News: All seven West Midlands councils seem certain to join a legal challenge to the creation of a police superforce amid signs that local authorities across the country are gearing up for a court battle with the Government.
Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Dudley began judicial review proceedings on Wednesday, contesting the proposed amalgamation of the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces.
News: Children are becoming potential killers because schools are not dealing with bullies, claims a Birmingham mother who is taking out an Asbo on her son's playground tormentors.
Andrea Dickson said incidents like the stabbing of a teenager outside The Heartlands High School last week were "the natural progression" for some city youngsters.
Sport: Wolves are resigned to the departure of England under-21 international Joleon Lescott after the club accepted Everton's #5.5 million offer for the player.
Lescott came through the junior ranks at Wolves but has attracted interest from Premiership sides including Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.
Business: West Bromwich Building Society saw its assets burst through the #7 billion barrier to #7.2 billion as it posted record financial results for the ninth year running.
The society, the country's ninth largest mutual, has now grown sevenfold from just #1 billion of assets ten years ago, chief executive Andrew Messenger said.
Culture: Tackling energy-sapping stunts several feed underwater may seem hard enough but the added complication of pneumonia made Poseidon the toughest shoot of Kurt Russell's long career. He tells The Post all about it.