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Press and Journal publisher Aberdeen Journal has been cleared of
breaching the Criminal Procedure Act (Scotland) for naming the teenager
accused of murdering school girl Jodi Jones. The paper had originally
been cleared last February after naming 15-year-old Luke Mitchell but
the Crown appealed against the decision. Page 6.

Troubles with
Archant London’s new production system resulted in several papers not
being published and unable to break the news of London’s successful
Olympic bid. Page 5.

A schoolgirl won the chance to interview
Scotland’s First Minister after entering a competition run by the
Kirkintilloch Herald series. Entrants had to explain who they would
most like to interview and why. Twelve-yearold Mairi-Kate Docherty
explained how she would like to interview a child living in a Third
World country to help her understand their difficulties. Her prize was
to spend a day at the newspaper where she quizzed First Minister Jack
McConnell. She asked him about his recent visit to Malawi and what he
thought the G8 summit would achieve.

Around 3,500 employees are
to receive over £900,000 worth of shares, 90 per cent of them for free,
as part Archant’s Share Incentive Plan. A total of 1,973 employees
successfully applied for free shares and 1,567 received three for the
price of one. Those with full entitlement will gain shares currently
worth over £500 for an initial outlay of £75.

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