Birmingham's bid to become "the creative writing capital of Britain" moved a step closer after a base for the National Academy of Writing was finally announced.
The project has been dogged by setbacks since it was unveiled at the start of 2001 by its president, writer and broadcaster Lord Melvyn Bragg.
Earlier this year, The Birmingham Post revealed how the centre, backed by some of the country's leading authors, had pulled out of the city all together due to lack of support in finding a home.
However a deal has now been struck with the University of Central England that will see courses begin in January 2007.
Last-ditch talks between unions and management failed to halt a strike by West Midlands firefighters.
Birmingham Post reporters joined the teams of Army, Navy and RAF personnel charged with providing emergency cover during the industrial action.
Curzon Street Station, the Grade l listed building at Birmingham Eastside, is in danger of remaining empty for the forseeable future following the collapse of a #9 million refurbishment plan.
City council officials admitted it would be a case of "back to square one" after the Royal College of Organists pulled out of a scheme to turn the former rail terminus into its national headquarters.
Although the council has set aside #2.4 million towards refurbishment and is actively pursuing potential clients to take on the early 19th century building, no one has yet expressed firm interest.
It emerged yesterday that grants worth several million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the EU would have to be renegotiated if and when a new use for the building can be found - setting back by several years the timescale for renovation.
Residents are waiting longer than ever before for council houses, official figures have revealed.
There are now 17,493 households on the the waiting list in Birmingham, up from 12,308 in 1997.
It means the waiting list has grown by 42 per cent since Labour came to power.
Ironically, it emerged earlier this year that 17,836 homes are standing unused in the city - enough to house everyone on the list.
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A teacher who worked as a ski rep in Austria while signed off sick has been given the lowest possible form of sanction by his profession's standards watchdog.
A disciplinary panel of the General Teaching Council decided to formally reprimand Donald Wilmott after hearing how he also marked 345 GCSE scripts for an exam board while absent from work due to "stress, poor sleep, tiredness and depression".
The hearing in Birmingham was told that Wilmott resigned from the 800-pupil Lakers Secondary School near Coleford, Gloucestershire, in August 2003, after the headteacher discovered that he had been working without her permission.
The three-strong panel was told that Wilmott, who did not attend the hearing, spent nine days in the resort of St Johann looking after children from another school during the Easter holiday in April 2003.
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