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In the papers today - Friday 16 February

Workers were warned yesterday that they face disciplinary action if they use office computers to sign the Downing Street petition calling for the scrapping of road pricing proposals. The curbs faced by individuals wanting to protest emerged as Dorset Police launched an internal investigation into the circulation of an email that urged staff to back the campaign - The Daily Telegraph
Britons are more dependent on their cars than ever, driving farther to work, schools and shops, despite the government's policy of reducing the need to travel. The distance we walk or cycle has fallen to a record low as we cease to use local services, according to a Department for Transport report - The TimesVirgin Trains is to approach Network Rail about taking full control of railway stations on key routes. The train operator, part-owned by Stagecoach, is understood to be keen to change existing rules that effectively limit the rail group to a caretaker role, issuing tickets and providing platform staff - The TimesBusiness leaders have called on the Treasury to back the CrossRail project and give greater tax flexibility to ensure London surpasses New York as the world's leading financial centre. The newly formed High-Level Financial Services Group, composed of 20 top City figures, met yesterday to discuss New York's weaknesses and the strengths of London - The TimesThe principal glacier of the world's biggest tropical ice cap could disappear within five years as a result of global warming, one of the world's leading glaciologists predicted yesterday. The imminent demise of the Qori Kalis glacier, the main component of the Quelccaya ice cap in the Peruvian Andes, offers the starkest evidence yet of the effects of climate change, according to Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University - The TimesOlympic chiefs yesterday infuriated members of the London Assembly by stonewalling on questions about the spiralling costs of the 2012 Games. David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, denied reports that the cost of the main stadium had more than doubled, from £280M to £630M - The TimesThe long-term stability of the massive ice sheets of Antarctica, which have the potential to raise sea levels by hundreds of metres, has been called into question with the discovery of fast-moving rivers of water sliding beneath their base. Scientists analysing satellite data were astonished to discover the size of the vast lakes and river systems flowing beneath the Antarctic ice sheets, which may lubricate the movement of these glaciers as they flow into the surrounding sea - The Independent

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