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Newspaper headlines: 'Hollywood horror' and 'sluggish booster jab campaign' Newspaper headlines: 'Hollywood horror' and 'sluggish booster jab campaign'
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Saturday's front pages are dominated by actor Alec Baldwin's shock and sadness after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun. The Sun quotes 63-year-old Baldwin as saying he was "heartbroken" by the incident.Saturday's front pages are dominated by actor Alec Baldwin's shock and sadness after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun. The Sun quotes 63-year-old Baldwin as saying he was "heartbroken" by the incident.
The Mirror carries the same photo of Baldwin, which it says was taken while he was on the phone outside a police station. The paper says Baldwin was heard saying: "Why was I handed a hot gun?"The Mirror carries the same photo of Baldwin, which it says was taken while he was on the phone outside a police station. The paper says Baldwin was heard saying: "Why was I handed a hot gun?"
"What Hollywood star Alec Baldwin sobbed after shooting horror", is the Daily Star's headline."What Hollywood star Alec Baldwin sobbed after shooting horror", is the Daily Star's headline.
The Times features a photo of Baldwin on the film set of Rust, posted on his Instagram hours before the incident. But the paper's lead story is its interview with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who says shops, pubs and restaurants must not shut again to deal with Covid. The paper says his comments are the strongest signal yet that the government intends to face down pressure to re-impose restrictions beyond those already laid out by the prime minister.The Times features a photo of Baldwin on the film set of Rust, posted on his Instagram hours before the incident. But the paper's lead story is its interview with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who says shops, pubs and restaurants must not shut again to deal with Covid. The paper says his comments are the strongest signal yet that the government intends to face down pressure to re-impose restrictions beyond those already laid out by the prime minister.
The i leads on calls from some scientists for Boris Johnson to implement Britain's Covid "plan B". It reports that there's growing concern in Downing Street about the "sluggish" rollout of booster jabs and vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds.The i leads on calls from some scientists for Boris Johnson to implement Britain's Covid "plan B". It reports that there's growing concern in Downing Street about the "sluggish" rollout of booster jabs and vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds.
The Financial Times says the prime minister has dispatched his top Downing Street policy delivery official back to her old job running England's Covid vaccine programme, amid mounting concern over rising cases and a "stuttering" booster campaign.The Financial Times says the prime minister has dispatched his top Downing Street policy delivery official back to her old job running England's Covid vaccine programme, amid mounting concern over rising cases and a "stuttering" booster campaign.
The Daily Express leads on the news that the chancellor will "pump £7bn into Britain's transport network in a massive drive to share wealth across the country" during next week's Budget. The paper says it would mean journey times would be slashed, fares made simpler and tram lines extended.The Daily Express leads on the news that the chancellor will "pump £7bn into Britain's transport network in a massive drive to share wealth across the country" during next week's Budget. The paper says it would mean journey times would be slashed, fares made simpler and tram lines extended.
The Daily Mail says Buckingham Palace was accused of "misleading the nation" over the state of the Queen's health, after the 95-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday and stayed there for tests.The Daily Mail says Buckingham Palace was accused of "misleading the nation" over the state of the Queen's health, after the 95-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday and stayed there for tests.
The Daily Telegraph says Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that Britain must not become "dependent" on China and critical national infrastructure such as nuclear power plants should only be built with "like-minded" partners.The Daily Telegraph says Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that Britain must not become "dependent" on China and critical national infrastructure such as nuclear power plants should only be built with "like-minded" partners.
"Booster jabs will prevent lockdown," is the message from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Times."Booster jabs will prevent lockdown," is the message from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Times.
He calls the vaccines an "enormous wave of protection" that will prevent the need for "significant economic restrictions".He calls the vaccines an "enormous wave of protection" that will prevent the need for "significant economic restrictions".
The paper says his comments are "the strongest signal yet" that the government intends to face down pressure to re-impose controls in England, beyond those already laid out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The paper says his comments are "the strongest signal yet" that the government intends to face down pressure to re-impose controls in England, beyond those already laid out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
But amid concern over the "stuttering" nature of the booster campaign, the Financial Times reports Mr Johnson has moved one of his policy aides back to her old role running England's vaccination rollout - a decision the paper calls "significant".But amid concern over the "stuttering" nature of the booster campaign, the Financial Times reports Mr Johnson has moved one of his policy aides back to her old role running England's vaccination rollout - a decision the paper calls "significant".
