What the papers say

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Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

There is a call for routine heart-screening in The Irish News.

The call comes from the mother of Tyrone gaelic football star Cormac McAnallen - who died in 2004 from an undetected heart condition - following the death of young Patrick Dinsmore, who would have celebrated his 17th birthday on Tuesday.

Patrick died during a gaelic football game in Rostrevor on Sunday night.

Bridget McAnallen says her family shared the "shock and grief and emptiness" the Dinsmore family must be suffering.

But she's concerned that the government isn't taking heart conditions seriously, and she says the issue must be pushed up the political agenda.


Several papers report on the investigation into the 1972 Claudy bombing, which is expected to confirm that the British government and the Catholic church shielded a priest allegedly involved in the atrocity.

The Irish Times says that Catholic primate Cardinal Sean Brady is expected to comment on the report later.

And now that Basil McCrea has declared his intention to stand for the Ulster Unionist Party leadership, the Belfast Telegraph weighs up his chances against Fermanagh assembly man Tom Elliott.

The paper says that Mr Ellliott is likely to have the backing of a large section of the assembly team, while Mr McCrea is banking on a grassroots revolt.

The Telegraph's David Gordon says the two candidates will get nowhere by playing down the crisis the party is facing, after it self-destructed under the joint ticket with the Tories.

And the paper's editorial says that whoever is selected must halt the decline in the party's fortunes, or the future for the UUP looks bleak indeed.

The survival of a group of miners caught in a pit collapse in Chile is covered by many of the papers.

There may be celebrations at their discovery, but as The Independent and The Times report, the 33 miners found alive in the collapsed mine may not be rescued until Christmas.

The Independent says the trapped miners will receive psychological help from the surface to help them deal with life underground.

Woods split

There is plenty of speculation about the cost of Tiger Woods' divorce.

Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced on Monday, nine months after his personal and professional life fell apart amid disclosures of extra-marital affairs.

The Mail calls it Tiger's cut-price split, suggesting that Ms Nordegren had settled for a lesser sum to avoid a messy battle in open court.

But The Daily Telegraph reckons Ms Nordgeren's financial settlement could be as high as $750m.

It says that it could very well be one of the largest in celebrity history, dwarfing the $150m paid by Michael Jordan, the basketball player, to his former wife Juanita.

The Mirror, meanwhile, is quite exercised about new allegations that vocals in the X Factor were edited to improve contestants' performances.

And the paper claims that the auto-tune technology was used to make bad singers sound even worse.

The Guardian reports that the Mediterranean diet could get world heritage status.

The Unesco World Heritage list is normally associated with religious monuments and ancient Greek temples.

But now Italian officials are certain that the UN will add a salad of tomato and mozzarella topped off by a splash of olive oil to the list of global treasures.

The Mediterranean diet could join a special register of cultural experiences, including the tango, the polyphonic singing of the Aka pygmies of central Africa and Croatian lacemaking.

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