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In the papers today - Friday 27th July

The death toll from Britain's floods grew yesterday amid rising anger at the Government's handling of the crisis.
A father and son died as they attempted to pump water out of the cellar of their waterlogged rugby club in Gloucestershire - The TelegraphThe Olympic stadium for the 2012 Games will not have a full roof, to avoid busting the £9 billion budget, Tessa Jowell disclosed yesterday. The Olympics Minister revealed that despite her protests about the unpredictable British weather, Treasury ministers were adamant that spiralling costs for the stadium should be contained - The TimesThe Met Office will soon be able to issue detailed town-by-town forecasts that show precisely where extreme rain will fall, scientists said yesterday. By 2011, new computers will allow forecasters to predict the exact path of downpours such as those that flooded Tewkesbury and Gloucester, giving communities much more accurate warnings of the risks they face - The TimesBritain will be become a 'dull, second-rate society' unless it builds more of the adventurous modern buildings that other countries take for granted, the Royal Insititute of British Architects said yesterday. Jack Pringle, the president of the organisation, was speaking after announcing a shortlist heavily weighted towards overseas buildings for the twelfth annual Stirling Prize, Britain's most prestigious architectural award - The TimesDR Hornton warned yesterday there was no end in sight for the US housing slump, as it became the latest US homebuilder to report a loss. The largest US homebuilder by sales lost $824m in its third quarter, down from a profit of $293m last year, as sales plunged and the company was forced to write down the value of many of its properties - The Financial TimesTransport for London, the mayor's transport body, has been in talks with the government on taking over the management of the collapsed tube contractor Metronet. In a proposal similar replacement of Railtrack by Network Rail, Metronet would be taken out of administration and its responsibilities transferred to a company managed by TfL - The Guardian

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