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<B>Tuesday 31 March:</b> Mansion murder suspect, doctor on trial and new restaurant unveiled

Published on March 31st 2009.

A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED on suspicion of the murder of a bouncer at Mansion nightclub in the city centre. Mohammed Kaleem Rafeek, died at the scene after being stabbed by a gang in Rusholme, on Sunday. Greater Manchester Police are currently questioning an 18-year-old man. Police believe Mr Rafeek's killing is linked to an earlier incident outside the Mansion nightclub, where Mr Rafeek worked.

A JURY HAS HEARD how an anaesthetist sexually abused three women during abortions at the Marie Stopes International Clinic in Manchester. Dr Narendra Sharma allegedly used the hands of sedated patients to perform obscene acts on himself in the operating theatre. Members of staff claim they witnessed the offences but lawyers for Sharma, 51, say he was the innocent victim of racism, bullying and lies. The incidents are alleged to have occurred in April of last year at the clinic in Fallowfield.

THE RISING BOLLARDS STRIKE AGAIN but this time a Metroshuttle bus is the latest vehicle to be impaled. Three people were taken to hospital after the accident on St Mary's Gate, near Marks and Spencer. The incident has resulted in calls for the bollards to be removed but town hall bosses have said every incident has been down to driver error.

THE CIRCLE CLUB'S new restaurant, Kitchen At The Circle has been unveiled today. The 64 seat, £250,000 restaurant opens for trading next Monday and will be run by manager Nigel Colledge, and a team of 15, including head chef Neil Lorenzo.

This 'n' that wisdom*: The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry meisters are so very very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? Confidential rating: 7/10

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EditorialMarch 31st 2009.

State of the Art: New YorkA chance to see the very latest contemporary art coming out of one of the world’s most exciting cities – New York – the capital of the contemporary art scene and hot-bed of cultural creativity. With contributions from16 artists (including four new commissions) the exhibition features painting, performance, video and installation. Political and social satire abound, with highlights including Manchester’s statue of Abraham Lincoln dressed as a Hip Hop Fan (Leon Reid IV) an autobiographical installation fusing rock ballads, video, sculpture and drawing (Matthew Lutz-Kinoy) and an animated take-off of the recent US presidential election process (Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung). Audiences can expect the unexpected from these young artists.

emma graceMarch 31st 2009.

I was on the tram this morning and 4 inspectors got on at EACH door...that's 16 inspectors on ONE tram!! What for?!?! I say get rid of them all and use the money from their salaries to put a system in like the tube, so you can't physically get on without a ticket.

esquiloMarch 31st 2009.

Urbis are responsible for the state of the Lincoln statue.

esquiloMarch 31st 2009.

supposedly been commissioned as part of an exhibition on New York or something

Kev PMarch 31st 2009.

Ok that was a bit harsh but she was really really nasty, and you could tell she enjoyed it! I've never gotten over it...

flagshipMarch 31st 2009.

Jaybee - in what sense is it "proven"?

foolish apeMarch 31st 2009.

Funny, in my experience if they don't want to let you on, they don't! Particularly after watching you sprint from platform 5 at Altrincham, through the massive bridge, all the way down platform 1, then closing the doors just as you arrive. The bearded metalhead driver rocks however.

jaybeeMarch 31st 2009.

Once again the old and proven Racism tag is introduced by the accused in an attempt to escape justice. Dr Sharma should be sacked now.

AnonymousMarch 31st 2009.

I could be wrong, but I'm guessing someone has put a Yankees cap and medallions on him?

peevedMarch 31st 2009.

So, there I was on the tram at Shudehill, coming back from Bury, when the doors open for a second time to allow more people on. Driver picks up the intercom and barks "Well, thanks alot of making us miss the lights so we're late. We were already ten minutues late as well" - and then slammed the intercom down. I don't often travel on the trams, but is the sort of big attitude I will have to expect from tram drivers? What a ruddy nerve! And there's me thinking I was on Transport made for the Public.

JennMarch 31st 2009.


JinkiesMarch 31st 2009.

Hm, I wonder. Are gmpte tram staff or traffic wardens the least liked people in Manchester?

AnonymousMarch 31st 2009.

Can anyone shed any light on what has happened to the Abraham Lincoln statue on Brazennose Street? I'm sure he wasn't always wearing a Yankees cap and medallions.

CastlefieldMarch 31st 2009.

Does anyone know why?

JinkiesMarch 31st 2009.

Did they put the luminous makeup on queen victoria up on piccadilly as well?

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