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Newspaper headlines: Weinstein charged and £21m lottery win

Guardian Saturday front page
Image caption Harvey Weinstein is the main story and picture on Saturday’s Guardian front page. The newspaper reports on the former Hollywood mogul, who has been charged in New York with rape and several counts of sexual abuse stemming from two separate accusers. Mr Weinstein turned himself in to police in the city on Friday.
The Telegraph front page Saturday
Image caption A photo of Mr Weinstein also features on the front of the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper’s main story is on an alleged plan to fix an England cricket match. According to the newspaper, an Al Jazeera documentary this weekend will air footage appearing to show a Sri Lankan syndicate planning to doctor a pitch. The International Cricket Council has opened an investigation, the paper reports. Two of the people allegedly involved in the plan deny any wrongdoing or involvement. A third person did not respond to requests for comment, the paper says.
Financial Times Saturday front page
Image caption The Financial Times also splashes with a photo of Mr Weinstein. But it leads with the impact on bond and stock markets in Spain and Italy due to political uncertainty. In Spain, the main opposition party presented a no-confidence motion in the prime minister which sparked a fall in Spanish stocks and selling of bonds. Meanwhile, in Italy, uncertainty over who the new coalition government will appoint as economy minister accelerated a sell-off of Italian debt, the paper reports.
Mirror front page
Image caption The Mirror leads with a positive story about a lucky couple from Slough who have won £21m in the lottery. The paper reports Donna Stickley had been carrying around the winning ticket in her handbag for a week before checking her numbers.
Daily Star Saturday
Image caption Saturday’s Daily Star also leads with the lottery winners. The paper reports that the couple originally thought they had won £2m – but it later turned out to be over 10 times more. The couple said they want to ensure their parents are looked after and also plan to book a beach holiday.
Times Saturday front page
Image caption The Times leads with the results of its own investigation – which it has referred to the Competition and Markets authority – into High Street chemist Boots. It claims the chain charged the NHS up to £3,220 for a mouthwash, used to treat mouth sores in chemotherapy sufferers, which can cost £93. Walgreen Boots Alliance denied overcharging and said all its businesses fully complied with legal requirements. It said its unlicensed medicines often incurred high overheads as they were bespoke, often ordered at short notice and prices could be affected by availability and the cost of ingredients.
Express Saturday front page
Image caption The Express also splashes with its own investigation. It claims a five-day stay in an English hospital can cost more than £150, with expenses including parking, using TV bed sets and food and drink from hospital shops. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said it does “not condone unfair charges of any kind”. It said although NHS trusts are responsible for the charges and revenue goes back into frontline services, it wants to see options that put patients and families first.
The Sun front page
Image caption And the Sun splashes with a story on Coronation Street actor Alex Bain who is reportedly to become a father aged 16. The paper reports that Mr Bain, who has played Simon Barlow in the soap for 10 years, is expecting a baby with his high school girlfriend.

Photographs of Harvey Weinstein feature on several of Saturday’s front pages as he is released on $1m bail after being charged with rape and sexual abuse.

The story of the Slough couple who have become multi-millionaires after winning the National Lottery is also in many of the newspapers.

David and Donna Stickley spent a week unaware that they were £21m richer after forgetting to check their lottery ticket. Originally, office manager Mrs Stickley, 48, thought they had won substantially less after misreading the jackpot prize money on the internet.

Newspaper headlines: Weinstein charged and £21m lottery win
Newspaper headlines: Weinstein charged and £21m lottery win

Meanwhile, the Telegraph claims an alleged plot to fix a forthcoming England cricket match has been exposed. The newspaper reports that match-fixers have allegedly been caught on camera discussing plans to rig England’s first Test on their tour of Sri Lanka in November.

Tackling obesity

There is much coverage of obesity and attitudes to weight in several of Saturday’s newspapers, with the European Obesity Congress currently taking place in Vienna. The Guardian reports emerging research which suggests how sophisticated “neuro-marketing” by the food industry could be “hijacking” the brains of children and leading them towards unhealthy diets.

Reporting on Britain’s obesity problem, the Daily Mail says Stephen Bevan, from the Institute for Employment Studies, has called for obesity to be a “protected characteristic” such as age or gender to stop workplace discrimination.

But, in an editorial, the Times says obesity is not a disease and nor is it an intrinsic characteristic such as ethnicity or gender. It goes on to say that everyone agrees on the need to tackle the obesity epidemic but the right starting point is an accurate diagnosis.

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“Hospital rip-off scandal” is the headline on the front page of the Express. The newspaper accuses hospital trusts of using the sick and vulnerable as “cash cows” – “fleecing” them for car parking, shopping, phone calls and even watching TV.

The paper says analysis of the various costs associated with a five-day stay at an English hospital could top £150. The Department of Health and Social Care says patients, their families or staff “should not be subjected to unfair parking charges” and it does “not condone unfair charges of any kind”. Any revenue goes back into frontline services, it added.

Tory leadership

The Sun reports on an alleged plot to oust Theresa May and replace her with the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The paper says Tory grandees want to ditch Mrs May as soon as Brexit is delivered next March.

According to the Sun, the plan would see Mr Gove, a leading Brexiteer, serve as caretaker prime minister for two years but then step aside for the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, to fight the next general election. A senior Tory is quoted describing Ms Davidson as “the messiah”.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times says markets in Spain and Italy are becoming increasingly unstable following calls for a vote of no confidence in the Spanish government, and problems appointing new Italian ministers.

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Image caption Neither of the two populist parties in Italy’s new coalition government are fans of the euro

The newspaper says investors were dumping the sovereign bonds of both countries on Friday but the main concern centred on Italy’s political impasse. The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, tells the paper he hopes Italy will not become another Greece with “dangerous” levels of increasing debt.

And according to the Times, figures showing the soaring sales of carrots are not what they seem. The vegetables are not enjoying an unlikely revival in popularity but are actually the latest accessory in an unprecedented crime spree, the paper reports.

Dishonest shoppers are thought to be using self-checkout machines to pretend they are buying carrots when in fact they are taking home much more expensive fruits or vegetables, such as avocados, the paper says.

Abortion reform

Ireland’s abortion referendum naturally leads the main newspaper websites in Ireland, after exit polls late on Friday night predicted a landslide vote in favour of change.

The Irish Independent says a massive turnout of young people appears to have swung the vote in favour of repeal. The Irish Times describes the predicted 60% ‘yes’ vote in rural areas – where voters had been expected to back the status quo – as “a thumping majority”.

The Irish Examiner’s Political Editor, Daniel McConnell, says that if the exit polls are correct, it is “truly remarkable, truly incredible” that the Irish people have reversed their position on abortion so starkly in 35 years.

The BBC did not receive the Mail or the i front pages.

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