Meanwhile, the i has learned that booster jabs will not be offered to people aged under 50 until "well after Christmas".Meanwhile, the i has learned that booster jabs will not be offered to people aged under 50 until "well after Christmas".
The prime minister visited a vaccine centre in west London on FridayThe prime minister visited a vaccine centre in west London on Friday
Speaking anonymously, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation tells the paper the issue had not yet been discussed and that the focus should be on increasing take-up among those who are eligible, training new vaccinators and addressing staff burn-out within the NHS.Speaking anonymously, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation tells the paper the issue had not yet been discussed and that the focus should be on increasing take-up among those who are eligible, training new vaccinators and addressing staff burn-out within the NHS.
The Daily Telegraph leads on an interview with the new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in which she warns the UK must not become "dependent" on China.The Daily Telegraph leads on an interview with the new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, in which she warns the UK must not become "dependent" on China.
Ms Truss says that critical national infrastructure projects such as nuclear power plants should be built only with "like-minded" partners. Ms Truss also names cyber security, artificial intelligence, quantum technology and 5G as areas in which Chinese involvement should be treated with caution.Ms Truss says that critical national infrastructure projects such as nuclear power plants should be built only with "like-minded" partners. Ms Truss also names cyber security, artificial intelligence, quantum technology and 5G as areas in which Chinese involvement should be treated with caution.
Many papers feature pictures of the actor Alec Baldwin after he shot and killed a member of film crew using a prop gun. The Daily Mirror reports that he was heard saying "why was I handed a hot gun?" - which are the same words that make up the Daily Star's headline.Many papers feature pictures of the actor Alec Baldwin after he shot and killed a member of film crew using a prop gun. The Daily Mirror reports that he was heard saying "why was I handed a hot gun?" - which are the same words that make up the Daily Star's headline.
The Sun has spoken to a friend of a victim, in her home city of Kiev. "The family is grieving... and they want answers", they say, adding "if someone made a mistake then they will have to pay".The Sun has spoken to a friend of a victim, in her home city of Kiev. "The family is grieving... and they want answers", they say, adding "if someone made a mistake then they will have to pay".
Film bosses also fear a "mega lawsuit" if it turns out Halyna Hutchins' death could have been avoided.Film bosses also fear a "mega lawsuit" if it turns out Halyna Hutchins' death could have been avoided.
The Daily Mail leads on concerns about whether Buckingham Palace misled the nation over the state of the Queen's health after she was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.The Daily Mail leads on concerns about whether Buckingham Palace misled the nation over the state of the Queen's health after she was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.
The palace's communications team initially told journalists the Queen had stayed at Windsor Castle.The palace's communications team initially told journalists the Queen had stayed at Windsor Castle.
But Peter Hunt, a royal commentator, said there had been a "failed attempt" to cover up her admission to hospital - with the Mail also noting that the royal standard remained flying in Windsor. But Peter Hunt, a royal commentator, said there had been a "failed attempt" to hide her admission to hospital - with the Mail also noting that the royal standard remained flying in Windsor.
A royal source denied it was kept aloft as part of a cover-up and said the standard did not move to every building the Queen visited.A royal source denied it was kept aloft as part of a cover-up and said the standard did not move to every building the Queen visited.
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The Guardian reports that supermarkets are using cardboard cut-outs of groceries to fill gaps on shelves. Tesco shoppers have spotted fake carrots in Fakenham, cardboard asparagus in London and 2D washing liquid bottles in Cambridge.The Guardian reports that supermarkets are using cardboard cut-outs of groceries to fill gaps on shelves. Tesco shoppers have spotted fake carrots in Fakenham, cardboard asparagus in London and 2D washing liquid bottles in Cambridge.
Analysts say the cut-outs are being used because of shortages, but also to fill space because stores are too big.Analysts say the cut-outs are being used because of shortages, but also to fill space because stores are too big.
Tesco said the fruit and vegetable pictures were not linked to the recent supply chain issues and had been in use for many months.Tesco said the fruit and vegetable pictures were not linked to the recent supply chain issues and had been in use for many months.
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