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<b>Tuesday 4 March: </b>Meters make a mint, The Rovers to go nationwide and Cantona crosses his fingers

Published on March 4th 2008.


PARKING METERS rake in £150,000 profit for Manchester City Council, according to reports. The money is said to be spent on improving public transport and funding for the free Metroshuttle bus. However, driving groups are concerned that the council are using meters as an extra source of revenue. The council have already had to scrap plans for charges in the evenings and on Sundays due to public protest.

THE ROVERS RETURN could become a series of themed pubs across the country. ITV bosses are looking into creating a pub chain to replicate the Coronation Street soap boozer as a commercial venture. There are also plans to revive the Granada Studios tours as another way of cashing in on the brand.

TEENAGE PREGNANCIES are decreasing in Manchester according to new figures. Reports have revealed that the number of teenage pregnancies has dropped by six per cent in the city. Historically, Manchester has been the worst area for teen pregnancies in the country. However, new figures show that the national problem is being tackled at a local level.

FORMER UNITED PLAYER, Eric Cantona has high hopes for the Reds in their clash with Lyon tonight. The former striker told Sky Sports: “I really hope United will win it this season. And, if they do, I hope they will win another one next year. I'm sure Sir Alex will find the words to help the team win it. Until the last minute of my life I will have this club in my heart.”

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