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In the papers today - 29 March

London Underground maintenance workers are to begin a week-long ban on overtime and are threatening strikes that may cause travel chaos for millions of passengers. The Rail Maritime and Transport Union backed action by 750 votes to 60 in a dispute over the transfer of workers to other companies - The Times
Bob Kiley, the former Transport for London commissioner, has admitted that he is an alcoholic who does little work for the £737,000 that he is paid in taxpayer-funded consultancy fees. The highest hourly paid public sector worker in Britain lives rent free in a £2.3M grace-and-favour property in Belgravia, London - The Times Political factors may have been wrongly taken into account when the Coal Authority gave a coalmining licence to Corus, the steel group, not Abbey Mine Ltd (AML), lawyers for AML told the High Court. Richard Griffiths QC said that the 2005 decision not to award AML the licence for mining in Margam, South Wales, was flawed because it did not reveal a letter suggesting that Corus was 'likely to receive a favourable reaction both politically and locally' - The Times The House of Lords last night threw out controversial plans to site a supercasino in Manchester, despite Tessa Jowell's last-ditch attempt to win back support with a package of concessions. A fatal amendment - passed by three votes - forced the culture secretary's gambling reforms back to the drawing board, rejecting 16 smaller venues as well as the Las Vegas-style casino - The Guardian Lord Rogers has been awarded the 2007 Pritzker architecture prize, it was announced in Los Angeles last night. Created as a stand-in Nobel prize for architecture by the wealthy Pritzker family, the prize, along with the British royal gold medal, is the most prestigious of its kind - The Guardian

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