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In the papers today - 15th July

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow are almost certain to receive government backing, the business secretary, John Hutton, suggested yesterday...

...In the strongest indication yet that the controversial expansion would finally be approved this year, Mr Hutton said the Government was ready to "take the difficult decisions on airport expansion" - The Daily Telegraph

Three of the alledged leaders of a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy to cause explosions. Ahmed Ali, the self-proclaimed "leader of this blessed operation", and two men who stockpiled the components for the bombs, said that they were planning to attack Heathrow's Terminal Three - The Daily Telegraph

Chinese authorities will step up coal deliveries to power plants in Beijing and neighbouring cities to ensure they can meet demand for electricity during next month's Olympics. This is despite authorities making cleaning up Beijing's air one of their top priorities for the games, telling hundreds of factories in and around the capital to shut down or reduce production from July 20 - The Guardian

Contamination at a water treatment plant that left more than 250,000 people without a clean water supply was yesterday blamed on a rabbit. Anglian Water said its Pitsford facility was infected with cryptosporidium, a parasite that causes diarrhoea, after a small rabbit found its way into a tank - The Daily Telegraph

The jury that selected Zaha Hadid's groundbreaking but now hugely over-budget plan for the London Olympics aquatics centre raised worries about its cost and design before it was chosen as "the jewel in the crown" of the 2012 site. The panel warned the building would have a timber ceiling prone to maintenance problems, and that details were so sketchy there could be unforeseen costs involved in converting it after the games. Nevertheless, officials picked her "seductive" design over five other options. Details of their concerns, released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act after the cost of the building has more than trebled to £303M, show that from the outset Hadid's design faced "clear technical and organisational issues" and "the detail of the scheme was not as well developed [as its competitors]" - The Guardian

The construction equipment maker JCB said yesterday that it was cutting 500 manufacturing jobs at its UK plants, blaming rising raw material costs, the global credit crunch and a need to remain competitive - The Guardian

Waste Management, the US waste services group, has stepped in with a $34-a-share, $6.19bn (£3.1bn) offer for rival Republic Services, topping a $6.07bn cash offer already on the table from Allied Waste - The Daily Telegraph

Tower Bridge is to undergo a £4 million, four-year facelift in which its paintwork will be stripped away and replaced with 22,000 litres of white and blue paint - The Daily Telegraph

St Mowden, the commercial property developer, has fallen into the red after wiping £54.6M off its property portfolio in what it describes as the worst period for the industry in almost 20 years. A specialist in regeneration projects, it said that the write-downs triggered a £20M pretax loss in the first half of the year, compared with a £65.1m pre-tax profit in the same period last year - The Daily Telegraph

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, nominated the head of the Local Government Association (LGA) as his new deputy last night. Sir Simon Milton is to take on responsibility for planning and policy after the departure of Ray Lewis earlier this month - The Daily Telegraph

She has strutted on catwalks across the world but now Fay Bentley has chosen a less glamorous career designing drains. The former model, who has worked in Paris, Athens and Venice, has retrained as a civil engineer. Miss Bentley started modelling when she was 21 and moved to London to work for a top agency - The Metro

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