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In the papers today - August 23

Hull, Portsmouth and Cardiff were named yesterday as the British cities most likely to face New Orleans-style flooding. The warning was issued yesterday by flood defence experts as the country braces itself for an imminent series of extremely high tides, raising fears of a repeat of the devastation of 1953 - The Times
The BlackBerry can be as addictive as hard drugs, a US study has found - The TimesDrivers are to be offered a new fuel made from sugar beet grown in East Anglia that will be less harmful to the environment but will not require them to modify their engines. Butanol is to be blended with petrol and sold at more than 1,200 filling stations- The TimesMaps that show the most polluted streets in central London have gone online - The TimesThe Chinese government has admitted that the country's tap water in China is unfit for drinking. Vice minister for construction Qiu Baoxing has announced plans for a £70bn upgrade of sewage and water treatment facilities - The TimesInitial building work for a supercasino at the Millenium Dome has already started, it emerged yesterday, a week before a public hearing into rival bids from eight local authorities begins. Anschutz Entertainment Group has constructed the casino's floor, roof and walls in case it wins the bid - The GuardianThe government warned yesterday that Britain was heading for another winter of potential power shortages. Energy minister Malcolm Wicks said rising demand and plunging outputs from the North Sea cancelled out the benefits of new gas pipelines from Norway and the Netherlands - The GuardianThe British JCB team smashed the world land speed record with a vehicle powered by two digger engines fitted with twin turbos. Wing Commander Andy Green drove the JCB Dieselmax to an average speed of 328.767mph during two runs on the Bonnevile Salt Flats in Utah - The GuardianRWE npower, the power generator, is considering converting an oil-fired power station to run on palm oil. If agreed, it would be the first conversion in the UK and would represent a big expansion of the country's use of biofuels - The Financial TimesThe National Trust is embarking on a £700,000 project to repoint one of Britain's oldest castles. The masonry walls of the 11th century Corfe Castle, in Dorset, was found this year to have suffered severe frost damage. Lime mortar had become loose and friable. Repointing will take two years - The Daily TelegraphThe government has performed a U-turn on plans to sell nuclear decommissioning contractor British Nuclear Group, and will instead break the business up and sell it off piecemeal. It has led to an outcry from unions, which want BNG to be sold as a going concern in order to maximise its chances to compete with other nuclear companies for the UK's huge decommissioning workload - The Daily Telegraph

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