Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

Michael Howard has disappointed Shine and Norwood by withdrawing a lot he had offered to a fundraising auction. According to The Independent, the Conservative leader had agreed to host a dinner with Boris Johnson but withdrew at the last minute because the two are no longer talking to each other.

The paper also reported that Liberal Democrat president Simon Hughes was mugged for his charity wristband showing his support for proportional representation. "I thought 'the more the merrier,' so parted with it," he said.

In a still more disturbing incident, the Waltham Forest Guardian reported that 14-year-old Matthew Brown from Chingford, Essex, who has learning difficulties, was beaten with a hockey stick. Thugs targeted Matthew for his £1 Make Poverty History wristband but left empty handed after he put up a brave fight.

Meanwhile, BBC Online revealed that an HIV charity in Yorkshire is being threatened with legal action over the name of its free condoms. Yorkshire Mesmac distributes condoms to gay and bisexual men under a scheme called Confi'doms, but Britannia Medicare, which makes condoms under the Confident brand, has ordered the charity to stop using the name.

And while critics have complained that the Live 8 line-up does not include any African artists, the Daily Mirror has uncovered another shocking oversight - Status Quo have not been invited to play either.

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