesterday. Sutherland was 83 and her health had declined after a fall in 2009. Rayner was 79. Her last words were: “Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him.” CHILE MINERS: RESCUE CAPSULE TESTS GO WELLThe attempted rescue of the 33 miners trapped underground in Chile since August 5 should begin at midnight tonight, UK time, after the rescue capsule was successfully lowered to a depth of 2,000 feet into its shaft yesterday – almost as far as the men. The miners have been fighting for the 'honour' of being last out of the mine. In pictures: Chile prepares to rescue miners MEDIA UNITE TO OPPOSE MURDOCHIn an unparalleled display of multilateral solidarity, the owners of the Telegraph, Standard, Mirror and Guardian – and the bosses of the BBC and Channel 4 – have written to the Government protesting that Rupert Murdoch’s planned full takeover of Sky would have “serious and far-reaching consequences for media plurality”.

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