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Papers consider A-level results and university places

Papers

The battle for university places following the release of A-level results is widely reported in a number of newspapers.

The Guardian says teenagers face "the most intense scramble ever seen to get into university".

The Independent's front page says top performing A-level students have been warned to lower their sights.

The Times says the proportion of A* grades awarded to A-level students will be double that first predicted.

Both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror lead with the killing of a 90-year-old WWII hero on his doorstep.

The Mirror says Geoffrey Bacon was murdered for £40 and an OAP bus pass.

The Mail reports that Mr Bacon, who was a former driver for Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower and a volunteer for special operations against the Nazis, was still fiercely independent.

But the paper concludes "that independent spirit finally cost him his life at the hands of a callous thug".

Giant rat 'invasion'

The Times believes "a rift" has appeared in the coalition government over the appointment of billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green to advise on how to cut public spending.

It says Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is facing demands from fellow Liberal Democrat MPs to review Sir Philip's tax arrangements.

The Daily Express says Gordon Brown hopes to embark on a speaking tour.

It says he wants £60,000 per speech to discuss the financial crisis.

The Financial Times reports on Ofcom research that suggests the UK is increasingly a "nation of media multi-taskers".

The research suggests "a fifth of all media is consumed at the same time as another form of communication".

And a housing estate in Bradford is being "invaded" by giant rats that are appearing in the homes of residents, according to the Sun.

Under the headline "invasion of the giant rats", the paper says one 30in (76cm) rodent was shot dead.

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