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Newspaper review: Whitney Houston funeral covered

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Media captionA look at the first editions of Sunday's papers

While no single story dominates the papers on Sunday, the funeral of Whitney Houston is widely covered.

Acknowledging some people's lack of sympathy for her "self-inflicted" troubles, the Sunday Express pleads: "Forget her destructive lifestyle and remember her for her music."

The silence around the Newark church saw even local gangs declare a truce.

But ex-husband Bobby Brown provided perhaps inevitable drama by storming out, reports the Mail on Sunday.

Defending bonuses

The Sunday Telegraph leads on a report of £40m worth of bonuses paid to civil servants at the Ministry of Defence.

This comes as the armed forces face a two-year pay freeze and 20,000 personnel are being made redundant.

In that climate, "it sticks in the throat when you discover someone already earning over £100,000 gets a bonus of 85,000", a source says.

The Sunday Times reports that messages of hate from jailed Islamic terrorists are being published online.

Back to school

The Sunday Mirror reports that Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to ban parents taking their children out of school for family holidays.

The facility to do so is being abused by parents "to take advantage of cheaper holiday deals", the paper says.

There is a warning in the Observer that reserved lanes in London may be closed to ambulances during the Olympics.

Vulnerable NHS patients, such as kidney patients on dialysis, could be stuck in traffic this summer, the paper fears.

Lot of bottle

Underneath colourful snaps from London Fashion Week on its front page, the Independent on Sunday speculates on the possible "return of the balaclava".

The paper goes on to examine how the UK fashion industry, worth £21bn to the economy, is "putting British clothes into wardrobes around the world".

The Observer reports on the sale of what is thought to be the world's biggest private collection of liquor.

A Dutch antiques dealer's collection of 5,000 bottles is expected to fetch £5m.

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